Finding reasons not to support a candidate

Less than two weeks to go until this election cycle is over, and just when you hope the Republican party and standard bearer Donald Trump will give us a reason to vote for them, instead we get more reasons not to.

In case you’re scoring at home, and doing that nowadays is much like trying to track all the moves in a split-squad spring training game early in the season with a ball-point pen:

  • Trump continues to bring up the specter of a “rigged” vote, despite all evidence to the contrary demonstrating the integrity of a system that’s served this humble experiment in democracy well the past 200+ years.
  • Republican leaders in the Senate, after doing a dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge worthy of the gang at Average Joe’s Gym on why they couldn’t hold hearings on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee during an election year, saying they wanted to be sure the people’s voice was heard, now indicating they may not hold hearings at all even after the election.
  • And now we have the story of a Kansas state representative, in response to an African-American woman singing the national anthem on one knee before a Miami Heat game, suggesting she “go home” to where she came from.

Is this really the type of country we want, with conspiracies around every corner, imagined or real?

Do we want one where our government leaders seem to draw their inspiration from the words of Eric Cartman, “Screw you guys, I’m going home.”

And do we really want one in which the way to deal with problems in our society is to shoot the messenger and pretend the problem is solved?

I don’t think so.

Not to say Hillary Clinton is without sin (and let’s face it, we’re all sinners). Some of what we’re seeing via Wikileaks does raise questions. But she’s not the ogre being portrayed via right wing radio.

Once upon a time there was an honest discussion of the issues facing our country, and our representatives not only kept it civil, but also found a way to work out our differences.

Let’s hope that day is not gone forever.


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