Depending when you read this, there are up to three days left of early voting in the Nov. 3 Election.
Next Tuesday is actual Election Day, or the last time one can cast his or her ballot.
This is an important election, for what should be many obvious reasons.
I’m a supporter of President Trump for many reasons, but I simply admire any man or woman who can go up against the Washington cabal and win, over and over again, even with most media, focused squarely on his demise.
I’m in the business, albeit on a much smaller scale, and I’m embarrassed by the actions of the Fourth Estate. I know this Presidential race is extremely polarizing, but that’s because so much is at stake. We are a divided country and the decisions made Nov. 3 will have a major impact on our future.
The fight has been brewing for many years, and we have reached the tipping point. It’s unfortunate we’ve reached this point, but we hit a somewhat similar one prior to the Civil War, and we survived, because the result was the correct one.
I fear most people, regardless of how they plan to vote, don’t really have a clue what the results of this election will mean for our country.
We all know Trump will easily win Aransas County, but there’s no telling what will happen across the country.
Tuesday is going to be very interesting as the results start pouring in. It will be must see TV. I hope and pray this election is not tainted in any way, or drawn out days, weeks, or even months. If it is, we all lose.
I couldn’t be happier about Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the United States Supreme Court. She is one sharp lady, and if politics could somehow magically be put aside, her confirmation vote would have been near unanimous.
If you are one who thinks the Republicans rushed through her confirmation, you’re 100% correct. It is exactly the same action the Democrats would have taken had they been in the same position. Not believing that is simply being dishonest.
On the local front, it’s also no surprise I support the passage of all three county bond propositions on the ballot.
Simply put, it’s just right to build the courthouse we need for the future, supplemented with funds gifted to us through the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey, coupled with the historically low interest rates.
As a long-term financial decision, it’s a no-brainer.
The drainage bonds are also a no-brainer. That money will provide matching funds for grants to pay for much needed infrastructure.
The third Proposition, money to match grant funds for “a micro-hospital”, is a bit muddied in the eyes of the voting public due to the recent announcement by Corpus Christi Medical Center that it will take over the space of the defunct Code3ER, and provide services we haven’t had in our county.
The funds from these bonds should go toward facilities that enhance the operations of someone else providing medical services for us.
The county has absolutely no business getting into the healthcare business, and I know they don’t intend to do so.
I will vehemently oppose anything that will create any situation ripe for a hospital district to help fund medical care in this county. I believe the same with any thought of any effort to become part of Del Mar College’s taxing district. That’s simply not going to happen.
We need to take care of us, and voting against any of the three propositions is a vote to not take care of ourselves, in a unique situation where opportunity is staring us in the face.
I have never endorsed a local candidate in any race in a local election, and don’t intend to do so starting today. However, I believe the mayoral race is more critical in the short-term, then maybe any other thing on the ballot.
At this moment in time, there are two people currently serving on the council qualified to be mayor, and capable of fully overseeing the post-Harvey projects on the drawing board.
The Rockport mayoral election after this one, which was postponed due to COVID-19, is going to be historic, as the current mayor (Pat Rios) and mayor pro-tem (JD Villa) can not run, due to term limits.
I urge all voters to first, vote.
Second, when one enters the voting booth, please put emotions aside and vote based on the knowledge your vote has real consequences for the future of Rockport, Aransas County, and our beloved United States.
Our county is far from perfect, but it’s the best country in the world, with freedoms our ancestors died for, and for which others die to get.
Put emotions aside, think logically, and then vote.
Until next week, have a good week, and pray that God’s will be done Nov. 3, whatever that may be.
Mike Probst can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.