Thoughts on the 2016 election
This year voters will have the opportunity to change the focus of the national government. Besides electing a president, a new Congress will be created by electing all members of the House of Representatives and one third of the members of the Senate.
As the last eight years have demonstrated, a national government can fail to serve its citizens if leadership and a sense of compromise are absent. The current or the next Senate will vote on nominations for at least one seat in the U.S. Supreme Court, which will affect national policy for generations.
I will not support candidates or a political party which attempts to divert voters’ attention by raising issues that the courts and the public considered to be resolved: gay rights, voter fraud and access to bathrooms. I cannot support a party whose platform denies global warming, seeks to create greater access to weapons, denies a woman the right to manage her own health, and seeks to restrict the national government’s management of clean air and clean water. Robert Gibbs, Mechanicsville