The real work
After the election, one thing we can all enjoy is a quietening of the incessant barrage of political advertisements. Yes, they will return in two years, but for now we have a reprieve.
There are those who finished first and those who did not. There were referendums and projects that were passed and those that were not. So what is our task now? Is it not that we must accept what has transpired and move on?
Can we as a nation, as a community, as leaders and as individuals heal our disappointments and move forward in a cooperative manner? Can we get past our tribal ideations and realize that for true progress, conversations must be held where all views can be expressed and jointly evaluated in a civil conversation?
Can those who lost their cause get over it and join those who won to reach common goals? Can those who won avoid the temptation to gloat and reach out to those who lost and strive to accomplish that which is best for the common good?
Let us not just hope. Let us do it.
Can’t afford them
Obviously, those in favor more liberal immigration laws or even open borders don’t follow the news. Every day this country has all it can handle with crime, drugs, corruption, obstruction, homelessness, veterans, the elderly, Social Security, the mentally challenged, disease, welfare, neglect in the inner cities, infrastructure in need of repairs, lack of financial education contributing to the $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, a $22 trillion national debt and commitments for military and aid to other countries.
What have I missed?
What would be the source of this money-dispensing machine to support would-be illegal immigrants and their supporters, who think they are entitled to cut in front of those who have been waiting in line to legally immigrate into our country? Oh, I forgot — the money’s coming from affluent taxpayers and the rest of us.
I don’t know about you folks, but I can’t afford this utopia the liberals are seeking and the long-term burdens it would bring. Can you?
I voted Tuesday morning at a church in Blue Springs. It was packed at 10 a.m.
I looked around, and there were only two young people, and they were with their parents.
In 10 years, 75 percent of the people I saw voting will have died, and these young people will be leading the country. Every parent who has a child 18 or older needs to take him or her to get registered for the next election.
I am one of those parents. We have to do better. It’s our job to hire the best person, not to just sit and see who wins.
A split vote
When I found out Missouri residents would be voting for a gas tax to repair roads, bridges and infrastructure, I knew immediately I would vote for it. But later I found out a large portion of the tax would fund the Highway Patrol.
I am for funding infrastructure and I am for funding the Highway Patrol, but not through the same ballot proposition. Infrastructure repairs require the entire amount the gas tax would have raised. The Highway Patrol funding needed to be a separate question.
TV ads emphasized road repair but failed to mention a large portion going to the Highway Patrol. No wonder it did not pass. Both issues would have passed separately, but not together. Whose idea was that?
Because of that mistake, our infrastructure will not be improved and the Highway Patrol will not receive extra funding. What a costly mistake.
Vote for none
In the 50-plus years I have been voting, there have been multiple instances when I did not want any of the candidates on the ballot to represent me. As a result, I chose to vote against candidates I was most uncomfortable with by voting for their opponents.
Today, I believe the two leading political parties frequently have candidates who are on the extreme right or left, which I cannot support.
A possible solution might be to have an option on each ballot for a formal “none of the above” — NOTA. Then if NOTA wins, all candidates on that ballot should be ineligible to run for that office again. This would apply to city, county, state and federal offices.
Of course, the people who could make this happen are the ones whose names are on the ballot and would probably be opposed. Furthermore, it would result in some major, much-needed election reforms.
Maybe we could have a national grassroots write-in campaign to vote for NOTA. I honestly believe we need major changes to fix the toxic mess we have in Washington.