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Commentary: My last column on politics, on to squirrels and puppies

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William Carter, columnist

William Carter is a retired longtime Franklin city employee and published author. He may be contacted at wcarterfranklin@aol.com.

Election Day is a little more than a month from now and given my lifelong infatuation with politics, I am, weirdly, not as nearly as anxious about the outcome as I was four years ago.

And I really don’t know why.  

Of course, I hope and pray to Jesus every day that Donald Trump gets humiliated by a landslide victory for Joe Biden. On the other hand, if Trump is re-elected, as sickened as I will most assuredly be, I will otherwise be at peace with the knowledge that I was in no way complicit in the further horrors that will, without a doubt, be visited upon the American people by him for the extent of his rule, however long that may turn out to be.

A week or so after the 2016 election, I wrote a column in which I promised that from that day forward, I would refer to Trump as “president” because he was duly elected by a system that I believe in. I also promised that there would be no “I told you so” when he inevitably trashes the image of this great country and continues to prove himself to be the incompetent fool he showed himself to be during his campaign.

Well, I lied.

Mere days after his inauguration, it was obvious that Trump was unworthy of the title of “president” and, through some fluke in a system I used to believe in, we had elected a borderline illiterate and petulant baby-man, thereby committing an act of aggression against the U.S. Constitution and making one of the most embarrassing and dangerous mistakes this country has ever made.

So sorry, but I told you so.

Whatever the case, we are in a historically dark place in this country because of Trump. I put the blame squarely on the heads of all of the befuddled folk who thought that electing one of the most odious human beings in America to steer us into the uncharted waters of the future was a good idea.

Actually, what bothers me more than the thought of four more years of rule by Donald Trump and the gutless elected Republicans who have abandoned their principles for a mere pat on the head from his tiny hands, is how so many of his supporters seem to be OK with the thought of living under authoritarian rule in this country. They seem to be more inclined toward obedience and acquiescence to a wannabe dictator than they value freedom and independence.  

I count as friends some of those supporters. And these past few years, I have been saddened, bewildered and embarrassed by these once strong individual’s continued endorsement of a man who has proven, time and again, to have only his own interests at heart and is a man who is fearful of anyone who actually thinks for themselves. 

I truly just don’t get it.

For the most part, people of my generation were taught from a very early age that our country was one steeped in freedom. We learned that rugged individualism was an admirable trait and that speaking your mind and standing up for what you believe in was a sacred gift given to us by the thousands upon thousands of men and women who died for our right to do so. 

Now we have a leader who openly mocks the service and sacrifice of those thousands upon thousands of unselfish souls, demands adulation and claims that your right to vote is valid only if it is a win for him. And, still, inexplicably, the support of his followers is a rock solid as it ever was.  

Again, I just don’t get it.

I am under no illusions that my opinions mean anything at all to anyone other than myself. One of the more comforting assets of age, I believe, as weird as it may sound, is the acceptance of how small we all are compared with everything else under the sun; to realize, finally, that life will go on without us and that it’s OK not to carry the burden of worrying about what will happen when we’re gone.

However true that may be, there is no way in hell that I could ever again look my sons in the eye knowing I didn’t speak out against the tragedy that is the Trump administration, that I sat quietly by and allowed others to carry the weight of opposing what I truly believe to be a trend toward an Orwellian existence in this country without, at least, using whatever feeble voice I have to call attention to what I view to be one of the greatest assaults on the soul of America we have ever faced.  

Comfort there lies in knowing I am absolutely on the right side of history in doing whatever small thing I can do to keep one man from burning down this great country.

I know for a fact that I will get a lot of negative feedback from Trump’s supporters for what I’ve written here. Oh, will I ever get a whole bunch of all-caps comments. But that’s OK, I asked for it.  

It won’t last long, though. As with most people who are easily distracted by bright lights and bumper stickers, they will pretty quickly move on to another target.

This will be my last column about politics for the near future because, quite honestly, I’m pretty sick of it all right now.  

I think I’ll go back to writing about squirrels or the misdeeds of the International Pumpkin Spice Syndicate. Or maybe I’ll write about my and Love-Weasel’s new puppy.

Puppies are something everybody can agree on.

William Carter is a retired longtime Franklin city employee and published author. He may be contacted at wcarterfranklin@aol.com.

(9) comments

WCElvis

You're all fluff and no substance.

Reader17

You obviously know much more than I do about a great many facts. I was under the apparent misimpression that there were over a dozen people with President Trump when the alleged disrespect of our servicemen and servicewomen occurred, but every one of them said it didn't happen.

Secondly, I am unaware of the instances where the president acted for his personal financial gain. Please enlighten me. I thought (obviously incorrectly) that his net worth has decreased since taking office.

Third, please inform me of the act of aggression against the US constitution, as I am ignorant of those acts also.

Fourth, help me understand how reducing and eliminating government regulations push us closer to an Orwellian, authoritarian existence.

Finally, please help me understand how Joe Biden became very wealthy, acquiring multiple, very large, luxurious homes while being an ethical public servant for the preceding 47 years.

I won't ask you what your reference to President Trump's tiny hands is about. I am ignorant as to your carefully considered intellectual point there also.

Please explain all of this to me.

Reader17

Thank you ilovewilliamson. You are completely correct. It is a fact-less, hateful and insulting article. I am embarrassed by such drivel.

ilovewilliamson

I'm a moderate independent, but this is the most insulting, arrogant, ignorant and hateful article I've ever read - it is shocking that it was published in a reputable community newspaper in Williamson County TN. No facts, just his opinion - why would anyone care about his opinion? Is he a political expert? William Carter makes no effort to discuss issues, policies, or Joe Biden - he just attacks Trump and Republicans - he could have just said "I hate Trump", but he clearly enjoyed insulting Republicans. No discussion of issues such as border security, the Middle East and why Trump has 3 nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize, if Biden has a mental issue, the differing views about law and order and defunding the police, what was behind the Russiagate investigation, etc.- no critical analysis at all - zero. The article is an in-your-face-insult to every Republican in Williamson County. I wouldn't expect the Herald to publish an article that is that rude to Democrats or Biden and would be surprised if they did. I will never, ever read anything Carter writes again. The Herald published it and shouldn't hide behind the "We publish all opinions" argument. There are limits and should be standards, and ranting and raving, and spewing hate and insults shouldn't be enough to get published.

Everyone should read carefully what Carter wrote about Republicans > "what bothers me more than the thought of four more years of rule by Donald Trump and the gutless elected Republicans who have abandoned their principles for a mere pat on the head from his tiny hands, is how so many of his supporters seem to be OK with the thought of living under authoritarian rule in this country. They seem to be more inclined toward obedience and acquiescence to a wannabe dictator than they value freedom and independence." Also, he makes unsupported comments that I think are untrue, such as > "Now we have a leader who openly mocks the service and sacrifice of those thousands upon thousands of unselfish souls, demands adulation and claims that your right to vote is valid only if it is a win for him." Mr. Carter, please give facts to back up your claims.

I will be interested to see if this Comment gets published. That will say a lot about whether differing views are really welcomed.

Compass North

Mr. Carter apparently gets his facts from folks like Joy Behar, Joy Reid, Don Lemon, Rachel Maddow and the plethora of anti-Trump talking heads who believe, as Joe Biden does, in 'truth over facts.' Problem is, truth over facts are another name for lies. The facts point to and verify the truth. Personally, I always check with Rosie O'Donnell and Michael Moore on what positions I should take on political issues.

Mr. Carter might want to take a much closer look at his chosen candidate and his running mate. He obviously missed a lot, but that happens when you have myopia, and apparently he has a very serious case of it. He might want to consider taking up Falun Gong.

I'm surprised The Herald publishes such trash. Shame on you and thanks to Reader 17 and Ilovewillliamson for their posts.

MJN

Although protected speech, this is truly an unfortunate commentary by a Williamson Herald columnist. At a time when there is a cry to support community newspapers, these kind of irresponsibly published articles jeopardize such support. The credibility of this writer is now completely lost, and the confidence in this newspaper's ability to be viewed as an honest and unbiased source is now subject to criticism. In other words, this commentary harms all writers writing under the Williamson Herald's heading. The Williamson Herald owes their readership and our community an apology for it's lack of judgement in printing such a destructively divisive, highly personal, politicized diatribe. How embarrassing. It's permissible to share a negative opinion of a politician or to question public policy choices, but this emotional rant is below the standards of public decorum and journalistic ethical standards: it reaches no such threshold of offering a well thought argument. In fact, I used to teach Journalism courses, and this poorly developed commentary would have received a C- grade at best, not for it's particular viewpoint, but for it's lack of development and poor taste. Please strive to do better in the future; otherwise, readership will surely be lost and the trust in our journalists will continue to deteriorate. Moreover, I have a son earning degrees in Journalism Broadcasting and Law right now; I would like him to have a respectable industry to enter in the future. Please be more careful with your choices and or editing.

ilovewilliamson

The upcoming election is to select a leader, not a buddy. The choice should be based on their positions on Issues, not personalities. I don't "like" Trump, but I judge him based on what he has done and where he stands on the issues. There are big differences between Trump and Biden, and Republicans and Democrats. A list of some of the issues is below. I think what is below is true - if it isn't, I want to know, please give facts and sources.

Some of the Issues that the candidates have different opinions on. Please post if you are aware of more >

1. Border security - On the Dem debates I saw Biden say he wants to open the borders and that he would offer free health care to people who come to the U.S. illegally. How many poor, unskilled, non-English speaking people would that pull to the U.S.? Where would millions of illegal immigrants live and survive? Would they compete with American citizens for jobs? Would they have the right to vote? Would they be counted in the U.S. Census so the "Sanctuary States" get extra U.S. Representatives? Is anyone who illegally comes into the U.S. going to have the rights of a citizen? Under U.S. regulations, public schools must provide free translators to all children who don't speak English and their parents - what would that cost? Does having a translator in a class slow down the teacher's ability to teach the class? What is the annual cost to taxpayers for each unskilled, non-English speaking immigrant?

2. The Dems want to expand the Supreme Court - Why?

3. The Dems want to add D.C. and Puerto Rico as states - Why?

4. The Dems want to abolish the Electoral College - Why?

5. Is it true that the Dems want to abolish ICE and the DEA?

6. Do the Dems want to defund the police?

7. China - Is the Communist Chinese government a threat to the U.S.? If so, how?

8. Big Tech censorship (Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc) - Since they have monopolies, should their legal protections be removed so they can be sued if they abuse people?

9. Antifa

10. Why do the Dems want to abolish the Senate Filibuster? Would that put too much power in the hands of one political party?

11. The Middle East and Regime-Change wars, like Libya. (Google it if you don't know)

12. Is it true that Biden wants to force counties like Williamson to change their zoning?

13. Do the Dems want to change the way history is taught to teach that America is a racist nation?

14. Were politics involved with the Mueller investigation?

15. Should the value of being an American citizen be protected?

One of the normals

I wholeheartedly agree with this statement contained in the article: "I am under no illusions that my opinions mean anything at all to anyone other than myself." How true! Put on your big boy pants and stop whining. Donald Trump was elected by the voters and managed to hold on to his duly deserved position of President despite the treasonous efforts of the deep state, partly because he has the moral support of a large number of people - "the silent majority" - who have better things to do than vomit sob stories onto the pages of pathetic partisan newspapers. So deal with it!

Reader17

One of the normals: I assure you that I am “dealing with it” by pointing out to the owner and editor how factless and ignorant one of his lead columnists is, as he may want to consider finding more intelligent writers to represent his paper. Also, you may want to look up the definition of “whining,” as you don’t seem to have it.

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