Editorial/Opinion Page November 2000

The Election is over and we still don't know who the next President is for sure. Now we hear how there are irregularities in the Ballots in Florida. What about the rest of the country? The idea that if I want to vote, I have to do it by mail-in ballot doesn't sound legal to me, but that's the way it is. What if there's a campaign ad on the TV while I'm voting in my living room. What if some subliminal ad tells me how to vote? I know it sounds paranoid, and its a little far fetched, but the point is there are rules about voting, and where do we draw the line on following them or not? The problem is there are so many rules in our society that nobody really feels safe to call someone on not playing by the rules because they're afraid somebody will do the same to them. Why else could a President and or his Administration get away with what was pulled off by Clinton & Crew? Then to top it off, one of the people who stood before the people and blatantly lied gets elected as a Senator. Another one will probably be our next President. How people in this country got to be so incredibly stupid is a mystery to me and it will probably remain one. Tell me the truth (if any of you recognize it) if Al Gore gets into The White House, will you be sure there was no "irregularities" that got him there? I think what's happened is people care more about their team winning than they do about honesty. Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to claim the other side is squeaky clean, but the current administration has blatantly lied over and over. I used to call myself a Democrat because I believed it was the party of the common person. Anybody who believes that now is incredibly naive or they don't think honesty is important. If we don't have truth we don't have anything. The truth is, I don't know if there are enough people left in this world who understand the importance of truth to salvage what we have left. I hope so, but when there is no truth, hope is all that's left.