Where Did People Working Together Go?

Sunday, October 7, 2018

I am writing once again to express my thoughts on present day political races, Supreme Court nominees and the general feeling of division in this country. As a concerned citizen of the great state of Tennessee I just want what is best for our state and country.

First, the concerns of everyone concerning the nomination of Brett Kavenaugh for Supreme Court justice. I feel badly for Prof. Ford and her willingness to testify in front of a divided senate judicial committee. I am sure as she stated it was a very terrifying moment in her life. But, I feel that anyone who suffered a such a traumatic moment in their life should have made sure that friends or family was aware of it immediately. If not at the party she attended that night, but at least to friends. I understand in the immediate aftermath that you're scared, cautious of how you will be perceived and be labeled with a title that doesn't reflect who you really know who you are. I am sure everyone has stories of events that affected them one way or another in their life, I know I do. But, to expose it 36 years later concerning someone you have been out of touch with for so long just doesn't make sense to me.

Mr. Kavanaugh's recollection that it did not happen poises the problem of a "he said, she said" dilemma that cannot be proven without recorded facts or probable eyewitnesses or reported first hand knowledge at the time of the incident. All I see from the public and opposing senators is you are presumed guilty until proven innocent. If there were proven and substantiated facts to prove this happened then Kavenaugh should not be allowed to even be nominated as a dogcatcher.

Now concerning our nomination of the next senator for the state of Tennessee, and once again this my opinion. I wish Marsha Blackburn would explain more of what she wants to accomplish as a senator for the state of Tennessee than what she proposes for the whole country. I personally could care less if the wall is built between Mexico and the U.S and that is because the nearest ending point is about a thousand miles from Tennessee. My trepidation is as she states she will support the wall paid for with our money, not Mexico's as was stated in 2016. She is against sanctuary cities and promises to do away with them, but there are no cities like that in the state of Tennessee (I googled it) and I don't like the ads against her for her opioid votes which is the most important one to me. If you as an individual or family has not had to deal with this horrible addiction then "God Bless You" and be thankful.

And finally, I so wish we could stop being a nation of tribes, Republican or Democrat, in which every issue has an opposing side with no chance of being negotiated in congress or the senate. Why can't we just agree to disagree, but work together to come to a suitable conclusion that works for everyone. How hard is that? Why have opposing parties set in two different sections in their prospective U.S. houses and everyone mingle together for everyone's benefit. That's the way this country was set up - do you remember the United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence? People working together, where did that go?

Clifton W. Duggan


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