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Letter: Cast a vote for character

At the Kandiyohi County Fair this year I was approached by a Democrat who proudly proclaimed, "We are going to elect the first black president." His comment reminded me of Dr. Martin Luther King's "dream speech," a portion of which I have posted next to my computer. The quote is that his children would "one day live in a nation where people will be judged, not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." I would add that Dr. King, in the context of today's presidential race, may have also suggested experience as a measure to judge any person's qualifications to be president.

Barack Obama is a gifted speaker and may have a bright future, but the media for the most part has ignored his associations with convicted land developer Tony Rezko, William Ayers of the Weather Underground, Pastor Jeremiah Wright, and ACORN, whose problems with voter registration fraud have been widely reported. I don't know if that speaks to his "character" because these associations have not been fully explored, but it makes me wonder about his judgment.

He had a total of 143 days of experience in the U.S. Senate before he announced the formation of his "exploratory committee" for the presidency. He is applying for the position of chief executive but has no executive experience. If you were in charge of human resources, would you hire a person with only 143 days of experience, none of which are in the field you are looking to fill? When you vote on Tuesday, you are that human resources person and you must cast your vote based on experience and character, not emotion and hype.

John McCain has served for decades, not days, and has always put his country first. He has the experience to lead on day one. His character was forged in a prison camp called the "Hanoi Hilton" where he spent five and a half years, refusing to come home early when the North Vietnamese learned he was the son of an admiral. It's not about color; it's about character and experience.