Give us some credit for caring on the local front – it’s not all a referendum
Referendum? We’ve got to say it: we feel a bit peeved at the generalization made about this election: that it all boils down to a referendum about President Donald Trump.
Admittedly, as this was being written, it seemed that participation in the mid-term elections was more robust than usual. And we concede that a good deal of that extra oomph likely spouts from a well of concern, one way or the other, about our president, the things he does, the things he says.
But according to analysts, just about all our voting on national races and the way we voted for state races and some of the measures on the ballot, boils down to how we feel about Trump. That’s what the results of this election are supposed to mean? That it’s all about Trump, as well as the us-versus-them mentality America has developed over the last few decades?
They’re getting carried away. It’s not all about Trump. It’s not all about any one thing. It’s about us caring about local and regional issues. It was still us voting for those we believe will do the best job, will best represent our views, for what will best accommodate what we would like to have happen.
Most of us, we think, still voted for the Assembly candidate we have the most confidence in. Same with state senator, same with governor, U.S. senator, congressional delegates. We voted for or against Measure K because of how we feel about local services and local taxes.
Even though the rolls were augmented by angst and enthusiasm for the president, we still deserve recognition for taking part in the decision making of our local governments. Good job, everyone.