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I was recently on Facecrook on a Bernie Sanders page. And someone (no names please) was advocating for "Voting your conscience." Generally, I couldn't agree more. However, these are troubled times, the sunshine patriot and all that. These are the times to strike a unified chord against Fascism or tomorrow there will be no music. I responded that any vote for anyone who is not the Democratic nominee is a vote for Donald Trump. They answered, "But Bernie Sanders can't beat Trump."

It's too serious to laugh but it makes you want to laugh. This is the old media razzmatazz asking a question with dower and serious intonations, is Joe Biden too old? Is Bernie Sanders too Liberal? Can a woman win the White House? Can a Black man be elected President of the United States? Spoiler alert! It is up to us to decide who and what is important in this election. During Harry Truman's 1948 campaign the Republican, Thomas Dewy was so far out ahead the media stopped polling. It seemed pointless and the media began to prognosticate who might be in Dewey's cabinet.

Dewey himself began to speak of when I'm elected rather than if I'm elected. Truman took to the rails in his famous Whistle stop campaign. This is where he got the tag line "Give em hell Harry" to which Truman answered, "I never gave them hell, I just tell the truth and they think it's hell!" Truman gave hundreds of speeches from the back of that rail car and the media said he was done but, the crowds coming to see him on the back of that train keep growing. There was a photo in Life Magazine; Dewey's train was parked at Union Station in New York. Photographers were snapping photos of Dewey in his rail car and Dewey reached over and pulled down the shade.

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The famous photo of Truman holding the Chicago Tribune "Dewey Defeats Truman" as the headline. You know who wasn't surprised by the outcome"Harry Truman. There was a radio broadcaster H.V. Kaltenborn who Truman famously roasted, imitating him on election night. "While the President is still ahead by over a million votes in the popular vote, we have yet to hear from the country vote. And we are very sure that when the country vote comes in Mr. Truman will be defeated by an overwhelming majority."

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