OK, we can’t help ourselves with respect to the upcoming presidential election. It’s no surprise the vitriol gets nastier by the day, and it’s going to get much, much worse. We tend to agree with recent comments made by well-known pollster Frank Lantz, who, commenting on the high negatives of both Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Donald Trump (R-Billions), said, “The candidate who proves they are less untrustworthy is the candidate that’s going to win.” So Trump’s “Crooked Hillary” label likely makes sense. She’s hitting back, of course, but Trump is smart in bringing up all the past Bill and Hillary scandals of the past, as most of us forget the details. While pundits have told us this election will be like no other, it does bring to mind the 1988 battle between George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis (Remember him?). The Republicans knew it had a weak candidate in Bush, and the strategy was not to build up Bush but tear down Dukakis. Mission accomplished. Perhaps this is what 2016 is all about: Whoever can launch more and effective punishing attacks on the other, wins. Trump has a great arsenal in Hillary being, well, Hillary, but we never underestimate the power of the Clinton machine. Either way, it will be a great spectator sport.
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We hope you will have a safe and restful, if not overly patriotic, holiday weekend. Our nation’s independence is reliant on so many, and it’s defended the world over. To those that serve, and to those that came before them, our heartfelt thanks for all that is done each day so that we are ensured our freedom continues unabated.