Who is one to believe in these troubled times? Who may be worthy of our support, our vote?
If you aren’t very well informed, dislike the political arena, get upset that we all can’t agree on everything, yet get even more upset when your ‘soaps’ or sports are interrupted by the crucial everyday workings of democracy being reported, I ask you to consider this: the scoundrel factor.
Simply put, it is hypocrisy that is the key here. The litmus test. If you will engage in or encourage/aid/abet behavior you profess to find appalling, damaging or evil to further your own gain, you are a scoundrel of the highest order. Not worthy of anything other than our deepest scorn- and possible incarceration- let alone election to the highest office in the land.
For example, in the 2000 and 2004 elections, Democratic operatives roamed the streets of places such as Milwaukee and Madison Wisconsin (among the most closely contested of states), St. Louis, Missouri and various other cities offering free cigarettes to those ‘willing’ to be bussed down to the polling booth(s) and vote for their candidates. This is simply a matter of record. This from the people who detest smoking. The same folks who’ve made billions off of ‘Big Tobacco’. The same folks whose anti-tobacco lawyer friends helped keep them in office.
Did Republicans, those supposed friends of ‘Big Tobacco’, have people on those- or other- streets offering cigarettes to would-be voters? Or passing out Barbara Streisand concert tickets or free copies of Al Franken’s brilliantly titled tome, “Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot” to bribe people into voting for their candidates? No. And exposure to either of these, while certainly unpleasant and traumatic, probably won’t take years off of your life.
Yet, this second-hand voting could be deadly.
To our republic.