Two hundred and some years ago, this country was founded on the principles of freedom, equality, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Here we are in 2020, in a country so obsessed by power and domination that we have lost sight of the basics on which we began.
One of our so-called presidential candidates has been rumored to be pushing for 12 more years in office. Never mind that our amendments have (wisely) limited presidential terms to two. The other candidate has been quoted as wanting to tax everyone to his heart’s content, regardless of social status or income.
Realizing that much of this is the work of the media and is more or less more campaign bravado than truth, I continue to wonder about the security of our wonderful United States of America. For as many campaign speeches as I have had the painful experience to endure, I still haven’t seen one that doesn’t trash the other candidate. Is it possible to ask for votes based on my merit and accomplishments rather than the alleged bad decisions made by the opponent?
No, I am certainly not naive. In the many hotly contested political races, the whole point is to capture the votes, almost without regard for how it’s done. But it’s almost impossible to separate fact from fiction, rumor from documented evidence, and personal vendetta from differences in political viewpoints.
If you are at all like me, you can hardly wait for the results from November 3 to be counted and announced. While it will mean a return to the many redundant and offensive ads that we were previously watching, almost anything is better than character assassination. Do not despair, Americans. This political race is almost over and we can return to some semblance of order and kindness.
It is more important than ever that you vote. Remember that your doing so has the potential to keep the candidate you dislike from winning. More importantly, your voice will join others in removing or eliminating those politicians who are not doing the best for our country. Every vote counts. Shalom.