I have been known not to take things too seriously.

I have been known not to take things too seriously. This year’s election is a perfect example.

I laugh when I see people get all riled up over what Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton say about each other or about a particular issue.

Some act as if the most mortal of sins was just committed. I wonder why people take their words so seriously. After all, the words of politicians mean little, as history has shown, so why get so worked up about them?

Of course, the Republicans had a field day when Clinton got sick and stumbled while trying to get into a vehicle at a 9/11 ceremony. After all, she hid her pneumonia for two days and only revealed the illness when she got caught nearly fainting. I’m guessing she meant to send an email about her diagnosis. It must have gotten misplaced.

Then again, Trump is no master at revealing all. His so-called medical report that he turned in on a TV appearance on Dr. Oz was a joke all by itself, and we have yet to see his tax returns.

Supporters of Trump say Clinton’s lies disqualify her from being president. Supporters of Clinton say Trump’s words are bigoted and that proves he lacks the necessary leadership to be president.

I laugh that people take this stuff so seriously. I cry when I think about how much money people have donated to each candidate. I can’t help but think of the good that money could have done in the hands of some good charitable organizations.

Then again, Trump and Clinton are both charity cases.

But overall, I’m enjoying the show. This presidential election has proved to be — in my mind — great entertainment. It’s like a good television show with so many plot twists and turns that the end result won’t be revealed until the last minute.

I’m just hoping we don’t have a “Sopranos” ending where everything just goes black. I need a bunch of hanging chads and the state of Florida to keep this circus going.

When Trump was in Duplin County on Tuesday, he again mentioned his desire to build a wall along the border with Mexico and make that country pay for it.

Regardless of whether that ever happens or not, I chuckle at the thought of building a wall around Havelock and making New Bern pay for it. It would be — for the lack of a better word — huge.

One reason I’m following this election is because both Trump and Clinton as well as their vice presidential running mates have frequently visited the state. It’s pretty cool that North Carolina is getting this kind of attention. After all, we’re a battleground state, say all the political pundits.

I worry the candidates are treating North Carolina as nothing more than a one-night stand in a pickup bar. We’ll wake up the morning after the election with nothing but a note on the nightstand thanking us for the good time.

Or worse yet, with a wall around us.

That we paid for.

OK, I get that some may think all this political stuff is getting old, but with the way Trump and Clinton are trading barbs, we get some new entertaining tidbit nearly every day. I mean, come on: That Clinton “basket of deplorables” line was some funny stuff. And, who could ever forget those singing “Freedom Kids” of Trump’s. I can’t believe they got paid for that. Oh wait, never mind.

Still, I love that we are so politically divided in this state. Not only is the state split on Trump and Clinton, but also recent polls show tight races between Pat McCrory and Roy Cooper for governor and between Richard Burr and Deborah Ross for U.S. Senate.

That means we have about 6 1/2 more weeks of this show remaining. You better go grab some popcorn because this will be fun. Election night ought to be a hoot.

Ken Buday is the editor and general manager of the Havelock News. He can be reached at ken.buday@havenews.com or at 635-5673.