Ah, the sweet smell of the end of an election campaign. Less whiff of barnyard in the air as the votes are counted Tuesday, June 26, at the end of a long slog to — oh, wait a beat: This vote is only the primary election. We have another four months plus until the general election.

Personally, I’m embarrassed by all the disingenuity of political rhetoric. I just think the dialog could be elevated a bit.


Instead of Republicans crowing about how their incumbents saved us all from the dire consequences of, “the liberals’ rain tax,” it would be nice to see something a little deeper as a reason for voting for conservatives.

It might begin with confessing that the term “rain tax” was a pejorative definition invented by Republican conservatives to besmirch a good-faith attempt by people of all political stripes to deal with the devastating effects of run-off on Maryland’s farmlands, creeks, rivers and, ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay.

Political science is complicated, but campaign strategizing is easy: You say and do outrageous things to discredit your opponents. The only goal is winning an election, and you give only lip services to addressing the challenges that threaten to undermine something as vital to the economy, culture, history and future of Maryland as one of the world’s largest estuaries.

Minnich: Is this really who we are, finally?

The United States of America, Office of the President. President Donald Trump notified the world, “I have an absolute right to pardon myself.” My comment: And like Napoleon Bonaparte, he thereby coronated himself as the Supreme Emperor.

So, when I see another glossy, pricey piece of campaign literature in my mailbox I can take it for what it’s worth and spend just that amount of time on it that it takes to put it into a recycling bin.

It is not possible to justify why you should use your vote on what can be printed on slick stock used to sell pizza and furniture. But we are a nation of consumers, attuned to the bells and lights and music of the marketplace, so why not go there to find representatives who look and sound enough like someone we could like that we are willing to turn over to them our children’s legacy.

Republicans are better at commercial promotion in their literature than Democrats because the business-minded conservative core is all about self-interest. Their messages appeal to those who also limit their inquiries to answering the question, What’s in it for me?

Liberals can spin some wonderful yarns about ideals and Utopian, let us gather together, worlds, but the partisan Democrats are no less disingenuous than Republicans. They are not above ignoring or even deconstructing arguments for solutions that might require them to change the way they look at pragmatic ways to compromise with the needs of commercial and corporate progress while saving the birds and trees. Growing populations need energy sources, infrastructure, investment and tools to cope in a world of competitors.

I thought we were on the right track after the crisis of 2008. The banking and developing tycoons, particularly the ones without conscience, raped both land and borrowers to overheat the housing market, and then found a way to make money off that disaster.

One of the things the Bush and Obama administrations did was rein in the greed and create a consumer watchdog agency on economic and financial issues and policy.

It worked too well for the tycoons. They have disbanded the board of experts who corrected and kept the flight of commerce level and even, and instead of calling it the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, you might now refer to it as the Corporate Financial Protection Bureau.

Conservatives, in their campaign literature, might point out that they saved money on stationery because the initials are still CFPB.

But not to worry, we headed into this week with two friends in the world: Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin. Old trade pals Canada and the European Union and Great Britain and Mexico are tired of us — or at least the president and the corporate tycoons he has running things.

But we’re making America great again, draining the swamp.