Our Crazy Electoral College

People are still mad about that Electoral College thing. And okay, I do get it: if it hadn’t been for that antiquated and arguably unfair system, which was created as an incentive to get smaller and less-populous agricultural states to ratify the Constitution, Donald Trump would not now be our president. Because, despite what he tells himself, he did NOT actually win the popular vote.Continue reading “Our Crazy Electoral College”

In With the New

My friend called me today: she was feeling depressed. She had sent both her kids back to college, and she was cleaning up the last of the Christmas decorations. Another Christmas season and another year come to an end.

I get depressed and anxious about plenty of things, but I never thought to be depressed about the holidays coming to an end. Yes, I was sad to ship my kid back to school and I’ll miss her, but she has so many adventures ahead of her this semester that I can’t help but be a little jealous that I’m not 20 with my whole life ahead of me and everything new and fresh and exciting. And a debit card with my daddy at the other end. Skype and Facebook make it so easy for us to stay in touch that I almost feel like I’m with her during her adventures, but without the stress of having to remind her to do her homework or the worry of waiting up when she’s out late.

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My Fear and the (New) American Way

I’ve been told that a good way to help with anxiety is to identify in detail the thing you are most concerned will happen. This is the Worst-Case Scenario approach, and the theory is that sometimes specifically identifying what we fear can help us realize that our anxiety may be unfounded. So I challenged myself to name the thing that I am most afraid of regarding a Trump Presidency.

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Progressives: From Grief to Action

I think half of America is currently experiencing one of the five stages of grief right now.

The first, DENIAL: You can be sure a lot of Americans went to bed on the night of November 8th certain that by the time they woke up Wednesday morning, everything would be sorted out and Donald Trump would NOT be our president-elect. No way, no how.Continue reading “Progressives: From Grief to Action”

The Stink of Racism

“I’m not a racist.” I keep hearing that.

I’m not a racist. I voted for Trump because of the Supreme Court, or because he is against abortions. Or because he’s an outsider, because he promised to drain the swamp, bring back our jobs, shake things up, make us great again. I voted for him because Hillary is corrupt, evil, not nice, married to Bill. Benghazi. Emails. Killary. But I’m not a racist.Continue reading “The Stink of Racism”

To the [Too Many] Women Who Voted For Trump: You Broke My Heart

The thing that breaks my heart the most is the women. It’s like a punch in the gut that 42% of women voted for that man. That includes a whopping 53% of white women; Continue reading “To the [Too Many] Women Who Voted For Trump: You Broke My Heart”

We All Created this Monster

In an interview with Brian Williams on MSNBC on October 10th, author and advocate Tavis Smiley made clear that he had no patience for talking heads complaining about Donald Trump’s reprehensible behavior, lamenting the sorry state of the presidential campaign, Continue reading “We All Created this Monster”

Winners and Losers in Last Night’s Debate

I woke up this morning with a massive debate hangover. So for a little tail of the dog I compiled this list of winners and losers in the second Presidential Debate.

Winners:

Losers:

  • The American People
  • Democracy
  • My dignity
  • Hillary Clinton’s dignity
  • Civilized discourse
  • Meaningful policy analysis
  • Every person who believes America is, was, or could be a great nation

 

Trump on the issues

After careful examination of the transcripts from last night’s Presidential debate, I have distilled Donald Trump’s plans for dealing with America’s most pressing problems.They are:

  1. I know you are but what am I?
  2. Did not did not.
  3. I’m rubber and you’re glue.
  4. Neener neener.
  5. Mommy! She’s being mean to me!

Lord help us.

Enough with the 3rd party threats

Hey, all you whiners out there who are going to vote for the third-party candidate because you have too much integrity to vote for Crooked Hillary, let me ask you something. Continue reading “Enough with the 3rd party threats”