I Consider Myself Now To Be Free

No, I did not watch the “debate.”

For two reasons. First, I no longer have to do that. Second, because nothing that happened on that stage was or will on a future stage change anybody’s mind or vote. After the millions of dollars which have been spent; after the primaries and caucuses, nothing that happens on that stage last night makes anybody say, “Hey, I was wrong! I should vote for __________ instead!” Not a single actual substantive issue or problem was seriously discussed (I did read the transcript) or “debated” in any way, shape or form. It was a ninety-minute commercial and drinking game with the added element of “Will one of the Candidates cough?” (A: Nope.)

There was also a third reason. Last night I watched the Miami Marlins play a baseball game against the New York Mets. It was the first game for the Marlins after their star young pitcher, Jose Fernández was killed Sunday morning in a boating accident.

Now you can tell me all about how unimportant baseball is and how I am burying my head in the sand or how I am trivializing the election between two of the absolute worst possible people ever nominated to become President. Or, you can take a few minutes and learn about Mr. Fernández and who he was and how he got to be an American citizen. And why.

Pay attention to *WHY* he wanted to become an American.

“I’m an American citizen now — I’m one of them. I consider myself now to be free.”

cdxcxcvw8aar8rvBelieve me, he was everything we Conservatives believe an immigrant should be. And his story is inspiring and moving and touching in ways that you will cry when you see it, even before he dies in a stupid accident.

And in a game that had much meaning and importance to both the Mets and the Marlins as far as making the playoffs, all of that was put aside and two teams restored my faith in us as a people who know what is really important. And trust me, it’s not a meaningless debate between two people who don’t have the brio of Jose Fernández.

Neither of those two “Candidates,” regardless of who wins, have any interest in protecting liberty, no reason to prevent further government expansion and no willingness to stand up for what is right before what is popular.

But Jose Fernández? He was free. He was an American. And maybe we should try to find a few more people like him instead of the two we have up on that stage…




Posted on September 27, 2016, in Baseball, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Elections, Hillary Clinton and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I didn’t watch the debate either, for the same reasons you didn’t, and did watch part of the Marlins game. That’s out of character for me as I am not a baseball fan most of the time. I’ll watch the world series if a local team (Cardinals, Cubs, White Sox, Reds) are in it, but that’s usually it for the season. Jose Fernandez was a class act in every sense of the word. Its players like him that would make me want to watch more baseball…


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