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For the reason that it reminds me the US should be on the metric system, which it would be if Raygun had not been elected! President Carter was the last truly intelligent President and had we not rejected him because Iranians made bad choices, we would NOT be facing the Crisis of Climate change as disastrously as we are today!

This only emphasizes again that our choices day by day DO matter! VOTE!

VOTE VOTE VOTE ! I may be a glass half empty person but I still remain hopeful!

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And then I read the following:

POLITICO Nightly logo

BY DAVID SIDERS

Presented by The National Council on Election Integrity

With help from Renuka Rayasam

DO YOU HAVE TO LET IT LINGER? Democratic insiders are surprisingly cheerless for a presidential election in which Joe Biden has a large lead in public opinion polls and an edge in early voting. He could win in a landslide. Even as the prospect of a post-Trump world becomes plausible to many Democrats, they are seeing reminders everywhere that President Donald Trump’s impact on the country will be enduring.

Whether he is defeated in 11 days or leaves office in four years, Trump and Trumpism will still be with us, for decades to come.

The most obvious sign of that is the Senate’s all but certain confirmation Monday of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court — Trump’s third justice.

But it’s way more than a 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court. Democrats complain about the lasting effects of ignoring climate change for four years. They say the nation’s image abroad has eroded , as has confidence in democracy at home. For the duration of his presidency, Trump has insisted elections are “rigged.” No surprise, many voters aren’t confident that American elections are conducted in a fair and equal way.

After watching the chaotic presidential debate three weeks ago, the teenage son of Ken Martin, the chairman of Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, asked Martin how he could stomach a life in politics, his chosen profession.

“It’s just sad, sad all around,” Martin said. “We’re going to be living with Donald Trump’s impact on politics for the next couple of generations.” He went on to say: “My concern here, win or lose, is that we have essentially changed the norms of politics to a place where you don’t have civil discourse anymore. The idea of working together just becomes so far off in the distance that how does anything get done in government anymore?”

For Democrats who feel like they are on the cusp of victory in this election, there is a sense of grief for what they have already lost.

Former Rep. Brad Ashford, of Nebraska, worries, he said, about people in their 20s and 30s – his daughter’s age – who are “so upset with everything going on” they’ve “sort of given up on the whole institution of representative democracy.”

Former Rep. Tony Coelho, who was chairman of Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign, said he was concerned about the effect of Trump on young people, too. Even if Trump goes, Coelho said, “We will not put hate back in the bottle for at least a couple of decades, because there are a lot of young people today who think that hate is okay.”

No one involved in campaigns can ever say the one they’re working on is not the most important one yet. “Most important election of our lifetimes” conveys hope, but it’s also a coping mechanism for politicians’ and campaign workers’ own life choices and a morale booster for the people they are trying to inspire.

This year, voters seem to agree with the cliché. According to a new Gallup Poll , more than three-quarters of registered voters say the outcome of this election matters more to them than in previous years, a record level dating back to 1996, when Gallup first asked the question.

But no matter who wins, Coelho said, America is no longer Ronald Reagan’s “shining city upon a hill.”

“The question is how long will it take to get it back,” he said. “I think it takes a decade to turn all this stuff around in the best of circumstances. But it probably will take longer.”

Welcome to POLITICO Nightly. A pandemic bright spot: Franklin Barbecue is shipping its brisket. Reach out at dsiders@politico.com and rrayasam@politico.com, or on Twitter at @davidsiders or @renurayasam.

A message from The National Council on Election Integrity:

The National Council on Election Integrity, a bipartisan group of political, government, and civic leaders, was formed to ensure that every American’s vote is counted this November. Stand with the council and demand every vote be counted: take the pledge at CountEveryVote.org.

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