Reaching Out to Fellow Americans In Their Hour of Need

Puerto Ricans and U.S. Virgin Islanders are American Citizens Many years ago when I was a twenty-something, in a discussion with a Puerto Rican coworker I learned that residents of Puerto Rico are American citizens. Surely this fact was included in my education, but it obviously did not take hold. As I was politically active and thought … Continue reading Reaching Out to Fellow Americans In Their Hour of Need

Election 2016 – Heartbreak and Grace in Defeat

 

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"The greatest test of courage on earth
is to bear defeat without losing heart."
~ Robert Green Ingersoll


Defeat is heartbreaking and painful whether you lose a horse race, an election, a job, a lover or miss a great opportunity. For those who supported and volunteered for Hillary Clinton over the past year and a half as I did, last Tuesday's loss was just that. So what do you do when your dream turns into a nightmare?

Vote Today! It’s Election Day, November 8, 2016!

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To become President and Commander-in-Chief of the United States
a candidate must receive 270 out of 538 Electoral College Votes.

"The ballot is stronger than the bullet."
~ Abraham Lincoln


Today is Election Day!

Millions of Americans will go to the polls. Millions have already voted via absentee ballot and in states where early voting is allowed. If you have not yet voted, today is your day!

Election 2016 – On The Brink of Making History…After 240 Years

What It Will Mean If She Wins

 

In the early days of the American Revolution Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John, “I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way…if particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion.” Well, the American Revolution lasted nearly eight years and Abigail’s ladies’ “rebellion” has lasted nearly two-and-a-half centuries. And it’s still going on.

Election 2016 – A Very, Very Scary (Political) Season

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"My candle was nearly burnt out,
when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light,
I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open."
~ Frankenstein, Chapter 5, by Mary Shelley

This year as Halloween approaches we find ourselves facing a terror that surpasses the usual seasonal frights of Michael Myers, werewolves, ghosts, poltergeist and vampires: the Presidential election season.

For many of us, the shocks we have received are akin to the horror that Dr. Frankenstein felt about the creature he had created. We've watched with revulsion as our modern-day monster of incivility, bullying, intimidation and hatred has opened its eye and been unleashed upon our nation.

The Political Season 2016 – The Right and Responsibility to Vote


"Voting is a civic sacrament."
~ The Rev.  Theodore M. Hesburgh

According to an article in The Atlantic, the right to vote is mentioned five times in the Constitution of the United States, more than any other right, including the rights to "the freedom of speech," the "free exercise" of religion, "to keep and bear Arms," or "unreasonable searches and seizures." Yet there is strong disagreement among experts -- including elected officials, Constitutional scholars and Supreme Court Justices -- whether the Constitution grants the right to vote or rather implies that it is merely a privilege. But if the right to vote -- and not the privilege to vote -- is mentioned five times, in those words, it seems pretty iron-clad to me that it is indeed a right and not merely a privilege. I decided to check.