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Elections are coming

October 19th, 2018 Posted by On Our Mind 2 comments

There are a number of times in the past that my husband and I voted for third-party candidates as a way of sending a message to the GOP elite. They didn’t get the message, by the way. We weren’t alone and ignoring what we were feeling is what led to the election of President Trump.

This year, however, with elections coming up, I would vote for any Republican candidate, including ones I distrust and dislike. Things are so volatile that I don’t know if there are any foregone conclusions and the danger of giving the Democrat Party any more control is present and real.


Vulgar, Lewd and Getting My Vote

October 13th, 2016 Posted by Susan's Musings 44 comments

If you’ve known me for a while, you know that I have a visceral, negative reaction to vulgarity. Guests to our home have been on the receiving end of a withering stare for saying something judged as ‘not refined,’ an anemic, weak distant relative of Donald Trump’s words. I expect my daughters to be treated with respect and I reject ‘locker room’ banter as immature and  boorish.

I’m also voting for Donald Trump. I have nothing to say to anyone voting for Hillary Clinton because of Trump’s leaked words. That is simply hypocritical. Not only does she possess her own potty mouth, she colluded with her husband to degrade the moral level of America.  On this issue, she and Trump are two sides of a coin.

The other option is one that many public Republican figures are taking—to leave the president option blank on their ballot. I admit to feeling a pull towards that choice. Donald Trump is not only vulgar, but he is also a braggart and possessor of other poor character traits that I despise. While I thought that his statement apologizing for his disgusting words was classy, I think it would be naive to assume he is actually a changed man. As a private individual, I can give him the benefit of the doubt, but I need to vote for him acknowledging that his repentance might be transient or even expedient rather than sincere.



The 3rd Great Awakening

December 30th, 2015 Posted by Thought Tools No Comment yet

How quickly time speeds by. It is already a year since I last fulfilled my responsibility as president of the American Alliance of Jews and Christians by soliciting your support. It’s time for me to do so again. Instead of just asking for your help, I would like to deliver to you something of value in exchange.

Here is a fun question worthy of dinner table conversation: The book of Exodus, chapter 17 verses 8-16, describes the warlike Amalekites attacking the newly emerging nation of Israel that was weakened by a few hundred years of brutal slavery. Israelite victory is clearly going to take a miracle. (more…)


Primary Focus

August 3rd, 2010 Posted by Susan's Musings No Comment yet


My state’s primary ballot arrived in the mail last week. Some of my choices are easy, such as choosing among the fifteen – fifteen!- candidates running for the U.S. Senate. But some of the choices stump me, particularly one three way race for a local judge position.

Reading each candidate’s statement for this nonpartisan and very influential spot is a bit like attending open school night. Have you ever heard a teacher get up and say that she will only be catering to 30% of the class or that she isn’t actually competent to teach 5th grade math? Neither have I. So, it isn’t surprising that all three of the potential judges believe that the courts are foundations of our society and that it is important for all citizens to feel that they can get an impartial hearing. But like the classroom where too often high, publicly stated ideals don’t always carry over in the daylight, judges are not accountable to uphold their lofty stated sentiments.

In the past, when voting for judges I relied on the vetting done by a dear friend who was a retired State Supreme Court Justice. I trusted both his knowledge of the law and the legal system, and his evaluations of personalities. When he passed away, our family’s personal loss was great, but our civic responsibilities suffered as well. Since that time, we find ourselves continually trying to find someone with first-hand knowledge of the individuals asking for our vote.

I find the signs that all three judges have placed on our city’s main thoroughfare to be personally offensive. A yard sign on private property means that an individual homeowner is publicly offering support to a candidate. Signs on city property suggest a belief in stupid voters who equate name recognition with quality. It may be a correct assessment of the electorate; but it is a depressing one nonetheless.

So, my ballot is sitting here, filled out other than for one blank space. Like most productive citizens, I have limited time to devote to a detective hunt tracking down information. I will keep the ballot unsealed for a bit longer hoping that some clues will turn up, but particularly in a state where not long ago voter fraud actually decided an important election, the judiciary is too important to be discounted.

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