Open Letter to HRC and the DNC

I expect we will soon be hearing that those of us who chose to vote for a candidate that we preferred are to blame for losing this election to a con man. That message would not be true.

You own this. You did not give us a candidate worth voting for, let alone a candidate we could be enthusiastic about. Someone that would have compelled us to donate more of our time, energy and money. It should have been pretty obvious that we were willing to do that.

You cheated us out of a candidate that would have accomplished what you could not. Now, we have to deal with a President Donald and possibly President Pence, which would probably be worse.

So many people don’t understand why people are so upset? It’s not all about Trump. It’s not about losing the election. It has a lot to do with us never having a REAL choice.

You own this. Not anyone else. Not the FBI. Not the Russians. Not Wikileaks. Not a third party. YOU did this to our country.

So help us move forward. Give voice to independent thought. Don’t keep trying to control. It’s obvious that you’ve lost that.

The Donald Is So Easy to Manipulate

That’s the thing that scares me the most about him being so close to having so much power.

He’s being manipulated now. Control of his twitter account was just taken away from him. Would a person in control, especially someone who thinks that being in control is most important, give up such an important part of his being if he was still in control?

He’s easily manipulated. Stroke his ego. Send in young women. He doesn’t even need to grab their genitals. They can be persuaded to gladly rub them on his.

“Donald, you want a new one regularly? Okay, here’s how to make that happen.” “You want to get revenge on insert name here for calling you a pig? Here’s how to make that happen.”

Feed his ego. That’s all that is necessary, and he’s in your control.

You think Putin doesn’t understand this?

Update: How appropriate for this fitting NYT article to appear. Inside Donald Trump’s Last Stand: An Anxious Nominee Seeks Assurance

And I do apologize for my crudeness.

Ripe Peppers in November

Picked Peppers for Pickling on Nov 6
Picked Peppers for Pickling on Nov 6

If Bernie Had Won the Primary

What a difference we would have seen these past few weeks. Not all of it good, mind you. But likely a lot less stressful.

Much of what would have been left out is the knowledge that some of us have gained about gender bias.

I’ve always considered myself fairly aware of women’s issues. Back in the early 70’s, I was engaged with the Women’s Liberation Movement. I do have to admit, though, that I really preferred that it be a “People’s Liberation Movement.”

Men needed to be liberated as much as women did. Liberated from the beliefs that they were of more value than women. That women were there to serve their wishes. To be compliant. Accept what they were given and be thankful for that.

Remembering those days makes we want to throw up.

I’m a privileged white male. One privilege, that I’m very thankful for, was being born into a family dominated by a chauvinistic man. It taught me how I didn’t want to be. I thank my father for that. Very sincerely.

It was what he knew. How he had been socialized.

He also taught me some very wonderful things as well. That family is important, as is integrity, honesty, hard work and playing hard. Many things that I also thank him for teaching me.

I just looked up at the title I gave this post and wonder what caused me to go off on such a tangent. Give me a minute or three and I’ll figure that out. Or not.

Gender Bias. That’s what tripped the switch that sent my train careening down a different track. Such an important issue. Bias of all sorts is important, and that has a lot to do with the acrimonious state we find ourselves in.

I’m going to direct my imagination to a scenario that was possible a few weeks ago. What would it be like if Bernie had won the primary?

What label would The Donald give Bernie? There would be lots to choose from. Old, decrepit Jew? Not going to go there. You can come up with your own.

The labels that won’t fit: dishonest, flip flopping, inauthentic, low energy, for the war in Iraq, for free trade agreements, for regime change, war hawk, or that women are voting for a candidate because she’s a woman.

And a lot of, mostly white, males wouldn’t feel threatened by giving a woman so much power.

The stress level that I feel, and imagine being there for many others, would be much lower because the outcome of the race would not be as doubtful.

I’m not a Hillary supporter. I’ll be voting Green Party. I don’t trust Hillary to follow through on her promises.

But, because Hillary is there, this contest has given us the opportunity to look at our biases. Especially so when it comes to equality of men and women.

We still have a ways to go.

 

Another Form of Voter Repression

I’ll have to look into this more, but I’ve just caught an inkling of another way that could be used to limit voting to help keep Republicans in power.

If only Republicans would learn that repressing votes will only work for so long. It will end up biting them in the ass.

Steps to repress votes for Democratic candidates:

  1. Go to areas where people are likely to vote Democratic and register voters.
  2. Don’t file those registrations.

That’s it. It’s real simple.

I’ll update as I learn more.

Fortunately, we live in a country ruled by laws.

Unfortunately, people find ways to circumvent laws to their benefit and there are strong forces pushing back against laws that give people control over their lives. Such as not allowing confirmations of judges. Not just at the highest level, but also in lower courts.

Republicans have been not allowing votes to go forward for judges that have been  nominated by a Democratic administration. They are promising to continue that practice to stymie any progress under a Clinton administration.

I do wonder what would happen under a Sanders administration. There would be massive numbers of very enthusiastic voters to push for a progressive agenda. There would not be the angst that people are feeling right now. Can Donald Drumpf actually become the Commander in Chief of the most powerful nation in the world??? I believe that question wouldn’t be there if Bernie had won the nomination.

I’m not voting for Hillary. Her policies don’t meld with mine. Much of what the Democratic Party has promoted over the years does not meld with what I would choose.

Politics is personnel. Hillary’s choices demonstrate where she is wanting to go. The next president will make more than 4,000 political appointments to fill out the executive branch.

Prior to becoming the VP nomination, Tim Kaine was a strong advocate of giving free reign to the banks. He was forceful in his desire to eliminate restrictions under Dodd-Frank. He was also very vocal about pushing fracking and the TPP. Upon his nomination, those beliefs of his were quickly swept under the rug.

After changing her ‘public’ face to placate Bernie supporters by telling voters that she is NOW against the TPP and fracking, she chose former senator and Interior secretary Ken Salazar to head her transition team. Her choice to control who gets hired is a strong advocate for the TPP and fracking.

What odds do you want to give me that the TPP and fracking will somehow magically become the “gold standard” of economic growth?

The people chosen for posts are indicative of what policy will prevail.

What has either of the two main candidates said about the Dakota Access Pipeline and Standing Rock?

Is that not important to you? There are a number of issues with this that it should be. I’ve been itching to get harvest over with and drive out there to support the people at Standing Rock in whatever way I can.

Update: Illinois Conservative Group Denies Sitting On People’s Ballot Applications Another form of voter suppression.