From my public school education during the 1950s and 60s in Owensville, Mo., a small town in Gasconade County, I came to revere our founding fathers and subsequently our great Constitution.


From my public school education during the 1950s and 60s in Owensville, Mo., a small town in Gasconade County, I came to revere our founding fathers and subsequently our great Constitution. 
These men, including Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Franklin, Hamilton, and Washington, having little experience with self-government, took a huge leap in breaking from Britain and forming a new nation where the “people are sovereign”. 
The whole concept of government for, of, and by the people ranks up there with the printing press as among the most profound innovations of human history. 
The idea that we, the people, have a say in determining our own destinies is so worthy of continuing reverence and it is for this reason that I am voting for Sen. Barack Obama for president.  He passes my “founding fathers test”.
I believe Sen. Obama will lead us in fostering a government based on open debate and civil discourse and not just back room deal-making, quid pro quo, and shallow sound bites; where all sides of an issue are given due respect and consideration, and laws and policies are formulated to the most benefit of the people of this country. 
I see the election of Sen. Obama to the presidency as an opportunity of sorts, to “re-found” our nation by getting back to those principles of democracy envisioned by our founding fathers. 
I sincerely believe our founding fathers would support Sen. Obama precisely because he understands and represents the ideals of liberty that they expressed when they embarked on this great experiment in self-government more than 200 years ago. 
We must get back to these fundamental principles of democracy because this is what unites us as a country and this in turn will enable us to solve the problems and resolve the issues we face. 
Therefore, I would like to ask the good people of Missouri to go back and carefully read those words in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution and then, please, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to vote for America by voting for Senator Obama in November.  Thank You.
Cynthia L. Murray Olson
Webster Groves, Mo.