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A Historic Vote

Bernie Sanders said on Face The Nation Sunday, September 25, 2016, ‘2016 is “not the time for a protest vote.”‘

Far too much is at stake come the November 2016 presidential election. The elected individual will be charged with navigating the United States’ troubled waters on national and on international fronts. An entertainer play-acting for TV coverage will not suffice. The Commander-in-Chief must be familiar with global networks, display strength, be ready to make decisive moves when necessary, keep our nation safe by guiding the military, and offer support to states without dictating.

It is said that all politics is local. My sentiments are that not all cases are subject to local rule–referencing the civil unrest facing America today. Civil unrest has required that President Obama step in and try to quail volatile situations. He has walked the edge this year. Can either candidate do this? It’s a gamble; nevertheless, we have seen both in action. Let that be your guide.

Minnie E. Miller



Our Insane Politics

Where we are today is best explained by Jonathan Rauch of The Atlantic Magazine.

It’s 2020, four years from now. The campaign is under way to succeed the president, who is retiring after a single wretched term. Voters are angrier than ever—at politicians, at compromisers, at the establishment. Congress and the White House seem incapable of working together on anything, even when their interests align. With lawmaking at a standstill, the president’s use of executive orders and regulatory discretion has reached a level that Congress views as dictatorial—not that Congress can do anything about it, except file lawsuits that the divided Supreme Court, its three vacancies unfilled, has been unable to resolve.

Not to minimize the theatrics playing out in our United States by candidates for the presidency. Punishment awaits either one when that person arrives in the White House, January, 2017: Congress has not changed in years.

I watched this calm, knowledgeable writer explaining to Judy Woodruff of PBS News hour and realize I wasn’t off my mind.

Selfishness seems to be the primary reason Congress and the White House cannot do the nation’s business. There’s a hole in the boat that is in the middle of the ocean, politicians!

We the people demand that you do your job.

P.S.:  The editorial board (of the NYT) added it will publish another editorial to explain why Trump is the “worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history.” They have endorsed Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee.

Minnie E Miller, Writer


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We can be a powerful unified voice, know that. It is crucial that people of color vote in the November 2016 election. Your Vote Counts!

One of my most inspirational saying was written by Dr. Maya Angelou: “And Still I Rise.” Feel the meaning of these words today and in November; go to the polls and vote with purpose.

Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. is going to mobilize 20 million black voters. Why it is important in this November election?  He expresses it better than I:

“We have both a sacred obligation and a historic responsibility to ensure that we will have the largestBlack American voter turnout in history.  Why? Because the overall quality of life of our families and communities are at stake.  Our energy, actions, and spirits must remain high and we have to fully engage the electoral process locally, regionally and nationally.”

~~~ Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., President of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA).

Peace and Love.

Minnie E Miller, Writer