With a very heavy heart and a world or responsibility on my shoulders, I walked over to out local polling place and voted. The enormity of the ramifications filled me in a way I had not anticipated. There are serious real world consequences that will result with our votes. Some are very tangible, like what the city of Burlington will look like in the next few years. Some are very intangible since none of us really understand the results of every decision that a President will make. Who could possibly quantify the implications to young girls to see a woman become President? We can guess and provide anecdotes, but there is a deeper fundamental mindset shift that can occur, and it’s well past time for that to happen. The only way those changes will ever start to take hold is if we, the people, exercise our right to vote. Our country provides so much for us and asks so little. I view voting as an obligation, one that I am happy to engage in.
I stared at the ballot and let the sense of responsibility guide me. I’ve informed myself and let that be reflected in the way I voted. I’ll never truly know if my decisions were the best ones, but I made them, and they are now a part of history. I walked out of the school feeling unburdened with a light and easy step for the walk home. No matter how things turn out, I have played my part. I sincerely hope that you do too.
Now, it’s time to get ready for work and hope it goes smoothly and as quickly as possible. There is a huge party tonight with lots of bands and no matter what happens, I will joyfully rock out.
I sent the following letter to Senator Mitch McConnell and to Senator Chuck Grassley this morning about their baffling refusal to do their jobs.
“Dear Senator McConnell,
As a citizen of the United States I am writing to ask you to change your mind and consider the appointment of Justice Merrick Garland to the seat on the Supreme Court that was vacated by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia in February of 2016. For the last four months America has had to endure a diminished judicial branch, which is one third of the government that our founding fathers created for us.. The President made an appointment about a month after the passing of Justice Scalia and at that point it became the job of the Senate to consider Justice Garland and determine if he was worthy of being on the court. Apparently, the Senate has just refused to do its job, perhaps because it finds more value in serving the Republican party that it does to serve the United States Of America. How else could you describe a Senator that blatantly refuses to follow the Constitution?
I expect this request will fall on deaf ears since the Senator seems to not care, but on the small chance that you really do hold the idea of The United States Of America as a dear and valuable thing, I implore you to hold hearings for Justice Garland as soon as possible. America needs all three branches of government to work well to operate at peak capacity. By willfully crippling the Supreme Court and bottling up Congress, all of the power currently rests in the executive branch, which our founding fathers warned us against.
What is to gain from not holding hearings for Justice Garland? When Hillary Clinton is elected President she may choose Justice Garland again, or choose someone who is closer to the political left. If Mr Trump is elected he will choose Judge Judy or some other reality TV star. The same sort of thinking that refuses to consider Justice Garland is what has made Mr Trump the Republican nominee, and by doing so, has insured that no Republican will ever rise through the ranks again and become the nominee. The candidate for President from the Republican party from now on will be someone with a famous name and a big bankroll. I’m not sure why you have chosen to do that to the Republicans, but you obviously have.
Soon it will be the Fourth of July and many of us will celebrate this wonderful country we were so fortunate to be born into. If the Senator still refuses to do his job, I would respectfully ask you to refrain from any celebration of the birth of our country. If you are actively working against the Constitution of the United States Of America, and you say you love our country, your words will be hollow and meaningless and Americans need a lot more from our Senators than that.
Thank you for considering my opinion,
Dear Representative Gowdy,
As a Vermonter, I’m a supporter of Bernie Sanders in the upcoming election. However, if Hillary Clinton wins the primary, I am now very content to vote for her. I was not sure before, but the hearing yesterday proved she is capable of standing up for America and has all of the qualifications needed to be an excellent President of the United States. What you did to her was just wrong and she stood strong and tough and proved beyond any shadow of a doubt that she will make a great President. Assuming you are still in office when she is elected, please work with her to move America through the 21st century in the most wonderful way that we can.
Julian Bond “Obama is to the Tea Party as the moon is to werewolves.”
Comedian John Fugelsang clashed with conservative radio host Heidi Harris on Friday when Harris questioned the need for sexual orientation to be covered under anti-discrimination statutes.
“Being gay is what sets a person apart from straight people,” Fugelsang told Harris on MSNBC’s Ed Show. “If you don’t like gay people, take it up with the manufacturer, because God keeps creating them around the world.”
“Did I say I didn’t like gay people?” Harris shot back. “I did not say that.”
“Well, stick up for them, Heidi,” he countered. “You’re a nice person.”
“Let me clarify this a little bit. Students at Liberty University were required to attend a partisan political speech where a small government conservative who had just promised he would respect privacy rights told them that if they cared about freedom, text your information to a mysterious address that collects your cell phone number for undisclosed purposes.” — Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart “So, we’re fighting with Iran against ISIS, and then with Saudi Arabia against Iran, Holy bleep! We did it. It took decades of destabilizing conflict but we finally figured out how to fight a proxy war against ourselves.”