Reading through many of your comments about today's New York primary, I want to urge that Bernie supporters tone down negative characterizations of Hillary, and Hillary supporters do the same with regard to Bernie. I know both candidates personally. Both are thoughtful and dedicated people who care deeply about this nation. Either of them would be a thousand times better president than any of the Republican candidates. But we will need to join together to ensure one of them becomes president. It's important we not jeopardize that future joint effort through excessive divisiveness now. What do you think?
I just got a call from my father’s auto insurer, telling me he’s behind on his payment. I explained he died in February. “He still needs to pay for the last two months,” said the man from the insurance company. “But he can’t pay. He’s deceased,” I said. “He owes $348.62, for the period April 24 to June 24,” he said. “But he didn’t drive then. He died in February. No one has driven his car since he died.” “Well, someone has to pay or his insurance will be cancelled, and it will hurt his credit rating.” “I’m sure he’d be okay if it’s cancelled,” I said. “And I don’t think he cares about his credit rating.” “Are you trying to be smart with me?” asked the man from the insurance company. “No, I’m just trying to tell you that my father is deceased and he doesn’t need car insurance.” “Have you cancelled his car registration?” “No, I haven’t got around to that.” “Well, you should. If he’s deceased, he shouldn’t have a registration.” “I understand.” “Nobody’s supposed to have a registration if they’re not paying their auto insurance.” “Right.” “So, are you going to pay the insurance that’s due?” “I wasn’t planning to.” “Then it’s an illegal car.” “But it won’t be on the road.” “Still illegal.” “Sorry.” “That could be a problem for him.” “He’s no longer with us.” “I know. You made that clear. I’m referring to his estate.” “I don’t see how.” “Well, let’s say the state of Florida imposes a penalty for having a car registered in his name but no insurance. And let’s say that penalty holds up any legal proceedings in resolving …” “May I ask you a personal question?” “Personal?” “Who do you support for President? “For President?” “I don’t mean to pry.” [chuckling] “Oh, no problem,” he said. “You have a favorite candidate?” I asked. “As a matter of fact, I do,” he said. “And who is it?” “That Trump fella.” “Really?” “Yeah, Trump. Good man. No bullshit.”
Barack Obama will go down as one of the most even-tempered, authentic, and thoughtful presidents in American history.
Even if he loses (and I believe he will), Donald Trump has already done incalculable damage to America. He has given bigots permission to vent their rage, legitimized the suppression of voting rights of minorities, undermined public trust in our democracy and incited his followers to reject the outcome of the election, popularized lies about Latinos and Muslims, made it far more difficult to reform our immigration laws, excused the sexual harassment of women, and suggested to our allies they should not count on America. It will take years to undo this damage. Trump couldn’t have done this without the help the Republican Party (which failed to denounce him), and the media (which gave him all the airtime he wanted). These enablers bear some of the responsibility for Donald Trump’s poisoning of America. What do you think? Link