Will Trump be as obnoxious as a president as he was a candidate? Maureen Dowd says presidents are often quite different in office than on the campaign trail. He may end up being really boring, which will disappoint the press.
My thought: good programming is often considered a given in our world--that doesn't mean it shouldn't be appreciated. Kudos, Google!
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I'll get the big stuff out of the way first: I voted for someone other than Trump and Clinton; then I voted on a number of bond issues; then I wrote in names for all the positions like Water Board Inspector.
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One of the petitioners informed me that she had been given legal permission to be there.
"I don't agree with that," I told her.
Once I entered, things got more enjoyable. First of all, there were nearly four times as many people as usual. This is my third National Election voting at Merrill Auditorium; I always vote around the same time, and it's the first time I've ever had to wait in line.
I'm a "W" so I got moved along fairly quickly. The man who took my name was very careful to make sure I was who I said I was. There were also twice as many observers/helpers. When I finished filling in the little ovals on the paper ballots (oh, so that's what taking the SATs prepared me for!), I feed the ballots into the electronic counter while being observed--but not helped--by an aide. She absolutely refused to press the Acceptance or Return buttons on the screen. *I* had to do it.
Vigilance is the name of the game!
So here's my brag :)
I'll add my little soap box here: I know it's de rigueur these days to decry modern society, but I woke up to a quiet city. Even the petitioners outside Merrill were no more exasperating than usual. Despite silly people defriending each other on Facebook, I've witnessed little face-to-face obnoxiousness. No one--from my students to my landlord--has pressured me personally about whom I might vote for. I saw no rioters or even angry citizens on my way to work, and all the voters at Merrill Auditorium were friendly, talkative, and good-natured.
History--even in America--has produced worst voting days. In other places, it's produced terrible days Americans can't even imagine. There's a lot to be said for a reasonably civilized process.