2012: A Year of Hope and Change

Leadership cannot be measured in a poll or even in the result of an election. It can only be truly seen with the benefit of time. From the perspective of 20 year, not 20 days.” ~ Marco Rubio
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Making a choice is one of the most difficult things in life, but for some reasons we need to make some (many) choices in this life, no matter how hard it is. 2012 is a year when you will choose your next President; it is a tough choice. It is hard because it will simply affect your daily life in one way or another. That is way you need to carefully thing about it before made up your mind. 

One of the new things that I learned this year is when I got the chance to become a volunteer at Mitt Romney campaign center at Salt Lake City. I would like to assume that you already know Mitt Romney, because if you do not, I think you need to spend some of your time to read your local newspaper J. Volunteers at a new Mitt Romney call center spent Saturday talking to voters, mostly by phone, as part of the campaign's strategy to mobilize the GOP presidential candidate's strength in Utah to secure victories in neighboring battleground states.

I noticed that there are a lot of enthusiasm and excitement and support for the former Salt Lake Olympic leader in Utah.  Last week, we were making calls to identify likely Romney supporters in the so-called swing states that could go either Republican or for Democratic President Barack Obama in November, especially Colorado and Nevada.

While making calls I usually asked people’s opinion on the election, one of the most interesting topic to discuss is the presidential debate, especially issues regarding the Afghanistan war. Mitt Romney did not say anything regarding Afghanistan or the military operation in Afghanistan in his acceptance speech on August 30, 2012. Some pundits criticize the GOP’s Presidency candidate by saying that he failed on delivering important issues regarding the military operation that include more than 80,000 soldiers in Afghanistan.

Romney’s campaign team, however, defended the candidate’s decision to leave out any mention of the war in Afghanistan because he had covered the topic in a speech he gave to the America Legion in Indiana just one day prior to his convention speech. 

Obama’s speech, however, in his Democrat National Convention successfully delivered the Afghanistan issues including the military operation in Afghanistan. He covered the issue by saying that American’s longest war will over. He also criticized his opponent’s speech, Mitt Romney, by saying that “…My opponent said that it was tragic to end the war in Iraq. And he won’t tell us how he’ll end the war in Afghanistan. Well, I have, and I will…”

President Obama still covered the war in Afghanistan in his speech because he realized that the military operation in Afghanistan still become one of the big and national issues across the country and even around the world. 

Despite the debate, both candidate promised changes and hopes at their campaign. It is up to you to choose your next President, remember, it is not only for today, it is for the next FOUR YEARS, do not let anyone change your mind, not even the campaign’s volunteer.
Happy electing, America!

I Wayan Alit Sudarsana, University of Utah ~ Indonesian Ugrader

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