On The Beat: 11/1

Note to self:

Never say Never

By Jim Bucher

Remember the first Bond, the James Bond played extremely well by actor Sean Connery?

Well, after six Bond films, Connery had enough and proclaimed about reprising the role, “Never again.”

Well, he ate his words playing 007 one more time in the aptly titled film, “Never Say Never Again.”

I’m sort of in the same boat because in an earlier column right here, I said with pride that I’m not discussing politics and if anyone posts anything that comes close to a political view, you and I were not “friends” until Nov. 9.

But I got a little curious and asked our fine readers via Facebook to pretend that day came, and what the country would look like if their candidate won.

Also asking everyone to be civil. (Hey, a fella can dream right?)

Without further ado, here goes nothing.

Shelli writes, “I’ll probably be huddled in the corner crying.”

Cynthia adds, “To Canada!”

Linda is short, sweet, to the point, “President Hillary!”

Jimmie chimes in with, “Regardless of political choice. Please don’t put your hopes in any one candidate. Put that hope into yourself. It will yield much better results.”

Great advice, James. Though Libby says we’re doomed, “to hell in a hand basket.”

Brad says, “If mine won, the entire political establishment would be shocked that a third-party candidate could become president.” Aleppo? What’s Aleppo? Lol.

Thomas writes, “Since my favorite candidate is a write-in, I would be saying, ‘Miracles still happen!’”

“I hope it was a clean, untampered election!!” Pat says.

Don’s take? “Hopefully towards less government and more WE THE PEOPLE CONTROL! President TRUMP!!!” (We keep adding more exclamation points.)

Tim has a dim view: “Nowhere. No matter who wins, another 4 years of the same. This country is divided 50/50, with everyone convinced that their ideas are correct and the other side is evil.”

It is a bit daunting, isn’t it?

Noni says, “To answer your question, where will I be? Out rigging up something positive to do.” Noni, I may join you.

Andy simply says, “Forward.” We can only hope.

Sean thinks we’re going “to shit…lol.”

Jamie? “I voted Anti Establishment…. Go Trump …. and please put term limits on these life time crooked politicians.” How do you really feel, Jamie?

Angi thinks like a lot of folks: “We the people keep complaining about the same ol’, same ol’, and yet we vote them back in election after election.”

Joanne is pulling a Rip Van Winkle: “I’m just going to take a 4 year long nap and hope that when I wake up—we’ve picked better candidates for the next election.” Pleasant dreams, my friend.

Melodie says, “I believe Hillary Clinton, our first female president, will make health care and quality education for our children a priority—and good things will come from it.”

Perry retorts, “If your [sic] voting for because she is the first female…. that’s nuts…Wait on a more classy person.”

Melodie fires back, “I’m voting in the way that most aligns with the issues important to me. Thanks for the negativity.”

So much for civility.

“Let’s see how many promises will be broken,” Jim writes. “That’ll be the easier thing to keep track of.”

Steve has a more practical view: “The country is not going anywhere…it’s always been here, except for that tectonic plate thing that happened a long time ago, but nevertheless whoever wins, here we are.”

Tom seems optimistic, “Our economy seems to do fairly well with a Democratic President and Republican Controlled Congress.”

Linda says, “We’re building a WALL!” and Kristy adds, “A revolution!” Can you buy pitchforks and torches at Home Depot?

Cathy hopes, “Pray that the people in Washington can put aside their differences and actually pass something that will help our people. Since when did compromising become such a horrible thing.”

Theresa has a good point: “My biggest concern is that Trump has incited a lot of fear and anger. What happens to all of that pent up rage when he loses?” See pitchfork comment above.

Doug says normalcy will return, “back to discussing Brock Turner’s short sentence for rape.”

Linda is an optimist, “Well, really, whichever candidate wins, I want America to return to respecting all people, of slowing down and being kind to one another. I want all people/parties to be honest and civil. I am asking for peace!”

Samantha thinks sunny: “At the end of the day we are still the greatest country on Earth.”

I think we’ll leave it at that.

Cheers and remember to VOTE!


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