First snow, election day, and October

It’s election day and our first snow of the season. Supposed to turn to rain but still coming down in flakes as I type. A beautiful omen, I hope, before I head to the polls in Norwalk.

Will see how the election comes down and whether we get better, more Dhammic government in Washington, Madison, and other capitols. Flakes? Drops? Storms? (see below for more …)

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Back from the Town Hall, it’s still snowing at 1 pm.

Will the election leave us with flakes? drops? storms? Intelligence, compassion honesty, ethics, and responsibility? These were in short supply this excruciating long election campaign. When will the citizenry get tired of the fear-mongering over race, Muslims, gays, taxes, jobs, and healthcare enough to demand good, appropriate government? When will we stop letting “security” justify all kinds of horrors, such as drones killing innocent non-combatants and feeding the terrorism they supposedly fight? When will we decide to live as citizens of a nation made great by our behavior rather than pious & hollow campaign rhetoric? When will we awaken from the confusion of identifying as consumers that leaves us stuck with a bill of goods we can never pay for?

Many questions swirl. The snowflakes grow larger. In our hearts-minds lies a capacity to see with eyes of Dhamma and motivate ourselves to behave as the Dhamma shows. The journey restarts with this moment.

Note: For one account of bi-partisan fear games cynically played by our political mainstream, see this in the NY Review.

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