Fred Henneke, Attorney & Counselor-At-Law
It appears to this observer that what we are seeing on the campaign trail are volleying salvos of mud-slinging and accusations of wrongdoing or unworthiness slightly changed from what was unleashed yesterday. Hillary is untrustworthy and has poor judgment; Trump has no government experience and has proven himself by his loose accusations to be unqualified to be the leader of the Free World.
SO WHAT? It’s not like either of them is going to wake up one morning and bow out because of the thunderbolts hurled in their direction. The winner is likely to be the first one that actually sheds some light on the serious problems facing the United States and offers some rational, doable solutions. Stop shouting, stop tweeting and talk to us. Don’t hide behind canned events and surrogates. If they devoted half as much time and money to actually connecting with the American people as they do on opposition research and obscure failings, they might learn something. We are in dire straits and need principled, courageous leadership to get us going again. At this point in time, neither is offering that.
This past week Hillary took to the old “divide and conquer” road with accusations of racism, etc. Trump is trying, with limited success, to rein in his natural inclination to demonize and strike back hard at anyone that publicly denigrates him, which includes disagreeing. As a result, little has changed except the American people are tuning out more and more. The candidates are talking – no, shouting – at their respective “bases” and ignoring the independents and non-true believers that will decide this election. One hopes that they come back before the voting starts.