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No matter who wins on November 9th it’s been an ugly, infantile and embarrassing debacle of a campaign. In my lifetime I have never seen a race for the presidency of the United States reach this low level of discourse which has reveled in xenophobia, sexual innuendo and juvenile statements more at home in a middle school than the political arena.

Donald Trump represents an embarrassment of astronomic proportions and is now resorting to saying that he doesn’t believe that humankind can impact climate with carbon emissions. All this for the pleasure of accomodating his extreme right wing base.

Even if Clinton manages to get in by the thinnest of margins the country is more deeply divided than ever along urban and rural lines which mirror the wedge issues that Republicans decided to go with approximately two decades ago. They have picked up all the gun nuts, racists and extreme right conservative Christian types who sit in their shelters waiting for the next Rapture. Its almost a reversal of the age of enlightenment that Voltaire helped Christen centuries ago.

True that Clinton represents more of the same Washington establishment that the disenfranchised love to hate. But her shrill and charisma challenged personality should not detract from her huge advantage in competency to lead public office above a man not fit to run for even civic politics. The race shouldn't even be close and yet it is.

How I would love to have a sit down tea with Noam Chomsky and hear what he has to say. Undoubtedly he is shaking his head in disbelief.

All I can say is that when you have the likes of David Duke gloriously singing your praises it can't possibly be seen as a good thing and, when the election is over regardless of who wins, there will surely be much reparation and reflection ahead as the level of hatred and mistrust of the other side has simply risen far too high.

But it must be said that the checks and balances that exist in the system and the need for Congressional support will oblige a Trump presidency to play nice and all of that bluster will calm down by necessity. No matter how much he has pandered to the lowest common denominator, should he win, he will need to work with the Washington establishment to get things done.


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  1. Joanna, further on this. On Clinton, I just can't trust her. For Trump, I don't want him to be out representative in the world. I'm amazed that these two people are the best two candidates each party can put before us to be our president. Since I live in Wyoming, my vote for president really doesn't matter since the race will be decided by the time Wyoming's votes are counted, so I think I'm gonna write in my vote and concentrate on local candidates. Mary

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    1. they are not the best candidates Mary and I think that is the problem and why the race is so tight...

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  2. Mary makes a good point. On the Democrat side it seems as if any fairness in the primary process was eliminated by the DNC being controlled by the Clinton Machine. It was preordained that HRC would be the candidate not matter what.
    On the Republican side there were a number of good candidates but DJT beat them all. Like it or not he is the candidate.
    As for your issue of competence HRC let secret and classified material be viewed by her attorneys, her staff and her maid, all in contravention of the pledge she signed. She was so reckless with classified material that it even found its way onto the laptop of Anthony Weiner. Her competence also fails to explain the loss of $6Billion by the State Department during her tenure. How competent is it to simply lose that much money. About the same as misplacing close to a dozen smart phones and blackberries.
    Before he entered politics Trump was extremely competent at building great buildings, hotels, ice rinks, golf courses, etc. It seems that everywhere you look you can find physical evidence of his competence. How is it that now that he is a Republican he became hateful, detestable, deplorable, and the subject of every name calling leftist around.
    We will see what the polls show soon enough but the levels of corruption that we saw during the 1990s may be dwarfed if HRC becomes the most powerful person in the world.
    Pat

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  3. Pat we will agree to disagree. Read his history and that of his father and grandfather (mob ties and brothels) and how many business failings including Trump university. Not to mention his "pussy grabbing" lack of morality not befitting a president.

    Peace...

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  4. I tend to think Mrs Clinton better than Mr Trump, and hope for a Democrat senate to restore the Supreme Court to its statutory level of nine justices. She is not perfect. She may start another war. She will not do enough about climate change. But she would be better than him.

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  5. Thankfully all this bs will be over tomorrow. Or will it? Pat, would love to meet with you over a coffee and chat.

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  6. Would have lived to see Bernie in there with his work ethic and independence from the Washington elite...

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