Don’t be a lemming

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Whiners. Crybabies. Sore losers. Such sentiments usually conclude with further comments that the whining and crying should stop because the election is over and the winner now occupies the White House. Move on. Get a life. If you don't like it, leave.

Oh how "winning" an election has an amazing effect on the memory. I suppose we simply imagined eight years of whining amid shouts of "tyranny" and the ridiculously prolonged attempt (promulgated primarily by Donald Trump) to delegitimize President Obama with a totally baseless charge that he was not a U.S. citizen. Eight years of teeth-gnashing and crying to now paint those who oppose Donald Trump with the same brush after only three months! Move on. Get a life. If you don't like it, better get used to it.

Labeling Democrats as crybabies is a perspective that does not reflect the majority view. How can it when the popular vote was carried by the losing candidate? There is no evidence whatsoever of millions of illegal votes. I am not debating an electoral college victory but simply noting the absence of a popular mandate.

Idaho was once upon a time a blue state. It is now, and has been for the last 20 years, as red as red can be. Democratic candidates manage from one-quarter to one-third of the vote in most any given contest. Republicans hardly break a sweat campaigning as they are confident they will leave their opponent in the dust. Are Republicans fielding more qualified candidates? Better legislators? Presenting better ideas?

No, no, and no. No party can claim it always has the best qualified candidate just as no party can claim a monopoly on better ideas. Thus, there seems to be much truth in the widely held belief voters check off the "R" and look no further.

To this I would ask if you have met or had a relationship with a know-it-all? Were they always right? This is what Democrats are experiencing in Idaho. An apparent culture of "we know better" and "we have all the answers." Stop and think about that for a minute. As noted above, Republicans were up in arms during the entire eight years of the Obama presidency. Transfer that state of mind to what Democrats have experienced in Idaho for nearly the past quarter century, and you now have some idea of the depth and breadth of feeling.

Examine some of what your legislators have done and are currently doing for us in our state. Where does Idaho rank against other states in education, poverty rate, health care, and infrastructure? Were you aware they passed a law prohibiting the minimum wage being increased by any entity other than the state Legislature? I guess government "tyranny" refers only to the federal government and the state can overreach as it chooses with no outcry from the citizens.

What do we see at the latest Republican function but more demonization. A fundraiser attended by our state and federal elected officials at which a keynote speaker's résumé reportedly includes a publication entitled "The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists, and Progressives in the U.S. Congress." Progressives are now "enemies?" The media are "the enemy of the people" as are Democrats, refugees, and the list keeps expanding.

I wasn't at the fundraiser, but I did see Sen. Crapo quoted as having stated, "I've never seen the U.S. Senate meaner and more toxic, but I'm having more and more fun every day … We're standing up to the government." The first comment is repugnant and ignorant. Mr. Crapo is having "fun" with the toxic and divisive atmosphere in a chaotic administration as well as throughout the country? I guess he is also having fun evading coming face-to-face with constituents by refusing to hold a town hall or any kind of meeting, then sneaking into town to attend a fundraiser. His second comment has me scratching my head. Isn't he part of our government? What government is he standing against?

And therein lies the core of most of the chaos swirling across the country. When looking at others through your own perspective, it becomes distorted by the inaccuracies, the evasiveness, the labeling, and the outright lies. If you consider yourself to be reasonably intelligent, have common sense, and someone who would be angry at being manipulated, you should be very angry. Seeking the facts requires looking beyond your usual sources for news, information, and fact checking. Information on the internet does not equate to authenticity or accuracy. Don't allow yourself to be manipulated. There is nothing to lose in doing so. You might find you were right in your original position, but at the very least, do your own due diligence.

Don't be a lemming and follow your group off the cliff.

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Steve Cedros is a resident of Hayden.

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