The Latest




The opinions of THE LATEST’s guest contributors are their own.

Politics: Let's Take a Deep Breath -- and Think Long-Term

Jeff Hall

Posted on September 29, 2020 15:44

3 users

Everybody seems to be going crazy, all at the same time. We, the people, have the power to change this.

It's really hard to keep up with it all. Every day, there's something new. 

Woodward comes out with a book saying Trump knew all along coronavirus was a big deal.

Next thing you know, RBG dies.

Then Trump's taxes get revealed.  

It has been like this, really, since the beginning of the Trump administration. Staff turnover, scandals, tell-all books, impeachment -- never a dull moment.

Trump can't be blamed for everything, but it would be easy to conclude that Trump purposely employs confusion as a strategy. Nothing has a chance to stick.

I think exhaustion is setting in.

I think a lot of people in 2016 felt they couldn't say publicly they intended to vote for Trump, but then, in the secrecy of the voting booth, they did.

I wonder if it might work in reverse this time: I have to believe even some Trump supporters are ready for a little less chaos.

I also have to believe a majority of tax-paying Americans -- including plenty of Trump supporters -- aren't too keen on what we're learning about the president's taxes.

Why should we pay when he doesn't?

But Democrats can be so dumb sometimes. Calling for the defunding of the police at this time is not smart politics, in my view; it plays right into Trump's hands. It's like 1968 all over again, which gave us Nixon.

Neither are calls to pack the Supreme Court if Democrats take the Senate. If Democrats successfully upped the number of justices to 15, the Republicans would up the number to 19 first chance they get. And then the Democrats would do it again. After 20 years, we might have a Supreme Court with 25 justices. Is that really what anyone wants?

I don't think the Democrats should wail about the fact that Amy Coney Barrett is a conservative. She's obviously a qualified jurist and a conservative president is going to nominate conservatives to the bench. For all Democrats to vote against her will look petty. 

Mitch McConnell's and Lindsey Graham's hypocrisy is there for all to see. They will do whatever it takes to win.

Wanting to win is nothing new in Washington. If you want to win, you need to win elections -- and with a few seats to spare.

By winning enough seats in the Senate, McConnell was able to block Merrick Garland.

By not winning enough seats in the Senate, John McCain was able to block the Republicans' attempt to get rid of Obamacare. 

But there is something else to consider, and that's the will of the American people.

According to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, 62 percent of Americans think the winner of the presidential election in November should pick the next justice.

That won't stop the Republicans, but how long can politicians flout the will of the American people and stay in power?

We the voters are ultimately in control. We should vote for those who truly put the people -- and not themselves -- first. But vote we must.

Jeff Hall

Posted on September 29, 2020 15:44


comments powered by Disqus

Video Site Tour

The Latest
The Latest

Subscribe to THE LATEST Newsletter.

The Latest
The Latest

Share this TLT through...

The Latest