This last Tuesday I was elected to another term on my Town Council. I've been there since 1999.
I won with 246 votes.
Frankly, if I was the only person who voted for me, I would have won. I don't recall ever having a challenger at election time.
Democrats are sparse in my town, and they have no organization. Besides that, not many people want to serve on the town board. In my years there, a few different people have been elected to the other three seats. They come, and they go.
According to one poll worker I know, nearly 65% of the registered voters in my town turned out to vote. That's a real good turnout. Better than usual for a midterm election. But I can assure you they were not showing up to vote for me.
Andrew Cuomo was running for re-election as NY State Governor this year. He won by a wide margin. But he didn't win in my town. Only 42 residents voted for Cuomo. I got more votes than Andrew Cuomo.
If you look at a map of New York, showing how each county voted in the gubernatorial race, you will see that almost all the 62 counties voted Red (Republican). But it doesn't matter. The heavily populated cities vote for Democrats. They decide who the governor will be.
Even with the deck stacked against us conservative Upstaters, hope springs eternal at election time.
Andrew Cuomo's father, Mario Cuomo, was the governor of New York for 3 terms. In retrospect, Mario was a pretty decent fellow. His boy is another story.
Andrew Cuomo is a political beast. He knows how to work the system behind the scenes to get what he wants. What he wants is personal power, and to push the Progressive agenda.
Progressive is another word for Leftist. Leftist is another word for Marxist. Marxist is another word for Communist. Let's not mince words. I don't take kindly to Commies.
Andrew has his eyes on the U.S. Presidency. God help us. That is my literal prayer when I think of Andrew Cuomo being President.
I became politically aware at the age of 14. It was 1972. George McGovern, a South Dakota Democrat, was challenging Richard Nixon in the presidential race. I watched the two conventions on television. I listened to McGovern and Nixon give their speeches. I found it powerfully interesting.
So, last night I went to YouTube and watched those old speeches. Actually, I watched only a little of each. They were kind of boring.
But I liked Nixon back then, and I guess I wasn't the only one. He won by a landslide. 49 out of 50 states went to Nixon. Only Massachusetts went to McGovern.
Obviously, America was not so politically divided in 1972.