The Circle of Christmas Memories

As this, my 64th Christmas, approaches, the usual string of memories stir from within the synapses of my brain.

With the first few notes of The Little Drummer Boy, or the words “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” from The Christmas Song, to the rousing music of Handel’s Messiah and the Hallelujah Chorus, I am transported back to so many moments.

The anticipation of watching Charlie Brown’s Christmas or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer were more meaningful when they required planning. Once a year made them memorable, on demand makes them seem less so.

Vague, shadowy memories of my first few Christmas mornings to the fuller, if time-altered, memories of Christmases in Cumberland, Rhode Island where I’d share the latest in G.I. Joe accessories with my friends, to the all-too-rapidly passing moments of our daughter’s first Christmas, come weaving and dancing in my mind’s eye.

These moments, precious and joyful, all seem to pass so quickly. Every year, as December 25th approaches, even to this day, I want the moments to slow down, to linger, to hang in the air like the aroma of freshly made cookies, so I can savor each one.

But it seems each year passes faster than the one before.

And yet, there are things look forward to in the times ahead. Like the Spirit of Christmas Future, we’ve an opportunity to make new memories.

This will be a last Christmas for me in this stage of my life and next year will be my first Christmas at the beginning of a new stage, as a grandfather. I will have the opportunity to create those lasting memories my grandson will someday hence think back over as he winds his way through his own life.

Here’s hoping they are as vibrant and meaningful for him as those I’ve held close to my heart all these years.

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Merry Christmas and may all your memories stay with you forever.

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Climate Change: Altering Reality

“Don’t be in such a rush to say ‘nonsense.’ And even if it were, people live and die by nonsense. It’s not what is so much as what people think it is”

Isaac Asimov, Forward the Foundation

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Ever hear of the Global Climate Science Communications Team Action Plan?

You should have. You’re likely one of its intended targets. You can read more about how it came to light here, http://www.climatefiles.com/trade-group/american-petroleum-institute/1998-global-climate-science-communications-team-action-plan/

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Many of us are victims of this plan, conceived in 1998, to combat the science of Climate Change. It was convened by the American Petroleum Institute (API) the largest U.S. oil and gas lobbying operation with membership including ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Shell Oil and ConocoPhillips. Here’s a link to their current membership, https://www.api.org/membership/members

As the science of climate change began to link fossil fuels to increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and demonstrated a direct causal link of anthropogenic activity to rising global temperatures, the API formed a Global Climate Action Team guided by certain principles and with a specific purpose, to spread doubt over this scientific evidence.

By claiming any doubt over certainty discredits all the science, they capitalized on the fundamental lack of understanding of the scientific method so prevalent in our society. They used our own science ignorance against us.

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Their manifesto was simple and sinister. These are their expressed purposes from the document.

Victory Will Be Achieved When

Average citizens “understand” (recognize) uncertainties in climate science; recognition of uncertainties becomes part of the “conventional wisdom”

Media “understands” (recognizes) uncertainties in climate science

Media coverage reflects balance on climate science and recognition of the validity of viewpoints that challenge the current “conventional wisdom”

Industry senior leadership understands uncertainties in climate science, making them stronger ambassadors to those who shape climate policy

Those promoting the Kyoto treaty on the basis of extent science appears to be out of touch with reality.”

(http://www.climatefiles.com/trade-group/american-petroleum-institute/1998-global-climate-science-communications-team-action-plan/)

In the best tradition of psychological warfare, the fossil fuel industry set out to spread fear, uncertainty, and doubt. They didn’t have to disprove the science, all they had to do was plant seeds of doubt.

By claiming any doubt over certainty discredits all the science, they capitalized on the fundamental lack of understanding of the scientific method so prevalent in our society. They used our own science ignorance against us.

And, like a conspiracy theory that cannot be disproved, they accomplished their purpose.

What they didn’t anticipate was that most of the predictions of these early climate change researchers were wrong. The API was correct in its assertion there was uncertainty in the predictions.

The uncertainty was not that they were too dire or too drastic but that they were too optimistic. Global temperatures, and the attendant rise in more drought, more intense storms, faster rise in sea levels, more rapid melting of polar ice and permafrost accelerated faster than even the scientists the Global Climate Action Team were trying to discredit.

Sometimes conspiracy theories—when properly investigated and vetted and not touted by aluminum hat wearing lunatics without a shred of evidence—turn out to be based on facts. When confronted with such evidence, we need to recognize when we’ve been victimized by greed and corporate self-preservation.

The very existence of the planet is at stake and we need remove the blinders forced on us by those who seek to profit in the short-term at the expense of our long-term existence.

As we enter the third decade of this century, we face a critical turning point. One likely to determine the longevity of the planet and our ability to sustain human existence.

Let’s hope we embrace the moment, eliminate the viral infection of fear, uncertainty, and doubt, and follow the science. Failure to do so will make the current pandemic look like a momentary blip of inconvenience.

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Beyond Willful Ignorance

I hope there’s a silver lining in this Circus Trumpus Maximus that is the litany of lawsuits aimed at altering the election. I hope that Republicans finally rise to the occasion and denounce this idiocy.

But I won’t hold my breath.

So far the dearth of Republicans who have publicly denounced the President’s repeated lying about the election, and trying to destroy the confidence America has in its election process, is an embarrassment to a once proud party.

America needs the balance of the two party system, it is indeed what we could once rely on for a stability that keeps us from drifting too far toward extremes.

But no more. Trump destroyed that and, even in the face of repeated and unsurprising losses in court, the Republicans show little inclination to call him on it. They display what most recognize as willful ignorance, arguing the President has the legal right to pursue challenges.

Having the right to do something does not make it right to do it.

The language in the latest case out of the Third Circuit could not be clearer.

BIBAS, Circuit Judge.

“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.”

On Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
(D.C. No. 4:20-cv-02078)
District Judge: Honorable Matthew W. Brann

Submitted Under Third Circuit L.A.R. 34.1(a)
on November 25, 2020
Before: SMITH, Chief Judge, and CHAGARES and BIBAS, Circuit Judges

The President claims his legal challenges are based on “widespread” fraud and that the election was stolen. Yet, as always, the devil is in the details. In the actual filings there are no claims of fraud. Here’s how the court detailed then dismissed the complaint as baseless

“Seeking to turn those state-law claims into federal ones, the Campaign claims discrimination. But its alchemy cannot transmute lead into gold. The Campaign never alleges that any ballot was fraudulent or cast by an illegal voter. It never alleges that any defendant treated the Trump campaign or its votes worse than it treated the Biden campaign or its votes. Calling something discrimination does not make it so. The Second Amended Complaint still suffers from these core defects, so granting leave to amend would have been futile.”

Read the case for yourself,

We all know this is all about using the President’s significant base of support (I still cannot reconcile myself to the fact that 72 million Americans voted for Mr. Trump) to win the Georgia Senate runoff races and maintain the Republican majority.

While one can say that’s politics and having a Republican controlled Senate is a balance to a Biden Whitehouse and a Democratic controlled House, there are times when doing the right thing, calling out the President for his attack on Democracy and the foundation of American government, demands one rise above politics.

In 1974, it was the actions of Republicans, members of his own party, that persuaded Richard Nixon to resign. These Republicans knew full well it would cost them the Presidency in the next election, but they also knew they had a higher obligation.

A similar situation exists today. It’s not enough to sit back and wait until January 20th and the swearing in of the new Administration, they must act now. Republicans face one of those rare moments in history where moral obligations overwhelm politics. What they do will determine much of what happens in the future and in the next election cycle.

Actions would speak volumes, silence would seal their place in history.

Again, I won’t hold my breath.

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Confusing Can with Should

The drama surrounding the conspiracy-theory warped questioning of the election results is a clear example of confusing what one can do with what one should do.

Donald Trump's Latest Reality Show: The 2020 Election | The Nation

The President can contest the election results.

The President can tweet such nonsense as,

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
“Other than politics, how do you lose a case where large numbers of voters, far more than you need to flip Pennsylvania, are disenfranchised? Vote Observers thrown out of counting rooms. People going to vote finding out they have already voted through a fake ballot – go home!”

This claim about election fraud is disputed

@realDonaldTrump Twitter Feed

The President can fan the flames of angry dissent with falsehoods, misinformation, and unsubstantiated claims.

The President can spend the last few moments of his Presidency chipping away at the very foundation of Democracy for no other apparent reason than a narcissistic refusal to accept the decision of the American people.

If the President does have evidence of widespread fraud that altered the results of the election, he should present it to the American people and the courts.

But he won’t because he can’t.

If the President has the best interest of the American people at heart, if he wants to ensure the greatness of America, he should begin the transition process to ensure a smooth and efficient transfer of power.

But he won’t because he can’t.

The President doesn’t fundamentally understand the difference between what he can do and what he should do and thus he cannot understand why the American people said enough.

The President can do many things and I have little doubt he will try to do much in these waning moments of this most troubling of our Presidential administrations. I dare say there are few things he won’t try to satisfy his bruised ego.

None of these things will be things he should do, they will be done just because he could. We will spend the next few months, or perhaps years, trying to undo all the things he shouldn’t have done, but did.

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Thirty-two Years, Very Few Tears

For everything there is a season… a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; … a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Today, our “baby” turns thirty-two. She is our first-born, our eldest, and our last-born, our youngest. The Alpha and Omega of our progeny.

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In her time on this planet she has accomplished many things.

She has a quick wit, a bright sense of humor, a willingness to challenge herself on mountain trails and in courts of law. An attorney, a bright intellect, an excellent cook (which she gets from my long line of culinary excellence), a raiser of chickens, and a companion of dogs.

A wife with excellent skills in choosing her husband (Chuck paid me to say this) and a fierce and loyal friend.

Now, she is preparing to enter a new stage of life and bring us all along with her. Soon she will be the one holding a new life in her hands, just like we did thirty-two years ago. And while every moment has not been perfect, it has been a perfectly wonderful experience. Where those years have gone is a mystery, but I wouldn’t have missed them for the world.

Her moment of a life changing event approaches, and time will speed up for her as it has for us..

But all  her accomplishments, her talents and skills and hard work to get where she is, the many moments of her life are just frosting on the cake of her being (the thick butter kind, not that whipped stuff) for she had our hearts the moment she first opened her eyes.

As will her soon to be born child.

Happy Birthday, Kelsey, and may there be many more.

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 This constitutes the entire extent of my birthday present to you. There is no expressed or implied intention to offer, supply, secure, fund, obtain, invest, or otherwise acquire any additional product, investment vehicle, or other real or valuable items. (Got my money’s worth out of that law school investment.)

An Open Letter to President-Elect Joe Biden

Here’s an earlier piece I wrote way back in June 2019 in the good ‘ole days before Covid-19. Back then the outlook for a change of administrations was an uncertainty. Now, it is a reality.

Yet, more so than ever, we need to hold President-elect Biden to these higher standards and we expect, no, we demand, a return of the America we lost during these last four years. And we expect that while he cannot change the past, he will insure a better future by not ignoring science and rationalism overself-aggrandizing political posturing and lies.

It would seem to me he has kept some of these promises already in the manner in which he ran his campaign, in the historic and long overdue selection of a woman of color to be Vice-President, and in his focus on surrounding himself with the best and the brightest to combat the pandemic.

But we expect more of the same.

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Promise Me, Joe

Before America puts its fate in your hands, we need some assurances. You, more so than most candidates, including the incumbent, appreciate the enormous burdens and responsibilities facing the President of the United States. While you can tell us what you want to accomplish, anyone with any common sense understands how the realities of the world can change the best of intentions. With that in mind I’d like you to promise me some things.

Promise me, Joe.

Promise me, Joe, you will run a campaign focusing on the issues facing America not wallow in the infantile churlish behavior of name calling twitter wars.

Promise me, Joe, you will act in accordance with what is in the best interest of the American people not what tracks with any political agenda or platform yet always bearing in mind we are part of the world at large.

Promise me, Joe, you will remember we have a government comprising
three equal powers and you will treat them with the same dignity and respect you expect for the office you seek.

Promise me, Joe, you will work to embrace bi-partisan cooperation with Congress. Do not seek Congressional acquiescence seek their input into developing policies and laws which lead America out of the morass of the past few years.  

Promise me, Joe, you will restore the dignity and respect for the Office of the President so callously and foolishly twittered away over the past few years.

Promise me, Joe, you will form policies that protect America
without losing our willingness to embrace those in need.

Promise me, Joe, you will never put children in cages no matter what resources it may take to accomplish this. Of all the disasters of policy, this is the most troubling.

Promise me, Joe, you will not waste time attacking the media or your critics but focus on addressing legitimate problems the freedom of the press uncovers and valid criticisms raised.

Promise me, Joe, you will not waste time talking about making America great again but foster the things that have always made us
great.

Promise me, Joe, you will restore America’s standing in the eyes of the world not threaten and challenge to promote jingoistic and nationalist propaganda.

Promise me, Joe, you will foster a global approach to policy recognizing the inherent right of all people, regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin, to live in a peaceful world with a fair opportunity to thrive.

Promise me, Joe, you will renew the promise of the enlightenment where intelligent discourse arrives at solutions based on rational, in-depth analysis.

Promise me, Joe, you will select Supreme Court candidates not for their willingness to promote your policies but for their fealty to the Constitution of the United States.

Promise me, Joe, you will work diligently to ensure the rights of women to control their own bodies is not usurped by selfish religious fervor disguised as concern for others.

Promise me, Joe, you will wield the enormous military power of this country to defend us, our allies, and those who cannot defend themselves. Never to intimidate, cajole, or terrorize others.

Promise me, Joe, you will recapture the spirit of those great men who have gone before you into the Office of the President and,

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

President John F. Kennedy

Promise me, Joe, we will no longer be the nation once described by a former ally who said,

“It is hard to be America’s enemy, but it is harder to be her friend.”

President Thieu, Republic of South

Promise me, Joe, it will never once again be difficult to be America’s friend and you will lead the nation with a firm but fair hand, with a bent toward compassion, and with willingness to ensure the continuity of the greatness of America.

Promise me, Joe, you will remember the greatness of America comes not from our power as a nation but from the American people themselves.

Promise me, Joe. There has never been a greater time in history when the world needs to know America is that bright, shining city on the hill.

Promise me, Joe.

A Conundrum for 2024

Under the category “It Couldn’t Get Any Stranger, Could it?” I have proof it has.

Donald Trump, in his quest to alter reality, through his legal eagle lawyer, filed a case (in the wrong court mind you) entitled

Donald Trump For President, INC. et.al.
v.
USA

Docket number 1:2020cv01567

Yes, you read that correctly. The President of the United States sued America. He is suing us!

It’s like being sued by your child, only worse.

How this is part of the plan to Make America Great Again is anybody’s guess.

Here’s an image of the case from the Federal Claims Court

Shortly after the court stopped laughing, they ordered the matter transferred to the US District Court in Michigan. Then they started laughing again.

Recognizing this might be a bad thing, and after taking the wrapping off his Federal Rules of Procedures and looking for a hint, his lawyer said “Oops” and filed a motion to dismiss.

Which, in between giggling, snickering, and wiping tears from their eyes, the court granted.

This legal circus is all a smokescreen for the real intent. If Mr. Trump doesn’t know he has less chance of winning any legal challenges to this election than a Russian opposition candidate has in challenging Vladimir Putin (and living to talk about it) he is a fool.

But we know he is not a fool, he is a scam artist. The President formed the Official Election Defense Fund. Ostensibly to challenge the election results.

Wrong!

The devil is in the details (and in Mar-a-Lago last I heard altering his golf scorecards to qualify for the Pro Tour.)

It would seem that any donation above $8,333 can go to fighting the results, however 60% of the donations go to a recently formed PAC which is barred from using funds for such purposes.

They can, lo and behold, be used to promote a run in 2024, or, perhaps, for a defense fund should one be needed in the near future.

Our worst nightmare, they are plotting a return. George Orwell had the date wrong. Not 1984 but 2024.

This raises an interesting question. I’d ask his lawyer but I’m not sure he’s read criminal procedure yet either.

Will President Trump, since he is eligible for another term as President, have to seek permission from his Parole Officer to leave the state every time he wishes to hold a rally?

Inquiring minds want to know…

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Just kidding…I know it will be too soon for him to be on Parole.

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How Dogs and Cats are the Key to Political Decisions

Conservatives are mostly cat people. Liberals are mostly dog people. Knowing this can make voting so simple even a dead person could do it.

This explains why Mr. Trump won his first election and lost his second election. And neither involves voter fraud.

Hillary was a cat person. The Clintons may have also had a dog, but the cat negates the benefit.

Trump had neither, although some might consider Jared a pet. Mr. Trump did have the opportunity to get a dog. He didn’t and thus he lost to Joe Biden who has two dogs. Ted Kennedy told Obama to get a dog when he was first elected, look what that did.

Two dogs, particularly when one is a rescue dog, are an almost certain guarantee of victory. Again, no voter fraud necessary.

This generalization about liberals and conservatives, which like all such statements has exceptions, is, nevertheless, a good benchmark for selecting a candidate.

Ralph the Dog Exudes Wisdom

Dogs are always happy, they love to share their joy with others, and have an intuitive sense for your feelings. If a dog senses you are sad, they will sit with you, rest their head on your lap, let you rub their belly, and be content until your melancholy passes.

A dog wants you to feel better and will do everything he/she can to make that happen.

Cats will ignore you and expect you to “just get over it” so as to not interrupt their routine. Cats, like conservatives, will take something or some action that is useful and turn it into something you don’t want.

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Another Victim of Conservative Indifference

For example, if a cat finds a mouse in your house it would be helpful for her/him to chase it away. But that is not what a cat does. Instead, he/she plays with the mouse, tortures it, wounds it, occasionally letting it think it is getting away, then kills it.

The cat then promptly brings the dead mouse to you, which you neither need or want, and leaves it for you to find a way to dispose of it. Sort of like some legislative actions. Sometimes, just for good measure, they will add a regurgitated hairball just because they can.

Dogs have enthusiasm and empathy. They are brimming with excitement with just the slightest bit of attention. Dogs, no matter how they are mistreated, always forgive and they are always happy to see you.

Cats are characterized by a standoffish attitude and zero tolerance for change. At your lowest moment, they often disappear for weeks.

Now like any other general statement, there are exceptions.

They are conservatives who have dogs. Conservative dogs are the ones who can’t be left alone with children, they are generally ill-tempered by training, and are not inclined to being optimists. They lean toward big dogs as a way to compensate for their insecurities. But some conservatives with dogs also harbor progressive tendencies they try to conceal behind such angry beasts. They can be retrained.

And to all those conservatives who will feel the need to send me cute pictures of their dogs, it will just underscore my point. Deep down you want to be on our team.

Liberal cat owners are just trying to change the world. They are completely without guile. The cats, however, will never give up trying to convert you to the dark side.

The same caveat goes for liberal cat owners, no need to send cute pictures of your affectionate cats. Cats are known to be experts are pretending to be friendly, then they bite you when you try to pet them. I am not fooled by the secret agenda of cats to rule world.

So the rule of thumb for elections is simple.

A choice between a Dog candidate or a Cat candidate, pick the dog.

Choice between two dog candidates, pick the little dog. Big dogs are often afraid of little dogs. Little dogs are afraid of nothing.

Choice between two cat candidates…the country is in trouble, unless they are willing to adopt a dog. Then refer to the above rules.

P.S. If there were some dead people who voted against Mr. Trump, is it possible some of those were the 279,000 Americans lost on his watch to COVID-19?

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A Petulant Child Needing a Timeout

This is all you need to know about the current behavior of the President of the United States.

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“What is the downside for humoring him for this little bit of time? No one seriously thinks the results will change,” said one senior Republican official. “He went golfing this weekend. It’s not like he’s plotting how to prevent Joe Biden from taking power on Jan. 20. He’s tweeting about filing some lawsuits, those lawsuits will fail, then he’ll tweet some more about how the election was stolen, and then he’ll leave.”

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And just so those who will immediately jump on this source as unreliable will read on instead of lashing out, Tucker Carlson, of Fox News, one of the most supportive of the President, said this,

Tucker Carlson Says There’s Not Enough Fraud to Change Election Results: ‘We Should Be Honest’

“At this stage, the fraud that we can confirm does not seem to be enough to alter the election result. We should be honest and tell you that. Of course, that could change,” he said, on his Fox News show Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Fox News

Many things can change but it’s a certainty this election results will not. And there’s this headline from USA Today

We asked nine legal experts about Trump’s latest lawsuit challenging election results in Pennsylvania. Their verdict: Dead on arrival.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/11/09/legal-experts-say-trumps-election-lawsuit-pennsylvania-baseless/6228914002/

So, to satisfy the bruised ego of a man-child who has held the most powerful position in the world, to ameliorate his disappointment, to let him have his tantrum and rant so we don’t hurt his feelings, the American people are supposed to just shrug their shoulders and say,

Hey, what’s the harm? Let him stew in his own anger and shout lies to the world about our democratic election process. Let him hold press conference at every landscaping business in the country and spew fictitious nonsense.

What’s the harm? If you ask that question in anything but a mocking tone you’ve already answered it.

He is a petulant child who needs to be sent to his room at Mar-a-Largo for a timeout. And for the sake of the gods, someone take away his access to the nuclear codes in case he decides Armageddon is better than admitting he lost.

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P.S. It is Deja Vu all over again. Here are the eerily familiar, and ulitmately false claims from the 2016 election that he won.

This from Fact.org.

  • Trump claimed “people that have died 10 years ago are still voting,” citing a report that found 1.8 million deceased people remain on voter registration rolls. But the report did not find evidence of wrongdoing, and numerous studies have found such voter fraud is virtually nonexistent.
  • Trump claimed there is a massive problem with “illegal immigrants [who] are voting,” citing research by Old Dominion professors who say noncitizen voters may have benefited Democrats in 2008. But a Harvard professor who manages the data used in the Old Dominion study said the data was misused and the study’s conclusions are wrong.
  • Finally, Trump broadly claimed that “voter fraud is very, very common,” and he has called for poll watchers to look for people impersonating voters or voting numerous times. However, numerous academic studies and government inquiries have found in-person voter fraud to be rare.

For weeks, Trump has been warning about rigged elections. He urged his supporters in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 10 to monitor polls and “watch other communities, because we don’t want this election stolen from us.”

In a speech in Wisconsin on Oct. 17, Trump provided some detail and purported evidence to back up his claims about the prevalence of voter fraud, particularly by noncitizens and people casting ballots on behalf of deceased voters. But we found that his evidence is lacking.

Maybe We Are the Dinosaurs

In 2016, 62,984,828 Americans voted for Donald Trump, a mostly unknown albeit suspect political commodity. Perhaps it was the frustration with the existing system and the perception they needed to send a clear message they wanted change.

Most were sincere in seeking change; but some sought a return to the days of white hegemony and cultural homogeneity, longing for a delusive memory of a better America.

But whatever the reason, Mr. Trump won, and the country soon came to understand what it had done to itself.

It didn’t take long for a rise of white supremacist groups, ignored at best or encouraged at worst by the President, to rise up all over this country and show the dark underbelly of the nation.

Now, four years later, armed with the painful memories of shooting ourselves in the foot to support a man who clearly assumed a position way beyond his snake-oil salesman abilities, 70,903,094 (and still counting, although thankfully it won’t matter) Americans voted for that same train wreck of a President.

In 2016, many of those who voted for Trump could be forgiven since, to borrow a line used before another injustice, “they know not what they do.”

In 2020, there is no such excuse.

Maybe those of us who think of America as a nation of civility and tolerance are going the way of the dinosaurs.

Those of us who yearned for the respect and admiration of the world, not their fear.

Those of us who see science as the way to the future, not an inconvenient truth to be mocked and ignored.

Those of us who seek to embrace our differences, not suppress or subjugate those with whom we differ.

Those of us who long for tolerance and openness.

Those of us who see the greatness of America not in our military power, but in the character of those of us willing to defend this nation against those who would do us harm. They act as defenders, not conquerors.

Those of us who would then offer those same enemies a path back into the global community.

Those of us who are outraged by violent protests against those of different philosophies.

Those of us who are offended by white (or any other) supremacy,

Those who remember our cultural melting pot makes America unique globally.

Those who do not seek to homogenize the country by forcing everyone to our own image.

Maybe those of us, confused by so many of our fellow Americans embracing the tired old philosophies of nationalism, militarism, and global confrontation, are the ones fading into history.

Maybe our time has run its course, and the virus of intolerance has rendered this country unable to sustain our multicultural society.

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If this is our new reality, I fear the promise of an America with a long future ahead will follow us into the fog of history.

We will be the vestiges of a once-thriving experiment uncovered by those seeking to answer what happened.

America deserves better than this. The world now knows the dark secret of this once-promising nation. And, as long as the potential for such a repeat of self-destruction exists, they will see us with a jaundiced eye. They will no longer look to us as a beacon of hope but as a bellwether of lost promise and the faded shadow of a better future.

In 2016, America lost its moral compass. While we may not have drifted as far into the darkness like some other nations in history, we were teetering on the brink.

And over 70 million Americans voted for us to stay the course. SEVENTY MILLION!

Once our Presidents accepted the will of the people with grace and humility, calling upon our better angels. Now one summons the devils of our own destruction.

We can only hope this election was not the last desperate grasp of rationality but a portent of a return to our higher calling. But we would be wise to be vigilant to our own potential for self-destruction.

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