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Being a voter is hard. First you have to decide what direction you think the country should take, which takes a good amount of thought. Then you have to find a candidate who has an authentic vision for the country based on what you direction you came up with. Given our usual slate of candidates and their unwillingness to deal in real vision and authenticity, our task gets even harder.

When faced with this dilemma, I turn to our forefathers for some perspective. The wisdom of the past is a powerful tool for making sense of the present.

Which takes me to Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, Governor of New York, combat veteran, statesman, conservationist, sportsman, boxer, and author. TR certainly has the resume to shed some light on our current candidates. In fact, two quotations from Roosevelt stand out to me as valuable filters for sifting through our current slate of Democratic candidates for president, and only one candidate seems to fit both: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii. …


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The United States, led by aggressive war hawks who lack skin in the game, is edging closer to war with Iran. It is incredible that after thousands of lives lost in Iraq, not to mention trillions of dollars wasted, with no clear, *just* accomplishment, that we would consider yet another regime change war. (One may argue we toppled a dictator and gained access to strategic bases and oil in the Middle East — remember, I said *just*. Ask the millions of Iraqis terrorized by ISIS because of the power vacuum we created if what we did was just.)

Why Iran?

First, does Iran pose a direct and imminent threat to the U.S.? Seems doubtful. While the Iranian regime has been hostile towards the U.S., they haven’t struck any U.S. targets directly as far as we know. It would be very difficult for them to strike the U.S. mainland. Other countries probably pose greater threats to our immediate well-being. China and Russia both have nuclear weapons, large armies, intercontinental ballistic missiles, extensive cyber warfare capabilities, and the ability to disrupt our global supply chains, but we aren’t openly escalating military tensions with any of them at the moment. This leads me to believe our issues with Iran are for reasons other than protecting the U.S. mainland. …

Mike Deluvia

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