By Mark Azzara
Months ago voters in the United Kingdom narrowly chose to leave the European Union. To say this was a shock to the developed world is an understatement. Earlier this month Colombia’s voters narrowly rejected a peace deal that would have ended decades of war with a rebel group known as FARC, providing yet another jolt to the “intelligentsia.” Despite the brouhaha over Donald Trump’s lewd audio-tape comments about women, there’s still a decent chance that he will be our next president, which would be the biggest surprise of all to those who are “in the know.”
When voters do the unexpected they’re telling those who purport to be “in the know” not to tell them what to think or how to act, even if disaster is the result of ignoring that advice. Those who are not “in the know” have as much right to decide the fate of a democratic nation as those who are. Time will tell if the votes in Colombia and the UK were smart or stupid. Same for our election next month. No matter who we elect, I expect that many voters here will say the same thing as many of those in Colombia and the UK: What other choice did we have?
All God’s blessings – Mark
Mark Azzara spent 45 years in print journalism, most of them with the Waterbury Republican in Connecticut, where he was a features writer with a special focus on religion at the time of his retirement. He also worked for newspapers in New Haven and Danbury, Conn. At the latter paper, while sports editor, he won a national first-place writing award on college baseball. Azzara also has served as the only admissions recruiter for a small Catholic college in Connecticut and wrote a self-published book on spirituality, “And So Are You.” He is active in his church and facilitates two Christian study groups for men. Azzara grew up in southern California, graduating from Cal State Los Angeles. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Connecticut.