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Mon Nov 7, 2016, 06:28 PM

I've been following your elections since 1960.

I've read Advise and Consent, your constitution, and your Bill of Rights. You have an amazing form of government, which would be totally awesome if it were rescued from the Republicans and the alt-right business interests. Wouldn't it be lovely if you reclaim the Senate, and can do the things that august body was meant to do!

In order to understand this particular election, I have learned about the primary system, which truly offers any American the opportunity to run for president. Now if only more of the thinking public would vote at primaries, they couldn't be hijacked by the likes of Trump.

I read in-depth articles to such an extent that many of my American friends tell me I know more about this election than they do. (But not, obviously, more than DUers!) I have educated many Canadian friends about the nuances of your process.

I've visited every one of your 50 wonderful states, as well as Puerto Rico. And to several of them: I'll be back.

I support Native American, women's rights, African-American rights, and animal rights through contributions to US charities, for which I can't get a tax receipt.

I can't vote in your elections, or even contribute financially to any campaign, but I have become a DU junkie, and I follow your threads avidly, as well as post when I have something to say. And I honor all of you who have worked your hearts out for this one.

I will be following posts on this site tomorrow, and will have my heart in my throat, like many of you.

But I truly believe Hillary will win, and while she won't change the public perception of women overnight, things will change over time, with her as president, just as they have in many other democracies.

So - I'm ready to celebrate a landslide tomorrow night.

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Reply I've been following your elections since 1960. (Original post)
sunweaver Nov 2016 OP
tonyt53 Nov 2016 #1
shenmue Nov 2016 #2
lapfog_1 Nov 2016 #5
drm604 Nov 2016 #6
billymike Nov 2016 #8
sunweaver Nov 2016 #9
pennylane100 Nov 2016 #32
Persondem Nov 2016 #10
sinkingfeeling Nov 2016 #11
NastyRiffraff Nov 2016 #12
Saboburns Nov 2016 #20
ProudProgressiveNow Nov 2016 #21
niyad Nov 2016 #23
lostnfound Nov 2016 #25
manicraven Nov 2016 #26
fierywoman Nov 2016 #27
redwitch Nov 2016 #28
New Orleans Strong Nov 2016 #29
Upthevibe Nov 2016 #31
sunweaver Nov 2016 #37
SHRED Nov 2016 #30
sunweaver Nov 2016 #36
SHRED Nov 2016 #45
TrekLuver Nov 2016 #33
sunweaver Nov 2016 #35
annabanana Nov 2016 #34
FairWinds Nov 2016 #38
GusBob Nov 2016 #39
TryLogic Nov 2016 #40
Raine Nov 2016 #41
Amonester Nov 2016 #42
texanwitch Nov 2016 #43
mountain grammy Nov 2016 #44
LovinBlueInKY Nov 2016 #47
mfcorey1 Nov 2016 #50
texasleo Nov 2016 #51
secondwind Nov 2016 #52
lillypaddle Nov 2016 #53
LittleGirl Nov 2016 #54
VWolf Nov 2016 #55
sunweaver Nov 2016 #56
Nitram Nov 2016 #57
Zing Zing Zingbah Nov 2016 #58
Cary Nov 2016 #59
sunweaver Nov 2016 #60
Cary Nov 2016 #63
Mad_Dem_X Nov 2016 #61
Name removed Nov 2016 #62
Paladin Nov 2016 #64
berksdem Nov 2016 #65
awoke_in_2003 Nov 2016 #67
healthnut7 Nov 2016 #68
ngGale Nov 2016 #69
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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 06:29 PM

1. Thank you.

 

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 06:30 PM

2. Yes

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 06:37 PM

5. our form of government is really good

but it requires an educated and informed public plus a free and fair press not motivated by viewership

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 06:39 PM

6. I'm actually kind of embarrassed when I think of people in other countries watching us right now.

The fact that so many of us support someone like Trump does not say good things about this country.

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 06:50 PM

8. You write, "...with her as president, just as they have in many other democracies,"

and I think that is the core of the significance of the Clinton win, the most significant blow to the rooted patriarchy, ever in American history. Yet it is, in fact, a universal trend that we men are gratefully witnessing.

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Response to billymike (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 06:58 PM

9. Thank you, Billymike.

I've met a lot of men in your country who are as opposed to misogyny as they are to other forms of bigotry, and work very hard to eliminate it from their own lives, and curtail it in others. It's an uphill battle. Keep up the good work!

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Response to sunweaver (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 10:41 PM

32. Great Post.

You are probably more informed than the average citizen and certainly more than the average Trump Supporter. I think that there would have many here in the US clamoring to live in your country if the unthinkable happened and we elected a psychotic neanderthal as our leader.


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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 06:59 PM

10. Great post. Thank you. K & R nt

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 07:22 PM

11. Thanks. If Trump wins via fraud or SCOTUS, I'm coming your way!

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 07:35 PM

12. What a beautiful OP!

I love Canadians, and Canada (I think Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world).

We're so happy to have you and many other Canadians, on our side! Thank you.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow night to celebrate with us.

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 08:16 PM

20. What a wonderful post

Sublime.

I salute you.

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 08:21 PM

21. K&R nt

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 08:26 PM

23. welcome to du--would that so many of the citizens of this country had done one tenth as

much studying and research as you have done.

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 08:33 PM

25. Oh Canada..

My dad was born in Peterborough in 1906.
Booming car industry lured his family to Detroit a decade later. I enjoyed visiting his childhood home and my grandparents homestead and resting place.
Thanks for the reach out to your brother across the border.
👍🇨🇦

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 08:43 PM

26. Some of my family moved to Canada way back, and if Trump somehow wins, maybe I'll do the same.

I actually live very close to the border, so it's very tempting! Seriously, though, thank you for your awesome post and for not thinking the worst of us down here. I'm mortified that 40%, or so, of fellow citizens actually think Trump is worthy of the Presidency and also by their behavior towards women and minorities and their seeming inability to understand science or appreciate facts and evidence over conspiracy theories.

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 08:45 PM

27. You're a sweetheart! Welcome back here any time.

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 08:51 PM

28. I don't suppose you'd consider moving here would you?

Thanks for the affectionate support my friend!

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 08:59 PM

29. What a beautiful post.

I am forwarding to the many nervous friends and neighbors who may sleep tonight after reading it. Thank you neighbor.

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Response to New Orleans Strong (Reply #29)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 09:18 PM

31. Thank you for such an encouraging post! I'm glad you're with us emotionally. n/t

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Response to New Orleans Strong (Reply #29)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 11:25 PM

37. I LOVE New Orleans.

I visited shortly after Katrina, and did the CD audio self-drive tour of the devastation. It was very informative, while being heart-wrenching at the same time. I have visited several times since, and admire the civic pride of the people who came back to rebuild.

One woman told me she had gone to stay with her family in Atlanta, but had to come back, because, "There ain't no food in Georgia!"

A friend gave me a book - "Why New Orleans Matters," which speaks to the true heart of the city.

I could go on and on - but YOU know what a great city you have!!

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 09:15 PM

30. I envy your affordable access to healthcare

 

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Response to SHRED (Reply #30)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 11:17 PM

36. Affordable in Ontario means

it is paid by provincial taxes. Just like education.

The more you earn, the more you contribute. But the needy don't have to pay anything, or very little.

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Response to sunweaver (Reply #36)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 02:00 AM

45. We will have paid...

 

...over $7500 in premiums alone this year for my wife and I. Copays are $40-$70 per visit.

Well over 12% of our annual income only counting premiums.


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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 10:42 PM

33. So you've been punishing yourself since the 60's have ya?

 

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Response to TrekLuver (Reply #33)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 11:15 PM

35. Just my OCD...

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 10:53 PM

34. Well, HEY there neighbor!

Welcome to DU. Glad you found your way here.

I think Hillary's a pretty sure bet now.. my fingers are crossed for the Senate so we can get the Court back up to it's proper size (and role).

I don't think we make a big enough deal of civic engagement here in the US. Civics isn't even on the curriculum in public schools, except as a brief lesson or two in Social Studies classes. I would make it a stand alone class, mandatory for grades K through 12.. I would assign a whole WEEK for voting (same week, Nationwide) and I't make that week a Federal Holiday.. with parades and fireworks.

Fer cryin' out loud, our PRIMARY export is marketing. I know we could to better to increase participation.

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 11:32 PM

38. I think you ought to be able to vote in US elections . .

 

because, after all, it's your empire too.

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 11:47 PM

39. One thing about this election and the Primary season

The media played a greater part in the outcome of the GOP primary than the will of the voters. Or perhaps had a greater influence upon the voters by giving DT so much free airtime that he drowned out his opponents ( or they- he and the media, controlled the narrative) . The debates were essentially the DT show and centered on himself.

He played and manipulated the airwaves knowing they wanted the ratings bonanza.

He also brazenly lied so much that had to come up with on the spot fact checking ( they failed)

Late in the game the print media actually called out his lies, again too little too late, fail.

Also Hillary hate and broadcasting her untrustworthiness is a cottage industry in all media. To wit: the Comey letter to Congress and the overboard reaction to "re-opening the investigation"

The media cannot be controlled by one candidate and their he said she said equivocations.

No free air time. No call in interviews. And if a candidate outright lies, point out this fact.

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 11:47 PM

40. I appreciate your comments, very much.

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 11:50 PM

41. Welcome! glad you're here! I have many relatives in Canada who follow what's going on

here. I remember 4yrs ago & 8 yrs ago my cousin in BC wanting reassurance that I knew absolutely the right way to vote ... yes, I knew definitely Obama then, definitely Hillary this time!

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 12:11 AM

42. Hi from Montreal here w/ relatives across the border.

In and around Florida & Niagara Falls, NY.

Feeling the same. Oh please, America! Elect the first woman President!

She's by far your best choice tomorrow! Just watched the rally in Philly.

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 01:33 AM

43. I worked on the Kennedy campaign when I was six years old.

With my parents.

I remember going door to door with my parents handing out little bags of campaign items which I had filled up.

I was a little democrat already.

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 01:45 AM

44. Thanks, Sunweaver

Hoping we're all celebrating tomorrow.

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 02:49 AM

47. You rock!!!

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 06:37 AM

50. Even though you cannot vote, thanks for BEING WITH HER!!

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 06:41 AM

51. Thank you!

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 06:59 AM

52. LET'S DO THIS!!! WELCOME TO DU!! n/t

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 07:31 AM

53. Thank you for your support.

History will be made in the USA.

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 08:42 AM

54. Thank you for your loving post

I've been to Toronto and Vancouver in the past few years and I have to say, if it wasn't so cold up there, I'd live there. Right now, I live in Europe so like you, I am watching from afar and DU is my home too. I'm so glad you're here. Thanks for helping your fellow citizens understand our complicated system! Cheers mate.

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 09:53 AM

55. Cheers, sunweaver !! n/t

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 09:56 AM

56. Thank you all!

So many thanks for your kind comments.

I've travelled to many places around the world, and it has always been apparent to me that people of different nations can come together if we talk from the heart. The people I've met in the USA that are most willing to embrace a multi-national perspective are Democrats.

Please elect Hillary today!

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 10:05 AM

57. Good for you, sunweaver. Wishing us all good luck.

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 10:15 AM

58. I'm glad you are so interested in our country. It is great to have nice neighbors.

I love Canada too. My great grand parents were from Quebec, so I view Canada as part of my heritage. I live in Maine and a lot of people here have family or ancestors from Canada. My community even has a Franco-American heritage center.

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 10:29 AM

59. Unable to generate and sustain anything positive, the Republicans...

have managed to debase and drag down everything and everyone.

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Response to Cary (Reply #59)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 10:58 AM

60. They can only debase themselves...

and they can only drag you down with your permission!

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Response to sunweaver (Reply #60)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 11:26 AM

63. That's true of me as an individual

Not all days are about me. Sometimes I must grieve

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 11:15 AM

61. Thank you for your wonderful post!

Wish us luck!

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 11:47 AM

64. Many thanks for the support.

In that 1960 election you remember, the right-wingers were spreading rumors that JFK shouldn't be elected, because as the first Catholic president, he would be taking orders directly from The Vatican. That sort of idiocy seems positively quaint, compared to the national nightmare that Trump has put us through, this time around. God willing, we'll end it all on a positive note tonight.

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 12:26 PM

65. great post!!

Thanks for all of the good thoughts and vibes!! Now time to bring home the win!!

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 01:23 PM

67. House terms need to be changed

 

At two year, the House is in constant re-election mode. It would be nice if we could limit the presidential campaign to a year or less.
This is the DU member formerly known as awoke_in_2003.

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 03:10 PM

68. I as well follow your politics.

I think many of our fellow Canadians do. Although I am a little over the top. I think I was an American in my last life and a Democrat. Anyway GO HILLARY!!!!! Nervous but hope that the American people will come through and bounce Trump to the curb...

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 03:53 PM

69. Thank you

Love Canadians....

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Response to sunweaver (Original post)

Tue Nov 8, 2016, 04:27 PM

70. happy you are here!

I haven't even been to half of the 50 states and I'm an American. I'll have to do some more traveling


At this point I'd be shocked if Hillary doesn't win. I'm anxious to start the celebrating . . .

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