Vote No to Hatred!

Well, it’s been a little while since I last posted. Things have been pretty busy and I needed time to process.

Most importantly, my dear, dear friend died. She fought the cancer as hard and as long as she could. This despite knowing that she could not win the battle. She endured tests, chemo, nausea and vomiting, weight-loss, hair loss, and so many other burdens. She did it because she is a fighter and she loved her son so much she wanted as much time as she could wring from life. When she left this earth, it was a peaceful passing with her son and I by her side. I will miss her intelligence, wit, spunk, humor, honesty, and friendship. Rest in peace, my dear friend.

Now, while I dealt with caring for and attending to my friend’s memorial, the world has gone crazier and crazier.

First, I’m faced with Donald Trump as the real candidate supported by the Republican Party. Now, I long ago lost respect for the Republican Party for a lot of valid reason. Their policies against women, minorities, the LGBT community, the lower and middle class of our country, and on and on. But, honestly, I never dreamed this Party, with so much historical value and integrity, would degenerate to the point of nominating a candidate with no experience, no relative education, no valid policies, no respect for most of the citizens of the U.S. How? How did this happen?

I’ve been told it’s because the GOP jumped into bed with the religious zealots. It does seem that much of the hate and marginalizing of much of the U.S. population stems from that. Yet, I still find myself completely surprised that they’ve gone this far.

Now, I’m sitting with friends and family having conversations that are probably very like those in many homes in Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Denmark, Belgium, Norway, Holland, France, and so many more. I’m arguing that this madman is a threat to our way of life. That he can manufacture a reason to declare martial law and suspend our rights. That he can eliminate anyone who refuses to follow his orders and ideals.

Of course, most people tell me that it can’t happen in the U.S.A. There’s just no way, they say. And my response? Yes, that’s what all those people in Europe said in 1934, 35, 36, 37, and 38.

I pray that my fellow citizens rise up and vote NO! No to the GOP candidate and platform of hate and discrimination. No to ignoring our Constitution and history. No to Donald Trump and all his ignorance, hatred, and divisiveness.

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