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Condoleezza Rice

Your VOTE represents you. It is your VOICE and the very essence of democracy. As Dr. M.L. King said,

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,”

…and so speak I must, and VOTE I will, because this election is not just another reality show. This election is real and it is deadly serious stuff.

The President, who is Commander in Chief, has the singular authority to initiate a nuclear attack and within 4 minutes, missiles are launched and nuclear bombs will be on their way. Don’t you think it’s imperative we have a stable person in the White House?

This time, I am writing only to those of you who are even thinking about the possibility of voting for Donald Trump. The rest of you should just get on about your day and do something productive, as what I have to say does not apply to you.

Over the past 38 years, I have worked with over 25,000 people from different parts of the world and in all walks of life. I have become a student of human behavior and without a doubt, I find Donald Trump to be a dangerous, narcissistic sociopath and a bigoted, misogynistic, vindictive lunatic. He is a rampant xenophobe and racist and pledges to ban all 1.6 billion members of an entire religion from entering this country.

I form this opinion for no political purpose, but as a result of simply listening to his own words and watching his own actions. The vile, plethora of hatred, vulgarity, and vicious demeaning bullying and bold faced lying* that has spewed from his mouth is not only disrespectful and disturbing, it is destructive to our very way of life as a democracy. His 3 AM unhinged twitter tantrums reveal a man who is seriously unstable. He spent a whole week of his Presidential campaign “getting back” at a former Miss Universe for things she revealed about him.

Do you seriously think these are qualities of a Commander in Chief?

He objectifies women and rates them on their looks and size of their “boobs”. Those he dislikes, he calls “pigs”, “sluts”, “bimbos” and “whores”. Based on his behaviors, he crudely treats women like they are just objects for men to treat any way they want. He has bragged about sexually assaulting women (I won’t even quote his vulgarity on that bus) and boasted about the size of his genitals.

A direct quote from him to Howard Stern regarding the beauty pageants he owned: “You know, no men are anywhere. And I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant. And therefore I’m inspecting it… Is everyone OK? You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. And you see these incredible-looking women. And so I sort of get away with things like that,” he said. By his own admission, he regularly entered the dressing rooms of teens as young as 15 and leered at their naked bodies.

That, my friends is known as a SEXUAL PREDATOR! He talks about women as a “great piece of ass.” Don’t you find that to be absolutely disgusting?

Is this the kind of person you want representing YOU as President of the United States?

His actions indicate he is literally incapable of maintaining any sense of professional dignity or a decorum of human decency. He has demonstrated a compete inability to think about anyone but himself. He has no faith in his own country, the democratic system or our political process.

He says, “The whole voting system is rigged” which he only started claiming when it became clear that he could actually lose the election. Clearly, as David Avalon wrote, “Trump just doesn’t have the psychological capacity to admit defeat. The prospect of being defined in the history books as a loser – possibly on an epic scale – is too much to bear. And so the only face-saving play is to say the whole system is rigged against him” which is the ultimate LOSE/LOSE player.

He appears willing to take down the whole country with him, which triggers his predictable vindictive response to anyone or anything that doesn’t go his way. His message is, “F*** you, America, if you won’t vote for me. I’ll just delegitimitize the very core of your democratic process . . . your system of VOTING, all of which could incite his base (who would vote for him even if he shot someone on Park Avenue in broad daylight) to create a constitutional crisis, which will delight Putin no end. He trashed the First Amendment, when he promised as president to “open up the libel laws” so he can more easily sue hostile journalists.

How in the world can you think about supporting this demagogue to represent the values of a free society?

He has called Mexicans rapists, declared that a judge, who was born and brought up in Indiana, could not be fair to him in one of his many legal battles for the sole reason that he had Mexican parents. If elected, he said he would deport the 11 million illegals who are here but he will not tell you how he’ll do it – because, unless he follows Hitler’s example, it’s impossible. But that may not be far from the truth because he has never disavowed the hearty approval of the Ku Klux Klan, Donald Duke or other white supremacist groups who avidly support him.

He incites violence at his rallies and the Neo-Nazis have hailed him as a savior. He maligned a magnificent Gold Star family who were so proud of their heroic son who gave his life for this country, because they were Muslims and spoke against him. He pronounced that John McCain is not a hero, and said he knows more about Afghanistan than all the generals put together.

He says he believes in supporting American business and yet, his clothing line and ties as well as the steel for his buildings are fabricated and manufactured in China. He thinks women should be punished for making a decision to have an abortion, yet he said he would bomb women and children in order to get ISIS. When reminded that it was a war crime to do so, he said, “I have no problem with it.” And let’s not forget the wall he’s going to build and get Mexicans to pay for it.

Does this fill you with pride and hope? Is this the person you think is equipped to fill the most powerful leadership position in the world? Do you not see what a megalomaniac he is???

And here’s my personal favorite . . . he has abhorrently mimicked the disabled, demeaning them for their physical limitations and speech and regularly mocked Marlee Matlin (the deaf Oscar Award winner), as “retarded”.

This is repulsive. He doesn’t have even one ounce of the gut courage, fortitude and grace most disabled people have displayed throughout their entire lives

And you are thinking of voting for this person to represent you? What is it going to take? When is enough, enough?
He boasts of being a great business man, yet records obtained by the NY Times show he declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, a tax deduction so substantial it could have allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years. Who does he think is going to support the schools, roads, public servants, etc.?

I guess that’s up to the “little folk” like you and me because it’s certainly not him! Although he may have gamed the system with existing tax loop holes, remember he derived this loss from the financial wreckage he left behind in the early 1990s through mismanagement of three Atlantic City casinos, his ill-fated foray into the airline business and his ill-timed purchase of the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. He has had dealings with organized crime, declared bankruptcy four times and screwed millions of workers out of their retirement savings.

He abandoned thousands of honest hard working contractors, and never paid them for work conducted on his behalf and left them holding the bag with nothing. He has financially used, abused and disregarded millions in the wake of his other business debacles, Trump Steaks, Trump Vodka, Trump Air and Trump Financial. Trump University and the Trump Foundation, were both found to be fraudulent entities existing for the benefit of one person and one person only, Donald G. Trump!

These weren’t just risks that went bad. They were shams built around empty promises and on Trump’s fragile and overwhelming self-aggrandizement. (Google the differences between the Trump and Clinton Foundations and learn for yourself). He won’t reveal his tax returns. I wonder why . . .

And yet, after ALL of this . . . after ALL that has been revealed about him, are you STILL undecided????

He has praised Putin’s leadership (an ex KGB tyrant who has committed atrocious crimes against humanity). Trump says he likes his “style” and says he wants to meet with him before the election. Putin in turn has lavished praise on Donald Trump and decidedly favors him for president. The Russian TV channel, Russia Today paid homage to Trump’s talents.

Immature, he appears to have had arrested development in early childhood. He throws tantrums and acts like a selfish little spoiled brat who pouts when he doesn’t get what he wants. He bullies anyone who criticizes him. The Texas Observer wrote, “He always seems like the mean little boy whose last fun moment was beating his pet hamster to death with a chair leg.”

The Republicans are at a complete loss as to what to do with him. Mitt Romney has called him a fraud who would drive the country to the point of collapse and said, “He’s playing the American public for suckers. He has neither the judgment nor the temperament to be president.”

Well over 100 Republican Senators and Members of Congress have disassociated themselves from his candidacy including the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan. One was quoted as saying, “He is the complete antithesis of what I would want my son and grandson to be, and I will not associate myself with him.” Over 60 of our top security officials have officially and pointedly diagnosed him dangerous as well as a multitude of military commanders.

For the life of me, I cannot understand after all of this, how you could still be undecided. If character matters, then character matters.

I’d like to point out that all of the above information is true. They are all facts – not opinions and not conspiracies made up by the opposing party. They are from actual visual and audio recordings by Trump himself and other data backed by hard core FACTS.

And yet, even after all of this, are you STILL undecided? Does none of this disgust you? How much deeper into the sewer does he need to go before you realize this man is a political monster who needs to be stopped?

When is enough, enough?

You say, “But what about Hillary? She is crooked and a liar. I can’t trust her…”

Personally, I do not share your same concerns. I think Hillary is a calculating politician who has learned to protect herself from the barrage of attacks and accusations (proven to be false) heaped upon her by the Republicans over the years. I think she has shown incredible strength and fortitude.

By all accounts, she is the smartest person in the room and is the most experienced person ever to run for the Presidency. However, conspiracies abound . . . Travelgate, Whitewater, Vince Foster, Monica Lewinski, Libya, The Clinton Foundation, her suspected connections with Wall Street. Shouting “Benghazi” or bringing up “those damn emails” isn’t going to do it. Isn’t it important to deal with the actual reality of the situation?

The truth is:
Hillary has never been arrested, she’s never been charged with a crime and has never even been prosecuted. She’s been in the public eye and closely scrutinized for 24 years. She was a lawyer, a First Lady, a Senator and a Secretary of State. She has testified for hours ad nauseam and over $100 of tax payer funds have been wasted on investigations that found absolutely nothing to charge her with.

While Trump was going bankrupt and firing people on TV, she was dedicating her adult life to making a difference. She has made mistakes and is not the heroine some have made her out to be. But she is also not the villain. There are NO FACTS to warrant this claim, just vindictive conspiracies.

You think she is untrustworthy? That is your right. We all have a choice as to how we see things. But one thing is for sure, it pales in comparison to Trump’s record and performance. In fact, there is NO viable comparison.

Bill Maher recently said to Andrew Sullivan of New York Magazine, “You hate her. You’ve always hated her!” To which Andrew responded, “Yes, well, let me say right now, Bill, as someone who has never liked the Clintons, who has always opposed them, who still does not want to withdraw any of my criticism about them, I am passionately involved in voting for Hillary for President of the United States. It’s the only adult thing to do!”

He went on to say this was not the time to exercise a protest vote for the Libertarian or Green Party because they would essentially be sending votes to Trump as there was only one person who could stop this political monster, and that was Hillary.

For the sake of having a healthy campaign, I am sorry the Republicans didn’t end up with a more viable candidate who would proudly represent their party. But he was voted in, fair and square, by the voters of the Republican party and that’s the reality. So was Hillary. That’s how we do it in America. Now we all must sleep in the bed we made and we must choose.

My friends, there’s a part of yourself, your moral architecture, known as your soul. Every decision of your life either elevates or degrades that soul. I ask you to look into that soul and make a decision on behalf of human decency, dignity and respect. I ask you to not allow yourself to sink to the low road that is driven by hatred and fear. I ask you to rise to the High Road and vote for a mature, experienced, steady, stable person who knows how to act and behave like an adult, even if you don’t like her. To not do so, I believe, is unconscionable.

It is time to VOTE! Your VOTE is your Voice and it represents YOU. When the moment comes to actually mark your ballot, know you hold in your hands a precious right that many throughout the world will never have. Know that people died on the battlefield for you to have this one moment for your voice to matter . . . to choose your nation’s leader.

Please choose with clear conscious, because how YOU VOTE will tell the world about our American character and even more important, you will be speaking volumes about your own.

 *POLITICO, the nonpartisan political and policy information company, has thoroughly fact-checked the hundreds of statements made by both candidates and found the following:
Hillary lies ~20% of the time.

Trump lies ~80% of the time.

You Choose

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We, the guardians and teachers of our children, have a profound influence on their future as well as the future of our world and although we are all doing the best we know how, sometimes a reminder and a guide can be very helpful.

The following letter is something I wish I could have written myself and shared with my daughter’s teachers as it is something I would have loved to receive as a grade school teacher myself. But most especially, I wish I had had it as a parent, as there were many times when I could have gained wisdom from reading it daily.

Authorship has frequently been attributed to Abraham Lincoln, but most historians and scholars agree it was not written by him. The style of writing is not Lincoln’s and there is no record anywhere that indicates he could have written this. Its real author is unknown. Therefore, I shall simply call it,

A Letter from a Parent to Their Child’s Teacher

My son starts school today. It is all going to be strange and new to him for a while and I wish you would treat him gently. It is an adventure that might take him across continents. All adventures that probably include wars, tragedy and sorrow. To live this life will require faith, love and courage.

So dear Teacher, will you please take him by his hand and teach him things he will have to know, teaching him – but gently, if you can. Teach him that for every enemy, there is a friend. He will have to know that all men are not just, that all men are not true. But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero; that for every crooked politician, there is a dedicated leader.

Teach him if you can that 10 cents earned is of far more value than a dollar found. In school, teacher, it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat. Teach him to learn how to gracefully lose, and enjoy winning when he does win.

Teach him to be gentle with people, but tough with tough people. Steer him away from envy if you can and teach him the secret of quiet laughter.

Teach him if you can, how to laugh when he is sad, teach him there is no shame in tears. Teach him there can be glory in failure and despair in success. Teach him to scoff at cynics.

Teach him if you can, the wonders of books, but also give time to ponder the extreme mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun and flowers on a green hill. Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if everyone tells him they are wrong.

Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone else is doing it. Teach him to listen to everyone, but teach him also to filter all that he hears on a screen of truth and take only the good that comes through.

Teach him to sell his talents and brains to the highest bidder, but never to put a price tag on his heart and soul. Let him have the courage to be impatient, let him have the patience to be brave. Teach him to have sublime faith in himself because then he will always have sublime faith in mankind and in God.

This is the order, teacher, but see what best you can do. He is such a nice little boy and he is my son.

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