Donald Trump keeps confirming his place in history: the most divisive, destructive U.S. President ever. Trump’s divisiveness has been on full display since Election Day. Like a teenager with anger issues who cannot accept losing, Trump has flailed around with unsubstantiated charges of massive voter fraud. Must have been massive fraud, indeed, since President-Elect Biden won a lopsided victory: roughly the same electoral-vote margin as Trump’s in 2016 (which he declared a landslide), and over 7 MILLION MORE popular votes than Trump – who received nearly 3 million LESS than Hillary Clinton.
Georgians, before you vote, turn off the TV ads and talk radio, take a breather from your Facebook and Twitter feeds - and get the facts without the fluff. Then PLEASE make a voting plan and vote on (or before) January 5. Early Voting continues through January 1. Our country is depending on you.
With control of the Senate at stake, no surprise both Democrats and Republicans are deploying expansive ground games and hundreds of millions of dollars for ads supporting their candidates – while engaging in some good old-fashioned fear-mongering. For example, Ossoff’s opponent in the upcoming Georgia U.S. Senate run-off, Incumbent Senator David Perdue (R) claims Ossoff (D) is a socialist. That charge earns a “pants on fire rating” from Politifact (meaning it’s clearly a lie).
Does Perdue’s reluctance to debate indicate he has something to hide? You would think he’d be eager to tout all the positive things he claims he’s accomplished for everyday Georgians.
Despite Loeffler’s best efforts to demonize Warnock and curry favor with coveted suburban women voters, it would be a mistake to dismiss his chances to win – especially with Loeffler facing allegations regarding her ethics. Georgia voters, make a plan and vote on (or before) January 5. Our country is depending on you.
There is a lot at stake in the January 5th runoff elections for Georgia’s two senate seats. No surprise, both sides are launching expansive ground games and spending hundreds of millions of dollars on these campaigns. Incumbent Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler alone is reportedly spending $20 million of her own money.
Will we someday give thanks we had leaders such as Trump, Nunes, Jordan, Gardner and Graham to inspire us? Will they compare favorably with historic figures like Washington? If these are the best and brightest one of our major political parties can come up with, I’m not optimistic about our future. But I am thankful for one more thing: history is written by historians, not opportunistic politicians.
Most of us accept that we’ll finish with thrills or agony, whenever engaging in competition: sports, spelling bees – and political campaigns. Somebody wins, somebody loses. We try to be gracious, win or lose. We value sportsmanship, agreeing character is important. We teach our kids, “don’t be sore losers”.
So Trump and Company, where’s the beef? Your accusations impugn election workers (many volunteers), who worked tirelessly, counting votes accurately. And bravely – some received death threats from your fanatical followers.
In the meantime, let’s all take a deep breath, remain vigilant but patient, let our imperfect but well-intentioned system do its work – and TRY to remember we’re all Americans, needing to unite when this is over, respect each other, and work together (hopefully with leadership inspiring us to do that). As our politicians typically end their speeches, “May God bless America”. It seems we need that now, more than ever.