"If Barber wins Tucson is in trouble for sure". Alfred, if you intend on writing something provocative like this statement, at least do us readers the courtesy of explaining specific examples of "trouble". Otherwise, I can't berate you in an equally sophisticated manner and instead will be left with no choice but to refer to you only with single syllabic nouns such as, "idiot, fool, imbecile, dolt, dunce, etc." You get the picture?
Notice how the pro-Kelly/anti-Barber editorial comments don't name one thing they like about Kelly other than the obligatory shouts of "freedom!", and fear-mongering cries of "not a Socialist" (whatever that means), "he will protect the Constitution!" (whatever that means), and "the Government is evil" (whatever that means). I get how you are are angry and scared. Watching Fox News, listening to GOP talking points (not Barry Goldwater's GOP anymore), and a poor economy caused by a housing market collapse, govt/business collusion to deregulate the financial sector, and unrealistic expectations about continued U.S. dominance/prosperity in a World economy is troubling. But when our politicians are unwilling (or unable) to have a coherent conversation on the REAL problems (let alone the solutions), and instead rely on the old trick of scaring people to win votes (watch any political ad (liberal or conservative) and you'll know what I'm talking about), we become pawns in a greed/power/influence-based political system based on the lowest common denominator (what candidate can feign outrage and anger better than the other). Because what is better than a candidate who understands us and our problems, right? Unfortunately, when these people get into office they are quick to give handouts to their business friends while keeping the voters distracted by invoking God, Guns, and Taxes (and those pesky illegal aliens!) whenever we start to get wise to them. I am not interested in red, blue, Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative non-sense. I am interested in a candidate who can "make sense" whether I agree with their position on anything or not. I don't pick a doctor based on his/her personality or because they always agree with my self-diagnosis. I pick him/her because of their experience, training, ethics, and commitment to the patient's well being. Personality is a bonus. Why should our politicians be any different? Jesse Kelly's limited practical (business, government, volunteer) experience, and tired, fear-based talking points (with little to no substance) are not for me. Until the GOP returns to moderation and reality (not any time soon), there is not much to consider. Maybe a third-party, the "Reality and Sane Party" is the answer? For now, Ron Barber is the only logical choice (by a wide margin). P.S. If you are a Kelly-supporter, you probably didn't read this far into my editorial without responding with "you socialist pig", "You and your illegal alien buddies can go back to Mexico", or "the only reason you can write this editorial is because of freedom!".....sigh. Thanks for making my point.
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