Finished goal of running the distance of 2,080 miles from Lafayette, LA to Washington D.C and back!!! 339.1 miles

0.0 miles run this week.
Daily running average for the week is 0.00 miles per day.
Total amount run in the past 800 days is 2,419.1 miles.
Daily running average overall is 3.02 miles per day.

Day473 Thursday 12/15/11

ran 3.5 miles
On any given day I jump from one candidate to another convincing myself “this is the one”. Everyday I seem to come across something in the news that makes me think otherwise, though, whether by fault or virtue of each candidate. For example, I was a committed Herman Cain supporter for a long time until he got chewed up by our political machine and spit out. For the record, I don’t believe any of the allegations against him or true (and I know that statement is about as valuable as me saying I think the Saints are going to win the Super Bowl this year; it is only a hope and an opinion that bears no resemblance to factual evidence). But, Herman Cain and what was either a complete character assassination or a legitimate violation of women, reminded me of just how early it is in this election cycle and how necessary it is to keep an open mind and to constantly keep options available and to keep the larger picture in sight.

The candidate I like at this moment is Ron Paul. Taking inventory of the big issues right now, primarily the American economy and our national debt, I always go back to these questions.

What other big issues are even important if your country goes bankrupt? What is more important than a functioning balanced budget? Isn’t a healthy economy the spine of any nation?

It seems as though many Americans have secondary and tertiary demands they require of candidates to earn their vote that somehow override the underlining importance of simply fixing our economy. But how can arms lift and legs walk without a functioning spine?

Back to Ron Paul. This is what I am feeling today and, as I mentioned earlier, this is subject to change as soon as tomorrow---it’s as though we have been rolling around in the mud and filth of budget abuse and debt overload for a couple decades and, all of a sudden, America wants to be clean. America is tired of the mud and filth. But America has been rolling around in the muck for too long for a quick rinse. This cleansing will require severe measures. High-pressure hoses, highly abrasive pads, gritty soap, and more is required to clean the mess we have caked on the people of our nation.

Ron Paul in many ways might be that high-pressured hose, highly abrasive pad, and gritty soap. Most of the other candidates seem more like a situation where America simply swirls around in the mud and filth only a bit less vigorously and mistakenly calls that a means to clean up.

If you got thrown into a pile of manure, would you dab it off with a paper towel and go on about your daily business or would you take a thorough shower and make sure you never get thrown into a pile of manure again? I think Ron Paul might be that hot shower we are in such need of.

640.8 miles to go.

Here is what happened one year ago on Day108.

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