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August 5, 2014

Battles on the Hustings

Harry M. Covert

Amid the so-called dog days of summer, the weather has been rather appealing, in fact, not so bad after all. Prospects for a vibrant fall are looming big time, schools are getting ready to reopen, and the misanthropic political wars abound, not just around the world as have been previously noted, but throughout the communities and towns of Frederick.

 

The vociferous dogmatic public displays are well underway as we approach the voting precincts where, in the best interests of one and all, ballots will be marked, we hope, in large numbers and put to rest all of the pros and cons of partisanship. Such conduct is not going away so everyone is girding for battles of opinions.

 

Enough of this alleged high-faluting stuff. The fight for the souls of Frederick has been well underway in all areas of communication, especially among the wizened liberals and conservatives. The libs, or progressives, have had their times in recent years and the conservatives still hope to further conserve public monies.

 

Lots of things get in the way of battles on the hustings of Maryland’s largest county. The land area is 662.7 square miles with nearly 250,000 citizens, give or take some non-voting “illegals.” Who can deny there is quite a diverse citizenry with a wide variety of attitudes? Political campaigns are always exciting and not the least bit tedious. Campaigning requires much intestinal fortitude – guts, determination, rabbit ears and iron pants.

 

It’s quite easy to come up with reasons to be for and against certain personages, who take stands and want to make things better and hopefully not worse. Most of the time, campaign workers take great pride in defacing opponents, usually merely to make their candidates more palatable at the voting precincts. This is why the word misanthrope is proper in the political business.

 

When some people don’t get their way, they turn to all sorts of adjectives, threats and creativeness, opining to let others carry on their views quietly and without public notice. This ranks up there with people who like to write letters with explosive comments, but who don’t sign their names. Such characters are without courage. Reminds me of the mid-east’s terrorists who wrap their faces and hide behind children and schools.

 

I make no excuses about it. Those people who like to throw verbal bombs at local candidates and hope to remain anonymous are chickens – cowardly and spineless. How is it possible to make better communities without standing up, counting the costs? The political game is not an easy one.

 

Insufferable campaigning is nothing new, of course. Obviously it will continue. When all is said and done, the fights go on. Locally to follow the conduct of the current federal congress should be avoided. It is distasteful on both sides of the political aisle.

 

Before September arrives and the political wars really get into high gear, let’s consider these eminent comments:

 

"Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.” This is not a quote from a Frederick person. I borrowed it from John Quinton.

 

“Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.” Oscar Ameringer wrote this in the 1920s.

 

I saw this in Ecclesiastes: “There Is Nothing New Under The Sun.”

 

Miss Marple, the grand dame of St. Mary Mead, offers this for voters and candidates, “But let justice flow like a river and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

 

It’s fun propagandizing to one and all.

 

hmcovert@gmail.com

 



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