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There’s Light At The End Of The Tunnel

November 8, 2016
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

I'm sure you've heard the expression, "we can see the light at the end of the tunnel" in talks about a long, drawn-out process.

To me, the expression couldn't be more appropriate for today's elections. At the risk of sounding cynical, I for one couldn't be happier that the Presidential Election is now over.

For over a year, we have been bombarded, hounded, insulted, harangued and driven to the point of hatred for the current political system.

While I?realize that our right to cast a ballot to elect our leaders is a privilege that was earned through the blood and sacrifice of our forefathers, there have been times in this election season that I almost considered not casting a vote as a way of expressing my disgust with the political gamesmanship going on.

Understand, I?appreciate the political system, and I know how it is supposed to work - Thank you, Mr. Ron Worley, High School Government stuck with me.

The United States was founded after our forefathers left England due to unfair taxation and religious persecution. After a war to gain independence, our American political system was first founded on the basis of people being elected to represent the best interests of common man and woman. Our population was accorded "inalienable rights" such as the freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, the right to bear arms and the right to religious freedom, to name a few.

But nowhere in the Constitution of the United States of America did it say, at least to my recollection, that we the people had to elect a President who could spend the most money, tell the most lies, behave the most outrageously, be involved in countless inproprieties and speak everything but the truth in order to accomplish their final goals.

In all of that, I have to wonder what happened to representing "We the people?"

In the past few days leading up to this election, I've read stories proclaiming that the laws of people coming to our country from other lands should take precedence over the Constitution of the United States.

If such is the case, and that's a huge if, it gives me cause to wonder why immigrants to this country want to come here so badly, if our laws are so archaic and biased.

The idea of power and corruption just seem to cheapen the whole idea of a government of the people, by the people, for the people. It's even more discouraging that so many people have just thrown up their hands and adopted the attitude of "What's the use? My one vote isn't going to make a difference."

Every vote does make a difference. If your candidate does or does not win, at least you did your duty as a citizen by casting your vote.

Let us just hope that whomever wins, they will represent the people who elected them to their posts and will do the right thing for our nation, not themselves.

And finally, to wake up last Wednesday morning to the news of two police officers being killed overnight in Des Moines has to be distressing to all Iowans. The senseless violence against those who swear to protect us is not just horrendous - it is horrible. We can only offer prayers of condolence to the officers' families, their fellow officers and their communities. "Greater love hath no man that he would lay down his own life for that of others."

Please support all our public safety officers.



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