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I haven't watched even a minute of the DNC convention. Melody didn't think it would be good on my blood pressure or our television (in case I decided to throw something at it) for me to watch any of it. Now, that's not to say I haven't read or heard news stories on what was said. I just didn't waste my time watching it.

Of course, almost all of the speeches were prerecorded, using a teleprompter, so it was kinda hard for the speakers to mess up too much. And, everyone had the same thing to say -- Trump is bad and Biden is the light of the world. Not sure anyone talked much about what they would do to make the country better besides the fact that they aren't Trump.

Here are my thoughts on the two parties based on my personal interactions from being in the fray for eight years in Jefferson City and from observations over my lifetime. Liberals (Democrats) and conservatives (Republicans) look at politics through very different lenses.

Liberals are not always that worried about facts -- they are more consumed by identity politics and personal appeal. They vote based on passion and an ideological utopia that can never really exist outside of a classroom or a book of fiction.

Conservatives, on the other hand, are more worried about things like "how are we going to pay for all these grand ideas that the liberals think we need to implement?" And conservatives are more likely to vote based on policy stances rather than purely on personalities. I said more likely because I have also seen conservatives vote based on personalities alone as well.

Everything I'm saying is painting both sides with a very broad brush, but if you are truly honest with yourself, you can see what I'm saying in the big picture view. And now we don't really see liberals worried about policies at all. Almost to a person, they are consumed with TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome). They don't really care what someone stands for just as long as they think the person can beat Trump.

You might find this hard to believe, but I truly respect someone who votes their convictions -- whether or not I agree with what they believe. I can be friends with and work with people with opposite beliefs if those beliefs are not just politically motivated but come from their core belief system.

Here's what I ask you to do. Look very closely at the Democratic Party platform and what they really stand for. If you support partial-birth abortion, more gun regulations, open borders for illegal immigration, more government spending and higher taxes, more "free stuff" paid for by the taxpayers and more regulations on just about every aspect of your life, then, by all means, you should vote Democratic.

But, if your whole motivation to vote for Biden or any other Democrat is the fact that you are consumed by "Trump Derangement Syndrome" and hate the man, then shame on you. By voting "against" Trump, you are voting "for" all the things on the Democratic platform. Think about that before you cast your vote.

Kevin Wilson is a former state representative who was born in Goodman and now lives in Neosho. Opinions expressed are those of the author.

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