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Sun Mar 3, 2024, 11:58 PM Mar 3

We certainly are a different nation [View all]

than just a few decades ago. I know that might seem to be expected and most of us do accept that things change. But for those of us who lived through it all the differences are staggering in what is enough to disqualify one from public trust and render someone unfit to be President in the eyes of so many millions in the country.

In a couple of months we will be at the 37th anniversary of Gary Hart withdrawing his run for President because a photo came out of a woman sitting on his lap who was not his wife and was alleged to be his girlfriend. Even though it was 1987 and well past the wild '60's the public turned thumbs down in a huge way. Now here we are and in 2016 a candidate paid hush money to a porn star while his wife was pregnant with his child and about half the countries voters thought that was cool. Inch forward to 2024 and that same candidate now not only has that to his "resume" but also a settlement shortly after the 2016 election for defrauding students, a finding of guilt for sexual assault, 2 findings of guilt for defaming the sexual assault victim, a finding of guilt for massive financial fraud running his companies and pending felony cases in 3 states and the District of Columbia.

With that long and lurid resume, with possibly more to come, about half the country still appears ready to fall on their knees and bow their heads to this candidate. It appears that, for most of the media and a huge percentage of people, there is to be no possible behavior that would go too far and disqualify a candidate as happened long ago. It appears the only thing that could do that to a candidate would be being old enough to remember how outraged that same media and populace was nearly 37 years ago.

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