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To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Can’t Tell The Candidates Without A Scorecard

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BY GARY EDMONDSON

My newspapering past lingers in my tendency to take notes while watching public performances.

About three lifetimes ago, that note-taking led me to become a freelance dance reviewer. Can’t say it was a “job” or “task.” Too much art and grace involved.

But unless we’re talking a solo or pas de deux, the stage can become mighty crowded. And while dancers might be listed per performance, figuring out who is doing what becomes problematical.

My initial response was to wish that the dancers might wear numbers pinned to their outfits – and they do in ballroom competitions – but a corps of swans with numbers on their costumes would be an unwelcome distraction, as tacky as a Trump tweet.

Which brings us to the corps of presidential candidates announcing intentions to seek the Democratic nomination.

The last count was 20 – more than most dance companies. I was pleased to know at least a sliver of information about more than half of them. [I figure, too, that, because of my last name, I’d probably outdraw about that many in an Oklahoma primary. Not running.]

Democratic county party chairs are forbidden from endorsing primary candidates. Not sure why. It’s certainly not because we wield so much power.

So, I’ll watch the contest, keep my preferences to myself and comment on issues that should concern us all.

Regardless of whom we choose, I can be sure that sheh [pronounced “shay,” the nominative form of he/she; hesh is the objective] will:

– Fight to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from Republicans, who would plunder those programs to feed the gluttonous fat cats who control their party;

– Make sure that small children are not caged;

– Try to protect the delicate balance of Earth’s ecosystem to make sure our heirs have the most habitable planet possible;

– Make truth the standard of discourse again, personally and in issues such as the impending climate catastrophe;

– Recognize who our allies are and treat them with respect instead of cozying up to the most brutal autocrats in the world;

– Realize that the presidency of the United States is not an economic opportunity to divert millions of dollars in tax money into hesh bank account while treating foreign policy as a means to cut sweetheart deals for family members or heshself;

– Treat people of all nationalities, colors, religions, gender with the respect they are due as our cousins in the human race;

– Work to make America the healthiest nation possible regardless of our individual monetary resources;

– Protect public education from the onslaught of elitists who would take public educational funding for private purposes while creating an under-educated underclass.

I welcome the influx of candidates with their messages of positivity and ideas for productive changes. I love the enthusiasm, too, and hope to see it from each of them on the campaign trail once one of their group has emerged as the party’s candidate.

We need a united effort to save this country from autocratic hatred and oligarchic rule.

Duncan resident Gary Edmondson is chair of the Stephens County Democratic Party; scdpok.us or facebook.com/SCDPOK/

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Gary Edmondson
Gary Edmondson
Gary Edmondson is chair of the Stephens County Democrats. He lives in Duncan, following a sporadic career as a small-town journalist, mostly in Texas, and as an editor of educational audio-visual materials. Some days he's a philosopher/poet, others a poet/philosopher.
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