My son Dylan is just beginning his freshman year of college. He recently stated that he would like to earn $1,000 a day after he graduates, giving him a well-rounded annual salary of $365K. My husband and I told him that he had set a great goal for himself and that goals are important for success.
My hope and my prayer is that during his time at the university, he doesn’t have a professor that tries to change his goals, unless it is to motivate him to aim higher. Yes, I said it. I would like for him to aim much higher. It isn’t that I want him to be greedy or a money-grubbing scoundrel. What I want for him is to have the opportunity to be a philanthropic, adventuring, multi-gazzilionaire, should he have the desire. And why not? He’s smart, talented, and has an outgoing personality—so serouisly, why not?
Dylan has always had a heart for the poor, which was evident when he was three. Our family was going out for dinner and he asked where we were going. When I told him the area we would be in, he ran into him room and returned a few minutes later, stuffing something into his pocket. Later while we were walking through town, Dylan suddenly let go of my hand and ran up to a homeless man. It scared me to death until I saw him reach into his pocket, where he took out some coins that he had taken out of his little piggy bank. He handed them to the homeless man with such gentleness and love. Just a couple of days ago, he asked me to pull over so that we could give the food we had in the car to another homeless man. This is my son’s true heart. Imagine what he would do if he were a very wealthy man.
This year is the first year that my son is able to vote. In November, Dylan will be casting his vote for President of the United States. There are two very different sets of values on the ticket between Obama/Biden and Romney/Ryan. This goes deeper than Democrat vs. Republican. The media doesn’t talk about a candidate’s character and how character should matter when seeking the office of Commander in Chief or Vice President.
Did it matter to the media or the public, for that matter, that Barack Obama had close ties to domestic terrorists (Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn) and leaders of the Weather Underground, or that he was a friend and did business with now-convicted felon Tony Rezko?
I can tell you that I hope my son chooses his friends wisely. His friends may someday become his business partners and will reflect on his own character and integrity.
I haven’t heard of shady men or women in Mitt Romney’s past—just the opposite.
One story about Romney’s past involved one of his co-workers at Bain Capital. During a time of personal crisis, Romney shut the company down and flew 30 employees to New York to help look for the missing daughter of this employee.
There was no sign of greed or selfishness, only a heart of goodness, caring, compassion and empathy. This reminds me of what I see in my son today.
The media was all over Bill Clinton, asking him if he inhaled (marijuana) yet Obama openly admits in his 1995 book, Dreams From My Father, that he “drank beer heavily, and tried drugs enthusiastically”. There was no publicity or outcry that the Senator from Chicago had a history of drugs and alcohol.
I’m not expecting Dylan to be a tee-totaling college student. I’m not expecting perfection. I do expect wisdom, caution, and moderation. I expect a high degree of self-respect for my son, which I do not see reflected in Obama’s words or actions.
Romney doesn’t smoke cigarettes, weed, do drugs, drink alcohol, and is quite the clean living example of a man. He doesn’t have a shady or questionable sexual past. Who wouldn’t love to have their college student go through college with their reputation intact? Romney did this.
The press ignored Obama’s church pastor Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Barack and Michelle Obama were taught, mentored, and both spiritually and emotionally led by a man who expressed a hatred for America. Wright teaches a black theology, which twists the Word of God, racially dividing America’s black and white, rich, and poor.
We raised our son with the belief that Jesus erased all division between genders, races, and economic and social barriers. Dylan has friends of every faith, race and socio-economic group.
Romney’s background has shown Patriotism and loyalty to America and Israel without division of race or inciting class warfare. His ability to unite and not divide shows a man of great character.
Obama made his living not as a lawyer, which was his educational background, but as a community organizer. In other words, he had a fancy education and could have made the big bucks, but chose to go into the community (Chicago) and stir up trouble, using Saul Alinsky’s methods.
The 10th Commandment says (Exodus 20:17) “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbour’s.” Saul Alinsky and his “Rules for Radicals” was the model for Obama’s community organizing: in short, wealth redistribution.
In contrast, Romney made a remarkable living, earning each dollar himself through years of hard work. He didn’t get help from outsiders. He had an incredible work ethic and applied himself. Instead of espousing a redistribution of others’ wealth, the Romney’s give millions of dollars to charity. This is the heart that God wants us to have. This is the heart that God gave my son.
There is truly no comparison between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.
Biden admitted to being more interested in girls, football, and partying than academics for the first 2 years of college.
Paul Ryan graduated with a double major. As heard on an interview by Hugh Hewitt, Ryan admitted to some “good, clean fun” during college.
Do I want my son to follow in the cursing ways of Biden, who drops the F-bomb, seems to say whatever comes crashing into his brain, and lies to the public repeatedly on behalf of the Obama Administration?
The answer is no. If I had my druthers, Dylan would look to Ryan for inspiration.
Erskine Bowles, previous White House Chief of Staff for Clinton, said this of Ryan: “This guy is amazing… I always thought I was okay with arithmetic. This guy can run circles around me, and he is honest, he is straightforward, he is sincere” Bowles said. “And the budget he came forward with is just like Paul Ryan. It is a sensible, straight-forward, honest, serious budget.”
Honest. Straight-forward. Sincere.
In this election year, which team do you hope your student- your child looks to for inspiration? For me, if we hope to heal our nation economically and morally, and bring her back to being the most powerful and majestic nation in the world, we must chose men of character and integrity. There is only one choice.
I’m voting for America’s Comeback Team. Romney/Ryan 2012.