Monday, November 07, 2016

Election Fatigue

We are seriously exhausted by this election season. We don't remember a more contentious or nerve-wracking battle in all of our years of paying attention. It's hard to look away, and we don't even watch TV. It just seeps in everywhere. So, we are looking forward to waking Wednesday morning and having all of this behind us. Of course if the racist, bigoted, psychopathic nutcase wins, we're going to be very disappointed for the next four years. Actually as I typed that sentence, I realized it will be way more than disappointment.

Here are a few things we saw when we diverted our attention from the drama of the day.
Green-winged Teal

Two people in the sparkling sun

A Muscovy Duck

Canada Geese at sunrise

Lenticular clouds

See you Wednesday and hoping to celebrate good news.

32 comments:

  1. I'm fed up with it and I live in England! It just seems to be everywhere; even that lenticular cloud looks like Trump's stupid haircut!

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    1. John-- I can't imagine what we must look like from over there. A bunch of lunatics. Thank you for making us laugh. We needed that.

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  2. You hav emy sympathies over the electiion, I could not agree more over what you said and I live the other side of the pond.

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    1. Bill-- I know that the whole world is watching this election. I hope we will be happy on Wednesday, or at least relieved.

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  3. I can't recall a more polarizing election. Ugh, I can't wait until it's over either. Until then, I will look at your photos to clear my head.

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    1. Sharon-- One of my former students (Ezra Klein) wrote a lengthy article in Vox.com that I highly recommend. "Perhaps, on Tuesday, we will dodge the bullet. But we will still need to understand how we came to be standing in front of a gun."

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    2. An excellent article. It certainly spells everything out. It should be very interesting to see what happens to the republican party after this election and into the future.

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    3. Ezra was your student? Wow.

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    1. Colette-- Thank you. That is the most calm way to proceed.

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  5. I've managed to mostly ignore it. That does involve turning off the radio if anything election-related comes on. For a person of my politics, there isn't going to be good news on Wednesday. "Laugh about, shout about it, when you've got to choose, anyway you look at it, you lose."
    I early voted; this is the first time we've been allowed to do that in Massachusetts. How civilized!
    The photos are the essence of peace--oh to be on that pier with the sun sparkling on the water!--and it's there whenever you need it. Nature is a bottomless well of healing and beauty.

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    1. CCorax-- We have early voting here, but we're going to go to the polls tomorrow. It's safe here. No one will rough us up for being our hippie liberal selves. Glad you liked the photos!

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  6. Since I didn't want either of them, I won't be happy whoever wins. I probably won't watch Tuesday night as I feel this was a lose/lose situation. That said, I hope whoever it is, I'll be proven abjectly wrong and that person will be a great president who helps the nation in a ton of ways. Glass half empty or half full view

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    1. Rain-- I will definitely be relieved if Trump loses. For me that is the MOST important lesson of this election. Check out vox.com and read Ezra Klein's latest piece. Trump's candidacy is really a looming threat about our country.

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    2. Part of the problem is the track record of Not-Trump in other countries. As you know, Latin America is of great concern to me and you've seen in our private correspondence why she's a bridge too far for me. Rain, I am sure, and I have made our decisions with a great deal of thought.
      I doubt either candidate will be able to govern and nor will either be re-elected. I also believe that whoever wins will be ousted in four years by the other party.

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  7. I have resigned myself to accept the outcome and move on. There is nothing else that makes sense no matter how it turns out.

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    1. MRMacrum-- I will also accept the outcome. A Clinton presidency will maintain the status quo, which at this point for me, is better than the alternative.

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  8. I am beyond fatigued--perhaps a step below exhausted. I need Hillary to win but even if she does, I feel sorry for her having to deal with a stubborn congress. I felt equally as sorry for Obama with the mess he inherited.

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  9. Arkansas Patti-- I can't wait for Wednesday to get here. I'm hoping for the best and fearing the worst. What a time, what a crazy time.

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  10. I hope that enough of us recognize Trump for what he is -- a self-aggrandizing, amoral, ultimately pathetic little man. However, we will have to find a way, even on an individual level, to try and understand the perceptions of his supporters and heal the open wound that has been created. There is too much hate.
    Cathy McDonald
    Maryland

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    1. Cathy-- I am writing this at 8:00 pm pacific time on election night. The election hasn't been called yet, but it looks like it's going to be Trump. My heart is broken. I worry for our country and fear his supporters. Thank you for commenting. I wish us all well for these next four years.

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    2. Robin,
      I admit I stayed in bed all day today, hoping each time that I awoke that somehow the outcome would be different. I am sad, mad, and trying to hope for a better world for my biracial granddaughter and all children who deserve to grow up as compassionate, responsible adults. Lets wish ourselves luck as we enter this unknown territory.
      Cathy

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    3. Cathy-- A friend on Facebook posted a link to this. It sums up pretty well how we all feel right now. (If you are on Facebook and would like to be friends there, my name is Robin Chanin).
      http://johnpavlovitz.com/2016/11/09/heres-why-we-grieve-today/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=John+Pavlovitz&utm_content=Here%27s+Why+We+Grieve+Today

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  11. I honestly thought I was eager for Wednesday morning, and for the election to be over. I was so wrong. It is even more painful than I expected. I will never look at people on the street with the same eyes again.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- Today is a day of broken hearts and broken spirits. I cannot believe the direction this country is going to head in the next two years. The only thing I can hope for is that the policies these people enact will inspire a change in 2018 midterms, and we can take back Congress for a start.

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    2. So awful. Hard to even breathe today.

      xoxo

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  12. Dear Robin. I'll check back later for a Wordless Wednesday post. I suspect I'm not the only one who could use a few of your inspiring images today.

    @NCmountainwoman. I don't know how old you are but for me this still doesn't compare to 1980 when the Republicans crushed the Democrats and the senate lost so many of its lions: Frank Church, Birch Bayh, John Durkin, George McGovern, Gaylord Nelson, Warren Magnuson, Mike Gravel among others.

    I didn't even know then that the Democrats would never recover, would sell out to the corrupt, rapacious centrist neoliberals and eventually bring us directly to this moment.

    But I’ve chosen to see this as a moment when the Democrats can repudiate the past 24 years and rebuild the party on policies for the future. I myself haven’t been politically active for years but I have already written to the young woman who made her first run for congress this year against the incumbent republican. I’m committing to the next two years because this may actually be the best chance in years to turn things around.

    Take care. Marcy

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    1. Marcy-- I thought about posting some photos, I just couldn't bring myself to look at sunrises and iridescent clouds. They would remind me of times I felt hopeful. I thank you for your comment. I read it out loud to Roger and my mom. We all agreed. We remember 1980 very well. It was the year that changed so much in our politics and policies. And yes, the Democrats moved so much to the center and right. I would very much like to dream a new future for us. Today my heart breaks that my fellow citizens chose Trump and what that will mean for us in the next four years. I am already looking forward to a big battle in 2018 midterms. You take care too, Marcy. And thank you.

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    2. What a heartbreaking disaster this has been. The only thing I can think of to do is think about the mid-terms and hope we can hang on that long.

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    3. Mark-- It is now Thursday morning, after another restless night of angst. I live in a blue state. I live on the blue coast. I don't even know what I can do to make our country a better place anymore. Half our citizens despise the other half. Yikes.

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  13. Love your photos! You have such a good eye.

    Four years? I'm thinking he will declare himself a god, entitled to the throne for life.

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    1. Pat-- Thank you for such a lovely complement. I've been reading that Trump will probably be impeached. I have no idea what the future will bring, but I do know it's going to be one hell of a bumpy ride.

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