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Can I Vote for Hillary and Still Have An Inquiring Mind?

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I recently received a Facebook notification that my political preferences are being monitored. Facebook, shrewd detective that it is, scientifically determines and then knows who I am voting for, and directs a campaign of ongoing presidential campaign pop-ups, tailored to moi.

To my jaded surprise, I have been "followed" electronically by the Trump organization with invitations and ads that assume I am voting Republican.

What an interesting summer.

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First, let me disclose that my political identification has always been as a Democrat. Yes, although in my advanced age I insist on choosing any individual candidate who I believe will do the best job serving the citizens of our country.

I don't wear blindfolds while supporting a candidate, however. It must be a post-traumatic tick. No blindfolds when I can possibly avoid them.

And so, I don't click on the "I'm With Her" button easily, or at all. This means I am less popular and at a distinct remove from fellow FBers. It also means I don't enjoy the bond of spirited cheerleading from my seat in the arena. (Insert unsmiley face here).

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You may be asking, "what causes her to hover, suspended in time over that brightly convivial "I'm With Her" button?"

I'll tell you.

I don't like the suspicion, rage, or dark cloud that reigns over the consequence of proclaiming, or not, that "I'm With Her".

There is a ridiculously rigid imperative to clicking and announcing unbridled support for Hillary.

It's not intelligent and it's devoid of democracy, this simple-minded test of who a person is, based on a set level of Hillary excitement.

I don't like the "you're either with us or against us" vibe that pours out of Hillary Facebook chats and pieces, or even in New York Times oped pieces.

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As if having an authentic question mark over Hillary makes one a "collaborator" against her.

I also do not hate people who support Trump. Not every one of them is misogynist, homophobic, and pro-David Duke.

Where are we? Are we living in the 1950's American communist hysteria where questioning the government meant being a spy for the other side?

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