Vote November 6.

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Someone sent bombs to Democrats and to CNN this morning. “Civility,” amirite?

As of this writing, targets include philanthropist George Soros, the Clintons, the Obamas, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz. So far, no one has been injured.

So. Far.

We can’t pretend that this is all normal with slightly less politeness and slightly hotter tempers. Nothing has been normal for a long, long time.

Sorry, I can’t just dash off a fun lighthearted post today. Actually, dashing off a fun lighthearted post feels, in light of the multiple assassination attempts, kind of pathological.

We need to put the brakes on this thing, whatever it is, that we’re barreling toward at breakneck speed. And Republicans have been completely, utterly, incredibly clear: they refuse to do it.

Just days ago, Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered in a Saudi Arabian embassy. There are money ties between Saudi Arabia and the trump family, from Jared Kushner’s visits and private texts to the Saudi use of trump properties, directly benefiting trump.

And yet we’re not having congressional hearings about emoluments. There’s no inquiry into the murder of a man whose children are American citizens. Republicans are oddly, oddly quiet.

Everything I’ve written is independently verifiable. Everything I’ve said here has nothing to do with partisanship; they’re just facts. Check on them yourself.

And ask: do you want more of this? Do you want to see where this kind of corrupt power goes completely unchecked? Do you want to take your chances?

Vote November 6, or we may be facing our last real election.

No hyperbole. Just truth.

Feed Your Warrior Spirit

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We are more powerful than we know. Call your members of Congress, give them all of our concerns, that is why they are there. And nourish your soul.

Let’s Rock Our Warrior Spirits

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Picture taken in CA. I apologize for the graphic language, but this is a time for truth, not pretending this isn't happening.

Picture taken in CA. I apologize for the graphic language, but this is a time for truth, not pretending this isn’t happening.

I was going to write about how my NaNoWriMo is going today, but that was before Trump appointed Steve Bannon, a literal nazi, not a hyperbolic nazi, but a literal nazi who told his wife he didn’t want his daughter to go to a school that had too many Jews. A man who, for a living, oozes Jewish conspiracies about banks and Hollywood and probably horns.

I’m not sure about the last one.

Nazi flag flying outside a San Francisco home.

He’s a man so racist he could probably make George Wallace blush, wherever George Wallace is, and I hope it’s hot. He will be the Leni Riefenstahl of the “administration,” peddling propaganda to an apparently perfectly willing media.

For anyone of the “wait and give him a chance,” camp, what chance are we to give him? Trump has made his allegiances clear with his heavy praise of Russia, Russia’s admitted involvement in his campaign, and Russia’s possible hacking of voting results. Consider this: Hillary Clinton only won counties in Wisconsin where the counties used solely paper ballots and no electronic voting machines.

He is working with a GOP that disenfranchised likely Democratic voters to decrease the likelihood of a Democratic win. Let’s go over that again. The GOP itself has utilized its gutting of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibited these tactics, to try to maintain control when they don’t actually have the number of voters to maintain control.

Take that, democracy.

In Wisconsin, again, 300,000 voters were disallowed votes due to the new voter laws. Trump “won” by a margin of 27,257 votes. And remember what I said above? Hillary only won in counties with paper ballots?

Yeah.

Meanwhile Trump has condemned the protests springing up all over the nation, all over the world. Our very basic constitutional rights are at risk. If we allow this “election” to stand, without any investigation into possible hacking by Russia or domestic parties, without investigation into the voter suppression tactics, without investigation into Russia’s admitted influence, we lose our country.

Let us not forget the partisan actions on the part of James Comey and the FBI, who also denied Trump’s ties to Russia to the New York Times, only to have Russia confirm them after the election.

Meanwhile Hillary Clinton has won the popular vote by the largest margin of any candidate that has ever “lost” the electoral college. All of these things add up to a very strange election, strange enough that we need to know it was legitimate.

And Trump is so ill-prepared, so uncomprehending of the job of President of the United States, he had no idea he had to hire the staff of the West Wing. He doesn’t want to work weekends, and wants to commute from New York or move the capital.

He said that if Roe v. Wade is reversed, women can just go to another state. No matter your position on the issue, this man does not understand the impact of Supreme Court decisions.

This is not a partisan issue. This is an American issue. In America, we believe in fairness. We are borne from democracy. We believe in the sanctity of our elections. We demand at least a minimum of competency. And you better believe that if there was this much evidence that the candidate I supported may have rigged the election in her favor, you’d be reading the same post.

We are entitled to congressional hearings. We are entitled an investigation from the Department of Justice. And the Electoral College must really consider all of these issues when casting its votes. That is why it exists; to prevent an unfit candidate from taking office. It can consider possible impending impeachment.

Conspiring with a foreign government is, of course, grounds for impeachment. As is fraud, but that is a separate issue that will be watched closely as Trump’s trial progresses.

Now that you are as depressed as I am, or hopefully as upset and angered as I am, what can you do?

  • You can sign this petition to ask the Electors to reconsider casting their votes for Donald Trump.
  • Contact your Representatives and Senators to initiate hearings to investigate these issues in order to preserve democracy and the integrity of our elections. Call, write, tweet. Feel free to adapt any part of this post into your letter, if it helps.
  • Sign this petition asking the DOJ to file an injunction preventing the Electoral College from voting until an investigation is complete.
  • Find and join a protest.
  • Tell everyone, and I mean everyone, about your concerns. Bring it up in line at the grocery store. Tell your friends on FB and twitter. Use your First Amendment rights. We may not have them for long.
  • Share this post. However you want to share it, share it. Educate. Make sure people understand this isn’t about party politics. This is about the autonomy of our government and democracy itself.

We, the People, are the strength of this nation. We are this nation. The Trumps and the Bannons don’t own it yet. But make no mistake, if they gain control, they will treat it like they own it, with a disregard for the law and the Constitution this country has never seen.

Let’s shed our sadness and rock our warrior spirits.

A Country that Would Bully a Child in a Wheelchair

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Today I was planning on sharing with you the pictures I took from the Cubs World Series parade. And at some point I will. Granted sooner would probably be better for my views of said pictures, but some things are more important than views.

If you follow me on Twitter, you know I’ve become pretty vocal about politics. I’m actually very political, but I keep it off of my blog. As long as you treat others with kindness and respect, no matter how they differ from you, everyone is welcome here.

But that’s why this post is necessary. Kindness and respect. During this election cycle, I’ve seen a side of my fellow Americans I naively thought had died decades ago. A seething mass of hatred and anger, of suggestions of violence doled out as punishment for existing in a different kind of body, for exercising the constitutional right to vote, for exercising the constitutional right to free speech or for freedom of the press.

It gets so much worse, though. Here’s the thing I just can’t shake.

I’ve seen a candidate for President of the United States mock a person with a disability on a national stage. And when I thought it couldn’t get more horrendous than that, that same candidate ejected a child with cerebral palsy from his rally. A child who needs an electronic device to speak. A 12-year-old child in a wheelchair.

Apparently the crowd even began pushing/kicking the chair. Imagine that, being a child in a crowd like that, a child who does not have full control over his own body, and the crowd starts to interfere with your only means of autonomy.

Ever since reading about this incident, it has haunted me. The adult targets of irrational hate, we can fend for ourselves, as we have for centuries. We can fight back through the system, and when the system fails us, we create our own systems, and we survive.

But we are talking about a child with a disability who was bullied and intimidated not only by mob of mouth-foaming adults, but an actual candidate for the highest office in this country. How can we accept that?

We, the adult targets of hate and non-targets of hate alike, have a responsibility to that child, as we do to all children. Even if we can’t prevent bullying by peers, we can decree that adults bullying children is not acceptable.

The best way to say that is to refuse to elect a bully as our next president.

I’ve found this election so sad, as I’ve learned how many other Americans are willing to fully embrace hatred, or turn a blind eye to hatred, or flatly deny the blatant hatred in front of them exists.

Please don’t be such an American. Please vote for an America where everyone has value.

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