by Ronald Sitton
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Life got me thinking today, reassessing if you will. I’m finding I’ve shifted over time. For one thing, I find I love reading banned books. Click on the button and find out more if you wish.
Another example – I grew up in a strict Missionary Baptist background. We didn’t take communion with outsiders and we didn’t dance. As I grew older, I didn’t understand why that mattered if the object is getting to heaven and believing in Jesus Christ. For a while, I considered myself to be a Baptist, but now I prefer to be known as a Christian. I try to do unto others as I would have done to me. I’m not perfect, so I try not to judge because I hope I can be forgiven for my imperfections.
In politics, I’ve traveled the gamut. In second grade, I helped elect Jimmy Carter behind the slogan “Ford is a bucket of bolts” in our mock election. After my mom remarried, I believed in the Great Communicator who helped bring back the hostages, the man who made it OK to believe in America again. It wasn’t until later that I found out about America’s true terror policy, i.e. people Reagan called “Freedom Fighters” were called terrorists by the inhabitants suffering under their reign. Even so, I voted for George H.W. Bush in my first presidential election because I believed he was the best man for the job.
I also grew up under Bill Clinton, who served as state attorney general, governor and president during my formative years understanding government. In Arkansas, Clinton put more money into education than into law enforcement. I appreciate the benefits more in hindsight than at the time. I voted for Clinton in both presidential elections, but maybe more because he came from Arkansas than because he was a Democrat. If the residents of Tennessee had voted for their home-grown candidate, the nation would never have witnessed Indecision 2000.
So be it. I planned to stand behind “W” after he was elected, until he started attacking values I hold dear. I’m of an independent mind. I vote for the individual based on the issues. It’s not easy finding information on the issues due to media insistence on primarily covering those with money. But if you look hard enough, there’s information out there.