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.

Day573 Saturday 03/24/12

ran 3.4 miles
Ads like this one, put out by Rick Santorum's camp, who coincidentally won my state's primary (Louisiana) today, reinforce how ugly, brutal, and desperate the political arena is.  I obviously want Barack Obama out of the White House, but not like this.  This video is a representation of everything impure in the political process.  There is little that is pure in American politics but this is not the way.  It is a shame that a presidential candidate should feel the need to employ such scare tactics when there are so many simple reasons (that don't require exaggeration) Barack Obama has made for himself to convey the message that he does not deserve a second term.

The video uses imagery set in 2014 with grim props and a dark setting foreshadowing a frightening near future.  The truth is, all unavoidable natural disasters and unforeseeable international events aside, our current president is far too crafty and intelligent to let the bottom fall out during his second term.  

America's erosion has been a long and slow process but this is a resilient nation.  Just pointing out that Rick Santorum's ad is farfetched and based on scare tactics.  That being said, there is much reason to be afraid, but Barack Obama's record, alone, is plenty of material to wage against him without having to resort to weak, threatening tactics like this.

It's just disappointing.  I honestly thought a real hero was going to emerge in 2012 and, in my opinion, one has not.  I'll take any of them over Barack Obama but none of our Republican candidates are fulfilling the expectations I had...

...which made me realize a larger picture.  We invest way too much interest and admiration, too much of ourselves in this one individual we call President of the United States of America, when he is actually just one more man or woman among hundreds of millions who simply needs to leave us alone as much as possible.  Barack Obama is not small government.  He is the exact opposite and whoever finally runs against him will be the anti-Obama.  That, if nothing else, is a good start to creating a better future for America.  

But, the reason Barack Obama has angered so many, the reason he woke up people like me who were in a political coma for so long, is because of his radical actions to make the federal government much larger than it deserves to be or was ever intended to be by the founders of our great nation.  The simple idea of a president trying to expand the government's size and authority at the rate Barack Obama is sends a direct message that he and his administration have little faith in your and other American's ability to live their own lives and for us to make our own decisions.  In simple terms, his effort to increase the size of government is a direct message that he thinks Americans are too stupid to think for themselves.  And he has the audacity to think that he knows what is good for me better than I do.  

Put that in an ad Santorum.  It isn't even necessary to scare Americans with cinematic special effects.  We are already scared of what a second term under Barack Obama will do to the future of America.  We are looking for a new leader who will stop spending money that does not exist (creating a debt for our unborn children that they had nothing to do with), shrink the federal government, and unleash the private sector.  The more the government leaves Americans alone, the more liberty and prosperity flourishes.  Barack Obama is moving in the exact opposite direction.

319.1 miles to go.

Here is what happened one year ago on Day208.

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