It's obvious that at least a significant portion of America wants a change in Washington, and I believe that the overwhelming reason for that is that Americans don't feel safe and don't trust the ability of their government to ensure a safe environment for their families and their wellbeing.
They don't feel safe when it comes to their employment future.
They have watched manufacturing jobs leave the country as small town after small town joined the rust belt, at a time when industries that had been the biggest employer in town for a couple of generations moved their facilities offshore to take advantage of more favorable tax and regulation climates, and the most frustrating part is that they continued to sell their products in the U.S. as if nothing had happened, with no penalty or restriction, profiting from the American economy while contributing nothing to it.
They don't feel safe on the streets of America.
Although the crime statistics the government keeps will tell you that crime has fallen off in numbers, the percentage that remains has become more violent as the murder rates in any large American city will reflect.
So far this year in Chicago alone, according to the Chicago Tribune, 386 people have been murdered, with 2,459 shooting victims and these numbers do not even account for burglaries, robberies, muggings, rapes, home invasions and the daily intimidation citizens in gang-infested neighborhoods have to live with every day.
We have come to expect the murder rates in our big cities with high gang populations to be high, but if you were to look up the top crime per capita cities in the nation, like me, you'd probably be appalled at the number of smaller and intermediate sized cities in the top 20, according to Neighborhood Scout, cities like Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Rocky Mount, North Carolina and Pine Bluff Arkansas.
They don't feel the country is safe.
In the last few years they have watched the advent and growth of ISIS and other terrorist organizations, the exponential expansion of terrorist attacks around the world, and they fear that there are cells and lone wolves around our nation that will one day spring into action in our shopping malls and schools.
They don't feel safe with a president whose first reaction to almost any terrorist attack is a defense of the Islamic religion and a repetitive mantra about more gun control.
While we watch the rapid buildup of the militaries of Russia and China, and their continuing development of bigger and better weapons, our military is the smallest it has been in 7 decades. Our naval and air fleet have shrunk to the point that having enough planes standing at the ready at any one time is a problem.
We watched our sailors not only captured, but also humiliated and belittled, while Secretary of State John Kerry acted as if the Iranians did us a favor to release them. There was a time when, had a U.S. president demanded their release, they would have been handed over immediately, but the world has no fear or respect for America any longer
They don't feel safe about the economy.
It's becoming apparent to all but the very least informed that our economy is vulnerable. We are a house of cards underpinned by printed currency with a volatile stock market and a shrinking manufacturing base, and we are in very real danger of losing our position of having the currency that international business is conducted in.
They don't trust and don't feel safe with their government.
President Obama recently made a speech in which he said that the world is safer than it's ever been. He also said the economy is doing well, as he painted a rosy picture of America's future.
But this is the same man who told us we could keep our doctor, when we couldn’t. It's the same man who wouldn't even try to mount a military response to the slaughter in Benghazi and stood by while his Secretary of State and her State Department blamed a YouTube video as the cause of the uprising.
So, I believe this year's election will come down to who can make Americans feel the safest, and right now, it's anybody's guess.
Will America trust a continuation of President Obama's security, foreign and domestic policies going forward, or will they spring for a new direction and a new way of doing things in Washington?
We'll know shortly.
What do you think?
Pray for our troops, out police and the peace of Jerusalem.
God Bless America
Charlie Daniels is a legendary American singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler famous for his contributions to country and southern rock music. Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008.