Do yourself a favor and watch this campaign ad. You know you want to.
Surprisingly, even here in polarized Northern Virginia where I live, there are still folks who haven’t made up their minds.
I’m doing all I can to help. I’m making calls, I’ve donated money. I fill out Donald Trumps surveys suggesting that he call Hillary “fat” and ask his followers why she isn’t home in the kitchen.
But the best tool I’ve found is this one:
People are asking me who I voted for. And they really want to know. And I don’t hesitate to let them know why I voted for Hillary.
To the guys in the gas station and the convenience store, I emphasized Hillary’s commitment to raising the minimum wage and the fact that the billionaire has never done anything except cheat working people out of the money they earned.
To the folks in the medical lab, I referred to Hillary’s commitment to science, to healthcare for everybody. Since they have such long working hours, I looked up where they too could vote early and encouraged them to do so.
To the affluent-looking folks in the grocery store, I emphasized the way the market react by falling through the floor whenever there is a hint that Trump is gaining. “Do you want his finger on the nuclear button — we live at Ground Zero — DC (and Northern Virginia) lives under one big target …
Wear your sticker. Talk it up. Don’t pick fights. Use humor however you can.
But everybody with an ounce of sense can help make sure that Wednesday is not the beginning of a long, terrible nightmare.
SO DOES YOUR VOICE
You all know what’s happened tonight. The yuge video of Donald Trump being an asshole. Talking about women disrespectfully. Claiming that, because he is a star, he can get women to put up with him being sexually abusive.
Right now, I’m waiting for Trump to put out a video apology. Or something.
But how can he apologize for who he is. Who we — including the folks who planned to vote for him — always knew he was?
Every day it seemed, there was a statement from this woman or that, saying that he hit on them or disrespected them.
Still, most of the GOP went along with him. Endorsed him. Sighed and signed on.
Paul Ryan. Mitch McConnell. John McCain. Kelly Ayotte. Ted Cruz. Marco Rubio.
Right now, folks are lining up to say “he’s a bad man.” “I can’t support him.”
Donald Trump is the same, vile man he was yesterday, before this film came out. They always knew it.
If Trump releases a video where he assures us, with the deepest sincerity, that he respects women, he will of course leave lots of folk out: Hispanics. Muslims. Blacks. Everybody but rich white men.
Me? I’m not ready to make nice. Go to Hell, Donald Trump. And don’t let the screen door hit you on the way out.
This election depends on me.
But it also depends on you.
My most important job this year is to vote. Yours too.
Will you be able to? Are you registered to vote? Or will you feel as foolish as Donald Trump’s kids who weren’t registered to vote in the primaries
I’m registered. I just double checked, because a lot of monkey business has been going on. I wanted to be sure.
You can do this from your living room. Your office. Your phone while waiting in line at the grocery store.
Don’t let Donald Trump sit in the Oval Office.
Tomorrow morning, I will leave for work not completely accessorized. Not being much of a fashionista, that’s not normally a problem. But tomorrow I will stop to make sure I have the perfect accessory:
It’s Super Tuesday, and Virginia is in with the in crowd of mostly southern states holding their primaries.
Strangely, here in Virginia, it doesn’t feel much like there is an election coming up. TV ads are not constant, and while we’ve been getting a lot of campaign calls, there aren’t any more annoying calls than usual.
Most unusual is the almost complete lack of political signs. For the past 8 years, there have been far more political signs than voters around here. The absence of them, without any sort of ordinance prohibiting them, makes me think that everyone around me is secretly supporting Donald Dfrump.*
Anyway, I’m sure you’re dying to know: I’m voting for Hillary.
Philosophically, I’m really in Bernie’s camp. I’d love government-sponsored healthcare. I’d love to make college free. I would love to erase income inequality.
But I’m a pragmatist.
Even if Bernie could get elected (and I don’t agree with pundits that claim he can’t), well, I spent 10 years watching the sausage mill that is our government. And I simply don’t think Bernie can do it.
Hillary Clinton has my vote because I think she will be a good president. Because she’s smart and capable. Because she knows the system inside, outside and upside and downside.
Is she perfect? Is she my dream candidate? Nope. I was for Obama in 2008 (actually, I wanted him to be my candidate beginning in 2004).
I am not blind to the problems with her. I would rather a flawed candidate than one who is promising more than he can deliver.
And I think that Hillary can beat Trump or whichever GOP candidate is vomited out of a brokered convention.
So early tomorrow, I will cast my vote and get my sticker.
* If you haven’t seen John Oliver’s show on Donald Trump, get yourself some popcorn:
On the front page of today’s New York Times is an editorial I could easily have written. If I could write that well. If I worked for the NYTimes. If I had millions of readers who’d nod and say “Right On!”
Actually I’m mixing this image from an editorial published yesterday in the NY Times. Because like me, the NY Times believes that we need sensible gun laws. And so they, like me, keep beating that dead horse.
Here’s today’s front page editorial reproduced in full:
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD DEC. 4, 2015
But motives do not matter to the dead in California, nor did they in Colorado, Oregon, South Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut and far too many other places. The attention and anger of Americans should also be directed at the elected leaders whose job is to keep us safe but who place a higher premium on the money and political power of an industry dedicated to profiting from the unfettered spread of ever more powerful firearms.
It is a moral outrage and a national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed specifically to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency. These are weapons of war, barely modified and deliberately marketed as tools of macho vigilantism and even insurrection. America’s elected leaders offer prayers for gun victims and then, callously and without fear of consequence, reject the most basic restrictions on weapons of mass killing, as they did on Thursday. They distract us with arguments about the word terrorism. Let’s be clear: These spree killings are all, in their own ways, acts of terrorism.
Opponents of gun control are saying, as they do after every killing, that no law can unfailingly forestall a specific criminal. That is true. They are talking, many with sincerity, about the constitutional challenges to effective gun regulation. Those challenges exist. They point out that determined killers obtained weapons illegally in places like France, England and Norway that have strict gun laws. Yes, they did.
But at least those countries are trying. The United States is not. Worse, politicians abet would-be killers by creating gun markets for them, and voters allow those politicians to keep their jobs. It is past time to stop talking about halting the spread of firearms, and instead to reduce their number drastically — eliminating some large categories of weapons and ammunition.
It is not necessary to debate the peculiar wording of the Second Amendment. No right is unlimited and immune from reasonable regulation.
Certain kinds of weapons, like the slightly modified combat rifles used in California, and certain kinds of ammunition, must be outlawed for civilian ownership. It is possible to define those guns in a clear and effective way and, yes, it would require Americans who own those kinds of weapons to give them up for the good of their fellow citizens.
What better time than during a presidential election to show, at long last, that our nation has retained its sense of decency?
It’s me again.
Yes I know that I keep beating this dead horse. I know that we are all feeling hopeless. But really, it is up to us. And the remedy can be found in the ballot box. Gun Control must be a make or break criteria for any vote we cast in 2016 and beyond. Because the folks in office today are cowards. They fear the retribution of citizens over gun control legislation. So let’s show them that they work for us. For the US. Not just for the NRA.
Yes, I’m sick of the reminders, too.
Sick of the candidates’ signs.
Sick of the damn phone ringing with robo-calls and folks who can’t pronounce my name calling during dinner.
Still, it is important.
Tomorrow, is election day.
Vote! Keep the crazies in office down to a minimum.
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