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Mon Nov 5, 2018, 06:09 PM

Positive Vibrations

“Make way for the positive day
'Cause it's a new time, a new day
It's a new feeling, a new sign
Oh what a new day!”
Bob Marley; Positive Vibration


Yesterday morning, I heard one of my dogs barking. Looking out the window, I could see his tail wagging in a rapid circle, which indicated a friend was walking up my long driveway. I walked outside, and met a young lady, who I would estimate to be around 70 years old. She said that she hated to bother me on a Sunday morning, but wanted to encourage me to vote for Democratic candidates on Tuesday.

As she was listing the Democrats who will be on the local ballot – including my younger son – I asked her how she thought the contests would go? She said that she was cautiously optimistic, but very nervous. As the day turned to afternoon then evening, I had about a dozen phone calls from associates around the region; all of them gave the same answer to my question: cautiously optimistic.

My favorite call of the day was from my cousin, who survived the “road rage” shooting that killed his son. My cousin is set to drive elderly people from the rural areas surrounding his home town to the polls tomorrow. He is one of a number of such Democratic volunteers throughout our county. He is also cautiously optimistic about the local and nationwide elections.

Looking at “fave book,” I see that student activists that I am in regular contact with are also volunteering to provide rides to those in need. These young people are from a variety of public and private universities across upstate New York. My younger daughter – my only student at this point – had called me two weeks ago, when she sent her ballot in. In both of the contests where a republican was running unopposed, she did a write-in for me. “No republican should ever be unopposed,” she told me.

Her brother looks to be a pretty safe bet to win his election at the town level. He and his brother did virtually all of his campaign work. They have a lot of experience, and I am proud that they showed me that they are entirely capable of carrying on our family tradition. In another four years, they will be running my son for state office.

I went to the grocery store to pick up enough food for the next few days. I prefer to go late at night, when the store is near empty, but went in the early afternoon instead. I ran into a couple old friends. They both wanted to talk about the elections. Both were cautiously optimistic.

I like that all of these people are cautiously optimistic. I respect that. However, I am very optimistic. I think that we will recapture the House of Representatives. Win some governors' races. The Senate may or may not change; however, in 2020, we are in a very good position to take the Senate. And the republicans planning to run for re-election know that. That is important.

Other than voting tomorrow, there is only one thing left to do: I want to thank everyone here who has worked for Democratic Party victories, and who has or will be voting.

Peace,
H2O Man

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Reply Positive Vibrations (Original post)
H2O Man Nov 2018 OP
backtoblue Nov 2018 #1
H2O Man Nov 2018 #23
2naSalit Nov 2018 #2
H2O Man Nov 2018 #24
Qutzupalotl Nov 2018 #3
LiberalArkie Nov 2018 #11
H2O Man Nov 2018 #25
malaise Nov 2018 #4
H2O Man Nov 2018 #26
malaise Nov 2018 #36
renate Nov 2018 #5
H2O Man Nov 2018 #27
panader0 Nov 2018 #6
H2O Man Nov 2018 #29
democrank Nov 2018 #7
H2O Man Nov 2018 #31
coeur_de_lion Nov 2018 #8
H2O Man Nov 2018 #32
coeur_de_lion Nov 2018 #37
babylonsister Nov 2018 #9
H2O Man Nov 2018 #33
littlemissmartypants Nov 2018 #10
H2O Man Nov 2018 #34
watoos Nov 2018 #12
H2O Man Nov 2018 #35
Kurt V. Nov 2018 #13
H2O Man Nov 2018 #40
Enoki33 Nov 2018 #14
H2O Man Nov 2018 #41
gademocrat7 Nov 2018 #15
elmac Nov 2018 #16
mountain grammy Nov 2018 #17
woofless Nov 2018 #18
BeckyDem Nov 2018 #19
trickyguy Nov 2018 #20
trickyguy Nov 2018 #21
nolabear Nov 2018 #22
CaliforniaPeggy Nov 2018 #28
peekaloo Nov 2018 #30
kentuck Nov 2018 #38
suffragette Nov 2018 #39

Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 06:10 PM

1. K&R

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Response to backtoblue (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 09:33 PM

23. Thank you!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 06:21 PM

2. K&R

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 09:34 PM

24. Thank you!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 06:25 PM

3. "No republican should ever be unopposed."

We need a name on the ballot in EVERY race, in EVERY district. Come on, party leaders, just pay the damn filing fee so we’re ready when the Republican opponent implodes.

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Response to Qutzupalotl (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 07:06 PM

11. Some of our Republican Arkansas state office holders were opposed by the Libertarians.

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Response to Qutzupalotl (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 09:40 PM

25. There is one

contest for a state assembly seat here, with a republican against an alt-right independent. The one is a decent old-time republican, the other from a family of felons. And there is another with just a republican. I think that this year will help change that in 2020. Change is in the air.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 06:28 PM

4. Positive Vibrations

Vote them out!

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Response to malaise (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 09:42 PM

26. Everything is looking

even better here in the evening hours. People are exciting about participating in the effort to make serious changes.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #26)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 05:23 AM

36. I am very very hopeful

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 06:30 PM

5. one good thing about what happens after the midterms

Assuming that Democrats do well (I know the sentiment is definitely on our side; I just worry about dirty tricks)....

The Republican senators who will be up for re-election next will have to worry about more than just pandering to their base to have any chance in 2020, so they will have to behave differently from how they've behaved so far. My fingers are crossed that their pathetic milquetoast pandering to racists and to evangelicals who think Trump is the second coming will lessen after tomorrow.

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Response to renate (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 09:46 PM

27. Exactly!

That will involves the possibility of taking a position on a impeachment from the House. And this includes their deciding if they would prefer Trump or Pence on the top of the 2020 ticket. Bad options for them.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 06:31 PM

6. You deserve to be proud.

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Response to panader0 (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 09:52 PM

29. Well, thank you.

I talk to my cousins in PA, too. Their family has long been involved in the party at the state level. The three sisters live in different cities, which makes it interesting. They have been working very hard for the past two years. I think it sounds good now.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 06:35 PM

7. Peace to you, H20 Man.

I have to believe that change is gonna come.

Today I traveled through rural parts of three northern New England states and was pleased to see so many yard signs for Democrats. Let's hope....

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Response to democrank (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 10:06 PM

31. Right!

It's funny -- when I went to the store, I noticed someone had taken Anthony Brindisi signs from one intersection, and replaced them with a cluster of Claudia Tenney signs. But I'm confident that Anthony will win the congressional seat tomorrow. Though we are in a republican region, most of those in town and county government here can't stand her.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 06:47 PM

8. So excited for your son!

And excited for all of us democrats. Proud and excited.

I've never seen this much enthusiasm for voting in my life.

I'm super optimistic and occasionally cautiously optimistic but a tad nervous.

Thank YOU for all you do to promote democratic causes and people H!

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Response to coeur_de_lion (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 10:10 PM

32. At this point

in my life, I'm convinced that my greatest contribution is being a grumpy old man. DU continues to allow me a place to practice that art.

I love the amount of passion among voters this year. Since I posted this OP, I've gotten a number of communications from college students and old hippies. There will be a shift in power this week.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #32)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 05:33 AM

37. Been looking forward

To that shift for 2 years.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 06:48 PM

9. I am cautiously optimistic, too.

Peace, H20 Man! Let's get 'er done!

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 10:12 PM

33. Darned right!

I'm pleased to be here with you!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 06:52 PM

10. Kicking. eom

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 10:12 PM

34. Thanks

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 07:06 PM

12. Super positive vibrations,

 

H2O Man, we are taking back the Senate, tomorrow. It's karma, I can feel it, I can hear the blue tsunami coming.

Some wise person told me a long time ago to never release negativity into the universe, I try to live by that.

Love your title, Positive Vibrations. Can't wait to vote.

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Response to watoos (Reply #12)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 10:14 PM

35. Thank you for

the Positive Message! I think that it is possible we take the Senate. That would/will be outstanding.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 07:11 PM

13. and thank you

k&r

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Response to Kurt V. (Reply #13)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 02:22 PM

40. Thanks, Kurt!

Big lines in my small town today. There are two villages, and six hamlets in our township. By noon, more people voted than in the 2016 election!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 07:39 PM

14. Dug up that Bob song and played it. Then Redemption Song. Am now

more than cautiously optimistic. Thank you.

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Response to Enoki33 (Reply #14)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 02:25 PM

41. Good!

Redemption Song is a favorite. When my older daughter was approaching her teens, she asked if she could play my guitar. Within an hour or so, she had taught herself that song. I figured if she could do that her first time on guitar, she could keep mine.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 07:40 PM

15. K&R!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 08:05 PM

16. I must admit that before the '16 election I felt a foreboding

 

that it was going to be close race and the enthusiasm wasn't there for a lot of voters to show up. I still thought HRC would win, wasn't prepared for how bad it did go. This time I feel excitement, an energy I haven't felt since the 2008 election. Even with all the GOP dirty tricks I think we can do this, pull a big, blue rabbit out of the hat.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 08:13 PM

17. K&R

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 08:43 PM

18. Thanks Pal!

Cautiously optimistic in the PNW.

Woof

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 08:47 PM

19. I am sooo excited for tomorrow. Everything is going to get better peeps.

Cathartic song that means to me many of the corrupt cretins will be gone and even more so in 2020!


I can see clearly now the rain has gone


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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 09:06 PM

20. It's going to be a blue wave of various sizes all across the country. And

a few of the biggest ones will be in Georgia for Andrew Gillium and
in Florida for Stacey Abrams. You go Dems.

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Response to trickyguy (Reply #20)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 09:08 PM

21. Was so excited I got those candidates criss-crossed. Just a little nervous.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 09:14 PM

22. I've seen so much good this past few weeks.

I know they’re out there too and they’re scary but we have such remarkable citizens and representatives I’m delighted to be among them.

Love will win. In any number of ways.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 09:47 PM

28. And I want to thank YOU, my dear H20 Man!

Your calm, intelligent thoughts and writing about these matters bring hope and serenity to me and to so many others.

You are the gentle voice of reason that reassures us against the panic and paranoia that we would otherwise feel.

We are all in your debt!



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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 09:56 PM

30. Cautious optimism seems to be the sentiment for those who have lost

more than a little bit of faith in their fellow Americans.

Here's hoping some of that faith gets restored tomorrow.

Best of luck to your son.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 05:59 AM

38. "No republican should ever be unopposed,"

The motto of the "new" and improved Democratic Party.

Republicans have made it necessary with their incompetence and lack of character.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 01:47 PM

39. K&R

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