I READ THEM ALL – and even though many of you agree with much of what I write, many of you do not . . . and whether you agree or not, your opinions are all appreciated. And unless you are being insulting or verbally confrontational, I am always pleased to read letters and comments of support and opposite views.
I have no better way to state – what I’ve been writing for months . . . SO PLEASE:
1 – Try to stop being so upset, because of how I choose to look at candidates or other issues, since our FREEDOMS are built upon the concept of conflicting ideas and beliefs.
2 – Stop believing all the crap you read on the Internet about the candidates and other issues, since much of it is wrong, slanted and/or are outright dishonest. AND UNDERSTAND THIS – Anyone can post anything claiming all sorts of BONA FIDES. So, because it seems LEGITIMATE – does not necessarily make it so.
3 – The general election in the USA is more than ONE YEAR AWAY, and everything can and will change between now and then. And the reason for such a long campaign . . . is for VOTERS to have every opportunity to study all the candidates, which is something we all really need to do.
4 – We also need the time to research their past, their affiliations, and where they stood on specific issues before entering this contest. We want to see how they respond under pressure, how they evolve in an honest way towards changing some of their opinions, and who is pumping money into their individual campaigns.
They have to eat regularly. They have to groom themselves. They agonize over what to wear at the next event (men and woman), and they ask people for approbation on how they look and sound.
And many if not most of them have fragile egos.
If they have children, they tell them to behave, and how to look on camera, and to say NOTHING to the media. And they all have SEXUAL DRIVES like the rest of us . . . AND THEY ALL GO TO THE BATHROOM.
There are neither Supermen . . . nor a Superwoman amongst them.
SO START FROM THERE . . . Start with the premise that none of them are fundamentally different from yourself, and that they have fears and challenges just like you. And just like you, they also get physically sick and mentally stressed and overwhelmed. THEY JUST HIDE IT BETTER.
AND ONCE YOU REMOVE THE ILLUSION THAT THEY ARE SPECIAL . . . from that point, you can start to understand and analyze whom the people really are . . . who so badly want your vote, that they will say almost anything to win your support.
AND REMEMBER THIS . . . every candidate, mostly through an army of publicists, PR people, marketing specialists, spin doctors, pollsters and handlers, create the persona he or she wants to project, which is far too often NOT AT ALL THAT CLOSE TO THE REAL person behind the political mask.
I think that of all the candidates, the one that is the most honest and least pretentious to his persona is Ben Carson. Ted Cruz also seems to me . . . to be whom he projects himself to be. And then there’s Donald Trump, who can be no one else other than who he really is, which might be part of has problem or strength.
And now that Carly Fiorina is in the spotlight, a great deal of attention will be placed on her persona, figuring out who she really is.
BUT WE WON’T KNOW SQUAT . . . until we have the full opportunity to check them all out by using every reasonable, honest and accountable venue possible. Read all that you can about each candidate, and where they come from . . . from their childhood experiences.
READ ALL THE MEDIA . . . LEFT, CENTER & RIGHT – concerning each candidate. And through the Internet, we can all access VIRTUALLY every newspaper, magazine, radio station, television station and BLOG on the planet . . . SO LET’S DO IT.
You cannot imagine how hard I try to make certain that whatever I write as FACT, especially with an historical perspective is checked, checked again, and re-checked, because, if ever I write and publish something that is NOT TRUE or ACCURATE, I would feel horrible, knowing that I deceived the people who place so much of their trust in my integrity, even if my error would be a legitimate mistake.
THAT’S THE WAY THE MEDIA USED TO BE . . . When I was growing-up, to me, there was no greater calling than journalism, but I never really got involved, because I never thought I measured-up.
For a time, I was an editor of the High School Student Newspaper. I was also an editor on the Montreal Sir George Williams University Newspaper. And I cut my teeth in the advertising business by writing product and services editorials for the City Wide Newspaper (Montreal Sunday Express) where I worked, predominantly selling advertisements.
Until now, I never pursued a life in Journalism, mostly because I didn’t have the confidence in myself, and felt that I was substantially beneath the men and women who were the HONEST TO GOODNESS GUARDIANS OF THE TRUTH AND DEMOCRACY . . . but things have indeed changed, where today, far too many people who write the news, surreptitiously inject their LEFTIST opinions, and are not particularly honest in how they write and slant their “stories”.
PERHAPS . . . in my case, waiting and learning from life experiences before writing editorials as I’m doing now, was all for the BEST, because I’ve learned a great deal over my 65-years, and perhaps learned how much I still have to learn.
I’ve also developed an incredible appreciation for how many challenges our FREEDOMS face everyday, and not necessarily from our adversaries, but more precisely, from people who know nothing, but none-the-less have extreme opinions.
THE WORLD IS LITERALLY AT OUR FINGERTIPS ON THE INTERNET . . . yet, so many people use it not to learn, as much as to give themselves approbation for what they think they already know.
SO WHEN I THANK THE PEOPLE WHO READ THIS BLOG . . . I mean it wholeheartedly, because of the comments and private emails people send to me, asking questions, providing real insight, and keeping me sharp and grounded.
ALSO . . . from the email and comment exchanges I have with so many of the people who regularly visit Galganov.com, I know that there is an army of thoughtful and knowledgeable people out there who are quite capable of carrying the debate to the other side. And that makes me PROUDER than just somewhat.
1 – Goodbye John Boehner . . . Unlike the departure of most political leaders, when Boehner announced that he was leaving the House yesterday, there were very few tears, and quite a bit of PUBLIC JUBILATION. If that didn’t say all that needed to be said about his management, or rather mismanagement, nothing else could have.
2 – As I receive letters online and by conventional hard mail, it is becoming more and more obvious to me, that a great many of the readers of Galganov.com are older than me . . . seemingly by quite a stretch, which, is incredibly harkening, knowing that so many people in their EIGHTIES, and even NINETIES are so engaged, aware, in the fight, Internet SAVVY and deem this BLOG to be worthy.
AND ONE LAST POINT . . . The American person who I wrote about a month or so ago, who sent a $5 BILL in the mail without any return address or identifier of any kind, has done so again. THANK YOU.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov