Two days before the end of an election season that has left many Americans (including me) sickened and disgusted, polls show that Hillary Clinton is in a good position to become the next President of the United States. This is fine with me. She has earned it well.
2016 has not been a good year on planet Earth.
A holocaust is taking place right now in Syria. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum sees it: "Despite promises of Never Again, a regime is targeting its own people while the international community stands by". Yes, we stand by, helpless, numb.
I have nothing uplifting or heartwarming to say about the way we came together — as a city, as a nation, as a world — after the attacks of September 11, 2001. We tried that uplifting, heartwarming stuff already.
After the attacks, we said "this will not break us". We said this with great feeling, and I was one of many who really believed that the shock and sadness of that terrible day had brought us together in a new way, that our righteous, freedom-fueled responsive to this horrible act of violence would provide a new beacon of injured hope for our whole troubled world.
Yesterday I nearly published a new article here on Pacifism21 called "What Would Leo Tolstoy Tell Us About Donald Trump?". At the last minute, I realized that I had a chance to cross-pollinate with my literary blog, Litkicks. I published it there; it's a good piece and I hope you'll check it out.
Following another ridiculous news cycle in which Donald Trump joked about assassinating Hillary Clinton, the time has come for Hillary Clinton to refuse to debate Donald Trump. She should instead announce a major televised town hall debate event in which she will answer serious questions directly from concerned American citizens.
It's important for Hillary Clinton to make this move for the following reasons:
It’s odd that we laugh at Donald Trump, and that we feel superior to him. For the past few days, we’ve all been having a good time pointing at the clown. We should be pointing at ourselves.
I streamed the epic movie Everest a few days ago. I ended up watching it twice: first to admire the photography and feel the windstorms and avalanches whipping in my face, and then a second time to carefully follow the characters and the plot. It was during the second viewing that I began to understand what the movie is really about.
I'm used to being the most liberal person in any room I'm in. Maybe that's why I was so excited and refreshed by Left Forum 2016, a dizzyingly busy and well-attended three-day annual gathering in New York City.