He is my president

by | November 17, 2004 12:00 am

WallyGallian

There is a letter to the editor on the next page that should be required reading for all. The letter is from Mr. William W. Lindsey Sr. of Oak Park. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Lindsey last week when he visited our office. Mr. Lindsey is a good citizen. He understands the meaning of patriotism and its great importance in our society and form of government.

It was a pleasure for me to meet Mr. Lindsey and I encourage you to read his letter and share it with others.

Since the presidential election was completed a couple of weeks ago, most political pundits have been put back on shelves until they are rolled out again during the mid-term elections. Personally, I am glad the election is over and even happier that we knew the results in a few hours instead of a few weeks.

It is a fact that nearly half of the voters in this election did not vote for President Bush. It is also a fact that more than half, a majority did vote for him. You heard for months leading up to the election that this was the most important election in U.S. history. I don’t dispute that statement, but offer a different view. Considering the ever-changing world we live in, I believe each presidential election is more important than the one before.

Now the time has come for all of us to rally around the winner of the election. George W. Bush is our president and will be for the next four years. As citizens of the United States it is our civic duty to support Mr. Bush.

I remember a story I heard years ago about a farmer in Alabama. I may not have all the details just right, but you will get the message of the story. A politician, a democrat, running for a regional state office knocked on the door of a farmer to talk with him and solicit his vote. The farmer invited the man into his home. While visiting, the candidate noticed a picture of then president Jimmy Carter displayed in a prominent place on the living room wall. “I see you like our president Jimmy Carter,” the candidate remarked. To which the farmer replied, “Yes, he is my president.”

Two years later the same politician was once again on the campaign trail and was canvassing near the farmers home. He remembered the farmer and decided to visit him again. The politician felt confident he would have the support of the farmer. When the politician knocked on the door, the farmer again invited the man into his home.

The first thing the candidate noticed was a picture of Ronald Reagan, the current president hanging in the same prominent place in the farmers living room. The man asked “Have you changed parties? I thought you were a democrat. Do you like Ronald Reagan?”

“Yes,” the farmer replied, “he is my president.”

The farmer understood about being a good citizen and so does Mr. Lindsey of Oak Park.—

Wally Gallian is publisher of The Forest-Blade. He can be reached at wgallian@forest-blade.com

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