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October 19, 2017

Will National Hate Go local?

Harry M. Covert

I’ve been thinking heavily of late regarding the ongoing hatefulness from rental babblers on the tube. For the wags out there, I didn’t hurt myself navel gazing.

 

Several concepts erupted in my contemplative moments. First, leaders and politicians in all jurisdictions (notice I make a distinction between L’s and P’s) could be at risk if the constant national offensive wailing and faux weeping became local style.

 

Let me clarify for a moment. I know, and have known, numerous political leaders who rank far beyond the status being disgracefully bandied around. My list contains people of all persuasions.

 

It is dangerous to think that local leaders, public office holders, and those committed candidates, could be prey to 24-hour malicious assaults. It could happen.

 

How could area public figures withstand trivial attacks because of prejudiced media hacks?

 

I’ve lost patience with the monied voices more interested in disparaging everyone and anyone. Every level of the broadcasting and printed pages have gone berserk in efforts to destroy President Donald Trump. Smear, smear and more smear.

 

Consider the efforts of women and men in their efforts to stay in office – and others seeking responsible roles. How could they deal professionally, with their constituents and families if they were the object of such derision?

 

It’s wonderful to be able to express our feelings in anyway without fear of prosecution. With this awesome freedom goes the matter of responsibility. That most certainly is lacking in these days of public discourse.

 

It’s certainly okay for real journalists and bonafide editors to report all public activities, pleasant or not. Yes, leaders can and do disagree on issues affecting citizens. That’s proper and correct. What is wrong with being civil and courteous in public forums?

 

Competitors must be good fighters for their causes. I know behind the scenes rancor and ill-feeling is usually normal.

 

It would be awful to constantly question the sanity of every local officeholder, publicly attempt to humiliate and threaten efforts to remove them from the seat to which they were duly and properly elected.

 

Judges in all courts, state and federal, dislike having to rule on certified elections, or to overrule juries. Imagine if they did?

 

Do locales want officials to be degraded similar to the national pattern? Certainly partisans like to cackle over weaknesses and decisions of opponents, but the modern offensive has reached its zenith.

 

We live in the now. We can’t relive days past except in history and memory.

 

Days of morning and afternoon newspapers and weeklies as main news sources were thrilling. Technology has changed the glorious real news days.

 

Technology is awesome today. We’re all changed. Several things haven’t – for instance – honesty, veracity and truth telling.

 

All right, let’s go online. Let’s have the inside scurrilous tidbits; but please, let’s have sources – real names.

 

The latest gossip I discovered recently is ... Well, that’s a story for another time. Just wait, it’ll make you laugh or change your vote. Hint, a police chief defied a circuit judge and....

 

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