OPINION: Some thoughts before you vote

OPINION: Voting 2020 November Election Candidates

There are two ways to look at the Nov. 3 presidential election.

1. You do not like either candidate, and would rather vote for “none of the above.” A lot of people feel that way.

2. You are happy, because there is a pretty clear choice here. Many voters made up their minds long ago.

We are blessed. Both major-party candidates have well-known records, and we have had ample opportunity to see them in action. Our goal here is not to endorse a single candidate, but rather raise some issues that deserve your consideration.

“Actions speak louder than words”
We urge you to ignore the noise and name-calling on social media platforms, ignore the millions of dollars spent on slick, often false, TV advertising, and even ignore the debates later this month. All those items are deliberately designed to make you feel a certain way, either for or against a certain person.

We also ask you, just for a moment, to ignore your party affiliation. Do not ask yourself, “What’s best for my party?” but rather, “What’s best for my nation?”

You are an American first. Party affiliation comes in a distant second, very distant.
Each party would have you believe that they are pure good, and the other party is pure evil. That’s bull turkey, and in the privacy of your own thoughts, you know it.
So, how do you decide who to vote for? Look at their actions. We have seen President Trump for more than 3 years, and we watched Joe Biden for eight years as vice-president, and 36 years as senator.

The best predictor of what kind of leader they will be is: “What kind of leader were they in the past?”

Both men are older and set in their ways. If you did not like the way they governed in the past, it is safe to assume that they are not going to change.

Every president takes an oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution,” which includes a series of checks and balances to help three branches of government. Has this been done to your satisfaction?

Every President is a world leader, a national role model, and a manager of the largest bureaucracy in the world — the Federal Government. It is imperative that he or she surround themselves with the best possible talent, and then let them do their jobs.

There are huge challenges facing the next president — end the pandemic, rebuild the economy, reduce the disastrous effects of decades of climate change, and fight to bring federal deficit under control. Those issues require congressional cooperation, every step of the way.

The future of our great country is in your hands. Please decide wisely.