What do you do with two very nasty 10-year-olds who seem to spend all their time getting on every piece of social media there is to sling insults at each other? That of course is nothing compared to how they behave in person in public. It’s absolutely shocking.

It’s got to the point where I’m ready to march up to their parents to demand some action here. I’m of grandmotherly age, after all, so I really don’t have any compunction about giving them both a sharp clip behind their no doubt unwashed ears next time I see them at it.

And while I’m there I will threaten them with no trick or treating this year, the removal of their cell phones, computers and tablets, and no television for a month. I would then dangle over their heads, like the sword of Damocles, the very real punishment that they will actually have to do chores around the house and get good grades in school before they’re allowed out in public again – electronically or personally.

I would then take their parents in hand, take their faces gently in my two hands and then shake them violently enough to get their attention and ask “what the hell did you think you were doing?”

Now where, you ask, would I have witnessed all these horrible children? I’ll tell you.

On social media and on television – that’s where. Oh, and I see I was a tiny bit mistaken, they’re not 10-year olds, they’re our would-be Presidential hopefuls.

I’m fully expecting a bout of “my dad can beat your dad,” and “your mother wears army boots,” and a whole lot of ‘ya boo sucks” to emanate from both of their mouths in the weeks to come in this never-ending, soul destroying, ad infinitum and ad nauseum run-up to the elections on Nov. 8.

Did I mention the word ‘embarrassing’ at all? All you need to do is log on to any foreign newspaper, and you will see what a laughing stock these two jokers are making of this great country. Is it the best America can do?

And now we have the Party Faithfuls inching out of their mouse holes coming up with stories of past affairs, potty-mouthed language, and “inappropriate touching” back in the dim dark past. You know my attitude to this dear reader, if you’ve been following me over the years. It’s the good Aussie “who cares?” reaction. It’s in the past, you should’ve done something about it at the time if it bothered you, let it go and let’s move along shall we?

So I am so heartily looking forward to this circus being over and done with, but you and I both know it won’t be over as soon as we think. No matter who “wins,” the other will whine, pout, throw a tantrum, spit the pacifier and cry foul until the votes have been recounted so many times the scrutineers will have to be treated for severe paper cuts.

Let’s find some dignity, shall we Mr. Trump and Ms. Clinton?


Annie Dear lives in Lee’s Summit. Email her at anniedearkc@hotmail.com.