You surely don’t expect a sweet, complacent post from me after I only just finished watching the final presidential debate, do you? A couple of times, I had to take off my headphones and step away from the computer lest I throw it or punch it, but I’m pleased to say that I survived. They should give us buttons or stickers saying, “I survived watching the debate!”, for it is no small task!
All in all, the debate really wasn’t a debate, but at least we were able to hear and understand most of Biden’s responses without Trump talking over him. Trump did, however, keep on talking long after the moderator had told him “Okay, we’re moving on to the next topic” repeatedly. In my book, the only truly relevant question was the final one, when each candidate was asked what, on inauguration day, they would say to the people who didn’t vote for them. Their responses, in part …
Trump: “We have to make our country totally successful as it was prior to the plague coming over from China. We are on the road to success. But I’m cutting taxes and he wants to raise everybody’s taxes, and he wants to put new regulations on everything. He will kill it. If he gets in, you will have a depression the likes of which you’ve never seen. Your 401(k)s will go to hell, and it’ll be a very, very sad day for this country.”
Biden: “I will say, I’m an American president. I represent all of you. Whether you voted for me or against me. And I’m going to make sure that you’re represented. I’m going to give you hope. We’re going to choose science over fiction. We’re going to choose hope over fear. We’re going to choose to move forward because we have enormous opportunities to make things better.
And I’m going to say, as I said at the beginning, what is on the ballot here is the character of this country, decency, honor, respect, treating people with dignity, making sure that everyone has an even chance. And I’m going to make sure you get that, what you haven’t been getting in the last four years.”
Notice the difference? Trump used his 60 seconds to criticize Biden some more, while Biden actually answered the question with what sounded very much like the best possible way to begin the healing process. A negative answer vs a positive message.
And that’s all I have to say about the debate … another 90 minutes of my life that I can’t get back.
According to a story in yesterday’s New York Times …
The Trump campaign has been videotaping Philadelphia voters while they deposit their ballots in drop boxes, leading Pennsylvania’s attorney general to warn this week that the campaign’s actions fall outside of permitted poll watching practices and could amount to illegal voter intimidation.
The campaign made a formal complaint to city officials on Oct. 16, saying a campaign representative had surveilled voters depositing two or three ballots at drop boxes, instead of only their own. The campaign called the conduct “blatant violations of the Pennsylvania election code,” according to a letter from a lawyer representing the Trump campaign that was reviewed by The New York Times. The campaign included photos of three voters who it claimed were dropping off multiple ballots.
Last week daughter Chris, granddaughter Natasha (aka Miss Goose), and I completed our mail-in ballots. Not trusting the United States Postal Service to deliver them in a timely fashion, we had already decided to use the drop box at the county board of elections. Since there is only one ballot drop box per county in our state, the nearest drop box is about 15 miles from here … not a long distance, but my van is not reliable outside of a 2-mile radius, and daughter Chris works from 6:00 a.m. ‘til 6:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. So, on Saturday she took all three of our ballots to the drop box. She put all three into the drop box, and yesterday I received notification that all three had been received and accepted. There is absolutely nothing wrong with her dropping off all three of our ballots!
I find it rather creepy to think that Trump cronies might be filming her, take down her license plate number, and harass us or attempt to negate our ballots. And are these government employees doing the videotaping? Are we paying these people to spy on us???
The Trump campaign’s aggressive strategy in Philadelphia suggests its aim is to crack down on people dropping off ballots for family members or anyone else who is not strictly authorized to do so. Ms. Kerns demanded that the names of all voters who had used a drop box in front of Philadelphia’s City Hall on Oct. 14 be turned over to the campaign, and insisted that the city station a staff member around every drop box “at all times.” She also asked for footage from municipal cameras around City Hall.
Bullshit! “Ms. Kerns” needs to go choke on a turnip! It is a blatant attempt at voter intimidation and there is no law prohibiting a family member from dropping off a ballot. What would be the difference if a family member put someone’s ballot in the mailbox for them? None whatsoever. This is a step too far in Trump’s attempt to claim that there is voter fraud in voting by mail, where there is none! First it was fake ballot boxes put up by the GOP in California, and now this! If by some chance Trump wins this election, it will not have been an honest win, but will have been because he interfered with the right of the people to cast a ballot! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.