The choice between candidates gets clearer

info@islandpacket.comOctober 19, 2012 

Those who watched the vice presidential debate Oct. 11 saw the vice president of the United States acting like a buffoon and a schoolyard bully. It was reminiscent of watching the school bully making fun of the nice polite straight "A" student, laughing and smirking because he has no logical argument to make. I am sure many people across America were asking themselves: "What if this man became president; he's just a heartbeat away. God help us if something happened to the president."

The presidential and vice presidential debates have given us a pretty clear picture of what both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden look like in unscripted, unstaged situations, and it's not pretty.

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan said it best in one of her columns last year. "In a second Obama administration, he will be operating without any of the constraints that limited his actions in the first. He will never have to face the voters again. Obama unbound, with interest groups to reward ... America, you don't want to go there."

As this campaign progresses, the choice between the candidates comes into much sharper focus -- more and more of us "don't want to go there." By now, most voters have made up their minds. If we are lucky, those who are undecided are watching closely because the choice is becoming much easier to make, and for the sake of the country, let's hope they make the right one.

Jim Dickson

St. Helena Island

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