Last week, during a brief sojourn in Savannah, I found myself strolling down the town’s main artery, Bull Street, which led me to a most intriguing neighborhood by the name of Johnson Square. Consisting of, principally, a small park which is dominated by a monument to Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene and several turn-of-the-century skyscrapers surrounding that, it serves as the Hostess City’s financial district. For some reason which I could not exactly place — perhaps it was the vast majority of the buildings’ classic Chicago school architecture, or their close proximity to one another which created the effect of Wall or Market Street-like “urban canyons” — I felt a deep attraction to the area almost immediately, roaming around its sidewalks and alleyways for roughly one hour. Living up to my status as a tourist by snapping as many photographs as my camera’s memory card would hold, I was only interrupted, ironically, by a band of boisterous union activists preparing for a rally featuring former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, who is hard at work on what is sure to be a futile campaign to win back the Peach State’s chief executive office.
Later that evening, after I had returned to my hotel, I ultimately came to the conclusion that the affection I had for Johnson Square was not necessarily specific to the place itself, but instead for what it represented: capitalism. Being a small business owner, I rarely have the opportunity to witness the free enterprise system in action from a prospective which could be described as anything resembling impartial. It is truly an awe inspiring thing, and something which every American should take the time to do whenever given the chance. Perhaps, if this were to happen, then the voting public would better understand just exactly why electing pro-commerce candidates to everything from the city council to Congress is essential to the well being of society as a whole.
This, as one might expect, brings about the main point of my article; on Tuesday, when you hopefully will fulfill your duty to vote in the midterm elections, please do shove aside all of the partisan rhetoric, social wedge issues, and ideas of personality over principle which have been so unfortunately prevalent in virtually every aspect of the media today. Focus on what really matters, the very heart and soul of United States politics, fiscal policy. Naturally, support whomever you feel is best for the job, but do not forget that which got us into the seemingly never ending recession which we are all currently experiencing; a federal government that overreached in the name of providing a “quick fix” to private enterprises on the brink of failure. Supporting candidates who wish to repeat such madness will only result in an extended period of malaise for our nation. Regardless of our respective political philosophies, I believe that it is safe to say that none of us wish to see that occur.
In just a few hours, it is undeniable that the long held concept of hard work and perseverance resulting in personal success — in essence, the the American Dream — will be put on the line when millions of us show up to the polls from Florida to Alaska. It is my most sincere hope that the American Dream will score a decisive win over the newfound seemingly conventional wisdom of an all-powerful nanny state providing for its citizens whenever things do not go exactly their way. If, as expected, limited government and individual responsibility are the victors on election night, then it is indeed possible that America’s best days might, just might, still lie ahead of us.Powered by Sidelines