I have been to a few of his shows and always liked the guy. I actually met him and had him set with me and my wife at a Pittsburgh Steelers game back in the early '80's. He sang the National Anthem and was down on the field below us shaking all the Steelers hands as they went out to play (he was a Steeler fan at the time). I yelled down to him and he spoke back. I invited him up to watch the game not thinking he would, but he asked what section I was in and sure enough he came up and sat with us for the whole first half. He's just like anyone that I would call a friend, down to earth and honest. He's a Titans fan now but I don't hold that against him.
He also had this to say about the election.
I realize that every election America has ever held has been important. There are always relevant issues, and policies that have needed to be instituted, altered or done away with altogether, critical course corrections for the nation's good or in some cases, survival.
Of all the elections I can remember observing and participating in over the past seven and a half decades, I speak in complete honesty when I say that the 2012 election is the most important and represents the most diverse and serious ramifications and consequences of them all.
In my mind the 2012 election goes far beyond mere political parties, left vs. right and even the obvious critical issues facing the nation. This election is about ideology, about whether America will get back on the horse she was bucked off of or stay on the ground and crawl toward being the impotent, pale and fainthearted, also ran, who lives a hand to mouth existence and doesn't really matter very much in the neighborhood where the bullies live. That's what this election is about.
I often marvel at the pundits in the media who proudly tout Obama's dismal job creation record, jobs that exist at government expense, that in many cases have cost the taxpayer seven million dollars apiece. That's what this election is about.
Our national debt is approaching sixteen trillion dollars and if Obama is elected will continue to grow until our credit card gets cancelled and our dollar becomes so devaluated that we lose our long held place as the accepted world trade currency and we have to buy currency from other nations to purchase oil and other imported goods.
That's what this election is about.
Our military stands the chance of being underfunded, shrunk and weakened by a president who either doesn't understand or doesn't like them very much. That's what this election about.
Under Obama the entitlement class has grown to alarming proportions and threatens to become the most powerful voting block in America, casting their vote for whoever promises them the most, growing so large in numbers that sensible fiscal policy will never again be possible until this nation goes through the inevitable anarchy and chaos that accompanies the end of the party when the money runs out. That's what this election is about.
Eric Holder has proven to be inept, dishonest and partial in his administration of the law.
America deserves to have the law upheld and applied equally regardless of race or politics. That's what this election is about.
In spite of having complete control of the White House, Congress and Senate his first two years in office, in spite of having a mandate and a license to do anything he wanted to fix the economy, in spite of being able to use presidential decree like a royal stamp, the best excuse for failure Obama can come up with is that it's all Bush's fault. He is not willing to face the American people and admit his impotence. That's what this election is about.
President Obama has gone around the world apologizing for the greatness and uniqueness of America; he stood by and did nothing when the people of Iran were in the streets trying to rid themselves of a cruel and repressive dictatorship. Obama is perceived as weak by the leaders of the world; therefore making America and American interests abroad vulnerable because they believe our president doesn't have the will or the know how to defend against them. That's what this election is about.
The 2012 election is about what kind of nation we want to live in, a country with a strong, modern military, a nation which projects a don't tread on me attitude and the ability to back it up, or an ill defended, weak and vulnerable place that cringes at it's own shadow every time it hears a saber rattle.
Do we want to be energy independent by drilling, racking and taking Canada up on the vast amounts the pipeline would provide or do we want to remain dependent on terrorist supporting nations who can slow down our economy on a whim?
Do we want to tax and regulate more and more businesses out of America or create a business friendly climate to being back the ones we've already lost?
Do we want to destroy the very best health care system in the world and place another sixth of our economy under government control?
It's about personal freedom, equal justice for all, fiscal stability, security, law and order,
letting the private sector grow, creating jobs and fueling the American dream as it always has.
That's what this election is about.
Do I think that if Romney and Ryan win in November all will be peaches and cream? Far from it, but at least it's a chance to stop the bleeding.
What do you think?
Pray for our troops, and for our country.
God bless America