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Hillary was out and about in Chappaqua doing last minute Thanksgiving shopping today. She was greeted by signs of support and friendly neighbors, and she tweeted her holiday greetings to all.

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Thank you for all you have done!  We all hope you had a wonderful and warm Thanksgiving!

 

Apparently the mystery has been solved. According to this in the New York Daily News,  the signs were the project of a six-year old named Liam who cried when Hillary lost and wanted to see lots of signs to cheer her up.

 

For her heroic run, for her dedication to her hometown and to American values, for her courage and service, Hillary Clinton’s hometown has gathered round her in pride and gratitude this Thanksgiving.

Hillary Clinton’s Hometown Rallies Around to Give Her Holiday Cheer

At the Chase bank in Hillary and Bill Clinton‘s hometown of Chappaqua, New York, the spirited former president was holding court with a handful of locals.

“And he was pretty much talking about the how disappointed he and she were, how he feels she completely got railroaded by (FBI director) Comey,” says Richard “Zippy” Zimmerman, a Chappaqua chiropractor who was part of the 15-minute conversation on Monday.

“He said he wished he didn’t know Hillary so he could really go to town on the people persecuting her so he could really speak his mind,” says Zimmerman.  “He felt he was held back because he couldn’t defend her the way he wanted to defend her.”

This outpouring of sentiment for Hillary runs far beyond her husband in this hamlet north of New York City of some 1,400 residents, locals tell PEOPLE.

Following the shock and the tears of her unexpected loss, locals mobilized. Signs were put up in lawns and roadway medians thanking Clinton for a decade of service. The board of directors of the Chappaqua Farmers Market made a 50-pound basket of locally-sourced goodies for Hillary: chicken pot pies, carrots, meats, cheeses, vegetables and yoghurt, says Emily Haft Bloom, of Chappaqua.

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Among Hillary’s most dedicated supporters from the start have been her neighbors.

Wishing Hillary and her family and all the wonderful Still4Hillers here a warm, safe, and peaceful Thanksgiving. We are family!

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Hillary told the audience at the Children’s Defense Fund Gala that she really wanted to curl up with her dogs and a book. I can attest that this is great therapy. So can my cat who is happy that I am curled up with her and not gadding about or sitting up typing so much. Suspicions were, when the whole Clinton clan including Chelsea, Marc, and grandchildren were spotted at a bookstore in Rhode Island, that Hillary was looking for some good reads.  Likely they all were also doing some holiday shopping.

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 WESTERLY — What started out as a quiet, regular morning at Savoy Bookshop and Café turned rather presidential Sunday when a number of former White House residents wandered into the Canal Street store.

Hillary Clinton, accompanied by her husband, Bill, the 42nd President of the United States; their daughter, Chelsea; their son-in-law, Marc Mezvinsky; and their grandchildren, Charlotte and Aidan, were shopping for books.

Westerly Middle School teachers Katelynn and Jay Simmons and their sons, Camden and Logan, went to church Sunday morning and then headed to Savoy to shop for books.

Someone had given Logan some Savoy gift certificates, Jay said, and he was looking forward to choosing some books.

Shortly after they arrived at the store, they bumped into former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton accepted their invitation for a family photo .. well three of the four members of the family.

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Whacked by a 2×4, out like a light, and waking up in a strange place wondering what happened. That is what the most bizarre presidential election in U.S. history felt like to tens of millions of Americans. Nearly three weeks later, many of us are wondering not only how we managed to fall through another rabbit hole, but also how Wonderland can possibly have become even curiouser than it was the last time we visited.

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The whacking was not actually the election result as it was reported late into November 8 and early November 9. That was a shock and sudden loss. Most of us reacted normally to that. As with other types of devastating loss, there was the initial astonished paralysis immediately followed by anguish – much of it intense – and then the resolve to go on, somehow.

Trump cast aside established campaign traditions, releasing income tax records among them. A card that was frequently played by Donald Trump was the rigging card. If he did not win, here, there, and everywhere, it would be because the election was rigged. Near the end, he resisted a promise to accept the result. Hillary Clinton supporters rose in outrage. Our democratic tradition demanded that the vanquished accept the outcome.  The acceptance card was to become Trump’s trump card.

Crying foul at Trump’s failure to agree to accept the election result has proven a pitfall for those of us in the Hillary camp as the actual election results continue to roll out. The reason for this is twofold: 1) Except for the 2000 election when there was no clear winner immediately projected, elections tend to be conceded within a 24-hour period.  And then we move on. 2) Concessions are based, not on the actual vote, but upon projections with some percentage of the vote “in.” What comprises “in” is far from clear.

Here we are three weeks later. The election is history. Hillary Clinton’s concession is history and has been reaffirmed by her one post-election speech so far. Trump is not only the acknowledged victor, he has been awarded the title of President-elect and has begun, after a delayed start – hobbled by not actually having expected to win and therefore not having planned for it – the transition process in the murkiest, stickiest, sketchiest manner in recent memory. It would never do, at this point, for Hillary Clinton’s camp to challenge an already accepted result. So proceeds the oddest election aftermath of the oddest election ever where the most prepared and qualified candidate (her femininity aside – or perhaps not) v. the least prepared and qualified candidate ever.

The votes, however, are still being counted. The actual (as opposed to the projected) vote count is shaping up to manifest the largest gap between the popular and electoral vote in our history. The popular vote for Hillary Clinton is the second highest in our history. As the days go by, the dramatic gap between the popular and electoral vote grows and with it questions.

More overwhelmingly now than in 2000, we see a clear difference between who Americans voted for and who was elected – or will be on December 19 when the electors vote. The implications are discouraging for Hillary Clinton supporters, certainly, but more importantly for our country.

The Orwellian landscape that is our two-tiered general election system proposes that some votes, those of the electors, are more informed and decisive, i.e. better, than others – those of the general electorate, the populace. This is not the real picture, though. At the basis, the votes of people in some states count more than the votes of people in other states. It is unlikely that electors will vote in opposition to outcomes in their respective states. The fault is not so much in the existence of the Electoral College as in the apportionment of the votes. If it takes 3.5 Californians to equal one Wyoming voter, something is wrong.

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The more dramatic the gap between the popular and electoral votes, the more troubling, and it is growing by the day. That some people’s votes count more heavily than others is a real problem in a democracy.

The Electoral College, as we know it today was established by the 12th Amendment and ratified by ¾ of state legislatures in 1804. It superseded the original design in Article II, Section 1.

The irony is that the same party that has spent the past almost eight years refusing to compromise touts the “wisdom of the Founders” in establishing the College while failing to note that it was the result of compromise. Not all compromises set up by the Founders have endured.  The Three-Fifths Compromise of 1787 was superseded by the 13th Amendment.

While it is certain that we have all heard our share of arguments about the “wisdom of the Founders” in the past two weeks, we can argue that it should not take multiple votes from some states to equal a single vote from another in the electoral system. That concept is as outdated, outrageous, unfair, and duplicitous as counting slaves as property in one regard and people in another.  Not everything the Founders laid out was wise and set in stone.

After elections,  the custom is to say, “The people have spoken.” It is fair when all have been given an equal voice, not when some and not others have been provided a megaphone.

While we are on the subject of fairness, this arises.

A Fair Election? Serious Questions Arise About Trump Vote Totals In Key Swing States

These are the fishiest election results ever. We will keep watch till the last vote is counted! That CNN page gets updated pretty regularly.

This is just a snapshot as of 11/25, but eloquent.

There remain these issues. Hope everyone is recovering.

The event was held at the Newseum in Washington D.C.  Introducing Hillary, Marian Wright Edelman noted her overwhelming lead in the popular vote and called her “the People’s President.”  Hillary admitted that making this appearance was not the easiest thing for her.  She said she wanted to curl up with a good book and her dogs and never leave the house again.  But she said she got up and dusted herself off because Marian exemplified that for her.  She reminisced about Marian’s leadership and service, and her work with RFK and MLK.

Hillary quoted Marian, “Service is the rent we pay for living.”  She spoke of service and said she did not get into public service to hold high office.  She called child poverty America’s problem. She said there is a lot of work to do and asked us not to lose heart or give up on the values we share and to stay engaged.  She told us America is worth it.  Our children are worth it.  She quoted 1st Corinthians, “Love never fails.”

Hillary told the story of her mother, Dorothy, who had a difficult childhood.  She dreams of going back to her mom’s childhood to tell her that she would grow up to have a family and her daughter would become a U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, and win more than 62 million votes for President of the United States.

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What else would you call a body as anachronistic and outdated as the Electoral College? Reading through comment threads today clarified for me the divide in our nation. The Jedi mind-trick in defending the existence of the Electoral College involves somehow rationalizing the ascendancy and predominance of the minority. The problem, really, is not so much that there is an Electoral College.  It is more a problem of proportion and ratio.  There is nothing proportional in the allocation of electoral votes.

Those arguing in favor of the College as it stands have told me, more times than I cared to hear, that the College prevents, in various arguments, the east and west coasts, or New York and California, or New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles from dominating presidential elections.

We have heard all the arguments about the Founders and their wisdom in establishing this body and yada, yada, yada. This is the 21st century.  We are a diverse, well-educated, connected populace. When twice in a generation such a glaring discrepancy turns up between the popular and the electoral vote, it is time to make changes.  Here is what Senator Barbara Boxer wants to do about it and how you can get on board.

After signing on, contact your own senators and ask them to  support Senator Boxer’s initiative.

 

Still,

For the second time in our lifetime, the winner of the popular vote lost the presidency.

Hillary Clinton will likely end up with ‎two million votes more than Donald Trump. She already leads by more than a million votes.

The presidency is the only office in our nation where you can get more votes and still lose. The Electoral College is an outdated, undemocratic system — and it’s time we abolish it for good.

Yesterday, I introduced legislation in the Senate to eliminate the Electoral College so the winner of presidential elections is determined by the outcome of the popular vote.

Will you stand with me — and our democracy — and add your name in support of my legislation to amend the Constitution of the United States to abolish the Electoral College?

Every American should have the guarantee that their vote will count. Even President-elect Donald Trump agrees. In 2012, he tweeted, “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.”

The Electoral College just doesn’t reflect our modern society, and it needs to be changed immediately. Every American should be guaranteed that their vote counts. One person, one vote!

Now more than ever, we must all come together and end this outdated system.

Will you add your name today in support of my legislation to abolish the Electoral College?

Thank you for standing with me in this fight.

In Friendship,

Barbara Boxer
U.S. Senator

 

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Nothing is harder than loss. In life, you confront it. You go through the stages of grief. There comes a point where everyone expects you to be over it. But what does that mean? There is no schedule for grief.

Perhaps the difference between the very young and the very old has to do with that schedule that does not exist. Young persons, most of them blessedly, have not experienced extreme loss. Elders have like a snowball rolling down a hill.

Loss engenders grief like night follows day. The truth about grief is not its individualism. It is not that your grief schedule differs from another’s. It is that it relies on your own personal familiarity with it. The more familiar you become with grief, the better you handle it. It’s a little like juggling flaming objects. Your hands get burned, but as you get better at it, the scars protect you from the burns while you become more adept at juggling. So if you are older, yes, you’re still burnt (but you still can take the turkey out of the oven). If you are younger, you need someone to wrap your hands in aloe-coated gauze. That is how it is.

So here we are.  You are young and passionate and did the groundwork (which we older folks so appreciate), and your poor, sweet hearts are shattered into more pieces than that glass ceiling might have been. We could tell you that there will be more losses.  That is true. It doesn’t help. You will get used to it, but that doesn’t help right now, either.

Everyone experiences grief, so this is just an observation. The people whose “grief schedules” improve in life are the ones who put that grief together and use it as a weapon against everything that their loss represents.

Those who have lost loved ones to cancer, Alzheimer’s, ALS, drunk driving, HIV-AIDS, domestic violence, etc. have crafted movements around their loses. This is a positive and useful way to deal with loss. It is admirable, heroic, and productive.

If you are young, you are going to face many more losses in your life. If you are older, you have experienced your share – well not quite all of your share, but you know what I am saying.

Grief is a dark, muddy place. It’s hard to see clearly. One thing we know is that using grief as a weapon somehow helps us master it.

We lost. We did not lose the popular vote. We lost the electoral vote, and that is hard. It hurts a lot. The harder we worked the more it hurts.

Let’s use our grief to make a difference. Here is a list of ways to stay involved and places to find hearts as shattered as your own.  Fair warning. Your heart will not get better, but it will get stronger.

Signing a petition might make you feel better for the moment, but, trust me, the Electoral College is not going to reverse anything. Here are some things you can latch onto and make the changes we need.

We are stronger together. That is true.

Organizations to Support

Ways to Stay Engaged

Literature to Share

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