Little Difference Between Candidates

I was wrong. I was sure Donald Trump would win easily, in spite of years of political and personal attacks from his various opponents.

I knew there was “Anyone but Trump” sentiment out there, but I just couldn’t imagine anyone but a few people on the fringe would actually vote for Joe Biden.

The last time I was this surprised at people taking a candidate seriously was when I discovered that people were actually considering Bill Clinton a credible choice back in 1992. Some of them were even excited about him! You could have heard my jaw hit the floor when I discovered this.

In spite of the polls leading up to this election, I still couldn’t believe anyone imagined Biden was less bad than Trump.

Yet, almost exactly half of the voters apparently saw things differently.

After Dec. 14, when the Electoral College votes, someone I don’t like will end up as president. Half of the people will say the election was fraudulent; half of the people will say the voters have spoken.

No matter who ends up being sworn in as president on Jan. 20– Trump, Biden, or Kamala Harris — I was wrong because I thought Trump would win easily and the result would be obvious. That didn’t happen.

You might be surprised — or not — when I admit it doesn’t make much difference to me either way.

There will still be people claiming the imaginary authority to control my life. This control will be the same no matter who holds the office, differing only in minor details.

The political left and the political right work together to destroy liberty a little at a time. First from one angle, then they switch places and nibble away from a slightly different direction. This isn’t going to change until they are stopped, and it probably won’t be stopped at the ballot box.

Liberty, or anyone who understands and respects it, is never on the ballot.

I need to prepare for slightly different attacks on my liberty under a Biden/Harris administration than under four more years of Donald Trump. It’s the difference between preparing for a hurricane instead of a blizzard. It’s probably good that Biden has already indicated which of our natural human rights he intends to declare war on. It gives everyone a chance to prepare in case he’s the one who recites the oath of office. A little prior warning is always welcome.

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Kent McManigal

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