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GUEST COLUMN: Evaluating the 2016 Elections

I like to think of Democrats as champions of an even playing field. Working-class people spend what they have and stimulate the economy. The super rich tend to invest in complicated schemes that often decimate the working class (think real estate crash).  I am boycotting the Republican debates. Conservative columnist David Brooks describes today’s Republican Party, “It is one thing to think the Democratic policies are wrong. It is another to betray the essential American faith and take a reactionary attitude toward life. This is an attitude that sours the tongue, offends the eye, and freezes the heart.” Enough is enough! More gun control is needed, think Roseberg. Countries with stricter gun control laws have dramatically lower levels of gun violence than America. This is a fact, not an opinion. Which means that Americans are either inherently violent or Congress doesn’t have the guts to do what they need to do and oppose the NRA and munitions manufacturing lobbies. Global warming is real and human activity affects it. The overwhelming science of these facts put disputers in the camp with evolution deniers, which many of them are. Everything Obama does isn’t wrong. Obamacare is clearly helping as many more of us now have health care coverage. It will further improve if given the chance. They could still call themselves Republican and admit that once in a while Obama gets it right. Any health care reform would have had problems to begin with.         Politics has become a boxing match and pundits ponder who has the best punch. Issues matter! Donald Trump is a suit-and-tie metaphor of the gun-slinging cowboy. His popularity brings us back to the days of people voting for George Bush and his subsequent nonexistent weapons of mass destruction. People voted for him because they thought they’d like to have a beer with him. Would you trust Trump with your retirement fund (social security)? The same people who want women to jump through a myriad of hoops to have an abortion often don’t want to provide services for the unwanted children that would result, and they would strongly oppose an equal set of restraints on owning a gun – which would save lives. Think about the original occupants of this land. Consider how we stole their land and that many of us now fear immigrants. We do need to build a wall, but it should be against ignorance.

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