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Thursday, October 3, 2013
2013 has been a miserable year for a lot of us. After years of good health, nature had me face my maker. Long painful recovery and no golf.
Feeling better, as we move into election season and really no idea as to what is the correct decision. Instead of perking up, I actually feel depressed.
The political parties did the citizens no favors with their nominees. Those of us who love Virginia have been embarrassed beyond words by our governor’s accepting the largess of one Jonnie Williams.
All of my friends just don’t believe there’s any easy answer in this election as we face improving Virginia by getting us out of the malaise.
The Democratic Party nominee is everything that most of us hate about Washington, D.C. The other party put up Williams’ second best friend, Ken Cuccinelli. He is second only because he hasn’t made it to the biggest job yet. Mudcat Saunders, one of my old Democratic Party friends, became “Mudgnat” Saunders when, for reasons that defy logic, he endorsed Cuccinelli. So, Mudcat, you are “Mudgnat” for this election season, old sport.
I took a long look at the Libertarian Party nominee. A well-educated Harvard man, he has appeal, but then I thought, “What could he do with those twits, who are my former brethren, in Virginia’s legislature? Could he inspire them to get out of Virginia’s bedrooms, stop trying to change every personal moral issue into a criminal or civil law and, most important, stop using smoke and mirrors when it come to Virginia’s serious budget debates?” Sorry, the answer is no. So what to do?
I decided to write and see if The Roanoke Times readers had any ideas about a candidate who might fit the bill.
I don’t really believe in protest votes but do believe in quality write-in efforts.
In the ‘70s, I decided in good conscience that I could not vote for Richard Nixon, a very devious man, or George McGovern, a war hero with ideas and a voice that sounded like a drunken bumble bee.
I wrote in Harry Truman and have felt very good about my choice every since.
No, he did not win, but I was not a party to a disaster my vote helped to create.
It is very difficult to write in a presidential candidate, but quite easy in a gubernatorial race. No one is going to pay much attention to any political race until after Oct. 15.
I think the readers have time to get us a good write-in candidate of which Virginia would be proud. The system is designed to do exactly that if, in good conscience, you can’t see any other solution.
Since this commentary might have a hint of personal ambition, please rest assured: too old, too tired, too sick but still believe that this feeling is so pervasive that a lot of you might jump in yourself. Let’s give it a whirl and see if there are any miracles left.
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