Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, no matter your party affiliation or where your political loyalty lies, if you will be totally honest with yourself, you have to admit – at least in the opinion of Barack Obama and his “blame Bush” sycophants and acolytes – that whatever quagmires Obama inherited from George W. Bush, his administration has exacerbated them many times over.
We all know that he has spent more money than all the presidents before him combined, doubling the national debt from around nine trillion dollars to almost twenty trillion.
We know about the shrinking and demoralizing of our military, the continued exit of manufacturing, the falling house of cards of Obamacare, his failing to leave enough troops in Iraq to prevent the rise and exponential growth of ISIS. We know about Benghazi, Russia's unfettered return to an aggressor role and Obama's proclivity to hide from the problems of his office, content to leave the whole mess to the next president.
But what I want to talk about is not the failings of the Obama presidency. I've spent nearly eight years doing that. I want to cast an eye to the future and whatever person is best suited to assume one of the most important presidencies in the history of America.
Who has the common sense to deal with our ominous fiscal problems that threaten not only this generation but also all the succeeding generation in the foreseeable future?
Who is willing to take what will be a very unpopular stance to stop the spending, curb the growth of the entitlement morass, to tackle the twenty trillion dollar national debt before just paying the interest alone consumes 100% of our GDP?
Who will back the beleaguered law enforcement agencies, re-instill respect for authority, and tell the truth that most all confrontations with law enforcement are caused by belligerent noncompliance with an officer and authoritative state that ALL lives matter, including the lives of the Thin Blue Line that keep the mayhem at bay?
Who will deal effectively with our ridiculous immigration policy, stemming back sanctuary cities, where criminal aliens can hide, and who will oppose the absolutely insane idea that it is our duty to take in thousands of refugees when we know ISIS and other violent radical Islamic factions have intentions to infiltrate their ranks?
Who will tell the American people the unvarnished truth, take the heat, insist that the buck and the responsibility for a safe and prosperous America stops at their desk?
Who will clean up the corrupt, out of control bureaucracy at the IRS and make changes in our tax codes that will allow an ordinary citizen to fill out their own tax return?
Who has a heart for the people who have laid their lives on the line for this country and come back home to inferior or – in many cases – no health care. Some of them have even died while waiting for a Veterans Administration – which spent millions of dollars on art – to bring them in for treatment?
Who has a heart for the families who have depended on coal for a living for generations only to have it jerked away from them by an administration who seems to value political correctness and the approval of a corrupt United Nations more than the welfare of thousands of families in the coal mining states?
Who would immediately open the mines, and rather than throwing money down the drain with political cronies like the doomed Solyndra and other pie in the sky energy sources that need years of research and development before they are the answer to our energy problems, spend it on a dependable source and fund clean coal technologies?
Who would understand that with hundreds of wind turbines set to shut down, become abandoned or are falling apart now, why should we create more?
Who realizes the ultra-importance of having by far the best equipped, the best manned and the most technologically savvy military on the planet?
Who would be a commander in chief that the military would trust to always be in their corner and make a career in the military one of the best choices for the best and the brightest?
Who would begin a program to deal with the crime on our streets and relieve the long-suffering citizens whose families are daily intimidated by violent street gangs and the drug dealers who turn their neighborhood into war zones, murder their children and make it impossible for meaningful businesses to move into their stricken areas?
Who understands the purposes and would protect the tenants of the Second Amendment, and would have the common sense and honesty to admit that the legal gun owners are not the problem, and who would support giving law enforcement the latitude and the power to clean up the illegal ones?
Who can America trust to deal with the myriad of serious problems that threaten to turn America into a quasi Third World nation and take away the quality of life and freedoms we have always cherished?
Whoever you think is best equipped to tackle the threats on America's horizon, go out and vote for them.
Let your voice be heard, America. VOTE.
What do you think?
Pray for our troops, our 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.