Red and Blue, We’re the Colors of the Flag

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Hi Members of the Electoral College,

We don’t know each other. Probably. I mean, if we did, it would be quite a coincidence, so let’s just go with we don’t know each other. We likely live in very different parts of the country. Where I am buildings rise high next to a lake so large you’d swear it was a sea, a goaty curse was broken, and I hear people like our pizza.

That’s my America.

Different colors and shapes of faces when I walk to the grocery store; the warmth being sucked out of the air as December goes on while a wind with teeth bites your face; the heaviest coat in the coat wardrobe making its seasonal debut.

That’s my America.

I’ve visited some of your America, too. The otherworldly loveliness of the Florida Keys; the quiet, rolling beauty of Wisconsin; the unexpected hills of southern Indiana; Louisville’s spanning bridges; the sudden mountains of Pennsylvania; the open skies of Iowa; the long, straight roads of Ohio that have their own kind of silence.

That’s your America.

I’ve driven and I’ve flown, and I’ve never felt like a stranger in this country. I’ve chatted with servers and people in the line at the supermarket; hotel guests in an elevator and the clerks at the front desks. I’ve held the door for you and you for me, and perhaps we shared a smile or a nod.

That’s your America.

And the one thing I’ve never questioned, even if I knew that your secret inside color was as red as my secret inside color is blue, is that we are all still colors of the flag. Red next to blue; blue next to red; we are America.

This is our America.

We cannot permit this country that we love, this country that is made of all those moments of driving through and staying and visiting and moving and living and families and acknowledging the thing that makes us all the same, we cannot permit it to be lost to a foreign power with plans of its own.

This is our America.

I understand that secret red inside you, Moral Electors, is a strong force. It is a defining force. And it might make the decision you must make feel difficult. We understand, we really do.

But now is not the time for our blue and red to stand, separated. Now is the time for us all to be the colors of our flag, to rescue our nation from the precipice, to tell a foreign power that there is no room for interference between those swathes of red and blue, blue and red.

History will remember you, Moral Electors, for your service to your country when you reject Russia’s candidate, when you reject Vladimir Putin’s candidate.

When you think about me in my corner of our country while I think about you in your corner of our country (probably with jealousy if it’s a warm corner of our country). History will remember you when you stand with the popular vote, stand with the person that Russia fears so deeply, so completely, that Putin would go to this length to stop her. History will remember you, Moral Electors, when you reject Donald Trump and cast your votes for Secretary Hillary Clinton.

United we stand, red with blue, blue with red, and simply tell Russia “no.”

This is our America.

[This piece originally appeared on Medium]

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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.