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Sick of Hearing About Donald Trump

Let me be upfront here. I voted for the guy that seems to be the most loved / most hated man in America. If Donald Trump and Joe Biden are the only two choices on the ballot, I’ll vote for him again (and I am desperately hoping for better choices by then).

But this aforementioned idolization and intense hatred of the guy is getting ridiculous.

Is he the greatest president we’ve ever had?

Sorry, Trumpers, you can’t say that.

The measure of a president can’t completely be made until they’ve been out of office a while – longer than this. It takes time to see what impacts different programs they spearheaded had. From the initial looks of it, Trump did a lot of things good for this country. How good, and how does that rank historically? We’ll know in a few more years.

In the meantime, the Democrats and others keep fanning the flame of hatred. We’re at a point where Trump could find a cure for cancer and there’d be something wrong with it. Think not? Remember it was Trump who fast-forwarded the vaccine while leading Democrats screamed from the rooftops that they would not take a vaccine under Trump or his FDA.

Meanwhile, say anything that even remotely questions the ex-president and his supporters come out of the woodwork after you. Believe me on that one, I’ve got the e-mails to prove it.

Has there been a president in our lifetimes who inspired such loyalty, such hate?

Not that I can think of.

Frankly, I have advocated for a pro-business president for a long time – dating back to Ross (I’m Ross, you’re the boss) Perot. This country has had too many politicians for far too long. We’re so far off course it’s no longer funny, it’s tragic. From the insane debt we are handing future generations to the purposeful dividing of the country to the term after term after term incumbents who have never held a real job (and gotten rich off our backs) . . . OK, let’s stop there. We all know this list could go on and on. So how about if we just say that our country is on a bad path that will not end well unless something dramatic changes.

And a presidential election that further rips this country apart isn’t it.

Thing is, it’s not up to the Dems and the GOP. It’s up to us.

It’s. Up. To. Us.

It’s! Up! To! Us!

I think if the idiot leaders of both parties continue like this, and if a really viable alternative throws their hat in the ring, we might see the first non-Democrat or non-Republican president since the 1800s.

But more importantly than what happens in 2024 is what is happening now. We need, very much NEED with all capital letters, Americans to remember that the office is the bigger deal, not the man or woman. The country is the bigger deal, not the party. There is no party without the country and unless both the left and right stop trying to divide us further for their own gain, there may well not be a country.

We, as in we the people, need to be the adults in the room. If we haven’t learned by now that the hired hands in Washington aren’t going to be, then stick the proverbial dunce cap on our heads and sit us in the corner.

It doesn’t matter what Trump said or did. It doesn’t matter what Biden says or does. We’re stuck with both whether we like it or not. But going forward? Going forward we have a choice. Here’s hoping we make that choice with clear heads and open hearts, not political bias and hatred.

Two cents, which is about how much Timmons said his columns are worth, appears periodically on Thursdays in The Times. Timmons is the chief executive officer of Sagamore News Media, the company that owns The Noblesville Times. He is also a proud Noblesville High School graduate and can be contacted at ttimmons@thetimes24-7.com.