Discussions of national politics have their place. It’s engaging to speculate on Joe Biden’s choice of running mate, what kind of phony arguments the GOP will throw at Democrats or whether or not Democrats can regain control of the U.S. Senate. We all have a role to play in these issues, we all have to be engaged. But these issues are also going to be decided far away from our little Flagler County.
But what will be decided right here is what our city councils and county commission will look like. Who will represent us in Tallahassee and who will we send to the House of Representatives in Washington DC on our behalf. These races are places where each of us can make a huge difference!
But the last Presidential election in 2016 introduced a new wrinkle. Coattails are nothing new! We all understand the ability of a presidential candidate, on the strength of his or her own popularity, to increase the chances for victory of other candidates of the same political party. Such a candidate is said to carry others to victory on his or her coattails.
Now when that candidate’s strength and popularity is “enhanced” by a troll farm called The Internet Research Agency (IRA), based in Saint Petersburg, Russia or by computer hackers affiliated with the Russian military intelligence service (GRU), those coattails become rather long and reach all the way down to elections here in our little and far away Flagler County.
Thus, Russian interference means more than we think it does in the local races for public office for which we will all vote in November. We can stand idly by and do nothing—and we’ll get what we deserve. Or, we can go to www.flaglerdemocrats.com
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good [women and] men to do nothing.” ― ——————-Edmund Burke (1729-1797)