My dentist and held a brief discussion of politics. Brief, because it’s hard for me to talk with a drill, a water spray, and a heavy-duty suction tube in my mouth. I told her that as a scientist who specialized in nuclear physics, and having worked in the USAF and Joint Staff nuclear war operations for all of my 20 years active duty, Mr. Trump was the second-to-last person I wanted to have access to the US nuclear launch codes. (The last person would be Trump’s putative buddy, Vladimir Putin.) I told her that I thought Mrs. Clinton was arrogant and that she had escaped criminal prosecution through nefarious methods and connections.
My dentist asked me if I planned to vote for Gary Johnson. I know he is the Libertarian candidate, and said that, yes, I planned to vote for him.
I have spoken to several people who say they don’t plan to vote. I’ve encouraged them to vote for Gary Johnson. It’s more than a protest, it’s a signal to both major parties that they have lost their way and need to find it.
The events in Charlotte, North Carolina, sparked by a shooting near UNC-Charlotte are the result of a deplorable synergy of people who have been subjected to institutional racism for decades, centuries, really; plus instant communication of text, video, narration on social media; plus 24-hour news channels competing for viewers and the advertising revenues that ratings bring. All these things created an explosive mixture. Given Trump's mindset and mouth, can you imagine how much worse it would be if he were elected?
Registered Curmudgeon, scientist, skeptic, humanist, and writer.