I’ve scrupulously avoided politics on this blog for some years now, as any post of political persuasion seems to ignite passion and lead to endless discussion. Well, I’ve kept my mouth shut for long enough during these nightmarish months and I want to say a few things that are probably obvious to anyone who reads this blog (I can’t imagine any Trump supporters finding anything of interest here).
I’m just stupefied that even 40% of Americans support this ugly, aggressive, lying bully. I have always liked (maybe “loved” is too strong a word) Americans. I’ve been in 45 states, made the 3000 mile cross-country trip by auto six times, and have had continuously wonderful experiences with Americans from coast-to-coast. Truck drivers, farmers, waitresses, gas station attendants, cops (yes — a bunch of them), store keepers, people-in-the-street, invariably friendly and helpful.
I just don’t understand how any Americans can support Trump. How can anyone look at him and not be repulsed?
Bill Maher had a wonderful program this week. He interviewed Pres. Obama at the White House, who was relaxed, insightful, and humorous. Graceful. I’m proud of him. Bill was passionate this time around. His opening remarks were carefully crafted and perceptive. Chris Christie as attorney general, Rudy Giuliani as head of the FBI… there wasn’t much comedy in this episode.
I want to encourage anyone who doesn’t intend to vote, or is thinking of a third-party candidate, to vote for Hillary. Period. Over and out. Please vote.
From Paul Krugman, today’s New York Times:
“…So in the days ahead it will be important to remember two things. First, Mrs. Clinton has actually run a remarkable campaign, demonstrating her tenacity in the face of unfair treatment and remaining cool under pressure that would have broken most of us.
Second, and much more important, if she wins it will be thanks to Americans who stood up for our nation’s principles — who waited for hours on voting lines contrived to discourage them, who paid attention to the true stakes in this election rather than letting themselves be distracted by fake scandals and media noise.
Those citizens deserve to be honored, not disparaged, for doing their best to save the nation from the effects of badly broken institutions. Many people have behaved shamefully this year — but tens of millions of voters kept their faith in the values that truly make America great.”