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Letter to the editor: Do the jerk

Baby boomers remember it as a dance craze. Like the shing-a-ling and the boogaloo, it was real-life drama out on the dance floor, if you could dig it.

Baby boomers remember it as a dance craze. Like the shing-a-ling and the boogaloo, it was real-life drama out on the dance floor, if you could dig it.

Today, it's back - with a new twist. You've seen their theatrics, heard them, watched them in action, these nouveau social dance artists, real gone folks:

Friends unfriending friends on Facebook; family members, siblings, talking today's sharp-edged politics by text or email, their words escalating into f-words (the ones that clearly don't spell F-a-c-e-b-o-o-k) that they probably haven't tossed in your face since you were, like, 10 years old; colleagues who can't go to the water cooler anymore without hearing others reflecting on co-workers who remind them of Trump or Nixon or Putin.

Jerks are in. One, at very least, is in high office. Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, in a recent TV interview, was asked whether America wants "kind of a jerk as president," and he replied to host Stephen Colbert, "Apparently, from this recent election, yes."

Carter also reflected, nevertheless, he prays for Donald Trump to perform well and succeed, for the sake of our country and the world:

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"I pray that he'll be a good president and that he'll keep our country at peace, and that he'll refrain from using nuclear weapons and that he'll promote human rights," Carter said. "So, yeah, I pray for him."

When asked by Colbert if he thought his prayers are being answered, Carter said, "When you pray, God has one of three answers: 'Yes,' 'no' and 'you've got to be kidding.'"

In today's world we have no shortage of racists, supremacists, misogynists, predators, deniers, cheaters, money grubbers, polluters, shooters, scammers, trolls, truthers, liars, haters, demagogues and jerks.

So say a prayer before the big dance because everything, good and bad, is in play.

Steven Olson,

Baxter

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