In a little more than two weeks, American voters around the nation can show that they, not an egomaniacal con-artist in Washington, can and should control the land that we love.
A sad irony put Donald John Trump into the White House in 2016. He capitalized on American unhappiness with the way Washington worked and used that anger to upend a nation that needed leadership, not self-aggrandizement, an absolute love of money or outright thievery.
I’ve spent a half-century either covering politicians and elected officials or helping short-change the needs of America as a political operative and that time proves to me that Trump is the worst president in American history and the most corrupt.
Trump used a con-artist’s charm to feed America’s inbred racism and misogyny to send a flawed Democratic presidential candidate to self-deserved political oblivion. Trump was hardly the better choice but he was the one desired by the neo-conservative extremes that now control the Republican party.
Every time I criticize Trump in print or on TV, his shrinking legions declare that I’m a “Hillary lover,” or a “left-wing fanatic” or simply someone who voted for Clinton.
Wrong on all-three points. I didn’t vote for Clinton. I never voted for her husband during his two terms as President. I lambasted president Barack Obama when he chose her as Secretary of State, calling her “unqualified” and “the worst of his many failed choices for the cabinet.”
Democrats and Republicans sorted through several candidates for president during the primaries and both selected the worst possible choice for the 2017 presidential election. Hillary Clinton deservedly lost the Democratic presidential primary to Obama eight years earlier. As for Trump, his candidacy only proved how low the GOP could go for nominee choice.
Current polls show Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives along with an outside chance of winning the Senate.
Let’s remember that many of those same pollsters showed Trump losing the presidency for a large margin at this same point in 2016.
On election days, the only poll that matters is the one when cast by voters . Unlike the presidential election four years ago, where Trump lost the popular vote by more than three million votes but won the electoral college, this decision rests squarely with the voters.
Here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia, where the wife and I moved in 2004 after 23 years in Washington, we have two clear choices for both the House and Senate. Anthony Flaccavento is running against GOP incumbent Morgan Griffith, who genuflects before Trump while professing undying loyalty and Corey Stewart, a White supremacist and racist who brags he was “Trump before the Donald was Trump” while also pledging 100 percent support of Trump and his “agenda” in his race against Senator Tim Kaine, former popular Democratic governor of the Old Dominion.
So how will we vote? It should not take an IQ above that of an average plant to figure out that question. In our house, we vote for the person, not the party.
What’s more important is that we will vote and that is how we hope to bring America back to the people who really should run this nation — those who cast ballots.
(An earlier version of this column appeared on the political news website, Capitol Hill Blue.)