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Election Day is Only 1 Day Away

November 7, 2016

“Yesterday’s just a memory
Tomorrow is never what it’s supposed to be”

– Bob Dylan, from Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight

Five hundred and forty-six days ago, I wrote about the early days of the long presidential campaign that was ahead of us. This was eighteen months ago and people who thought that we deserved the right to vote for them were starting to take their positions. There were a lot of them, but unfortunately it was long on uninspiring and unqualified candidates. Most had nothing whatsoever to offer our country. At the time, I figured we’d ultimately end up with another referendum on the Clintons and Bushes. That just seemed “so us,” if you will.

At the time, Donald Trump hadn’t announced his greatness yet. There was discussion that he’d eventually honor us with that choice. As he might put it, “people, some really smart people, are saying…”

I wasn’t all that concerned about it at the time, because I thought he’d be quickly dismissed by the Republican Party and that the process itself would see through the foolishness of it all. I was content with the conclusion that the voice of reason would prevail and that he, along with the other charlatans claiming their space with the Republicans, would be left behind. Needless to say, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Most of the other tricksters from those days have continued to dishonor themselves, their party and their country by supporting Trump with their endorsements and votes. Jeb Bush and John Kasich are standouts and we should be grateful to them doing the right thing.

The people of the Grand Old Party have spoken. The Republicans have put forth their first choice, a pathetic and dangerous con man who has threatened one democratic institution and norm after the other. He has even warned us that he’s not planning to go away, even if the votes go to Hillary Clinton. There are no limits to his narcissism nor to the fawning allegiance of his rally worshipers. Trump is not a good man. His moral emptiness echoes every time he speaks. His ignorance is staggering. (One wonders the last time he read a book.) He doesn’t have the decency to do the right thing and work for domestic peace and tranquility. He is an enemy within.

The apparatchiks and elites of the Democratic Party have spoken. They’ve made sure that we’d get to vote for Hillary Clinton this time. There was never any question about it. The Clintons made sure of it. One gets the feeling this has been in the works since 2000, when Bill Clinton’s second term in the White House ended. Their arrogance is hard to match.

To our good fortune however, in Hillary, we have a person who has made it her life’s work to understand America’s role in the world and one who will apply herself to the tasks at hand with the diligence and industrious attention they deserve. We can hammer her on any number of things, but ability, education, and intelligence, in deep contrast to Trump, should be off the table. Her vision for a functioning country contrasts sharply with Trump’s desire for everyone to take sides and stay there until the bitter end.

We have a long history with the Clintons, much of which defies our confidence in them to get things right. Frequently however, we confuse the smoke with the fire. It’s only natural.

I am always heartened to hear people make full-throated endorsements about Hillary Clinton, focusing on the good things that she will do if elected. Some go on to say that she is the very best candidate that we could want. While I’d like to join in their revel, I can’t. Nonetheless, they can count on me tomorrow.

Tomorrow, November 8, I will stand tall and cast my vote for Hillary Clinton. Crying out on a fool’s hill about my grievances over “poor choices this year” and asking if this is the best we can do serves nothing. One of these two people will be the next President of the United States. It is a moral and political illusion to say that it doesn’t matter which of them we choose.

 

9 Comments
  1. Please, please, please America … please let Bruce show us the blue marble on Wednesday morning.

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  2. Blue marble please. The blue marble never looked better.

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  3. From your mouth to God’s ear. I just tweeted your post, so good as always.

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  4. Canadians want to look south and see a blue marble, if it goes red, you ain’t getting no cup of sugar from us 🙂

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    • Harlon, you may have a line at the border if things don’t go well tomorrow. Americans will be knocking at your doors.

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      • All the rhetoric aside, with all the parody behind us, I just can’t wrap my mind around the fact that the media is suggesting that this is a tight race. Is it really a tight race – how could it be – or is the media just amping this up in a very dangerous and toxic way. We’re scared here if Trump wins. It’s not a parody anymore. Virtually voting for the Democrats. Harlon

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  5. This lifelong Democrat just can’t vote for Hillary Clinton. Can’t do it. I don’t begrudge or criticize you or anybody else who will vote for her and the truth is that, given the options on the ballot tomorrow, I do want her to win. A President Trump would be a catastrophe of unknowable proportions. I don’t want to go through that experiment. If I lived in a battleground state where my vote really mattered, I’d likely vote for her. But here in California, she’s going to win by 20 points with or without my vote. I have my reasons, none of which are related to Benghazi or Whitewater, Vince Foster or emails. The vast majority of allegations against her are so utterly fabricated or relate to things that all elected officials and politicians do — there has been a double standard imposed against her by the right-wing. She’s dishonest!! A liar!!! She’s corrupt!!! She breaks the law!!! Well, all of of those things apply to Trump as well. No, it’s something else for me that I won’t go into here. No need to give any more fuel to the Trumpettes and the right-wing. But tomorrow I’ll walk into the voting booth with plans for a write-in vote. Only I don’t know who I’m writing in yet. So many options, so little time.

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