Not enough good choices in elections

Published 11:13 pm Thursday, June 9, 2016

As if the presidential election weren’t contentious enough with the likes of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the choices, we have to elect a mayor and council in Selma. There is just so much political jargon a person should have to endure at any one time. Many voters apparently have a problem with filtering out the truth and substance from political posturing for votes.

A classic example of that is the presidential contest with all the rhetoric going on. What a side show or spectacle we are in for over the course of the next six months.

It appears this time around we have two untrustworthy and very unpopular individuals vying for the highest office in the land.

You would think after the last eight years of a complete novice in the office, the people of this great country would be offered something better. It sure doesn’t speak well of our country. Where is Alfred E. Newman when you need him? We are nearly 20 trillion dollars in debt and can ill afford another eight years like the last. This president has doubled the national debt our children and grandchildren will have to pay back if the country stays solvent that long. The federal government shouldn’t be in the charity business. “The government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.” — James Madison (1794).

The problem with all of this is voters have to make a choice. The choice for me will be the lesser of two evils. Do we finish the demise of our country by electing Hillary whose only accomplishments are her failures? Or, do we go with a loud mouthed real estate mogul vowing to make America great again?

It is little wonder to me why Donald Trump has become so popular with Republican primary voters.

The demonstrators at his appearances are making his point for him about illegals pouring in without any allegiance to our country. They are violent, unruly, disruptive and attempting to shut down free speech or any opposition to their being here illegally. Just check out the flags they hold high, the flags they are burning and the riots they are causing. These are not peaceful demonstrations exercising the right to assemble. It is reprehensible for illegals or anyone else in our country to burn and desecrate the flag.

They are spitting on the graves of all who have given their life for it and what it stands for since 1775.  The American Legion since 1989 has tried in vain to get a flag amendment through Congress giving Congress the right to protect and prevent purposeful desecration of the symbol of our country. Congress refuses to adopt it and send it to the states for ratification. Little wonder Congress is more unfavorable than cockroaches. Perhaps more on this subject for Flag Day, June 14.