Hillary Clinton is our final protective barrier against a massive Trump forest fire now raging across our land.
She is the firewall standing between a fire which should have been stopped when it began June 15, 2015, as an anti-Obama racist birther flame.
On November 8, voters will have to choose: Support Hillary Rodham Clinton; make a naive gesture for a third party candidate; vote for a retired general or Aunt Maud; or vote for Donald J. Trump.
I chaired George McGovern's Illinois convention delegation in 1972 when one young McGovern delegate told me she would cast her vice presidential nominating vote for her mother.
That irresponsible act was an early warning to me of misguided idealism in politics. It revealed an immaturity on the Miami convention floor in 1972. In 2016, it flames the fires of tyranny.
New York Times columnist Andrew Rosenthal addresses what is at stake:
"Melania Trump said the man in the 2005 video is not the man she knows. But he is the man the rest of us know. To vote for him, you have to pretend you don't know who he really is -- or choose not to care."
The Republican Party could have found a way to halt the Trump phenomenon when the Donald emerged as the possible nominee. Rosenthal believes he knows why the GOP did not unite against Trump:
"I've never believed that the Republican leadership really disagreed with Trump's fringe views. They just didn't like the way he expressed them, because it exposed some powerful and disturbing currents in their party."
South Korea's Samsungheadquarters knew what to do when its phones started exploding; it canceled production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.
It is too late for the GOP to cancel anything. Ballots are printed and early voting has begun.
In a report under the heading, "Trump declares himself free from 'shackles' -- and threatens to burn the GOP to the ground," Raw Story's Brad Reed sees Trump at war with the GOP he conned into letting him be their nominee.
"If Donald Trump is going down, he's going to try to bring down everyone else with him. In a furious tweet storm on Tuesday, Trump ripped House Speaker Paul Ryan for his 'weak and ineffective' leadership and accused him of being disloyal for saying on Monday that he was finished defending Trump's candidacy."
Trump declared that Ryan's betrayal had freed him from his "shackles" -- and he could now campaign for the presidency without any kind of filter at all.