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Saturday Column: ‘16 presidential election is political fork in the road

July 2, 2016


This weekend, Americans celebrate Independence Day.

As the New York Times Almanac notes, “The most important U.S. holiday, Independence Day commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, an event that marked America’s birth as a free nation. The holiday was first observed in 1777 and it is celebrated with fireworks, parades and oratory.”

It is ironic, or maybe it’s by design, that, every four years, July 4 rolls around just a few weeks before Democrats and Republicans gather for their presidential nominating conventions. Then, 15 or 16 weeks later, American citizens have the privilege and responsibility of selecting an individual to move into the world’s most powerful elective office, the presidency of the United States.

So, in addition to the fireworks, parades and oratory, it would seem this is an ideal time for all citizens to think about their country, its past, the freedoms and opportunities Americans enjoy, Uncle Sam’s role in past and present world affairs and preserving the safety and protection of this country and its citizens.

Do the majority of Americans give sufficient thought to the importance of a presidential election and whom they elect to lead the country for the next four years? Do they really stop and think about what’s best for this country?

It’s fun to watch the fireworks, but, at some time, serious thought should be given to which presidential candidate is best for this country if it is to maintain the values, practices, expectations and moral character that have made this country great, actually exceptional.

Although nothing is certain or guaranteed about the outcome of the two national conventions, it seems voters will have two very different individuals seeking the presidency. One is a professional politician; one is a novice in elective politics. One has a record in public office and one in business. One is the first woman to lead her party’s national ticket, and the other is one of the few businessmen to receive his party’s nomination for president.

The current race is bringing out all the negatives or positives about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The campaign is — and probably will become even more — mean, personal, dirty or raw. The element of fear will be used by both parties, with the candidates or their helpers telling voters what may, or is sure to, happen if their opponent should be elected president.

It is this writer’s opinion that telling the truth is terribly important for individuals in any field of activity or personal behavior, but particularly for those who serve in this country’s highest elective office.

Once a person tells a lie, how can that individual be trusted to tell the truth on any serious or controversial matter? Honesty should be the most important factor for whoever sits in the president’s office, maybe even more important than ability. Hopefully, a person who makes honesty a top priority would surround himself or herself with individuals with talent, honesty and a commitment to do what is best for the country.

Unfortunately, Clinton’s No. 1 reputation or characterization among U.S. voters is dishonesty and/or that she lies. If that’s the case, and history shows that in her 20 to 30 years in politics, she has lied and been less than honest on many occasions, will voters ask themselves if they can trust her if she should be elected? Again, once a person lies, and often gets by with it, how can that individual be believed to be telling the truth and leveling with the public?

The preliminary battles are over, and now, the main attraction is about to begin — 18 weeks to the Nov. 8 election.

It is a tremendously important election, as are all presidential elections, but this one represents a true political fork in the road. One path leads to a continuation of the Obama philosophy of greater government involvement in the lives of all Americans, and the other emphasizes less government intervention and greater emphasis on free enterprise and opportunity for all Americans.

Hopefully, this July Fourth weekend will cause Americans to take the time to give at least a little serious thought to the importance of who best to serve as president — in addition to enjoying fireworks, parades and oratory.


Paul R Getto 1 year, 10 months ago

"Once a person tells a lie, how can that individual be trusted to tell the truth on any serious or controversial matter?"

Good point. Guess you cannot vote for Trump.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 year, 10 months ago

Oh Paul. You woke up before I did. I was thinking the same thing. If you look at all the fact check groups, Hillary is rated as far more honest than Donald. Of course, Donald supporters would defend him by saying he gets all his lies from the internet, so it's not his fault.

And are we suppose to believe Mr. Simons? He doesn't lie? Didn't he tell us Brownback would make a wonderful governor? Was that a lie, or was he just really, really wrong? Or maybe for rich people he has been a very wonderful governor?

Brandon Devlin 1 year, 10 months ago

Keep drinking the Kool-aid. They are both chronic purveyors of snake-oil.

Bob Summers 1 year, 10 months ago

Why does America need either Trump or Clinton when Obama fixed everything already?

Steve King 1 year, 10 months ago

That's the truth Bob. I've never been better off. Making good money, affordable health care, my offspring with pre-existing conditions now have covetage, my stocks have trippled since Bush left office. Gas is cheap. Spot on Bob!

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 1 year, 10 months ago

Good editorial, well said. I totally agree Mr. Simons. With your newspaper sold, your insight and truth is what I will miss the most.

Kendall Simmons 1 year, 10 months ago

Are you serious? Dolph? Insight? Truth? How about lying by omission in this very column by not mentioning Trump's constant...and provable...lies?

Or how about Dolph's obsessive focuses, like on the Chancellor (his latest is that she's 64 and hasn't told us when she's going to retire. Oh! The horror!)

When I read the news about the sale, my first thought was "Thank God. No more Dolph blathering.)

Ken Lassman 1 year, 10 months ago

Looks like Dolph just endorsed Hillary:

Who lies more: Trump or Clinton?

Who lies more: Trump or Clinton? by Ken Lassman

Carol Bowen 1 year, 10 months ago

Sorry, folks are naiive if they think they've heard "the truth" from any secretay of state or anyone in D.C. for lots of reasons. Some information is "need to know". Some is a scrambled mess. Some information is brokered. Some information should not be shared. Then, there's the human weakness. Most people will try to avoid telling the truth when confronted. President Bush started a war because of weapons of mass destruction. There might have been supporting infomation withheld. What do we know, kibitzing from our recliners?

We should look for the knowledge, skills, abilities, and philosophy we want in a president. Hillary Clinton is an old school politician who may or may not swing to the left because of Bernie's influence. Donald Trump represents a peaceful revolution that has been smouldering for years. I, for one, feel trapped by the two party system (the one party system in Kansas). Read A Declaration of Independents by Greg Orman. We need to remove the political rut we are in. The only reason i haven't changed my voter registration to Independent is because I don't want phone calls, emails, and mail from both parties. The only good thing about these dragged out campaigns is that they stimulate the economy with their spending.

Kendall Simmons 1 year, 10 months ago

"Donald Trump represents a peaceful revolution"??? OMG, Carol. Is someone else posting under your name???

Carol Bowen 1 year, 10 months ago

It's not like Egypt or Syria, so, yes, it's peaceful.

Brett McCabe 1 year, 10 months ago

Of all the things that Donald Trump represents - greed, bad business acumen, poor manners, unethical behavior, etc. - a peaceful revolution doesn't even make the top 1,000.

Barb Gordon 1 year, 10 months ago

You know, I lived in a country as it experienced an actual peaceful revolution, and you really don't know what you're talking about here. This is nothing like it. This is an election. And if there is any component that turns into a revolution, it won't be peaceful. It won't be pretty. And I don't believe for a second that you actually want to throw out our entire system of government. I think what you want is just partisan reform, which is something that can and should be done without revolution.

Scott Tichenor 1 year, 10 months ago

There it is folks, in all its glory. Brace yourself for LJW endorsing Donald Trump. After all, this is the same newspaper that endorsed our education governor, Sam Brownback. Twice. Such wisdom should not go unnoticed. And how about that Kansas budget?! Yessir, that's a beauty.


Harlan Hobbs 1 year, 10 months ago

Dorothy, you simply must get off the kool-aid and caffeine. It is ruining your hypocritical liberal brain, assuming you have a brain. Hillary is the least trust worthy candidate who has ever run for President, and all reasonable people know it.

She, Bill, and Barack are pathological liars who have absolutely no moral or ethical value whatsoever. It will give me great pleasure in November to rub your nose in it. Besides, she is probably going to be indicted, if Lynch holds true to her word, so Hillary won't even be the nominee.

For those who want to respond, go ahead because I won't be visiting this article again. Just put in it your pipe and smoke it, along with the other mind altering drugs you must be taking.

Barb Gordon 1 year, 10 months ago

Gee, that didn't make you look at all like a name-calling toddler throwing a temper tantrum while plugging your ears and screaming, "I'mmmm not liiissstening."

I give that flounce two and a half stars. You'd have had a better score if people hadn't already pointed out the comparative honesty of both candidates using fact-checking sites. There's even a picture. Ironically, that makes you the liar here. Well, I guess we can see why you like Trump, since you do have that in common.

Brett McCabe 1 year, 10 months ago

Harlan certainly likes to troll Dorothy. Interesting, because he goes on the KU Sports boards and constantly preaches about reasonable discussion. Hypocrite much Harlan?

Steve King 1 year, 10 months ago

Well Barbara, the stats show 40% of Trump's supporters didn't finish High School. The Times pointed out Trump speaks in 4th grade grammer. 70% view him unfavorably. He's a bigot and racist. His party leaders have called him out on it and continue to distance themselves from him. So the 20-25% that root and toot for Trump, half are the White Power nuts, the other half, just plain nuts and conspiracy freaks. And I like Dorothy's view points. Tells it like it is.

Carol Bowen 1 year, 10 months ago

Party leaders separating themselves from Donald Trump make Donald more attractive to people who want tto bring down the establishment. For a long time now, GOP conventions on TV have looked like conventions of greying men in suits.

Brett McCabe 1 year, 10 months ago

And now, they'll look like orange men in suits.

Barb Gordon 1 year, 10 months ago

The demographic most likely to vote for hm in the primary actually looked much more like the GOP than it did the general population. This is the establishment on steroids, not the folks that will topple it.

Barb Gordon 1 year, 10 months ago

Don't forget misogynist. He's pretty much personally pissed off every demographic except for white males. Anyone with an education can see that his plans are truly terrible, and his only hope is to try and make Hillary sound somehow worse than a [insert Scottish insult here].

Richard Heckler 1 year, 10 months ago

Everyone could stop Trump by voting in Jill Stein and/or Bernie Sanders.

Barb Gordon 1 year, 10 months ago

Or, you know, people like you could ensure that he wins with this BS. Sanders isn't going to be on the ballot, and Stein isn't on all the ballots, not that "everyone" would vote for them if they were. Practice saying "President Trump."

Richard Heckler 1 year, 10 months ago

Voters could stop Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump by voting for Jill Stein and Bernie Sanders.

Both have qualified to be on the ballot.

Barb Gordon 1 year, 10 months ago

No. Bernie isn't going to be on any ballots, and Stein isn't going to be on all 50. I can't afford president Trump. I guess you can.

Carol Bowen 1 year, 10 months ago

Voting for Stein or Sanders will be a lost vote, unfortunately. For your vote to have maximum worth you have to vote for one of the two leading candidates. We're trapped by the two party system.

Jerome Bradley 1 year, 10 months ago

What a load of tripe. People should vote for who they want to vote for and that is their right to do so.

An unprincipled vote is a wasted/lost vote.

If everyone who wanted to vote for another candidate actually did vote for them, we could change the political climate.

Paul Beyer 1 year, 10 months ago

Richard, why are you so determined to waste your vote?

Bob Smith 1 year, 10 months ago

He's wasted every one of his votes in his entire adult life. Why should he change now?

Calvin Anders 1 year, 10 months ago

So Dolph Jr. has, in his wisdom, has decided that Trump is the best candidate, not because Trump has anything to recommend him, but because "Clinton’s No. 1 reputation or characterization among U.S. voters is dishonesty and/or that she lies." It is an interesting choice of words. He is not claiming that Clinton is dishonest. He is claiming that voters see her that way. Dolph Jr. is telling us what we believe. And Dolph Jr. avoids discussing Trump's credibility all together.

Bob Smith 1 year, 10 months ago

With Loretta Lynch now firmly under the thumb of the Clinton crime family, does anyone still think that the DOJ will indict Hillary?

Brett McCabe 1 year, 10 months ago

I'm always amazed at the right's obsession with imaginary enemies and unbalanced conspiracy theories.

But, to answer your question, the D.O.J. was never going to indict Hillary because there was nothing to indict her for. Maybe they'll indict Trump for excessive bankruptcies. Now, that would be a good use of legal talent.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 year, 10 months ago

Or for his rip off university. Or for raising campaign money from foreign nationals. Or for not paying his bills. Or for any number of underhanded "deals" he has made.

Paul Beyer 1 year, 10 months ago

Hope the new owners get rid of any and everything connected with Dolph, especially his Saturday mindless rants.

Carol Bowen 1 year, 10 months ago

I disagree. If you don't read other viewpoints you will have no perspective. Do you really want to live in a bubble?

Dan deMenocal 1 year, 10 months ago

Be careful what you wish for... Simons' love for Lawrence and KU is undeniable regardless of your particularly parochial personal point of view. He calls it as he sees it and strives for the best for the Lawrence community.

Michael Kort 1 year, 10 months ago

Fork in the road ?

More like the trolls that live under the bridge, that the world must cross to get to be future .

I have said all along that Bernie is still in the race because Hillary could be indicted ?

Of course Obama could pardon her sins on the way out of office on the last day ! if no other president has ever done that ?......and didn't Ford pardon Nixon, which basically poisoned Fords Presidency by Nixons Resignation of his office, from the get go ?

Truly neither candidate is exactly a winner and not mentioning the propensity of Trump to repeatedly go bankrupt on other people's money because he is a CON ARTIST DELUXE, doesn't seem to favor a fair appraisal of things by the author .

That said, the problem facing all economies of the world ( aside from terrorism ) is having way more debt than income, as in their own Gross Domestic Product, ( self financial destruction ) to ever catch up and avoid the obvious .

Because the worlds "to big to bail out investment banks" and their derivative gamblings are tied to each other and to the various world central banks, it wouldn't take much of a default to send us all into a dominoed financial freeze up that would make 2008 look tame !

Obviously, what we don't know and hear discussed won't hurt us ....immediately ......and which party wishes to take on the investment bankers and corporate nut bags ? .

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