Complacency’s danger

The final score was 36 to 6, but, driving at highway speeds, we might have overlooked a few. Our driving trip of about 200 miles took us along US 29 through scenic parts of southwestern Virginia: Danville, passing through Lynchburg, and eventually to Charlottesville, before swinging west briefly on I-64 to connect to I-81 and our destination of Staunton.

A large yard sign declaring its support for Trump and Pence prompted us to count the yard signs for the two candidates for president as we traveled. By the time we pulled into Staunton, the Trump-Pence signs led the Clinton-Kaine yard signs 36 to 6.

Clearly unscientific, this informal little exercise, but possibly sobering to Americans who would prefer to place Clinton rather than Trump in the White House. The latest poll by Nate Silver shows that Hillary Clinton has an 85 percent chance of winning the election. She leads Trump by double digits in some recent polls. How can she lose? Complacency is how, warns Michael Moore, the Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, speaking in an interview on MSNBC. Supporters of Clinton can understandably look at these polls and relax, thinking, “We’ve got it made,” and decide not to bother to vote.

Big mistake.

At the North Carolina State Fair this past weekend, the folks staffing a Trump-Pence booth ran out of yard signs, the demand was so great, and Trump buttons seemed to be everywhere on the chests of fair goers. Spotting yard signs on a road trip and counting campaign buttons at the state fair are inconclusive samples, to be sure, but we can depend on this: Trump supporters are highly motivated and can be counted on to make the effort to vote. Will Hillary’s supporters do the same? Or will complacency keep them from voting?

Sonia Rumzi, international best-selling author, puts it this way: “Complacency delivered us into the hands of evil greedy men like Cheney.” Enough said.

Today’s word: peak, peek or pique? Peak is a point, such as a mountain peak. Use peek when you mean a quick look. Pique means to provoke, as in to pique one’s interest or curiosity. Choose the one you mean, and spell it correctly.

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