Ann Arbor, MI (PRWEB) January 20, 2008
Many Presidential candidates claim to be agents of change, with the courage, the knowledge and the power to change Washington and restore America's place in the world. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: "Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle."
This new website provides insight for voters to help Americans make the right decision in arguably the most important election of our time? The key issues have been hashed over and the primary polls get more coverage than the BCS football rankings. Most of the stump speeches start to sound the same. Even Hillary Clinton neutralizes her greatest differentiator by sounding like one of the boys.
So how do voters truly judge a candidate? By what a speechwriter wrote? What if the speechwriters joined the writer's strike? Only then might voters find out the true character of the candidates, what they're made of, what's inside their hearts. Robert Fulghum wrote: "All I need to know I learned in Kindergarten."
This new website explores some interesting sidebars about the candidates before the cameras and lights were on. When did they first demonstrate leadership potential? How have these self-proclaimed "change agents" changed and evolved over time?
Candidates come from all walks of life and in all shapes and sizes. (One lost over a hundred pounds). They often share some common traits, like the determination to overcome adversity. The great leaders all became active and involved at an early age, gaining invaluable real-world experiences and streetsmarts. They all have demonstrated the courage to take on new and unforeseen challenges along with the desire to change the world.
The site StreetSmartDirect.com/candidates includes interesting, informative and educational activities, videos, and free games to test voter knowledge and provide a better understanding of what the candidates are made of. The site includes links to stories on candidates and other leaders past, present and future.
Following are a few examples of the sometimes enlightening, insightful, and trivial factoids about the candidates before the lights were on:
- Whose father worked briefly for organized crime figures and served prison time; years before the candidate prosecuted the five major crime families?
- Which candidate lost a summer job at an Alaskan fish cannery for protesting unsafe conditions for workers?
- Which candidate won a Grammy Award?
- Which candidate's father was born in Mexico because of a Supreme Court Decision?
- Whose mother claimed: "he's not really a Republican -- he just feels sorry for the poor."
- Which candidate received national media attention as a student for speaking out against a Senator who gave the commencement address?
- Which candidate was valedictorian of their college class? Which one graduated fifth from the bottom?
- Which candidate did John McCain call "the most honest man in Congress"?
- Which former U.S. attorney is credited for inventing the "perp walk" -- the practice of parading the accused in front of the media?
Participants can cast their ballot at Streetsmartdirect.com/candidates for a chance to win valuable prizes. The site supports OmniPeace and Millennium Promise -- Committed to Ending Extreme Poverty.
The website http://www.StreetSmartDirect.com contains inspirational stories from the real world including history, entertainment and sports. The site's mission is to inform, entertain and inspire. It includes links to learning resources, books, movies, coaching and instructional videos. The collection of articles features individuals who have overcome adversity. Site visitors are invited to contribute relevant information and stories of their own. A portion of the proceeds are donated to charity of the site visitor's choice.
The site includes pages on all candidates and other leaders including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, Ron Paul, Mike Huckabee, John Edwards, Mitt Romney, John McCain and other concerned citizens working to make a difference like Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston and Drew Barrymore, Ronald Reagan, Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice, John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Al Gore.
StreetSmartDirect.com compiles and tracks a comprehensive collection of backstories about individuals from all walks of life who have experienced adversity and achieved success. The intent is to gather and share insight on how individuals have used adversity as a driving force to strengthen their resolve and who influenced or inspired them. The site is designed to provide direction to help individuals find the determination and inspiration to carve their own path toward success.
The content reinforces the idea that everyone faces adversity and that success has little to do with physical or intellectual gifts if one can find the determination, perseverance and streetsmarts. In sharp contrast, the road is littered with underachievers who squandered their potential through lack of effort.
StreetSmartDirect.com has partnered with major brands of manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to offer the most competitive prices on books, movies, video and audio downloads, music, games, simulation and more. The site is open to virtually any source of products or services that are information-driven, knowledge-driven or digitally based.
The StreetSmartDirect shopping experience is user-driven. Users are able to navigate and select from a vast array of major brands and discount distributors within this virtual online mall, or to just enjoy, be entertained and enlightened by the content. Visitors are invited to contribute their own relevant stories, information and links. The site contains a price-comparison engine to help ensure the most competitive prices. Visit http://www.StreetSmartDirect.com for more information.
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