This isn't the time for change in America

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

As I was growing up, my mother always wanted me to read for pleasure. Other than the occasional sports article, or a biography, I have never enjoyed reading much of anything. As I grew older, probably around 9/11, my mother encouraged me to pay attention to politics. She said I will be seeing the effects of policy changes being made in 50 years. When I was 12 years old, policy changes were the last thing on my mind.

I can remember her watching "Meet the Press" and "Face the Nation" on Sunday mornings. When my father and I couldn't wait for the NFL pre-game show to come on, my mother was talking back at the television, wondering how the various political pundits could say such things.

When I went off to college, I still paid little attention to the political system. There weren't many students who cared to pay attention to politics while I was in school. Looking back, I'm not sure if we were too busy, or if we just didn't care because we weren't in the "real world" yet.

Now that I am in the "real world" I see what my mother meant all those years ago. This 2016 race to the White House has been exactly that, a race. This sports-like soap opera might be what has drug me in, I'm not sure, but what was a race is about to turn into a 15-round boxing match between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. (Apologies to the few Bernie Sanders supporters here in Carroll County.)

Some of you might go out and blindly vote for a political party because it's the party you have always voted for. Not to draw from a sports metaphor, but this is similar to Baylor fans who have blindly cheered for their team, and will continue to cheer for their team no matter the outcome of the sexual assault case being brought against the school. This election is too important to blindly vote for a candidate based on the party affiliation, though. Both candidates have their flaws, like any team we cheer for has its flaws. Clinton can't be trusted, much like you can't trust the Razorback football team to start conference play undefeated. With Trump, you never know what he is going to say from one day to the next, much like you never know which Arkansas basketball team will show up on a given night.

I understand that there are parts of America that want change in American politics. There were also those who wanted Nolan Richardson to step away from the University of Arkansas. Since Richardson stepped down at the end of the 2002 season, the Razorbacks have only won two NCAA Tournament games. Coincidentally, that is the same number of times Trump corporations have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy since 2004. Sometimes change isn't always a good thing.

Just my two cents as I pause to reflect and thank those who served our country on this Memorial Day.

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