The Candidate I Support for President

No one, of course.

Why, you might ask?

Paul Rosenberg at Freeman’s Weekly offers a greater perspective than mine as to the futility of working to elect “the right” person into office.

I’ve watched people work for political progress since the 1960s. Back then, I saw decent, well-meaning people struggling to eliminate war, financial insecurity, welfare, racial animus, and police brutality.

Fifty years later, their children and grandchildren are spending oceans of energy fighting… war, financial insecurity, welfare, racial animus, and police brutality.

I take no pleasure in saying that all those people wasted their time – my own family and friends are included in that group – but the truth is that they did waste their time. Those people had good intentions, but their efforts were of no significant effect. They would have been better off gardening.

I’m dead serious about this.

As someone who volunteered for Ron Paul’s presidential campaign in 2008 and 2012, I can attest to this. Although it was a positive experience in many ways, it also demonstrated that any real change people seek will not come through the ballot box. It’s like trying to stop a river by throwing stones into it.

Rather than worrying about who will sit in the Oval Office come January 2017 or thinking I have any influence over the matter, I’m working to improve my own life, as it’s the only thing I can control. The same goes for the millions of Americans who fret every election cycle or pour their energy into electing their candidate, when very little will change regardless.

You’ll save yourself a lot of emotional stress and anxiety if you let go of these things and regard it with the same matter-of-fact attitude as you do the sun rising and setting every day. Life will go on.

Instead, set personal goals and pursue them. Find a hobby or skill and pour your passion into it. Become an expert on something you have an interest in. Self-improvement doesn’t require anyone else, and you can take pride in your newly-found abilities.

Do not allow external events beyond your control dictate your mindset or your happiness, especially that of political elections. True happiness is derived from genuine achievements, not which sociopath is handed power over millions of people who live thousands of miles away.

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2 Responses to The Candidate I Support for President

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