THEY CLAIM THIS AS VIC­TORY?

The Beaufort Gazette - - Opinion -

Many years ago, I at­tended my one and only Jai Alai match in Florida. I re­mem­ber my brother-in­law pro­claim­ing that our team won. He then pro­ceeded to the win­dow to cash in our win­ning tick­ets. Strangely, I don’t not re­mem­ber re­ceiv­ing any pay­out that night, but I do re­mem­ber be­ing very con­fused by rules of the game.

As I watched the elec­tion re­turns Tues­day night and Wed­nes­day morn­ing, I kept think­ing about my ini­ti­a­tion into the con­fus­ing world of Jai Alai long ago.

Cur­rently, the Blue Team is say­ing it won by tak­ing the House. The Red Team claims it won by for­ti­fy­ing its lead in the Se­nate, and we keep won­der­ing how any­one can claim vic­tory. We still have in­fants and chil­dren sep­a­rated from their fam­i­lies at the bor­der. We have fam­i­lies un­able to pay for es­sen­tial med­i­cal pre­scrip­tions. We have too many chil­dren think­ing their school could be next in the long line of mass shoot­ings.

So many of us had hoped this elec­tion would help to end the ram­pant xeno­pho­bia, vi­o­lence, and in­tol­er­ance that is crip­pling our na­tion. We had hoped this elec­tion would clearly il­lu­mi­nate a na­tional de­sire to re­turn to ci­vil­ity, ethics, and jus­tice. How­ever, we have once again been de­nied a pay­out of com­mon de­cency. Hope­fully, we have gained more from this elec­tion than more po­lit­i­cal dead­lock and tribal war­fare.

– Joseph Tay­lor

Lady’s Is­land

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