Notes scribbled on the back of a Have Gun, Will Travel script . . .
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WE COULD NOT start this week’s babblings without borrowing a line from my buddy Honest Hoosier and offering a HUGE tip of the seed corn cap to all our military heroes! Happy Veterans Day!
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BEFORE WE put the local election to bed this go round, here are a few last observations.
First, major kudos to all the local candidates who (for the most part) stayed above the fray and the mudslinging. They told you what they were about and pretty politely asked for your vote. What I most enjoyed was they did not tell us why we should not vote for somebody (although some of their supporters surely did). But candidates shouldn’t be held responsible for anyone but themselves and they did it with class!
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ON THE NATIONAL vote, a couple of thoughts if I may . . .
First, it’s no surprise that there was a celebration when Biden was declared the winner. I suspect most of those celebrating – if they were honest – would have to say they were celebrating Trump losing more than Biden winning.
Personally, I’ve got no problem with challenging the legality of the votes, like Trump and his lawyers are doing. But I’ve got a big problem with Trump scheduling rallies. Either Biden won, or the litigation will give us reasons to re-examine that. Either way, when the legal process is over, we’ll have a president – fair and square. My guess is it’ll be Mr. Biden, and if so, God bless him and Hail to the Chief. But to start having rallies now accomplishes only one thing – it fans the flames. Seems to this political observer that we’re divided enough. We don’t need rallies that serve no purpose except to make things worse. That’s not leadership. Not even close.
Not sure I understand the hubris coming out of the national GOP. Yeah, I get it that a few seats in the House were gained – but nothing close to threatening the Dems’ big advantage. And the Republicans are barely clinging to control of the Senate – and still could lose it. And of course it looks like the Dems will be moving into the big house on Pennsylvania Avenue. If Democrats control all three, then we’ll find out quickly what direction the country goes. That’s the danger of winning – you get to live up to all those things you promised while campaigning . . . or not.
Here’s a thought for Republicans – of which I am one. (And yes, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Timmons, life-long Democrats, must have wondered where they went wrong.) Did you see Whoopi Goldberg’s rant about how Republicans need to “suck it up?” Thing is, that’s a rare (very rare . . . as in really, really rare) instance in which I agree with the liberal movie star. If Biden indeed is the winner, then Republicans have two choices – stomp their feet, throw tantrums and act like fools for four years (sound familiar?), or suck it up, salute the flag, respect the office and model the behavior we wish we would have seen since 2016. Will it do any good come 2024? Dunno, but it sure couldn’t hurt.
Did you hear about AOC wanting to keep a list of Trump supporters? I’m betting she was kidding (hoping, maybe?) when she tweeted "Is anyone archiving these Trump sycophants for when they try to downplay or deny their complicity in the future? I foresee decent probability of many deleted Tweets, writings, photos in the future."
Sorry Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but when government folks start talking about making lists of people exercising freedom of speech it makes some of us nervous. Maybe she and Trump should be forced to sit in timeout until they decide to quit acting like children?
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ONE LAST NOTE on the local election (and those rabid supporters). The Paper heard reports once again about sign swiping and other silliness. It’s a little like AOC. When people tell other people they don’t have the right to think what they want, say what they want and support who they want, it starts getting scary. Maybe those doing it think they’re just taking a sign. Thing is, you’re silencing a voice. Stop it.
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AT THE STATE level, did Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Donald Rainwater over-perform or did Democratic candidate Dr. Woody Myers under-perform? While Republican Eric Holcomb ran away with the vote, Rainwater finished ahead of Myers in 34 of Indiana’s 92 counties – including Montgomery where the Libertarian got 22 percent of the vote to Myers’ 16 (and Holcomb’s 62). County Democratic Party Chair Virginia Servies mentioned the fact that Myers’ absence sure didn’t help the lone Democratic candidate for county council, Summer Ervin. She’s 100 percent right.
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OK, ENOUGH politics and let’s finish off this week with another tip of the cap, this time to Sue Lucas and her folks at Main Street. Word is out that Party Night is still a go. Of course if the COVID-19 cases continue to spike, the state may make it a moot point, but three cheers for Main Street’s decision to move forward. They are doing it smartly and safely with various precautions in place. Good for them and we hope to see you shopping small in Crawfordsville!
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FOR THOSE who remember Paladin and Have Gun, Will Travel – did you know it hit the radio airwaves this month in 1958? And did you know that Gene Roddenberry (later of Star Trek fame) wrote about 10 percent of the episodes? Richard Boone played the gun for hire on TV while John Dehner was Paladin on the radio. The star of the series often cut through the muck and gave us good life lessons. Where’s Paladin when you need him?

Two cents, which is about how much Timmons said his columns are worth, appears periodically in The Paper. Timmons is the publisher of The Paper and can be contacted at ttimmons@thepaper24-7.com.