“Don’t Forget to Vote!”

A Meme from the Internet

A Meme from the Internet

I have been somewhat stymied of late.
Unable to Write.
Because I hesitate to write about anything that isn’t an attempt to stop the rise of DONALD tRUMP to Power.
It is Paralyzing.
We Must All Lift our Voices!
Now!
It will require All of Us!

It is only another 25 Days until this Election but Free Floating Anxiety tears at our insides.
I know HILLARY is not perfect.
But that last debate!
He did say that, if elected, he would put her in Jail.
That’s Martial Law, isn’t it?
Are there people Voting for Someone threatening to impose Martial Law in our Country????
She was investigated with regard to her emails by a Federal Agency, and found Not Guilty.
So if he is elected, and he puts her in Jail just because he wants to…
Who’s next?
You?
Me?

A Meme from the Internet

A Meme from the Internet

A quick look at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum Website tells us what happened in Germany before World War II. (See if you notice any similarities):

A Meme from the Internet

A Meme from the Internet

“…In the early 1930s, the mood in Germany was grim. The worldwide economic depression had hit the country especially hard, and millions of people were out of work…Germans lacked confidence in their weak government… These conditions provided the chance for the rise of a new leader, Adolf Hitler, and his party, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, or Nazi party for short.
Hitler was a powerful and spellbinding speaker who attracted a wide following of Germans desperate for change. He promised the disenchanted a better life and a new and glorious Germany. The Nazis appealed especially to the unemployed, young people, and members of the lower middle class (small store owners, office employees, craftsmen, and farmers).
The party’s rise to power was rapid… In the Reichstag elections of November 1932, the Nazis…win only 33 percent of the vote. It seems clear that the Nazis will not gain a majority in democratic elections, and Adolf Hitler agrees to a coalition with conservatives. After months of negotiations, the president of Germany, Paul von Hindenburg, will appoint Hitler chancellor of Germany in a government seemingly dominated by conservatives on January 30, 1933…”

A Meme from the Internet

A Meme from the Internet

I have nothing against Conservatives.
But it is worth thinking about what the word means.
The American Heritage Dictionary offers the following Definitions:

conservative — adj — Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change; moderate; cautious
 
liberal — adj — Open-minded; tolerant. See Syns at broad-minded; Favoring civil and political liberties, democratic reforms, and protection from arbitrary authority; tending to give freely; generous; Abundant; ample.

So, I guess I’m not a fan of Conservatism.
And I feel that being Liberal is Very Cool!

A Meme form the Internet

A Meme from the Internet

But, regardless of your position, if you do support DONALD tRUMP, I question your thinking.
If you are voting for a third party candidate, I question your thinking.
If you think that by Not Voting, you are making a statement toward Peace or a Better World, I question your thinking.

BILL MAHR put it so Well.
He does not accept pity for those who would vote for tRUMP, and he calls them out.


In a more recent report he commented,
“…For me, the great sadness of this election is knowing that even if Trump doesn’t become president, we live in a country where half the people think he should be…”

I Believe in Miracles!
I Believe in Possibility.
I Believe, like ANNE FRANK, that there is Good in People.
I do not believe the People of this Country will let that happen here.
“…The Nazis appealed especially to the unemployed, young people, and members of the lower middle class…”
I do understand the anger of the unemployed and the lower middle class — I have been Both — still, who can, in good conscience, advocate the exercise of what Trump Supporters refer to as the “Flight 93 Option”
Of the three groups mentioned above, My Faith is in the Young People.
I do not believe that they will go along with this, and, of course, they have the most at stake.
I Believe they shall come forward, override the apathy of the few and mobilize to save the Country.
And Women Too!
And People of Color!
And People with Disabilities!
And YOU!
And ME!
All People of Conscience!
Get Out and Vote!
Get Out and Vote!
Get Out and Vote!

The Visiting Nurse Service came to do an Evaluation of my 89-year old Mother, yesterday.
Testing her faculties, the Nurse asked a bunch of unrelated questions in rapid succession.
One question was, “Are you going to Vote?”
“Oh, Yes!” MOM replied, most assuredly.
“Who are you voting for?” the Nurse asked.
“HILLARY!,” MOM replied quite definitively.
“Why’s that?” the Nurse asked.
“Well,” MOM replied indignantly, “You don’t think I’m going to vote for tRUMP, Do You?”
“Why’s that?” asked the Nurse.
“He is an OBNOXIOUS MAN!” MOM declared!
“I think that’s actually a rather mild way to put it,” the Nurse agreed, and she passed MOM on her evaluation, approving that her faculties are all in tact!

A Photo from the Internet

A Photo from the Internet

It is difficult to write a piece about this Election.

A Tweet from the Internet

A Tweet from the Internet

Hasn’t everything already been said?
In that debate earlier this week, the stage was supposedly filled with “Undecided Voters.”
There was a Muslim Woman in that Audience.
Really?
You can be Muslim and a Woman, and still be undecided in this Election?

Here is BILL MAHER again, talking about the tragedy of Undecided Voters:


As for “Locker Room Banter,” while I am not a WorkOut Bunny by any means, I do get to the gym about one-third of the year in fits and spurts — sometimes 5 times a week, and other times I don’t make it for weeks and months… But I’ve been doing this for thirty years, and I have heard talk like that in Locker Rooms… maybe 2 or 3 times in thirty years!
So it is Not Common Locker Room Banter.
It is Exceptional
And Of Note!
It is the ranting of a Pig, unfit to run for any Public Office, let alone the Highest Office in the Land.

A Cartoon from the Internet

A Cartoon from the Internet

I don’t think I am saying anything new.
I do not believe anyone voting for tRUMP is thinking rationally — either that, or they are just owning their own Bigotry, Misogyny and Homophobia, and behaving accordingly.

I want to get back to talking about the Miracles of Living.
I want to speak of rapturous Gratitude.
I want to Live the Life I’ve Imagined…
But I am Troubled.
I am Troubled by a Female Relative who posts all over FaceBook that HILLARY is a criminal because she believes the machinations of FOX NEWS and seems to actually think that DONLD tRUMP just “says mean things” but she intends to vote for him.
I am Troubled by the Woman who called into NPR this morning and said that she doesn’t like HILLARY because BILL CLINTON is a rapist and HILLARY stayed with him.
The Broadcaster gently corrected her that BILL CLINTON was never accused nor convicted of such a charge.
Do you seriously hold a woman accountable for the behavior of her husband?
…The behavior of her husband twenty years ago?
What Century are we Living in?

A Meme from the Internet

A Meme from the Internet

A recent internet photo of a Trump Supporter

A recent internet photo of a Trump Supporter

You who would vote for DONALD tRUMP,
Did you not see THE LION KING?
Do you not know what happens to the PrideLands when SCAR takes over?
Did you not see WICKED?
Do you not know the sufferings of DOCTOR DILLAMOND?
Have you never seen FIDDLER ON THE ROOF?
Do you not know how entire communities can be destroyed when targeted by the government for their Religion and how that can bring down a Country?
DO THESE PEOPLE NOT GO TO MUSICALS!!!???

A Meme from the Internet

A Meme from the Internet

Earlier this week, someone named AARON BALDWIN from San Francisco said it so well (I found this shared on FaceBook):

Aaron Baldwin
October 12 at 7:31pm · San Francisco, CA

“ALL OF THIS: So let me get this right…
Bill Clinton cheats on his wife. Impeach him. Trump proudly brags about sexual assault (and has cheated on all of his wives). Elect him.
Hillary oversaw the department of state while 4 people died in an embassy attack. Put her in jail. 2 Republicans were in office while over 200 people died in embassy attacks. No problem.
Immigrants don’t pay taxes. Round them up and kick them out. Trump doesn’t pay taxes. He’s a business genius.
The Clinton Foundation only spent 87% of their donations helping people. She’s a crook. The Trumps Foundation paid off his debts, bought paintings of him, and made political donations to avoid investigations while using less than 5% of funds for actual charity (and he got shut down by the NY State Attorney General). So savvy… put him in the White House.
Trump made $4 billion dollars in 40 years, when an index fund started at the same time with the same “small loans” he received, it would be worth $12 billion today… without a trail of bankruptcies, thousands of lawsuits and hundreds of burned small business owners. He’s a real business whiz.
Hillary took a loss of $700k. She’s a criminal. Trump is the first candidate in the modern era not to release his tax returns, and yet we found out that he took a billion dollar loss in 1 year. Genius.
Hillary takes responsibility for private email servers and apologizes. Not credible. Trump denies saying things (on the record) he actually said (on the record), he’s just telling it like it is.
Really???
Your arguments are thin. Your ignorance of reality is shocking. Your double-standards are offensive, and your willingness to blindly support him and recycle the rhetoric is absurd. Your opinion is not fact. Your memes are not news articles. And your hypocrisy is not a platform.”

A Meme from the Internet

A Meme from the Internet

A Meme from the Internet

A Tweet from the Internet

 
At HillaryClinton.com, there is a new tool that allows you to shuffle randomly back and forth over the years to see what both candidates were doing in any given year over the past several decades:
https://www.hillaryclinton.com/tools/way-back-when/?light=false
Try it!

A Meme from the Internet

A Meme from the Internet

How is it possible that anyone — Democrat, Republican, or Third-Party, can think this man is a legitimate candidate for President of the United States?
How is anyone Undecided?
How do we reach these people?
How do we come together against Violence and work toward Peace?
By Being Peaceful.
How do we teach Respect?
By Being Respectful.
How do we Heal our Country?
By Being Healers.

My Seventh Grade Teacher, Sister Margaret, said to us before we left school on the day before Election Day, “What are you going to say to your parents tomorrow morning before you leave for school?”
She had drilled it into us the entire day, so we all answered in Unison,
“Don’t Forget to Vote!”
Then she asked, “What are you going to say to your parents tomorrow when you get home from school?”
Again, having been drilled all day we replied in Unison,
“Did you Vote?”
“Very Good,” she told us, looking very pleased.

I remember thinking to myself, “I Thought Nuns were Religious and supposed to be more about Healing than Politics…”
Never has it been so clear to me that Voting can be a form of Healing —
A Statement of Healing to the World.
“Don’t Forget to Vote!”

A Meme from the Internet

A Meme from the Internet

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