I want to feel good about whoever becomes the next President of the United States.
I want to feel the President of my country is a patriot, a supporter of our troops, a true commander in chief.
I want to feel safe on my country's soil and in my home. Everyone does.
Of course there are no guarantees. Things happen. Life goes on.
But right now, I have this small issue with Obama I am trying to work through.
For many individuals, it's obviously not a problem and many have been able to look past it.
But it continues to nag and perplex me. I can't seem to put it in a box, tie a ribbon on it and put it away.
I want to understand it.
I want to let it go, but deep down haven't been able to.
I want to know, need to know, how supporters of Obama feel about his association with William Ayers, a man who participated in the bombings of New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, the United States Capitol building in 1971 and the Pentagon in 1972.
Obama's association with Ayers has its roots in the two men serving together on the Woods Fund Board from 1999 until 2002. Also, a meet-and-greet organized by Ayers at his home to introduce Obama to Ayers neighbors when Obama was running for his first Illinois state Senate campaign in 1995 took place as well.
Now, some say Obama is guilty of nothing by serving on a board with this guy. But many say these two men were not just ships passing in the night, they actually worked closely together. I have to say it's strange and the meet-and-great at Ayers home...well...it feels very wrong.
As a politician, part of me feels Obama should have abstained from working with a man who committed these types of crimes on American soil. A man who to this day claims he should have committed further acts of violence to further his cause.
I am uncomfortable because in this situation, Obama appears like a political opportunist, joining forces with someone to get what he wants. Whatever Obama's intentions were at the time, the perception left behind is not favorable.
Personally, out of principle, I have disassociated myself with many people who hung with unsavory characters.
I find it disconcerting Obama was willing to continue a relationship in order to possibly fulfill a political agenda.
So Obama supporters, please, PLEASE convince me I have nothing to worry about. Convince me, this was a slip in judgment.
I want to feel good about whomever we elect in November, I need to.