These are trying times. They are are full of angst and anxiety for those of us who embrace reality.
In the past several weeks, I have spent some time researching the candidates who are vying for my vote -- here in my little corner of the earth. I take it seriously. I do this because this is one of the most important elections in my lifetime.
It will determine many things and I think the most important outcome it will yield will directly affect the future of western civilization, as we know it.What happens in November will determine how our children and grandchildren will fare as they grow up and live their lives.
We need leaders that will lead and put the people they serve, first. They need to understand the Constitution. Why have a founding document, if we do not follow it and use it for the framework of our government?
So as part of this quest, I have been trying to educate myself by watching debates and generally listening to the five gentlemen, who have been kind enough to offer their services to represent the state of Indiana.
All are currently seeking the GOP nomination for U.S. Senator, and are as follows:
1) Richard Behney
2) Don Bates
3) Indiana State Senator Marlin Stutzman
4) Former Senator Dan Coats
5) Former U.S. Representative John Hostettler
Please take special note of the following:
1) All five are quality candidates.
2) All five would make a better choice than the likely Democratic nominee.
3) All five make it hard to choose between them, as they all have their unique qualities and attributes.
4) All have special talents that would be excellent assets for the job at hand.
But I am not a member of the Dead Democrats club, so I can only vote once. And the objective here is to choose the best possible candidate.
As I said earlier, all are good in their own way. And if my man doesn't win, I will support any of them in the general election (over and above someone who voted for Obamacare, as the Congressman of the IN-8th District).
I am grateful for the service of Mr. Coats. Overall, I think he has done a decent job for Indiana in the past. But I didn't always see things his way on the second amendment, and I see if him as part of that "old guard" GOP machine. For these reasons, I think his time has past. But I still I want him to know that we appreciate what he was able to do, in his time.
Mr. Behney has a lot of energy, I have seen it in person. He is a good speaker, has a great story behind him, and seems to get the big picture. He has an energetic following that responds well to his sense of humor and purpose. But it is my fear that he will get eaten alive in Washington with no prior political experience.
I haven't seen Mr. Bates in person yet. He could not attend the Indianapolis Tea Party forum, where I was on Saturday morning. He was ill. But I have seen him on TV debates and have read some about him. I do find him to be a bright young man -- who also gets the big picture. But he has no prior political experience either. And like I said, it's brutal in D.C. and the mess is thick.
Like Behney and Bates, Mr. Stutzman also has a level head on him and good grasp of the problems we face as a nation. He is smart and knowledgeable, he states his positions well. In addition, he has experience in politics and government.
I did give him a good look. But remember, we only get one vote. We must select the BEST candidate with it.
As I listen to John Hostettler, it has become clearer to me that he is the one who I think can best represent Indiana, as its junior senator.
He knows how Washington works.
He can set up his office tomorrow and go to work on fixing the problems right away, with limited orientation and far less time to get acclimated to the federal experience.
And it's not just his experience that makes him appealing.
He knows the Constitution. He is a very smart man, he is a concrete thinker who is able to analyze and troubleshoot well. As he states his positions and stances, he can and often does reference the section(s) and article(s) that apply to what he wants to do.
When he was in the House, he broke ranks with the GOP when he has felt they were wrong. You have to respect that.
He seems to vote his deeply guided principles well, and has done it consistently. There are but a few things, of which I am sure I may not agree with him. That's always the case in this world. But in the deep analysis, I have come to the stark conclusion that I do agree with him on the lion's share of the issues--especially those things that are vital to preserving the personal freedoms that have made this nation so great.
Make no mistake. If he does not win the nomination, I will support the winner and I have a feeling that Mr. Hostettler will too.
If he does win, I want all to know and understand that this is not the necessarily the end of the road for the others. But it will very important for them to be supportive of the nominee, so that we can wrest control of government from the hands of the progressives in the fall. These idealogues seek to bankrupt and weaken this nation, with their out of control spending and unprecedented expansion of government.
They must be stopped before they do enormous amounts of irreparable damage.
For the above reasons stated, PYY is freely and willingly choosing to endorse Mr. John Hostettler for U.S. Senator, for a constitutional term of six years. If you are from Indiana and still reading, I ask that you give this man a good look....and your vote.
It will help begin the process of restoration. It will begin the process of rediscovery of the values and principles that have been lost for so long. It will do much to give America the true hope that its young will see the same opportunities available to them, like we were able to enjoy.