We must ask ourselves
"Do I subject this nation to a Trump presidency because I'm upset about something a politician said?"
Mea culpas don't come readily from politicians, or many people really - human nature perhaps.
I supported Bernie in the primaries and was saddened that once again politics ruled. I've backed so many losing candidates that you'd think I would just give up. The candidates I supported were very good people and I felt they had all of the right ideas - at least they matched what I believed.
The reality I've lived with for over 40 years is that you can affect important change on the local level, but it is much harder on the national level. Why ... because you get to talk to people on the local level, you get to have meaningful conversations with friends and neighbors about issues that deal with the township or county where we live.
I've stopped travelling to other states ... I've stopped donating to national candidates.
I still write letters to the editors ... I still call my Senators and Representatives and urge others to do the same ... I have on occasion traveled to Harrisburg to lobby my state representatives ... I still try to get Democrats and Republicans to talk to each other and when they do, we make progress.
I let my wounds heal after my candidate loses a primary or celebrate after my candidate wins a primary. When the pain or joy subsides, I redouble the effort to elect the best candidate (not being my candidate if they lost) to hold office as my representative in government.
Last week I had a conversation with a Republican friend who said "I don't trust Hillary". That didn't surprise me, but it did make me ask why, not only of my friend, but also of myself. After reviewing the standard complaints (email, Bill, and other media highlighted faults), we looked at each and said "hmmm, I'm not really sure - but there's something ...."
I've come to the conclusion that 20 years of Hillary bashing had me brainwashed. I always thought that I was politically savvy and would see through that never ceasing attempt to discredit another human being. Guess no one is immune.
A careful look at Hilary shows a lot more to like than not like. She really is a strong individual who bucks the status quo, but on the other hand she's also a shrewd political activist. People don't like either one of those traits, and she has paid a price just for being Hillary Rodham Clinton.
I'm casting my vote for her because she really is the only choice for progress. To get anything done in DC, she will need strong Democratic support in Congress. We need a Republican minority to voice opposition, but the Republicans have shown that they cannot govern, they stall, they delay, they shut down - they don't govern.
Let's make sure Republicans hear us, use your voice to vote them out of office and out of power. We can amplify the voices of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren only if there's someone at the top and beside them who will listen.
Vote Democrats up and down the ballot - Republicans will never be progressive.