22 years ago today I was talking to my biggest customer in Tarpon Springs, Florida when I heard the news of the attack on the Twin Towers. Today I’m retired and living in North Carolina’s Triangle Region. In 2001 the January 6th domestic coup attempt replaced 9/11 as the worst attack on America. But today I want to spend a few minutes on what potentially could be a more threatening attack on American democracy – today’s Republican party.
Last weekend the big news was the 601st mass shooting of 2022 in America. I didn’t major in math in college but that is about two a day on average. America has a gun problem and we are doing way too little about it. America has a gun culture which is difficult for much of the rest of the world to understand. I accept that, and in some ways am part of it. That doesn’t mean we must have a gun problem. The two are not mutually inclusive.
The endorsement of Maggie Hassan would be perfectly justified simply based on the fact that her Republican opponent is a danger to American democracy. That alone would be enough, but there is so much more.
Reputation, actions and associations. That about sums up Val Demings in my mind.
If after reading the title you are saying, Who? I really can’t blame you. The senior U.S. Senator from Nevada is a workhorse not a show horse. Most people, even political junkies, couldn’t pick her out of a lineup and she is far, far, from a household name. She just labors and votes in the best interest of democracy, Nevada, America and the world.