Did you watch the debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden?
I’ll not go over the blow-by-blow, but let me assure you, politics is no longer an aspiration of the refined and sophisticated. We no longer have charismatic leaders and intellectual statesmen. We have traded debate and discussion of serious issues for anger and acrimony.
I went home early Tuesday night and Sara and I sat down to watch the debate. I’ll not tell you what my, sweet, loving little girlfriend said about the candidates, because I’ve learned not to cross her.
But I will give you my view.
I laughed, I cried and then I turned off the TV and pondered this great nation.
Folks, please remember there have been fist fights on the floor of Congress over political view. Duels have been fought in the nation’s capital over party politics. We’ve all seen the copied sheets that come out just before the elections around here with scrawled accusations on them. And now we have Facebook.
Hate is nothing new.
I read this week that social media has replaced the hair salon, afternoon tea and church as the method for women to bite back at the world.
And guys, don’t feel left out. I believe we growl, grumble and groan at the local coffee shop more than ever.
No, hate is nothing new, but I do think many have turned up the volume.
Democratic Senator Patrick Moynihan once said “All politics is local.”
If you are a regular reader of these lines, you've seen me say it.
Over the past half century, I have watched the antics and wile of Washington and federal government creep down into state politics in three states. It is now firmly entrenched in Coahoma County and Clarksdale Politics.
At the county level we see the hiring of people not based on merit or ability, but on whom they supported in the last election and how it will set them up in the next one.
A city leader grabbed the microphone this week and said racial issues are the main political issue in our community.
Let me explain that racial issues have always been a concern of this community and country, but 244 years of American government policy, procedure and programs have failed to correct it.
You see racial issues are not about party, politics or the direction of this country and community.
Racial issues are about hate.
Let’s see what happens in November. I firmly believe American may not always get it right, but we do get a choice.
I also believe we have better men – and women – in our country and in our state, than the two who were on stage Tuesday night.
Last but not least I believe we have good people in this community who will not stand for petty politics. You know our local candidates better than I do!
The winds of politics blow right and left. I try not to worry.
You see, I prefer to look forward and hope rather than hate.
That’s why we have elections. In this country you get a chance to change your future.
Floyd Ingram is the Editor of your Clarksdale Press Register. He laughs, he cries and ponders the human condition in this community every day. Call him at 662-627-2201 if you want to console him.