Election Update - 15 Days and Counting

Thursday, October 27, 2016

At the time I am writing this, the general election for President is only 15 days away. I for one can tell you that I can t wait for it to be over.

I was just down at Kent State visiting one of my children with my wife and enjoyed the fact that I did not see or watch one item about the election. That was until I could no longer take any more shopping and found a corner in a local pub. My intent was to watch the WMU Bronco football game and the Alabama game at the same time.

As you may have heard, Ohio is a battleground state. Thank goodness, I could watch the Bronco game on my iPhone! When it came to the Alabama game that was on national TV, every commercial that was shown was a political advertisement. It was honestly the first time I ever felt sorry for someone who lived in Ohio. A guy sitting next to me said it had been that way for the last month.

On one hand I am excited that my four adult children get to vote in their first presidential election. We were all discussing their absentee ballots the other day and I said to them that as time for them goes forward they will either remember that the choices were the worst our country has ever had or they will remember them as the two best choices in their lifetimes.

The latter obviously assumes that the quality of candidates continues to go downhill as we look forward the next 60 years. The sad thing was that my 12-year-old son was in the room for the discussion and he asked at what age does he have to decide to become a republican or a democrat. Frankly, his question was an eye opener and I assured him that he does not ever have to decide to be one or the other.

In fact, I encouraged him to think independently and to vote someday for the person who at least talks about the issues that he cares about.

Isn't that the truth? Aren't you tired of being told what to think by the media or your social circle of friends? Are you shocked by the things said by others on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites?

I actually spent some time on Twitter the other day viewing some of the things being said by others about people they have never met. Believing everything you read is simply wrong and I am hopeful that my children form their own opinions based on their own research, reading, and living as they become productive members of society.

Do you really think that any of the fat cats on Wall Street or any of the Hollywood stars have any idea what the average person in America goes through on a daily basis? Do they have to worry about what a nursing home is going to cost a parent? Do they have to worry about the rent payment next month? Do they have to worry about taking the bus to get to work on time?

In fact, have you even heard either of the two candidates that have a chance of winning even mention anything relevant to your life? One of my sons said he and some of his MSU friends were putting Ken Bone down as a write in candidate on their ballots.

At the end of the day our democracy will recover. As I have said many times in my blog, keep calm and carry on!


Wesley Lentz Wesley Lentz

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