Final elec­tion observations

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - BUSINESS - Janet Col­li­ton Colum­nist

As luck would have it, my Tues­day col­umn falls on pres­i­den­tial Elec­tion Day and elec­tions for sev­eral other na­tional, state and lo­cal can­di­dates so it was nec­es­sary to have some ab­so­lutely final final thoughts.

Tues­day I ex­pect to be mon­i­tor­ing at the polls so any com­ments on my com­ments would likely be re­ceived and re­viewed later. Here goes.

The state of the coun­try

State here is taken in its mean­ing as con­di­tion, not state as in 50 states. Af­ter the elec­tion, re­gard­less who is elected, based on the rhetoric, it is un­likely that we will be sit­ting around the camp­fire singing Kum­baya to­gether any time soon. That is un­for­tu­nate. I also think it was un­nec­es­sary. The Repub­li­can Party had a num­ber of good can­di­dates in the pri­mary – Jeb Bush and John Ka­sich come to mind. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see whether, in the fu­ture, can­di­dates will be en­cour­aged to re­hearse to be­come more like re­al­ity TV stars so they can en­ter­tain an au­di­ence or if they will re­turn to dis­cussing is­sues. I re­mem­ber my ex­pe­ri­ence as a high school teacher and later as an ad­junct col­lege pro­fes­sor think­ing there needed to be some en­ter­tain­ment fac­tor but noth­ing like in this elec­tion.

Facts took an in­cred­i­ble hit.

“Thou­sands” of peo­ple are said to be do­ing var­i­ous things and “some peo­ple think” or “some peo­ple say” be­came a com­mon ex­pres­sion.

Ch­ester County has been a place where mod­er­ate Democrats and mod­er­ate Repub­li­cans have of­ten worked to­gether with­out ma­jor dis­pute although there are some sep­a­rat­ing is­sues that make a dif­fer­ence to both par­ties. The county is mov­ing more D than R with new res­i­dents although we have been a Repub­li­can strong­hold for some time now. We are dis­cussed in the me­dia as part of the “col­lar” coun­ties cir­cling Philadel­phia and it is good to think that our votes, even on a na­tional level are con­sid­ered im­por­tant. The is­sues of women, jobs, mi­grants, the econ­omy are all im­por­tant here. We are for­tu­nate to have a pros­per­ous econ­omy where there are other parts of the state that do not.

I do think we value our peace and, af­ter the elec­tion is over are more likely than some ar­eas to set­tle into a sense of nor­malcy while still rec­og­niz­ing our dif­fer­ences.

On a na­tional level

The elec­torate is ex­hausted. It re­minds you of a box­ing match where both fight­ers are wear­ing them­selves down wait­ing for the final bell. Still it is nec­es­sary to vote. With all the polls taken and ev­ery­thing done to this point, it all would be mean­ing­less if peo­ple do not come out and vote.

The trove of mis­in­for­ma­tion is in­ex­haustible. A few days ago I re­ceived at home a packet in the mail from CAFT. On re­search­ing Google I found Chil­dren’s Ad­ven­ture Farm Trust, Coali­tion to Abol­ish the Fur Trade and Com­mer­cial Au­to­mated Funds Trans­fer. Ob­vi­ously it was none of these. Chi­nese Amer­i­cans for Trump was wrong on both counts although I fig­ured that, since my daugh­ter is Chi­nese, some­one may have fig­ured I was also and sent a mailer for Trump.

The Supreme Court

With four Supreme Court jus­tices lean­ing to and/or ac­tual Repub­li­cans and four jus­tices lean­ing to and/or ac­tual Democrats, the po­ten­tial for tie votes now is high. Why does this mat­ter? A per­sonal ob­ser­va­tion. If there is a tie in the Supreme Court, the de­ci­sions of the lower court (that is the Cir­cuit Courts through­out the coun­try) would stand and the Supreme Court’s rul­ings would be less rel­e­vant. So, it would be pos­si­ble to have one rule of the land in say Cal­i­for­nia and an­other in Penn­syl­va­nia.

Not just abor­tion and right to choose but also Ci­ti­zens United, cam­paign fi­nance, and oth­ers would be un­der con­sid­er­a­tion. Some Repub­li­cans have stated if Hil­lary Clin­ton is elected they will not pro­ceed on any nom­i­na­tion for a ninth Supreme Court jus­tice. Gar­land Mer­rick, the Obama nom­i­nee, has waited for months. I won­der for how long. This is where the dif­fer­ence be­tween U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Demo­crat Katie McGinty would come in for U.S. Se­nate since the Se­nate votes for or against the nom­i­nee.

Janet Col­li­ton, Col­li­ton

El­der Law As­so­ciates, PC, lim­its her prac­tice to el­der law, life care and spe­cial needs plan­ning, Med­i­caid, es­tate plan­ning and ad­min­is­tra­tion and guardian­ships and is lo­cated at 790 E. Mar­ket St., Suite 250, West Ch­ester, PA 19382, 610-436-6674, col­li­ton@col­li­ton­law.com. She is also, with Jef­frey Jones, CSA, co-founder of Life Tran­si­tion Ser­vices LLC, a ser­vice for fam­i­lies with long-term care needs.

Lis­ten in to ra­dio WCHE 1520 “50+ Plan­ning Ahead” with Phil McFad­den, Home In­stead Se­nior Care, and Janet Col­li­ton, Col­li­ton El­der Law As­so­ciates, on Wednesdays at 4 p.m.

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