This morning (6/11/2016), here in Sonoma County, California, The Press Democrat (local newspaper) reports that the County Registrar of Voters still has 43,000 Mail-in ballots to count. That's a lot! In late April, I was told by a clerk in the Registrar of Voter's office, Mail-in ballots are "the first to be counted." Since they're being counted last, that seems to have been an oversight or misstatement.
My wife and I went to the Registrar of Voters' office in late April to make sure we'd be able to vote for a candidate in the Democratic Presidential Primary June 7th, since we're not affiliated with any political party (independent). As it turned out, the County sent us, and a lot of other voters, the wrong notice and if we had not checked with them, we wouldn't have been able to vote for a candidate in the presidential primary. On top of that, many voters signed up with the conservative “Independent Party”, thinking they were registering to be unaffiliated with any party. After that visit, I published an article on my website and on Facebook, encouraging Sonoma County voters to check their status with the Registrar of Voters to make sure they would be able to vote for a democratic presidential candidate in this important election. (http://realtalkworld.com/.../are-you-eligible-to-vote-in.../)
With this lack of oversight, it certainly seems like Sonoma County officials are doing the devil's work. Is it possible, both Democratic and Republican officials see a benefit in getting Hillary elected over Bernie? For Democrats, it's my guess that it would be to maintain the status quo (them in power) and for Republicans, it would be the prevailing belief that Hillary will be easier to beat than Bernie.
As we know, when we allow money, power and privilege to serve as our primary measure of success, "enough is never enough" and, without a moral compass, "the ends justify the means." It has long been said that "money is the root of all evil." That may not be quite true but it certainly can be a corrupting influence. When will we learn?
Food for thought: Instead of money, power and privilege, would love, truth and joy be a better measure of success? One set of values isolates us in the material world of separation, scarcity and competition, while the other not only acknowledges our oneness as well as our individuality, it acknowledges our role in creation itself.
Using love, truth and joy as our primary measure of success provides us with a moral compass. It encourages us to live for the love of Being and Creation, instead of running from the fear of suffering and death. It inspires us to find and express what we like most about ourselves and All That Is, instead of perpetuating what we like least because we associate the need for greed with beliefs in separation, scarcity and competition for survival.
Instead of asking, what can we do today TO the selves we'll be tomorrow, why don't we ask: What can we do today FOR the selves we'll be tomorrow? Thank you, Bernie, and everyone working with you, for all you're doing. Talk about exceptionalism; Republicans can only talk about it. You're a living example of it!