Thoughts from Election Days Past

This essay from 2018 seemed appropriate for today, amidst the many controversies swirling around the 2020 election.

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I am old enough to remember past election days when there were concerns about the candidates’ religion, marital status, age, and race.   Many of the fears from those other elections proved to be irrelevant, but at the time, they were real concerns for some voters.  (Alibi–these are my recollections and may or may not be accurate.)

“I am not the Catholic candidate for President.”

Religion.  John F. Kennedy was not only the youngest man elected as President, he was also the first Roman Catholic candidate.  Many voters were concerned about the Pope calling the shots if he won the Presidency.  Kenndy had to address that issue during the campaign.  Mitt Romney face similar questions about being  Mormon when he ran as a Presidential candidate in 2012.

Divorce. Gerald Ford ran for re-election in 1976, following his first term where he became president upon the resignation of Richard Nixon in…

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