I was a Clinton supporter in 2008. I remember my disappointment at the outcome of the primary and my anger at the process. (Entire states that favored Clinton were disenfranchised because they had broken scheduling rules.) However, most Clinton supporters rose above their raw emotions and cast their ballots for the Democratic nominee. For many it hurt to cast that vote, but it was the right thing to do.
It worries me that some of the Sanders partisans have taken the "Sanders or nobody" position. At that point, it becomes a cult of personality. In my opinion, when it's all about one particular person (rather than an agenda or a platform), we're in a danger zone.
I was a young mother when Reagan was elected and destroyed the middle class. My husband is a lucky 9/11 survivor who made it out of the towers alive despite G.W. Bush's willful ignorance of intelligence warning of an attack.
I know how dangerous a dangerous president can be.
Vote for the Democrat, vote Green, or write in Sanders's name if your state has that option. Any one of these choices would be "doing the right thing".
But please don't weaponize your vote by casting it for Trump. That is an indulgence that the country can ill afford.
It was remarkable. There were Republican and Democratic county officials expressing support and condolences, the chief of police voicing a strong commitment to serving all members of the community, a leader from a local mosque in tears over the distortion of his beautiful religion, people of all ages and all orientations, including solemn children trying to hide their excitement over being allowed to hold lit candles high in the air. This is small town America in the 21st century.
It was beautiful, and it gives me hope.
May the victims and their families and loved ones find peace
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