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Undecided? Really.

By Mike Royer

I like to think I’m pretty open-minded. I also like to think there’s a Santa Claus and an Easter Bunny and that life is fair. But, here’s what I don’t understand: Our nation’s presidential election is one week away and every day I continue to see polls that say what undecided voters are going to do. Who are these undecided voters? But the better questions is: how in the world can you be undecided now?

This presidential contest began the moment President Bush said “so help me God” when taking his second oath of office. Primary after primary, debate after debate, poll after poll it has been a long and fascinating race for the White House. But if you’ve paid attention, if you know pretty much where both candidates stand on most of the issues, I ask again: how can you be undecided?

It’s not like these guys are similar on most of the issues. Being duly elected United States Senators is about all they have in common. Pick an issue, any issue; these guys are as different as night and day. In no particular order: the war, taxes, abortion, the economy, education, you name it — they disagree. I’m not here to take sides, it’s not my job, but I made up my mind a long time back. I didn’t need to hear the debates; all I needed to know was where they stand on the big stuff. I’m of average intelligence, but I didn’t need the networks to hold my hand through the complex maze of every issue. When you get to be my age, you’ve pretty much made up your mind on the big stuff.

If you’re undecided about this election, I’m guessing you might be undecided about what flavor of ice cream is your favorite, whether Mary Ann or Ginger was better looking, who was better: Mathis or Sinatra, Mantle or Mays, or who was funnier: The Three Stooges or the Marx Brothers. There’s no right or wrong answer, but you have to, at some point, decide. So, decide already.

More Americans are registered to vote than ever before. I suppose that’s a good thing. I’d like to think that some thought goes into every vote. I’d like to think that we have an electorate that is well-read and understands the important issues of our day. I’d like to think that voters will vote wisely. That doesn’t mean vote like anyone else thinks they should, but rather vote with real information and wisdom.

In about 90 days we’ll have a new President of the United States. How we elect our President, the entire process is unique to our country. Free open elections must never be taken for granted. Too many Americans have died to protect this freedom. Whoever takes the oath come January we better support them, pray for them and do all we can to keep America great. We made up our minds a long time ago that freedom was worth the trouble.

By the way the correct answers are vanilla, Mary Ann, Sinatra, Mantle and The Marx Brothers, except Zeppo.

I’ll see you tonight at 4:30, 5, 6 and 10 p.m.

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