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Right, left and indifferent: The source of shared anxiety in this election year 

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By Sunday, Nov 6, 2016 Viewpoints 6

West Stockbridge — We live in a time of great comfort and of great suffering, of incredible security and intense fear and we recognize that we ourselves are responsible for the sadness, misery and violence in the world through our actions and our propensity to assuage our own anxieties and fears by projecting evil onto others.

The overwhelming and widely recognized anxiety that we seem to share in the perpetual run up to this election is that both candidates cast shadows over the entire political soul of our nation. They each represent, even if only to the opposing party, a disease – a malady that on one side takes the shape of a dark and bitter view of the world populated by demonized foreigners in the form of terrorists, immigrants, and helpless refugees displaced by wars that we are largely responsible for; and on the other side, populated by a world in which our desires, needs and wants rule the day. In essence that is the current “liberal” party’s agenda  – masked perhaps in very light-shades of compassion.  Both parties share a propensity to represent their particular take on our narrow interests with absolute moral authority. And both parties seem inclined to represent mostly the interests of the very wealthiest among us.

We cling to notions akin to manifest destiny on the one side — or moral authority on the other. Oddly, at least from an historical perspective, we enjoy nearly the best quality of life ever, yet we live and operate in fear.  We enjoy the richest, most secure nation in history… I’m not sure why – while others, many others around the globe suffer in unimaginable ways.

Whether one’s distain is attached to the candidate’s racism, sexism, nationalism, avarice, arrogance, unmitigated self-interest or greed…and the list goes on depending upon which side you are on… neither candidate offers us much hope of a cure.

Our collective anxiety (shared by those on the so called right and the left) is that we know that we have a responsibility to ourselves and to the world and that neither of these candidates seems ready for that undertaking.

To be clear, I am secure in the belief that Hilary Clinton is by far the only qualified candidate and certain that her opponent is a thoughtless, self-serving bully who would reek havoc on our nation and the world; but I am also aware that there are many self-respecting souls across this large country who would viscerally disagree.


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  1. peter greer says:

    well said JW.

  2. Patrick Fennell says:

    Of course we’ll have to ignore the Clinton Foundation, the make believe flight over enemy fire, the missing e-mails, security breeches, bad choices of friends and a husband. the victims of Bill, the fact she has been under an FBI investigation throughout her run for president, the meeting between her husband and the AG. And over three decades what has she accomplished? Other than taking money from big banks, Wall Street and enemy countries, where she has been caught, why should we elect her as the first woman president. If that is the only reason to vote for a woman Jill Stein is also on the ballot.

    In 1972 Dick Nixon took all but one state and the Washington DC, and in 1974 he resigned in disgrace. Do we want to see another president do the same before her term ends?

    I’ll most likely be deleted again for not following liberal dialog.

    1. Sharon K says:

      Why don’t you try fact checking..that seems to be an anethema to republicans (and I didn’t capitalize the r because it doesn’t deserve one)…and you can go to the Pulitzer prize winning Politifact.com or factcheck.com to check all the lies out….Number 1. the Clinton Foundation has received and A rating from Charity Navigator and an A from Charitywatch..https://www.charitywatch.org/ratings-and-metrics/bill-hillary-chelsea-clinton-foundation/478 (meanwhile trump’s charity has been shut down….https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-foundation-ordered-to-stop-fundraising-by-ny-attorney-generals-office/2016/10/03/1d4d295a-8987-11e6-bff0-d53f592f176e_story.html)
      2. She has been cleared of any wrong doing regarding the repub witch hunt of her emails..funny you weren’t worried about it when Colin Powell and Condi Rice were doing it..and the law regarding it didn’t change until AFTER Hillary left as SOS…AND lolololol..the victims of Bill..well..Number 1.Bill is not running for president ..2. Bill didn’t rape anyone..it was between consenting ADULTS…your darling trump (again not worth a capital) is going to court Dec. 16 for rape of a THIRTEEN YEAR OLD..(AND he’s going to court November 28th for his trump university scam..and look at all the lawsuits against him https://fortune.com/2016/06/02/trump-organization-lawsuits/)he and his convicted pedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein like them young..his accuser was going to testify against him until trump supporters sent her death threats…how lovely..NOT! AND she IS not and HAS not been under FBI investigation..it was a republican congress witch hunt..and now Mr. Comey is getting his rear handed to him because he came out and made the emails of Anthomy Weiner look like it was Hillary’s..apparently he likes trump’s $$$$$…and she received Wall /street money for giving speeches on WOMEN..you can easily find them on youtube..but I guess it’s only ok if it’s a male who does this…and, please, oh please, give us a LEGITIMATE site where it shows she took money from enemy countries..maybe you could check Politifact!!!! And tricky dicky was made to resign because he WAS a crook bugging the Dem headquarters and WORST of all delaying the end of the Vietnam War for political gain..he was scum! Here read it yourself from the Smithsonian https://www.smithsonianmag.com/ist/?next=/smart-news/nixon-prolonged-vietnam-war-for-political-gainand-johnson-knew-about-it-newly-unclassified-tapes-suggest-3595441/ ….and Jill Stein is a nut who comes out every 4 years to run for president..here’s why we women would never vote for her..But check out her bio and you will see no record of progressive activism until the late 90’s–yet she was born in 1950! This fact has been completely unreported in the media. Viet Nam War? No activism. No Nukes? No activism. Labor movements, women’s rights, civil rights? Nope, nope, nope. I’m 2 years older than Jill Stein and have been active since 1970 when I became a union shop steward. Due to the times, many baby boomers became active as progressives in our late teens and early 20’s. So my question is: where was Jill Stein? Why does she deserve the vote of any progressive, especially when a Trump presidency would set back the progressive movement…..AND this is one liberal who is sick of the Hillary smears and lies the right wing and the lefty firebaggers have been spouting all through this campaign!!!! Now please educate yourself on the actual facts…

      1. Patrick Fennell says:

        When questioned under oath Comey admitted that she lied. The Clintons have always played loose with the laws and why is anyone serving time for security breeches when leaked e-mails about drone strikes seem to be alright. And as for the foundation gave out $8,865,52.00 in 2013 based on the form 990 form and yet spent $84,684,494 according to line 18 to give out. Also explain her lie about landing under fire in Bosnia please, speaking of checking facts.
        And who can forget that congress already impeached Bill Clinton in 1998, why do we want to impeach Hillary as well?

  3. Sharon K says:

    So you’re saying Hillary offers us no hope????? Wow..this woman has done more than you, me or anyone else will ever do..we who support her are VERY happy with her..we have no DISDAIN..and let me educate you on just SOME of the things this smart and educated woman has done..and she had to fight all the misogyny doing it!!! THIS is what you call accomplished! And if you take the time to go to her website, you will see what the policies are that she would want to put in place as president….but here are just some of the things this great lady has accomplished…..
    First ever student commencement speaker at Wellesley College.
    Distinguished graduate of Yale Law School.
    Editorial board of the Yale Review of Law and Social Action.
    Co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.
    Former civil litigation attorney.
    Staff attorney for Children’s Defense Fund.
    Faculty member in the School of Law at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
    Former Director of the Arkansas Legal Aid Clinic.
    First female chair of the Legal Services Corporation.
    First female partner at Rose Law Firm, the oldest and one of the largest law firms in Arkansas.
    Twice named by The National Law Journal as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.
    Former First Lady of Arkansas.
    Arkansas Woman of the Year in 1983.
    Chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession.
    Created Arkansas’s Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youth.
    Instrumental in passage of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
    First Lady of the United States.
    Promoted nationwide immunization against childhood illnesses.
    Successfully sought to increase research funding for prostate cancer and childhood asthma at the National Institutes of Health.
    Worked to investigate reports of an illness that affected veterans of the Gulf War (now recognized as Gulf War Syndrome).
    Helped create the Office on Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice.
    Initiated and shepherded the Adoption and Safe Families Act.
    First FLOTUS in US History to hold a postgraduate degree.
    Helped create Vital Voices, an international initiative to promote the participation of women in the political processes of their countries.
    Two-term New York Senator and the first ex-FLOTUS in US History to be elected to the United States Senate.
    Served on five Senate committees: Budget (2001–2002), Armed Services (2003–2009), Environment and Public Works (2001–2009), Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (2001–2009) and the Special Committee on Aging.
    Member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.
    Leading role in investigating the health issues faced by 9/11 first responders.
    Worked with Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York on securing $21.4 billion in funding for the World Trade Center redevelopment.
    Former United States Secretary of State.
    Brokered a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas in 2012.
    AND there is SO much more she has done!!!

    1. Patrick Fennell says:

      Helped form ISIS and big banks, Wall Street and the 1%ers a lot too. Takes money from foreign countries that execute gays and allow women to get beaten. Why am I arguing with a woman with no last name?

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