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This November 6, 2012 is election time in America.  I want to encourage all of you to become informed on the issues and decide who will support your cause and your beliefs and to vote.

 This past Friday I was fortunate enough to see President Barack Obama speak at Cleveland State University.  I attended the rally with my best friend of 31 years.  (Please do not start adding up the years to figure out my age!). Four years ago I listened to Mitt Romney and shook his hand as he campaigned for the office of Presidency for the first time.

I never use the café to promote political ideas.  I use it to expose you to all polarities of ideas. Those of you who have been with me over the years can attest to this. I believe that you should read and listen to many philosophies; not just Election Day or this year, but every day and every year.  

For example, I have personally read and shared with my students the philosophy of Ayne Rand.  She was Russian -American novelist, philosopher. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism.  One of the primary tenets of Objectivism is that the proper moral purpose of one's life is the pursuit of one's own happiness or rational self interest.  The philosophy states that the only social system consistent with this morality is full respect for individual rights embodied in laissez-faire capitalism.

On the other hand I attended President Obama’s rally.  From my assessment of his philosophy he would definitely not agree with Ayne Rand or objectivism or laissez –faire capitalism.

I will not tell any of you which way to view the world. I only encourage you to explore debate and seek new and old ideas.  Expose yourselves to new ways of thinking and old ways of thinking. Think rationally and critically when you hear new points of view and allow yourselves to be exposed to ideas that you never thought you would agree with.  Ruminate, cogitate and vote!

By the way, I am the forth one over to the right of the President in the pink skull cap. Don’t I look pensive?

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