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A lot of Americans talk about how great we are.  Sure, I get it.  If you push you may come up with a few answers as to why people think this is so.  “Freedom” always come up to the top.  Another one is our Constitution and our Democracy.  Well, if you are talking national level and state level, we are technically a Republic, but we all do get to vote for those who represent us in our Government.

The problem is, we don’t.

Truth is, Americans don’t vote.  There may be relatively big numbers (lower than many countries) for the presidential elections, but the numbers shrink going to midterm elections, shrink again for off year and shrink even farther for non-presidential primaries. Because of gerrymandering and the makeup of most primary voters, something like 5% of our country dictates what our Congress and most state legislators look like.  5%.  Not just 5%, but often the most extreme 5%.  That extreme 5% is who is in our Congress.  No wonder the divide is so huge!

Our biggest Freedom is the right to chose our leaders.  This is huge.  This is what we brag about, fairly or unfairly.  This is it.  Nothing is bigger.  Nothing.  When you say “I love America”, this is what you really mean.  Not one other thing matters without a vote. Not one.  Nothing.

And so few people take advantage of it, particularly where it counts, the primaries, elections where your vote counts much, much more than the presidential elections.

I know, it isn’t primary season.  But it is election season.  An important election.  Yes, the “midterm”.  But it is important for everyone to get involved.

OK, off of my soap box.  But as I am stepping down, I will repeat one more time:


(Another week to go.  I will post again ;) )

If We Were Having Coffee on the Twelfth of November

Weekend Coffee on Cape Cod

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a large mug of a nice, strong French Sumatra Roast, a cuppa tea or other warm beverage.  It is not frigid (it’s above freezing), but it is cool and will not get very warm today.  And that wind is just cutting.  And where am I?  Many of you may recognize those mugs at the top as “living” down on Cape Cod.

What a week, right?  For the second time this century the US candidate that won the popular vote lost the electoral vote.  The first time, with George W Bush, it was upsetting for some people.  This one was very unexpected and has very much upset a lot of people, much more than “W’s” win.  But there is so, so much more than that.  I know life long Democrats who hated Hillary with a passion and are celebrating her defeat.  And then the Republican party is in total disarray, with some of the biggest names having actually endorsed Hillary!  It has been proven that people on Facebook read and shared more fake news articles about the election than real ones.  I saw it quite a few times and made the mistake at first to point out that the article was a joke, that you had to read the  whole/entire article, not just the first paragraph to understand it wasn’t real.   Have you ever lost Facebook “friends” for pointing out such things?  And talking to friends who supported each candidate, their version of reality are so radically different, their takes on the outcomes so far apart, I can’t believe they are all in the same universe.   And there is hatred and anger and fear in all corners.  I have no clue what is going to happen, if our country is going to rip itself to shreds or actually find a way to heal.  I am not young and I have not seen anything that even comes close to this in my whole life.  Those who aren’t gloating or protesting are holding our breathes and hoping for the best.

OK, too much about US politics! Continue reading

Weekly Smile Week 6 #weeklysmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

This was a good week.  In fact, I’d say it was a very good week.  There were some downs, like shoveling snow, but there were some ups, like watching my dogs play in the snow.  They had a blast!  But there was little that made me say, “I need to post this as my smile!”  So I will do something a little different.

Playing in the snow

This week my smile was voting.

My guess is most people in the United States and quite a few people outside of the US know that this is a presidential election year.  They might also know that yesterday was the New Hampshire primary, the second election in the process and the first primary.   Living in New Hampshire I did my civic duty and voted. Continue reading


Baby Eagle and a parent

Baby Eagle and a parent

They want to buy the seats
That’s their view
If you don’t vote
It’ll come true
Despite their billions
They’ve just the same
Number of votes as you
Please vote!

If my international friends don’t know, today is election day in the US.  They say voter turnout will be historically low even though the money spent has been historically high.

US Capital