by Long Island Attorney Paul A. Lauto, Esq.
In the year 2000 the baseball world was focused on a subway World Series in New York, featuring an epic battle between the New York Metropolitans and the New York Yankees. It was the first subway series in New York since 1956, when the Yankees prevailed over the Brooklyn Dodgers in 7 games. We all remember how in 2000 the Yankees beat the Mets handedly in only 5 games. The last out of the series was recorded at Shea Stadium by the iconic Mariano Rivera, with a long fly out to Bernie Williams in center field off the bat of Mike Piazza. The MVP of that subway series was none other than Derek Jeter.
Today in 2016, we are potentially faced with an altogether different kind of New York subway series between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. This time the fate of our country and perhaps the world is at stake. Who will emerge victorious of this series is anybody's guess. Clintonians maintain that the "I'm with her" movement is a force like no other, while Trumpeteers claim that nothing can stop the "Trump Train." Trump supporters further maintain that Clinton isn't really a New Yorker and that she only established roots in New York for political gain. While this may or may not be true, there is no denying that Clinton was a New York Senator for 8 years.
Many voters believe more than ever, that an election between Clinton and Trump will be a choice between two evils. This is perhaps evidenced by the extremely high unfavorable statistics of both candidates. Some voters would even rather forfeit their right to vote, instead of being compelled to "pick your poison." However the invaluable right to vote, especially in a presidential election, is one to be cherished and not squandered. Unfortunately, sometimes we end up voting against a candidate rather than for a particular candidate. But in doing so, it does not diminish the importance of exercising your right to vote. Some would argue that voting against someone, may even be more important that voting for someone.
Whether you are for or against Clinton or Trump, it is important to keep an open mind and be respectful of the opinions of others. Too many friendships and other relationships are sacrificed in the heat of a political argument or Facebook Frenzy. If someone is for Clinton or Trump, that in an of itself does not make them a bad person. One thing that appears clear in this election cycle is that many Americans are angry. But in order to navigate these modern day rough waters, cooler heads must prevail.
Although who will become the 45th President of the United States of America is uncertain, it appears we are witnessing a presidential race that is history in the making. This is the type of historical event we will tell our grandchildren about and have to respond to their questions as to how we acted during this time, who we voted for and why. Hopefully our answers to these questions will be the result of model behavior, careful consideration and sound reason.
Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.