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On the 19th of October, I cast my vote for this year’s presidential race. I opted to vote early in person. There were no long lines, and everyone was following COVID-19 protocols. Polling volunteers outnumber those who showed up to vote. When the volunteer behind the desk said, “welcome, young man,” I turned around to see who was behind only to realize he meant me. The entire process took less than ten minutes. Less than ten minutes to cast my vote for the next President of the United States. And, hopefully, end this horrific nightmare our country is undergoing.

Watching the news that evening, I was struck by the long lines in places where early voting was happening in North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, and other states. People were or had been in line for hours, some all day. For me, ten minutes. The disparity was not lost on me. Nor the tenacity of those individuals’ who were determined to exercise their legal right to vote early just as I had. …


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When did the American people decide to stop thinking and become willing participants in the destruction of the Republic and supporters of a wannabe dictator? Sorry if I’m a bit dramatic. But, the political course we are presently on is taking us toward a direction that will cause irreparable harm to our current form of governance.

I was listening to two Republican representatives from my state, talk about how great Trump* is and the supposed “wonderful” things he has done for the country. I nearly choked on my coffee. I keep wondering, is this invasion of the body snatchers? It is the only reasonable explanation. …


The Bracelets

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Dear Granddaughter,

I want to share a story with you about your father I think you will find funny. By the way, it includes your aunt. It goes something like this:

When I got home from work, I asked your grandma where the kids where. She told me she had to send them to their rooms as they were fighting. I thought to myself, when weren’t they were fighting — sort of like you when you get upset with your brother. Your grandmother suggested I talk with both of them. Well, that’s not entirely correct. Your grandmother told me to speak with both of them. …


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In a recent interview Vice President, Pence had difficulty answering this question, “is it harder for black Americans to make in this country?” It took him three minutes and 446 words to not answer the question a simple question. This part of Pence’s answer I found interesting:

“Brian, I mean Biden says everybody ought to have a fair shot at the American Dream, well would say ‘well, why don’t you support allowing African American families to choose where their kids go to school?’”

I can see where some people would believe Pence is posing a fair question. School choice is one of the many counterfeit choices Republicans always put forth. He seems to forget black families always wanted their children to choose where their kids go to school. …


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Why? The one question parents dread to hear from their young children. It’s the question most people dread. So, you ask, for what reason am I starting this essay with it? Well, it’s the question I found myself asking after reading this in an article by Bruce Bartlett: He Is Even Dumber Than We Thought.

A Washington Post–ABC News poll taken the last week of May 2020 asked Americans, “Do you think Trump has the mental sharpness it takes to serve effectively as president?” Fifty-two percent of respondents said no, with only 46 percent saying yes.

Why do people continue to support Trump* knowing that his cognitive ability is in question? Why do they continue to ignore evidence he hasn’t the remotest idea of what he is doing? It’s not like this is a one-off. Bartlett checked several other surveys finding similar…


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Nine months or 270 days until the election. November 3rd will be here before we know it. Two things will happen: the country will take a collective sigh of relief or scream in agony. If Trump* is reelected, the American Experiment is over.

Of the debates I have watched, I was not impressed. Frankly, they were mortifying. They need to fire their debate prep people. They’re not helping you.

The message must be around how they will defeat Trump* restore and shore up our democratic process by making sure our election process is strongly resistant to foreign interference. …


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Max Boot, in a July 20th, 2018 column wrote: This conservative would take Obama back in a nanosecond

How I miss Barack Obama.

And I say that as someone who worked to defeat him: I was a foreign policy adviser to John McCain in 2008 and to Mitt Romney in 2012. I criticized Obama’s “lead from behind” foreign policy that resulted in a premature pullout from Iraq and a failure to stop the slaughter in Syria. I thought he was too weak on Iran and too tough on Israel. I feared that Obamacare would be too costly. I fumed that he was too professorial and too indecisive. …


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January 2, 2020, the second day of the new year and decade. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, with Trump* all things are indeed possible. He is well on to his way of doubling the total amount of lies he has told thus far. Also, he is sure to surpass the amount of time Obama played golf. To date, it’s cost the taxpayers (that’s us) north of $118 million and growing.

What was it he said about Obama playing golf, and what he would do if elected? Something about how he would spend all his time in the White House doing the business of the people. I don’t know about you, but it seems that spending $118 million of our money to play golf is not doing the will of the people. …


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We truly live in hectic times. For many, the immense pressures of life, but when one adds the constant daily political strife, it’s understandable why many feel crushed by it wanting an outlet.

So, when the month of December suddenly arrives, we find ourselves asking, where did the year go? While reflecting on that, many find themselves realizing that there is an immediate crisis bearing down on them.

The panic realization they have to Christmas shop. Those individuals who see themselves as Christmas shopping aficionados have it planned out their shopping to the point where they are just picking the last of their gifts. …


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Here we are, the middle of December. Once again, people will be wishing good tidings to all mankind. People are hustling and bustling to and fro from one store to another. Looking for the right gift for family and friends.

Trees are being cut or bought and ready for their annual adornment with lights and ornaments of past and present. Gifts carefully wrapped and placed under the tree, tempting those beyond their reasonable level of restraint. Yet, they dare not break the sacred convent that requires waiting until December 25th.

Plans are made for the family to descend once again at the predetermined host for this year’s Christmas festivities. Hopefully, for some, those family members will be the son, daughter, father, or husband who is on active duty in some far off land. They pray their loved ones can get the liberty to come home and spend the holiday with them. …

About

Timothy A. Wilson

I am a son, husband, father, and grandfather. I write for them. When not doing that, I’m a Management Consultant and Executive Coach.

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