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- Peter Tosh
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Women and the feminine were a major but not decisive thread in the presidential campaign that elected Donald Trump Nov 8. Not only was his behavior and words regarding women execrable, he was running against one. In terms of the popular vote, she won. In terms of the electoral vote, which gives the advantage to small rural states because they elect two Senators and so have two additional votes no matter how tiny their population, she lost. More specifically, Clinton won in the cities and lost in rural areas. She won the most votes but not in the countryside.
And the nature of this difference is a clue to one of the most important long term trends this election revealed.
If you happened across my public posts on Facebook, you'd know that I was very anti-Trump during this election cycle (no need to rehash why). However, I think it's hypocritical of Hillary supporters/Dems to take to the streets in protest, hang effigies of Trump (WTF?) and vandalize businesses.
This is the same kind of destructive and whiny energy that many demonized Trump for. And, after demonizing anti-Obama folks for saying #NotMyPresident for 8 years, it seems pretty hypocritical to now do the same to Trump. The fact is, Trump IS our President-elect. And, Hillary has called on us to have an open mind and to give him a chance to lead. As President Obama said, Trump's success is OUR success....
Remember, remember, the fifth of November.
It must have been the ugliest pinata ever.
Since we were a young coven (36 now, and going strong), the Fifth Day of Samhain has for us been a night when magic and politics meet.
It's been a mild autumn, so we gathered in the back yard—gold above, gold below—to bless the leftover Halloween candy.
Then we cut a hole in his neck and stuffed in the sweets.
Gods, that orange hair.
Och, now. So you've been busy this year, sir. Running for President, and all. And elections nearly upon us.
Well, let's see what the cards have to say.
Oh. Oh dear. Well, no, sir, I'm afraid not. Though it's grieved I am to have to tell you so.
No, no, no one else implicated here, sir: whatever's coming, it's all of your own doing. Coming back on your own head, it is, plain and simple. Nothing to do with anyone else, blame who you may.
Oh, my. Financial losses I see here too, sir: major ones. All a direct result of this year's doings, if I may say so. Irreversible, they are. That's money lost you'll never see again, oh no.
Well, sir, it doesn't look good. In short, sir, you've damaged your brand, and there'll be no coming back. At the top of the Wheel you were, but it's all down, down, down from here, and I don't see another coming-up for you, ever, at all, at all.
And the cards don't lie, now, sir. Indeed they don't.
Here, here, now, we'll not be having with that kind of talk around here. I'll say goodbye to you, sir. You'll leave now, you will.
Yesterday Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper of the Conservative Party dropped the writ to announce the beginning of an eleven-week election campaign. It will be one of the longest campaigns in Canadian history. Without getting into a very long litany of what I believe to be the sins of the Canadian federal Conservative Party, I will say that for the first time in my life, I am working as a volunteer in a political campaign. I have given my support to the party most likely to defeat the Conservative party in my riding. I have volunteered to cold-call people on the phone; something I have to work up considerable courage to do. I have volunteered to write press releases. I have folded little paper fans as promotional materials. I am doing this because I am angry and because I believe that supporting the party I've chosen to is our best chance for change.
In the meantime, I have also pleaded with Athena for the victory of my chosen party, and I am lending my magickal skills to the task....