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Morning Sun
  • OUR VIEW: Want, need and modern politics

  • Presidential elections and the Summer Olympics have a lot in common. For one, they’ve occurred the same year for decades, with the Olympics serving almost as an appetizer to the madness and name-calling of the campaign season. For another, they both begin with a big festivity, whether Opening Ceremony or political convention.

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  • Presidential elections and the Summer Olympics have a lot in common. For one, they’ve occurred the same year for decades, with the Olympics serving almost as an appetizer to the madness and name-calling of the campaign season. For another, they both begin with a big festivity, whether Opening Ceremony or political convention.
    But there are some things we wish the elections would take from the Olympics. First, even those on opposing “teams” support the achievements and strengths of those on other teams. Second, even the minor events get their moment in the sun. And finally, as much as we love the Olympics, it’s over in two weeks.
    There are campaign ads blasting our radio and television, and they have been for months. There are yard signs dotting the landscape like weeds. Candidates stop by door-to-door like vacuum salesmen.
    The political season has gotten longer and longer, much the same way the Christmas season now begins before Halloween at some stores. For instance, Mitt Romney officially announced his candidacy for president in 2012 back in June. Of 2011. So it’s been more than a year of campaigning for both sides. We wouldn’t be surprised if signs for 2016 pop up on November 7.
    Politics, it is often stated, is too divisive in the modern era. We agree. Partisan lines have become more about keeping the other side from succeeding than in doing good for the city/county/state/nation. What was the last major bipartisan success story? We can’t remember, either.
    So it should be no surprise that we don’t make major endorsements. We feel like most people have already made their decision. We doubt that anyone has been waiting for the Morning Sun’s endorsement, and if they have been, it is only as validation, theoretical proof that we don’t like or are biased against their candidate, or just another opinion in a sea of opinions.
    Not endorsing is not a suggestion that both candidates in any particular race would be bad for the area, and likewise, we are not saying that both candidates would do a good job.
    Merely, we are saying that minds are likely already made up. One candidate calls the other a liar or terrible for the area, and the other says the first is lying about them lying. It’s divisive, it’s destructive, it’s modern politics. And we’ve had enough.
    With all that said, we do endorse Bob Grant in the 3rd District for state House. Beyond the extreme, insulting statements made by his opponent in one debate, we primarily believe that Grant has the right ideas for our community. He’s not afraid of straight talk or giving you a piece of his mind. Beyond that, his efforts as representative have been at the direction of the community -- most notably in his support of bringing gaming to Southeast Kansas, a plan approved of by local voters years back. Anyone who’s met Grant knows that he fits no one’s mold of a politician.
    Page 2 of 2 - And that’s what we’re looking for from our elected officials. We’re tired of politicians. We’re sick of partisans. We’re sure we’re not the only ones.
    What we want are not politicians. What we want are representatives and senators, presidents and leaders. What we want are people who don’t care about themselves, but are willing to sacrifice for the people who elected them, and even moreso, for the people who didn’t elect them.
    On second thought, we, as a people, don’t want any of those things. We need them.
     
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