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It is impossible for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump to “save” the United States of America. (Even Gary Johnson isn’t up to the task.)

No candidate has the ability to truly make our country better than what we the people choose to make it.

Disappointed? You’re not alone. Most people like to look for some sort of political messiah, and it’s easy to assume that someone with as much power as the president of the United States could “save” our country.

The only problem is that, while a president can help or hinder our nation, at the end of the day the only soul they have full power over is their own.

Unfortunately, neither Hillary or Donald is a political savior.

Thankfully, neither of them are the devil incarnate, either! Continue Reading

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This post wouldn’t have happened without the optimistic Facebook post of a friend, and the encouragement of my wife. Thanks, you two.

The purpose of McCTaft.com is to help individuals be their best selves (myself included). That’s why, as tempting as it is, I’m not going to rant and rave in current political fashion. Not to get all geeky, but to paraphrase Yoda:

  • Fear (of job loss, radical Islam, etc.) leads to anger (at national leaders, communities, etc.)
  • Anger leads to hate (of the “other party,” of religions, of candidates)
  • Hate leads to suffering (more job loss, less global stability, more expensive health insurance, etc.)

So, in an attempt to stay away from the Dark Side, I won’t be fear mongering, angrily insulting, or encouraging suffering on this blog. What I will do is list a few of the things that give me hope for America: an “American Vision,” if you will.

  • We have the capability to elect new leadership. If we, the American people, are willing to focus on electing leaders who keep each other in check, who say, “You know what? Let’s think before we enact,” then we may be able to get through the next presidency without losing too many of our freedoms.
  • We still have mothers and fathers. If my wife and I are willing to teach our son the Golden Rule; if he sees that my wife and I work as a team, even when we disagree; if he sees us acting in a charitable, Christian way; and if other parents are doing the same thing; then maybe, just maybe, the next generation will be able to cooperate with a respect and dignity that seems to have disappeared in today’s political race.
  • Last but not least, we have our hearts. It’s cheesy to say, but no matter what happens over the next four years, my heart will be as free as it ever has been. That’s what evil, in any form, just can’t grasp: that no matter how hard it tries to squelch faith, or hope, or free thinking, or right living, it can’t penetrate the heart until the heart surrenders. And I, for one, am in no mood to hand my heart over to anyone. (Well, except my wife, who stole it before we got married — but we’re discussing America here, not our love story.) Whatever happens over the next four years, or forty-four years, my heart will still know, and I’ll still teach our children, that

“all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Call it a new sunrise, call it a phoenix, call it what you want — but the principle called Freedom will stand and rise, again and again, because that is the American Vision.