Honestly, there are so many lies in this campaign season between both Presidential candidates, it is certain to turn people off, but voters, there is so much at stake. Don't listen to all the ups and downs and ins and outs. Sit down and make a list. Refocus what is important to you ideologically and plow through all the rhetoric. See where each candidate stands. Forget, all the noise. There is so much.
If pro choice is important, then there is only one person to vote for. If global climate change matters, then there is only one candidate to vote for. If equality for women is important to you, there is only one person to vote for. If common sense gun laws matter to you, again, there is only one Presidential candidate to vote for. I could go on and on. We each have our own lists of what we care about, so take the time and make the lists. Don't look me in the eye and talk to me about Gary Johnson and Jill Stein. Those are wasted votes. Maybe someday we will have a strong multi party system, but we still only have two true parties that can win. So all the arguments that I hate T***p, I hate Clinton, I can't vote for either candidate is cowardice. Think about what is important for you. Can't say it enough.
We have the candidates "we" voted for and an imperfect system, but it is what we have. I am completely passionate about politics and feel that this election may be the most important Presidential election in my life. I am terribly fearful that voters are getting turned off and tiring of all the bulls**t, but don't sit this one out. The country is at a crossroads. We are at the fork. Which direction do you want to go? For me, there is no choice than to vote for the Democratic candidate. I care about a women's right to choose and until the other side decides to get out of my uterus, I will never be able to support a candidate that wants to take away that right. Never. Since Roe V. Wade, that conversation comes up in every election. If the Right could just stop talking about it, they'd be more palatable. That hasn't happened for 45 plus years.
The utmost important issue in this election is the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court. If Clinton gets elected, we will get a moderate to liberal Court. If T***p gets elected, we will incur the most fascist and right wing Court. Our right to choose could certainly be lost. Citizens United will remain in effect. So the future is all of ours to choose. There are issues bigger than either candidates faults and imperfections, so register to vote, don't sit this one out. If you were passionate for another candidate and bitter, I get it. If you're old enough, we've all been bitter before, but don't sit this one out. There are too many life changing issues at stake for us, our children, our grandchildren, and so on and so on.
I, clearly, stand with Hillary Clinton. I haven't always in years past, to be honest, but I know that she will stand by and for all the issues that are most important to me. No President can get everything they promise done because our system is built with checks and balances. We have the House and the Senate to help or block bills and laws. Think about that when you go to vote. I'd prefer that we have all Democrats in power for this cycle. I'd prefer that the members of Congress actually work for their lifelong salaries and not obstruct and avoid. I'd like the Democrats to succeed big time or fail big time.
And again, make your list and check it twice. This election is far too important. I will keep this mantra until November 8th. Don't believe all the false equivalencies that the talking heads are spewing. There are issues on the table that will have ramifications for generations to come. Do not sit this one out.
Sidebars: MLB season continues but for us, San Francisco Giants fans, it is getting harder to see a path to the playoffs. :-( The US Open is midway and there have been some very exciting matches. Sad to see Venus Williams out. College Football season began and every year I die a little when it begins. It is the longest and fully encompassing season. What used to be a beautiful, fun Saturday filled college football day, now has turned into basically everyday with multiple games for viewing. NFL begins this week and it, too, has blossomed into far more days of the week than years gone by. Takes the specialness out of all of it. Ugh! -- Rizzoli and Isles had their series finale last night. Bachelor in Paradise ends its summer season tonight. Must say the producers made a surprising misstep announcing Nick as the new Bachelor last week, so watching his storyline on Bachelor in Paradise is spoiled. We know he didn't choose the girl. America's Got Talent is winding down and it's still not too late. Also, America Ninja Warrior is thrilling television. If you haven't given it a go, it won't disappoint. The athletes are amazing. -- It's a blustery day in NYC. Enjoy your week wherever you are.
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