As a political Independent, I don’t have a party horse in any political race. I don’t vote for Democrats or Republicans. I don’t vote for men or women, liberals or conservatives. Neither do I vote for blacks, browns, reds, whites or yellows nor for Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims or those who have not yet learned enough to believe in God.

I vote for those candidates I think will support policies that will allow my children and grandchildren to enjoy the freedoms and opportunities this country has always offered its citizens. I want them to be free to worship, or not, as they please, to be able to speak their minds without fear of censure or prosecution, and to have the opportunity to work for what they want. I also want them to learn to accept responsibility for their choices, good or bad, and to face the consequences, good or bad, that are the results of those choices.

When I see opinions like the two in The Advocate on Nov. 9, I have to wonder who we as a nation have become. One said, “GOP must offer more to minorities” and the other asking, “Who will protect young generations.” These, in my opinion, describe one of the major problems we face as a nation. The concept of “the greater good of the taxpaying citizen” has either been lost or has been pushed so far back it is no longer relevant. A nation cannot be successfully governed when the focus is on hundreds or thousands of special interests as opposed to the best interests of the country as a whole.

In generations past we were taught to work for what we wanted, to face life as it came, and to do whatever was necessary at the time. I don’t remember as a child, a young adult, an adult or now as a senior on Social Security and Medicare worrying about being protected or asking for more. I was told decades ago that if things got really bad I could always strap on a tin bill and peck “stuff” with the chickens. I still can, and will if necessary.

If these two opinions really reflect the new normal in the country, I am afraid “the greatest generation” really is behind us, and that makes me sad for my children and grandchildren.

Bo Bienvenu

retired businessman