When thinking about presidential politics, I keep hearing Georgian Ozzie Davis line from Georgia-educated Spike Lee’s movie “Always do the right thing.” Well, “the Mayor” clearly was too fond of Albany, Georgia-produced Miller High Life beer but that simply statement speaks volumes.
The Georgia primary is tomorrow and I have been thinking hard about what I should do to optimize my vote. Voting for President Obama would be an empty gesture but voting for Gingrich or Santorum could indirectly help the president by prolonging the GOP battle. Our governmental directions and policies are nothing with which to play and I personally sadden by the ugliness coming from those two candidates—Newt is actually better than this but campaign is a dirt game.
So, it comes down to Governor Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul. Dr. Paul keeps it real and that is refreshing but Romney is the person who gets my vote by default. Romney isn’t a red-meat far Right nut and people change their minds over years. (Here is where moderates help Obama by hugging Romney publicly.)
President Obama is a real American and I think he is fully prepared to keep his 2008 promises to let someone else have it if he doesn’t turn the economy around. I think he has us heading in the right direction but that is for all voters to decide. If a GOPer is the next president, it should have been Jon Huntsman but Romney, when compare to their remaining field, is much better.
Romney’s ability to appeal to us in the political middle might pull Democrat policies in that direction. As a twist, real hardcore conservatives might decide to bite the stick with more four years of Obama and get a real Santorum type in four years rather than tolerate nice guy Romney for eight years.
Because the issues on the table (jobs, taxes, gas prices, war) touch everyone, we must push for everyone to register and vote…always do the right thing. I loved revisiting Ozzie Davis’s real eulogy of Malcolm X and when he said “he was our own Black shining prince” chills still shoot through me. Theodore Roosevelt, Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama were/are good guys and people shouldn’t stand idly by while they fight the good fight alone. We must remember that we are standing on the shoulders of JFK, RFK, X and Mr. Davis. If you don’t vote in November, you insult their memory and deserve whatever happens.