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Sunny and coolish here in Providence. It's currently 51˚F.

I tried to work yesterday, and that didn't go so well. I cannot spin fancies and fairy tales with the the election pressing in at me on all sides, with the fate of our nation and the world hanging in the balance. But I will say, today I am far more optimistic then I've been in the last couple of weeks. Now that Comey has – once again – cleared Clinton of any criminality in the whole silly email kerfuffle, things are looking up. As I type, the Washington Post is declaring that Clinton now has sufficient electoral votes to win the White House, at 290. That's a win with twenty to spare, while Trump trails behind at 209 electoral votes. Also, FiveThirtyEight.com is reporting very strong new polls numbers for Clinton, indicating she will likely carry both Nevada and North Carolina. But we cannot let cause for hope make us complacent. Vote, people. Please just fucking vote. None of us has a right to sit this one out.

For me, voting necessarily involves setting aside certain personal agendas and choosing the candidate who stands to do the *most good and the least harm,* based on their campaign platform and their history as a politician (and human being). My own ego is secondary to the common good, what the constitution calls the general welfare. And this is why I'm voting for Hillary Clinton, and this is also why I view – in this historical race – third-party voters and write-ins and those who refuse to vote as acting from a place of profound self-interest, egomania, and civic irresponsibility. This isn't about *you*. This is about all of us. We must act as a nation, not as a conglomerate of self-serving individuals.

We had a short stroll in the park before a trip to the market and the post office this afternoon, and I took a photo, just for you, something that feels somehow hopeful, despite the autumn and despite the wide carnivorous sky:

Later Taters,
Aunt Beast


( 9 comments — Have your say! )
Marc D. Goldfinger
Nov. 7th, 2016 08:22 pm (UTC)
Voting and medical procedures
This is one election that scared the fuck out of me. I voted for Hillary already by absentee ballot because I am prepping for a horrible med procedure. Actually the prep is worse than the procedure.

I can't wait until Wednesday afternoon because I will be finished with the procedure. I've already begun the prep. AGGGGHHH!

Anyway, I ordered your book from Subterranean--Dear Sweet Filthy World. Looking forward to it although I know there will be a wait.

I always enjoy your blog no matter what you say. Thank you.
Kiki Lang
Nov. 7th, 2016 11:08 pm (UTC)
Count on the worse, hope to be wrong.
I'm worried.
Nov. 8th, 2016 12:49 am (UTC)
Thank you for the photograph.
Nov. 8th, 2016 12:59 am (UTC)
Such pretty colors in that picture. That's something I miss about living in the north, the beautiful fall leaves.

I'm really happy that a Clinton win is already forecast. Just gotta survive tomorrow.
Nov. 8th, 2016 01:00 am (UTC)
Good luck, Beast (and to any American commenters here). I hope you manage to crush the bastard.
Nov. 8th, 2016 03:41 am (UTC)
It does indeed.
Nov. 8th, 2016 08:44 am (UTC)
I took a photo, just for you, something that feels somehow hopeful, despite the autumn and despite the wide carnivorous sky

I like it. May it be a omen.
Francine Hibiscus Rossi
Nov. 8th, 2016 01:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your comments regarding egotistical voting. 💓
Nov. 8th, 2016 03:49 pm (UTC)
Everyone in my household mailed their ballots in about a month ago. I just checked online to see that they were all received. I am relieved this election is almost over. Your comments about voting are spot on.

Thank you so much for the photo.
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