Well, that's where Obama started his political career for one reason. Where would we be today if the good folks of Illinois had weeded him out in '96? Instead they were worried about Bob Dole and Slick Willie. People were concerned about making a "principled" vote for Ross Perot because "Dole would be just as bad as Clinton", and most of them didn't even know who else was running for anything that year.

Now, don't get me wrong. I think it's important to make the right decision on the President, but I think it's just as important to know the rest of your ballot like the back of your hand! In the history of this great country, we've only had three Presidents that held no prior political office (note I didn't say they had no political experience). They were Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Each one of them were previously military Generals. That means every other President could have had their Executive aspirations squashed by a more local group of people who would have (should have) known them best. Other than a few of our first Presidents who served in the Continental Congress, the rest filtered up through a state political system with several even starting in municipal government.

How many Governors and Senators have run for President over the years? An even better question - how many of our local folks have run for Governor or Senator? Just in this primary for the Republican nomination, there have been six Governors and one Senator run. At the same time, we saw an uncharacteristic number of House members run (4 - Paul, Gingrich, Bachmann, and McCotter). Herman Cain flew the lone flag as a true political outsider.

So, here locally we're looking to elect George Holding to serve the 13th Congressional District. What if you knew he was planning to run for President in a few years? A total of 37,341 North Carolinians voted for him in the May 8 Republican primary. See where I'm going with this?

In relation to my previous post, there are folks who quit because they can't save the world and they forget to save their neighbor.

Don't give up because somebody running for President has become "political". Don't be surprised if they have powerful connections and you have absolutely no influence over them. That may be true, but there's more at stake than that.

By all means, make the right choice this November for President. But, remember they all start out somewhere. Find out who's running locally and get to know them. The life (and prosperity) you save may be your own!
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