Well, here it is. My final editorial before the 2020 election. If you’re like me, you can’t wait for this mess to be over with. I don’t think I’ve ever been more unhappy with my choices from the two major parties.
At least it will soon be over. At least I hope so. If it’s anything like 2016, we’re going to see post-election silliness extend into November and beyond.
The Republicans have Donald Trump and the Democrats have Joe Biden. If you didn’t know better, you’d swear it was the punchline of a joke, or a farce from MAD Magazine or a sketch from Saturday Night Live. Yet, there they are (Come to think of it, it was the subject of sketches on SNL).
I’ve always wondered why Election Day is so close to Halloween. Now I know.
Did you notice that Election Day and Thanksgiving Day are both in November? That means we Americans have two holidays in November that revolve around turkeys!
Does anyone remember that episode of WKRP in Cincinnati where they had their infamous Thanksgiving promotion? The only thing you need to know to understand what happened was the last line in the episode, uttered by Gordon Jump’s Arthur Carlson: “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!”
Maybe they should have a similar promotion for Election Day with politicians.
All kidding aside, I have this advice for the politicians who get elected and head to Washington. You’ve heard the expression “Shut up and dribble?” Well, I would tell the politicians, “Shut up and govern!”
Seriously, knock it off with the grandstanding and the political games. We didn’t elect you so you could act self-righteous and make a lot of noise about how rotten the other party is. We elected you to get some work done. That’s what we expect of you. There’s a lot of stuff in this country that needs work, and we expect you to do the job.
I keep thinking of how the residents of Bouse needed to have a fence erected to keep open range cattle from coming into the community and causing damage. They got together with the Bureau of Land Management and everyone set aside their differences to get the job done. Everyone rolled up their sleeves and got to work. They got that fence built in record time.
That’s how it should work.
There’s a lot that needs to be done in this country. It’s a simple fact that a lot more can be accomplished when people are willing to work together than when they are fighting and squabbling with each other. That almost inevitably makes things worse.
You don’t get anything done when people are angry and suspicious of each other. That’s a recipe for disaster.
It’s amazing what Americans can do when they set aside their differences to in order to achieve a greater goal. We sent men to the moon. We did that because everyone was focused on a goal, and they worked together to achieve that goal.
It’s time we Americans learned how to work together again despite our differences.
As for the politicians in Washington, again I say, “Shut up and govern!”