Sunday, July 31, 2016

Keep Cool and Think Straight

Faced with two unlikeable candidates, don't panic. You're safe voting for the one who has not urged her followers to physically attack people who oppose her.

As for the rest of it, we'll be following the campaigns but meantime let's keep our perspective. I like this item which was forwarded to me by Joel Lage, an artist who lives at 8000 feet on a mountain in New Mexico and is about my age.  Living at 8000 feet, he takes the long view.

As the ever-so-wise Pogo used to say, "There ain't nobody here but us chickens." Except when he was saying, "We have met the enemy and he is us."

All this is not to say that there's no difference between the two candidates. Hitting people makes a big difference, doesn't it? But let's take some time out for a smile.

It may be our last chance for quite a while.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The World Is In Big Trouble; Trump Has 50/50 Chance of Winning!

This may be the worst news I've ever heard. Numbers expert Nate Silver now gives Trump a virtual 50/50  chance of winning the election. This is not based on the national polls but on an analysis of the electoral college prospects where Hillary Clinton had had a comfortable lead until now.  2016 Election ForecastUpdated 3 hours ago

Agreeing with this assessment is the data expert for the New York Times: Maps Democrats Should Fear

Listen to Bernie Sanders, all you Bernie supporters:

At last someone of stature is saying what I have been saying:  Donald Trump is a Hitler! I doubt any Bernie supporters will vote for him, but they may stay home or vote for a third party. Don't be fooled! If you stay home or vote for a third party, you are helping elect Donald Trump. The vote you fail to cast for Hillary Clinton could have cancelled out one cast for Trump.

Don't do as the Nader voters did in 2000. By voting Nader they gave the election to George W. Bush, and 5000 Americans died in Iraq and so did 100,000 Iraquis because of Bush's unwarranted war.

Do not let Trump have those nuclear codes!

Don't let him reverse Obama's executive orders that are helping us avert the worst of global warming.

Don't let Trump open concentration camps for Mexicans and Muslims as was done during WWII to 120,000 Japanese Americans, including the best teacher I ever had and two of my best friends.

Don't let Trump throw the world's economy into chaos. Already investors have said they are getting ready to dump everything because he might get elected.

Don't give Donald Trump the choosing of four Supreme Court judges.

Please, I beg you. Do the right thing.

I am 80 years old and I swear to you that never has an election frightened me like this. This is the most important vote you may ever cast.

Please do the right thing. You have listened to Bernie Sanders for over a year. Listen to him now, for God's sake and for the sake of all of us.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Meet Our Own Hitler

Thank God someone has finally said it loud and clear. Trump is the next Hitler. You have to read the New Yorker article referred to below and then work to stop his election no matter your politics. This is beyond party. We are all Americans, and America is all that we have, and we are all that she has to stand against this threat. I remember the era of the first Hitler. There was a movie back then called "It Can't Happen Here" but it did in the movie. And it can—in reality!—happen here. 

After all, he has already taken over one of the major American political parties.

Read it. The fate of the world is at stake. Being Honest About Trump

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Are We Crazy? Allow Trump to Appoint Four to the Supreme Court?

When Bernie Sanders announced this week that he is supporting Hillary Clinton, a Sanders' supporter told the New York Times that Bernie Sanders has "broken my heart". He then vowed never to vote for Hillary. Parting Words for Bernie Sanders

What's this about your broken heart, mister?  Grow up. Your personal feelings aren't important when the nation's fate is at stake and we are faced with a two-bit facist who has encouraged his followers to beat up on people. You're like my misguided older women friends during the primaries who supported Hillary on the silly grounds they "just have to see a woman in the White House" before they die. I'm looking at Trump and remembering Hitler, and they are looking for a feel-good moment on the way to the cemetery.

Since when did the serious business of electing a non-Hitler president become a personal soap opera, a question of our little broken hearts? Our private little hopes and joys aren't worth a fig when we are confronting the likelihood that the next president will have four—count 'em!—four Supreme Court apppointments. If these four appointments go to a law-scoffer like Trump, we will have lost the Constitution and the country.

I'm not going to name the four seats. If you need me to tell you, then you are not doing your homework as a citizen and a voter. It's the duty of everyone of us to know what's at stake in this election.

And what's at stake if we do elect, not Trump, but that Clinton woman, whom I personally depise? Maybe a war. But not for certain, not near as certain as those four awful appointments to the Court if Trump wins.

Some argue, however, that her election could be the end of Sanders' political revolution.  But that's only if we let it be.

We can likely block any hawkish moves on Clinton's part, and we can certainly keep the revolution going. (If you don't know how, learn how. It's your country.) But we can't do a damn thing about those four Trump appointments to the Supreme Court once he's president. And if Trump gets those appointments, you won't have a hope in hell of Bernie's political revolution continuing.

The noble thing to do now is the grown-up and sensible thing. It's tempting to posture nobly about not compromising our principles and therefore not voting for Hillary.  After all, our principles are valuable. But we have to rise to the true nobility of voting for the simpering, conniving crook that is Hillary Clinton. Otherwise our valuable principles becomes just expensive trinkets.

And it's America that will pay the price for those expensive trinkets if we insist on valuing our "principles" beyond all else and let Trump win. And it's also the children who will pay the price. Because if Donald Trump gets those four appointments, America has no future. Nor do our children.

Nor does the planet. Given that Trump's a climate-change-denier, his election will doom life on this earth. President Trump Would Be a Climate Catastrophe  To those who have studied the issue for decades, it's clear that the spiral of heating is ever-excellerating. Nevertheless Trump has promised to immediately undo all the excellent climate-protection measures President Obama has adopted by executive order. Then Trump's Supreme Court will likely compound the madness by striking down the provisions of the Clean Air Act that have been applied to curb global warming.

Confronted with the risks to our nation, our children, and the planet, no sane person has a choice. It's Hillary for eight years —if we get lucky and also work hard.

For it's not enough that we hold our noses and vote for her. We also have to arm-twist others to do so. Even then our job is not done. It will be up to us, if she is elected, to be sure she does the right thing. Sanders gave her a fearful scare. It's up to us to be sure she continues scared and therefore does the Sanders' sorts of things she has promised. Thanks to Bernie Sanders and his supporters, the Democratic platform is now about what it would be if Bernie had become the nominee. The Clintons, however, have to be watched continuously and they have to be whipped into line, but they can be made to do the right thing. That is our job and our solid hope.

With Trump, however, there is no hope. No hope at all. After all, the German top echelon thought they could "control" Hitler. There's no controlling such men. They know how to get the power to control all of us.

Don't underestimate Donald Trump. Vote early and often for — argh! — Hillary Clinton.

Well, well. I'm not alone in appealing to the grown-up side of our natures. Here's from the NY Times after I wrote the above:  Let’s Grow Up, Liberals. Surely we will.

Th Eagle Has Landed! But On Her Beak!

I have arrived in Pennsylvania. Hurrah!

At least part of me has. Between jet lag, being 80 and having had all the the work and worry of moving, I am about half here and half still plodding through the air over Kansas.

When the rest of me gets here, I'll be back with you, looking at the crazy scene we call the 2016 election campaign.

Until then, remember always not to move.