I’ve written this column for more than a decade and still enjoy these weekly “chats.”
I’ve written this column for more than a decade and still enjoy these weekly “chats.” Sometimes finding varied subjects is a challenge because nowadays the fog of politics obscures about everything else.
But regularly excreting my 500-word droppings on these pages remains a hoot because I honestly don't care much what readers think about my musings. It's a benefit of advancing age to comfortably abandon all semblances of scripted behaviors.
I've therefore settled into a Popeye existence of “I yam what I yam” and thoroughly enjoy the freedom it brings. I no longer need to pretend all kids are cute or that all jokes are funny. I don’t worry a whit about offending folks and sometimes take special enjoyment in the process.
In that vein, know that the best part of doing this column thing is the interaction it spawns. I use the term “spawn” very appropriately given that every so often an irate reader will suggest I go perform an anatomically impossible feat.
But truthfully there aren't that many visceral haters based upon the very few I've encountered. But I'm sure they're growing because polarization created by this election cycle is stronger than I ever could've imagined possible.
Democrats don't like me one little bit because I fly directly in the face of their beliefs, yet I used to be one of them. I'm no rabid ideologue. My political stances have been all over the board.
I was a huge fan of John F Kennedy. I even voted for Jimmy Carter his first time around. I "helped" elect Bill Clinton by voting for Ross Perot. So my conservative pedigree is less than pure.
Nowadays most conversations I have with liberal friends and acquaintances begin with them asking if I'm truly going to vote for Trump. My answer is always the same: "I have no option."
I don't especially like Trump and believe he's somewhat of a loose cannon. I honestly don't know what he'll do if elected, but I clearly know what Hillary will do or continue doing if she’s elected.
If I wanted another 60,000 Muslims from Syria brought in, I’d certainly vote for her. If I wanted to continue virtually unbridled immigration through porous borders, I’d vote for her.
If I supported the existence of “sanctuary cities” within which they simply pick and choose which laws to enforce and which to ignore, then I’d vote for her. In fact, if I wanted an entire “sanctuary country” where laws are chosen or avoided like tidbits on a Golden Corral buffet, then Hillary would definitely be my choice. Actually, we have that now with Obama.
I don’t want these things for America so have no choice but to vote Trump. All other options are Kevorkian choices to let Hillary shove the needle deeper into the country.
Yes, Trump is a loose cannon, but he has a huge pool of talent from which to pick his cabinet and I believe he’ll use it well. I drool at the thought of Trey Gowdy as attorney general.
There’s no telling what will scurry away when the lights go back on.
Otis Gardner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.