should make informed decisions
College is said
to be a time for experimentation and self-discovery, to strike out
on ones own form your own identity and opinions. Its
a time to break the habit of making choices based on what our parents
think or what is most popular with our friends.
This new year, we find ourselves bombarded with choices; choices
that can and will influence our future: Who to vote for in the upcoming
While I do not endorse any one candidate, I do urge you to follow
the news, upcoming debates, find out the positions and platforms
of the candidates. We should make smart, well-thought and educated
decisions based on what is important to us not our parents
Its time to stand up and voice our own opinions make
a better America and world for ourselves. We are embarking into
a new world one where mom and dad wont always be available
to fix our mistakes. The way for us to do this is with our votes.
We have the chance this year to fix the position we now find ourselves
President Bush has tarnished our countrys image. He has eroded
the good will and sympathy other nations showed after Sept. 11.
He has made us look like spoiled brats that dont care about
anyone or anything but ourselves.
We should be a part of the global community instead of apart from
We are in a war that is taking, on average, more than one American
life a day as well as billions of tax dollars. And we are essentially
going it alone.
Without leadership that will bring in allies and the United Nations,
it may only be a matter of time until the draft is reinstituted.
That means you, your brother, boyfriend or someone dear to you could
be shipped out to Iraq simply because of the lack of a foreign
policy that makes any kind of sense.
We need a leader that doesnt bully anyone or get personally
insulted by opinions expressed by allies.
Bush has turned government surpluses into an ever-growing national
deficit, a debt that we will have to pay off. He wants to drill
for oil in national parks instead of leading us to develop new clean
and renewable energy sources. Bush and Cheney have no desire to
end our dependence on foreign oil they are unashamed bedfellows
of the oil industry.
Developing new sources of energy means the creation of new sources
for jobs something our current recovery has yet
to do. Bush is ensuring that we will be no better off tomorrow than
we are today.
I urge all of my fellow students to get involved, educate themselves
and learn what makes the most sense to them instead of blindly following
anothers lead. Hook up with on-campus political clubs and
groups to discuss issues, find those who share your views, get out
and urge others to vote, share your opinions and take time to hear
those of others.
We need to ask ourselves if continuing the leadership of the current
administration means prosperity for us in the short term and years
from now. Will four more years of Dubya be in our best
Ward is a senior history major from Fort Worth.