Weather, politics, holidays and a life well-lived
This has been a week of rain, shine, snow, wind and hail. In other words, it’s been just another wacky spring week in our lovely oasis by the shore.
Of course, there are plenty of wacky things going on in the world around us, and since I can’t narrow my sights on one subject, let’s fire away at a few of them.
• Delegates, superdelegates, contested conventions and the infamous electoral college — all words that will play into who gets “elected” to serve as the next president of the United States of America.
You know that whole “one-person, one-vote” concept that people like to throw around each election cycle? Yeah, that’s a pile of garbage. Always has been, always will be, unless something dramatic happens.
Let me break this down very simply: If Donald Trump gets one more vote than his closest competitor, he should win the Republican nomination. If Bernie Sanders gets one more vote than Hillary Clinton, he should get the Democratic nomination. You know, one-person, one-vote?
But that’s not how we do things. Each state is afforded a certain amount of delegates and, on the Democratic side, there are superdelegates within the party who get to cast their own votes, without consideration of how the people actually, you know, voted in the primaries. Sanders won by 12 percentage points over Clinton in Wyoming last weekend, yet Clinton received more delegates. The Republicans are discussing putting up a whole new candidate at the convention to represent that party.
To be frank, I am not a fan of the idea of Trump or Sanders sitting in the Oval Office. However, if the people decide either or both deserve to run, then either or both deserve to run. We, the people, are supposed to decide these things, not the parties. Don’t bother holding primaries if they just don’t matter. Let’s just have the leaders of the parties sit with the wealthy people who finance them and select their candidates on pay-per-view. At least that would be an honest approach.
• I went to the funeral of a great man last weekend. Nolan Price was survived by three sons, four daughters, 25 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren, and many of them showed up to pay their respects, shed some tears and share a few stories. As I was surveying the room, I was struck by the notion that he won. He won life. Nobody gets off this spinning ball alive, but leaving behind a legacy of love and hope ensures that you won, and your time was spent in the best way possible. Rest easy, sir.
• As I write this column on Wednesday morning, the Baltimore Orioles are 7-0, coming off their second straight win in Boston over the Red Sox. I know, I know. There were still 155 games left in the season at that time.
But their lineup is as good as any in the league, and their bullpen is one of the best. People criticize their starting rotation, and there’s no doubt they don’t have that definitive “ace” at the top, but they have plenty of solid guys who can keep a game close, and the bullpen and hitters can win a lot of games in the late innings.
If they stay healthy, they will be a handful in the regular season. The playoffs might be a different story without that top-end pitching, but you never know.
• Once again, there has been talk of making the Monday after the Super Bowl a national holiday because so many people call out sick that day, and because so many kids can not stay up until the end of the game because they have school the next day.
Well, how about moving the game to Saturday night instead? I know the NFL considers Sunday “their day,” but I’d venture a guess that those fourth-quarter ratings would improve if so many people didn’t have to worry about that alarm clock the next morning.
Besides, if you’re really all that fired up about creating a new national holiday, how about making Election Day one? More people could easily get to the booths, and we’d celebrate our most fundamental right in the process. I’m a huge football fan, but voting seems a little more important to celebrate to me than watching the end of a blowout or catching the latest beer commercial.
• I am hopelessly addicted to the show “Vikings” on The History Channel.
• Too much politics. Trust me, I agree with you. However, Sanders receiving criticism for arguing that people shouldn’t be able to sue gun manufacturers after the shooting of a loved one is foolish.
I’m for more gun control, in many aspects. That being said, it is legal for these companies to make guns, and it’s absurd to sue them for conducting legal activity. You can’t sue Ford if a driver of one of their vehicles is negligent or overly-aggressive.
Let’s keep the blame on the monsters who actually shoot innocent people.