As I write this post, little ghosts and goblins are preparing to invade our neighborhood households. They will make their demands for candy and other goodies, and we will comply or risk having "tricks" inflicted on our persons or domiciles.
And so I reflect on this nightmarish campaign that is mercifully winding down after months of "tricks' being played upon our collective personages. Of course, the central trickster is Monster Trump, who combines the charming qualities of Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney in their prime. Trump has single-handedly dismantled the national discourse ... from the ominous threat of climate change, the escalating economic inequality faced by our citizen, and many other issues of great import to our national well-being ... and instead has been cranking out insults to his many perceived enemies at a pace not seen since Don Rickles ruled Las Vegas.
I have been personally insulted to see a man of disrepute such as Trump playing the role of a major party candidate. But, sad to say, he has been nearly matched by many other members of his failed racketeering enterprise, the so-called Grand Old Party. I say good-riddance to them all.
With any luck at all, Hillary Clinton will summarily execute Monster Trump on November 8th, and the Democrats will stage a major comeback in the Senate and Congress. And we can expect Ventura County to deliver Julia back to Congress, Hannah-Beth back to the State Senate, and Jacqui back to the Assembly. Kamala Harris will almost certainly be our next United States Senator, but if not her, it will be another Democrat, Loretta Sanchez.
The races of most concern to me are local: Carla Castilla for Supervisor and Jameson Lingl for City Council. They face daunting opposition, and we have to make a final push to help them get into office.
And then we will reach the climatic day, next Tuesday, November 8th. We'll be busy ... running two polling places in Camarillo, while other members participate in get-out-the-vote activities. And then mercifully, the madness will finally end, and sanity will once again reign ...