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An Open Letter to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

Both of you are way better than this.  I’m not sure if either of you know this or not…but the way you two are attacking each other is making you appear like you are way more interested in tearing your opponent apart rather than leading our country.

Both of you are acknowledging that our country is in trouble; unfortunately, neither one of you are providing solutions because you are way too busy blaming the other guy!

Neither one of you are idiots, although that is what you and your supporters want us to believe about “the other guy.”  You didn’t get to the position that you are in because you are reckless, irresponsible and stupid.  I believe that both of you are intelligent men who, at your core, want what is best for our country…but that is not obvious to most of us because of the tone you guys are using when speaking about one another.

Both of you acknowledge that we have a jobs problem in America.   However, neither one of you are speaking confidently and boldly about your plan, your vision to solve this problem but rather are using all of your platform time to tell me about all the bad things that will happen if “the other team wins.”

Honestly, I’m asking you guys to simply step up and paint a picture of the future that is so compelling that people are deeply moved and actually WANT to follow you!  Leaders should lead, both of you are leaders…but I fear that you have surrounded you with “experts” who have told you to attack your opponent rather than attacking the problem.

Our country will not climb out of the hole we are in unless we have bold, fearless leaders who care way more about the people they are leading than they do political polls and keeping their donor base content.

You guys are setting the tone, and you two COULD lead the way in regards to the rhetoric that is ever increasing in volume and hateful accusations.  I know that both of you have been bothered by talk show hosts who support the other party that have came out and attacked you and your personal life.  All I am saying is that I really do believe you guys should lead our country by example by rising above the rhetoric and simply sharing your ideas that you believe are best for this country.

One more thing, if you are going to do this then both of you should stop taking the words and actions of your opponent and twisting and manipulating the facts that allows them to be placed in the worst light possible.  Once again, this is not great leadership, it is slinging mud…and both of you are better men than this.  Our country is in financial trouble and it would be awesome if one of you (or both) would acknowledge that fact by refusing to spend millions of dollars on commercials that do nothing but tear down your opponent.

America really is tired of the name calling and fact twisting.  Division will not make our country better…but VISION will.  Our country is not in trouble because we lack knowledge, innovation or the ability to rise up but rather because it seems that we have political leaders who are way more obsessed with winning the argument and being right than they do being willing to roll up their sleeves and do whatever it takes to solve the problem.

Do you want people to show up to the polls and vote for you?  Give us a reason…spell out the specifics that have nothing to do with how bad the other guy is but rather how good your plan is!  Both of you are great leaders.  Both of you have achieved a place in history already, heck, you are one election away from being elected (or relected) as President of the United States.  Will history remember you because of what you were against or what you stood for?  You have the power to answer that question right now.

I’m simply asking for one of you to lead…lead in a way that is bold, daring and believes the best is yet to come for our country.  I honestly believe if one of you did that you would win this election by a landslide because America doesn’t need any more division from within.

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Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. The church averages 26,000 people during weekend services at multiple campuses throughout the state. You can read all of Perry’s unfiltered thoughts about life and leadership at PerryNoble.com. Don’t worry, he holds nothing back.