He sees his glass as completely full


August 3, 2023

To The Eagle:

Admitting being wrong is not my strong suit, but I do, and will if proven to be so; not my opinions, but facts I use to come to those opinions. I would like to ask all, including Republicans, to consider that! For six years, I have commented on “The Big Lie” from our former president. Sixty three lawsuits proved this to be a big lie, yet more than half of Republicans still believe election 2020 to be stolen. Trump started with this: On election night in 2012, when President Barack Obama was reelected, Trump said that the election was a "total sham" and a "travesty," while also making the claim that the United States is "not a democracy" after Obama secured his victory, then the birther comments. Do you feel Trump has helped or hurt Democracy?

So here we are, seemingly for a repeat of 2020. If you want the chaos of the former, or more progress with our current, you must come out to vote. Our son just entered the voting age. I will make sure to prompt him to vote, while in college. I hope everyone will do so, even those with opposite thoughts of mine.

They said it couldn’t be done, but Biden got bi-partisan bills passed, that even those who voted against, are more than happy to promote in their states. It's true that much of the legislation will take time to take hold -- investments in infrastructure, expanding the child tax credit program, the largest gun-safety bill to pass Congress in nearly 30 years, the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, the Inflation Reduction Act. Inflation continues to go down, jobs are plenty, and unemployment is at a record low.

There, seems to me to be too much anger and pessimism, my glass isn’t just half full, it is full, and I have earned it with a life of productive hard work. Wish the same for the nay-sayers as well.

Poul Toftemark



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