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11/9/2016 8:36:00 AM
Afterthoughts on Election
Anita McCall and Rich Permenter look over the figures Tuesday night.  Both were elected to the County Commission on their second try (both lost in the Primary two years ago to eventual winners Martin Oakes and Bill Beam).Lincoln Herald photo by Jay Dellinger
Anita McCall and Rich Permenter look over the figures Tuesday night.  Both were elected to the County Commission on their second try (both lost in the Primary two years ago to eventual winners Martin Oakes and Bill Beam).

Lincoln Herald photo by Jay Dellinger
Neil Underwood, Tommy Houser & Elaine Jenkins...Underwood and Jenkins lost County Commission races, Houser lost in a bid to return to the School Board.Lincoln Herald photo by Wayne Howard
Neil Underwood, Tommy Houser & Elaine Jenkins...Underwood and Jenkins lost County Commission races, Houser lost in a bid to return to the School Board.

Lincoln Herald photo by Wayne Howard
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Kirk Herbertson was delighted to say the least at winning the District 3 seat on the School Board.

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer


What happened?  That's the question the tv news folk tried to answer--and failed in the wee hours of Wednesday morning when it became apparent that Donald Trump would become the 45th President.  

The whole affair reminded me a great deal of the 1976 movie "Network" in which the main character, a tv news commentator, Howard Beale, encourages his viewers to go to their windows, stick their heads out and yell, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more!"  In the movie, Beale is eventually assassinated and the protest amounts to no more than a momentary event.  Will it be the same with this year's election?

A friend suggested that the popularity of Trump was just the American people sticking up their middle finger.  OK, but at whom?  At Washington, where the division between Congress and the President have resulted in gridlock on more than one occasion?  At President Obama--disliked from the beginning by many.  At the system, often slow and cumbersome at least in part because it was intentionally designed that way to keep things steady and avoid panic.  

I think what happened is a lot like road rage.  The problem is that road rage doesn't really solve any problems--any more than yelling out a window.

Trump promised to call a special session of Congress early in his tenure to do away with the Affordable Care Act--Obamacare.  So what happens to those who for the first time were able to get health insurance?

Trump may be popular with the Russians, but the members of NATO, Japan and South Korea, and countries in the Middle East who have at times been our allies are all concerned about some of the things he said during the campaign.

I won't lie to you: I said before the election that I was afraid of this man--and I still am.  But unlike Rush Limbaugh, who said from the beginning of the Obama Presidency that he hoped Obama's tenure would be an ultimate failure, I hope that President Trump will turn out to be much better than I expected.  With a majority in both houses of Congress, the Republicans have no excuse for not getting things done.  I hope that I am shocked by just how well their decisions work out.

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For many, many years, I heard Republicans make the claim, "I don't vote for the party, but for the man."  Tuesday's election showed that claim to be totally invalid in 2016.  While there was no box at the top of the ballot for straight party voting, that's very much what occurred--especially in our area.  

Neil Underwood said after the results were in Tuesday night, "I don't mind losing; I'm a band director and I've still got my band to direct.  I am sorry that the people of Lincoln County will miss out on the opportunity to have Dr. Jenkins' knowledge and experience serving them."

Elaine Jenkins said she had met many people during the campaign who had expressed concerns about things the county was and was not doing.  "The voters appear to be quite satisfied," she said, "they voted for and will surely get more of the same."

A Lincolnton City Councilman who worked hard for Jenkins and Underwood offered his assessment:  "if we (the Democratic Party) can't elect these two, we can't elect anybody (to the County Commission)." 

 
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