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I've been trying to write something about the election. It's so disturbing and depressing I haven't been able to pull it together. So, I'll just post the soundbites.

Are we mentally prepared to accept the word c*nt as a part of our national dialogue?

Participating in the political process as a candidate at whatever level is a very eye-opening experience. For me it was the sobering realization that if elected one represented all, not just kindred spirits, but also those repellent. It challenges one's self-assessment of one's empathy bone.

In college I became struck hard by and fascinated with Native American history, theology and mysticism. I naturally romanticized the Native American experience -- It was such a shame that they didn't still live in tepees, eat pemmican and wash in a cool mountain stream. I rendered them a caricature, a fiction. To advocate for voting for a third party or not voting is socially and morally irresponsible? Now is not the time to render real people a caricature, a fiction: if Trump were to be elected neighbors, children, grandmothers are going to get hurt; they will inevitably suffer. Anyone calling themselves a Liberal or a Progressive that is approving of the suffering of others is a fraud?

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We have never, at least in my lifetime, had a presidential candidate of a major party as unpredictable, intellectually lazy and potentially globally dangerous as Trump. Donald Trump is an unstable, mentally juvenile, relentlessly combative, profoundly dishonest, borderline-personality wracked, accidentally fascist, monosyllabic demagogue with the tendencies of a fraternity house rapist. He potentially is as dangerous as any psychopath or despot living or dead.

Is the argument for not voting or voting for a failed third party an act of cowardice and surrender? Is it the sports equivalent of a pitcher in the bottom of the ninth, behind by five runs, deciding to become a bowler and roll the ball up to the plate. Is it existential surrender? Does it howl of self-loathing, a form of psychic suicide saying, "I have no power, I will toil desperately in the present moment because the future is dead."

We can all continue to write stuff and pirouette into the blogosphere, ideologically pure -- sure of winning the first ever "Che Guevara Driving to Bolivia Award" or we can cut the bullshit and do the right thing? Advocate Voting for Hillary? Our future and the future of the planet really could depend on it. Simply read the articles here about the Native Americans and others putting themselves on the line to stop the pipeline in North Dakota -- are we really so intellectually selfish that we would council making their sacrifices absolutely moot?

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Are those advocating for not voting for the lesser of two evils like spectators of a real fat guy stuck in a cardboard box with a rattlesnake, tossing him a beer instead of a pistol?

Last night I had a conversation with a local Trumpist about the election. His final statement was "We gotta get rid of that wood-shed ni**er. Hillary is gonna be run by him." Interestingly there is a wee bit of truth in there -- she will continue many of Obama's policies -- the fellow could not articulate intelligently any policy, left or right. Contained in that gentleman's statement above is the trail of the whole stinking, rank enchilada -- dangerous, willful ignorance empowered by racism and very parochial nativisim, manipulated and validated by the powerful and simply waiting to be turned loose. These folks are not going away, but we don't need them to have a champion in the White House.

The right-wing establishment may now be disavowing Trump. Watch what happens when he becomes President. He is so very shallow and so desperate for praise and approval. Trump waking up in the White House will be an intellectually lonely moment for him -- will the right-wing power brokers make him their barking dog?

The currently empowered right is an American terrorist agency. If allowed to hold the reins of power they will systematically destroy with impunity. There is no doubt that they are dangerous. They have already vandalized Christianity and waged war on women and the environment. They are not a political party -- they are a cult of destruction dressed in a desperate amalgamation of Leave it to Beaver, the Spanish Inquisition, The Gong Show and a saluting Barber at Nuremberg: the most terrifying clown suit imaginable.

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