Well, Hermine was a bust, wasn’t it?
Over the years, if we’ve learned anything about predicting storms, it’s that we know nothing about predicting storms.
But in a post-Katrina and post-Sandy era, the mantra will forever be to “hope for the best and prepare for the worst.”
The threat of Hurricane Hermine sure cast a gloom on Labor Day weekend, forcing families to cancel their vacation plans and restaurants and shops across the Eastern seaboard to lose tons of revenue.
Hurricane or not, I still went straight down the coast to Ocean City, Maryland last
weekend, preparing to enjoy myself no matter what.
And I did.
Anyway, now that we’re almost a full week into September, it’s time to talk about this election thing that’s rapidly approaching.
Some of you may have noticed that I have distanced myself from the race a bit lately, discussing it sparingly while refraining from even referencing Donald Trump directly.
But now is the time to start caring again. Because after a year of campaigning, of the 24/7 news coverage and of the masses voicing their opinions in every format possible — we are now just two months shy of really the only day that matters.
Posting on Facebook doesn’t stop somebody from becoming president. Protesting doesn’t stop somebody from becoming president.
Voting does. It’s the only way to truly influence this election. So if you’ve had any political opinion whatsoever over the past year, then you better get yourself to a polling station on Nov. 8.
I’ve made my opinion quite clear over the last few months. I think it would probably be the biggest blunder in American political history to elect Donald Trump. He lacks any subtlety or political expertise. He cares more about defending his own ego and reputation than defending the values that America is known for.
Is Donald Trump a successful businessman? Only in the sense that he knows how to manipulate every loophole to squeeze every possible dollar in his direction. He knows how to make money — and at the expense of others. Making business deals involving a hotel, a golf course, a clothing line and an office building has no correlation whatsoever to running a government or a country.
Foreign leaders have equated him to some of the worst dictators our world has ever known. Even as a mere candidate, he’s already damaged U.S. international relations.
Do I need to say more?
I won’t. Instead, I’ll leave you with the opinion of the editorial board for the Dallas Morning News, one of the most prominent newspapers in Texas — the reddest of states we have in this country, where the Democratic Party basically just exists for show — which on Tuesday unequivocally denounced Donald Trump as a presidential candidate.
The editorial’s final line was unambiguously clear: “Donald Trump is not qualified to serve as president and does not deserve your vote.”
Stew on that.