By John M. Williams
Every presidential election is important. The winners, in most circumstances, have received the majority of the votes that affirm the majority of the voters, not necessarily the majority of its citizens, agree with the winnerâ€™s political agenda.Â
As we approach the general election for president and Congress in November 2008, I know what I am looking for in a president.
I want an honest president who will unify the country behind an agenda that brings liberals, moderates and conservatives together.
I want an honest president who has real evidence that a foreign country is really an imminent to our threat to the United States before he or she takes the country to war.
In the event of war between the U.S. and another government, I want the president to be honest and tell the American people, â€œThis is the countryâ€™s war, and you have to pay for it.â€Â
I want a president and a Congress who will tell the American people that we need to rebuild the decaying infrastructure in the country and then devise a coalition plan among all levels of government and businesses to rebuild our interior.
I want a president who will develop a foreign policy that strengthens America at home and abroad and whose example shows he or she canâ€™t be bribed.
I want a president who is an environmentalist and who will lead the world in fighting global warming.
I want a president who wants to keep America beautiful; who wants to breatheÂ clean air; who hungers for our rivers, streams, lakes and oceans to be fit for fishing, swimming, canoeing and picnicking; and who cherishes our ground.Â
I want a president and a Congress who will build a strong national defense but not allow the military industrial complex run the defense policy of the country.
I want a president and a Congress who will work to solve the catastrophic health insurance tsunami in this country and who recognizes that the free market wonâ€™t.
I want a president who recognizes that our government consists of three co-equal branches.
I want a president who enforces all the laws for everyone.
I want a president who will be honest with the American people and tells us, â€œBusinesses are special interests and they have a paralytic, monopolistic stranglehold on government that I shall break.â€
I want a president who will end the U.S. war in Iraq and bring our troops home.
I want a president who will ask for shared sacrifice from all Americans as we deal with issues challenging our country.
I want a president who will ensure that our military men and women receive the best healthcare for as long as they need it.
I want a president who will guarantee that his or her administration will run an effective government and that it will be able to respond effectively to crisis such as Hurricane Katrina.
I want a president and Congress who will change the tax code in this country so that it is simpler and fairer for all Americans.
I want a Congress who will not provide immunity to any business, including telecommunications companies, who has broken the law on national security grounds.
I want a bi-partisan policy that fosters international cooperation in the universal war against Muslim radicals who want to destroy the West.
I want a Congress that, despite which party runs our government, will carry out honest and open hearings on our reasons for going to war in Iraq, on our health care crisis, on the environment and other issues of paramount concern to Americans.Â Â Â Â Â