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Today, January 19, 2017

Today is the last full day that Barack Obama will be my president. No matter who was coming into office, I would have been filled with a deep sense of sadness. This man embodies the values I most hold dear – intellectual curiosity, strong sense of family, deep compassion for the suffering of others, a sense of humor, a strong and steady hand amidst the maelstrom of politics, and a willingness to discuss complex issues without minimizing them into soundbites. I would have liked him to be more boldly progressive, but I admire his willingness to acknowledge that by winning in 2008 with 53% of the vote and 2012 with 51% of the vote, he also had to represent the close-to-half of Americans who did not vote for him. Say what you will about him, but don't call him an ideologue. A pragmatist, yes, and one who soldiered on every day despite unprecedented obstruction, resistance and bald-faced disrespect. And despite all of that resistance, he retained his deep-seated faith in the basic goodness of Americans and a commitment to the democratic principles outlined in the Constitution he spent years teaching.

He was ridiculed for being a community organizer rather than a career politician or an opportunistic and wealthy businessman, like most of the other people who run for office. Ridiculed for getting out into the neighborhoods and talking to people and motivating them to engage. Ridiculed for the audacity of his hope.

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How to Honor the Founding Fathers with the Electoral College

“The Electoral College was set up with a specific purpose in mind and we should do what the Founding Fathers want,” people say to me whenever I argue for getting rid of it.

Well, fine. If your desire is to do what the Founding Fathers wanted, then we’ll need to change a few things.Stock Photo of the Consitution of the United States and Feather Quill

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Let's see how we like it.

Dear Trump voters: We’ll find out how much you really like what you voted for when the daughter of a Republican dies from a back-alley abortion… or, your daughter or granddaughter can no longer get affordable birth control.

When the air quality in your city begins to look like Beijing and you wear a mask going to work.

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DON'T PANIC

Don't panic. Or rather, don't keep panicking for too long.

We tend to have a fairly left-leaning readership here at Cracked, just for demographic reasons (lots of college kids and such). So a lot of you reading this are outraged, sad, disgusted, terrified, and/or physically ill right now. Lots of you also use the stuff I write to feel better about the world, so let me give it my best shot.

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The nightmare won’t end on election day

Let’s face it, Hillary Clinton has one person she will need to thank for destroying Donald Trump on November 8th, and that person is Donald Trump. She isn’t winning by a big margin so much as he is losing by a big margin. I still hold that had the Democrats nominated anyone else, the election would be even more of a wipeout.monsters-trump-2-11864-1450133554-22_dblbig

The saddest thing is that after the election is over, the nightmare that we’ve experienced in this campaign will continue.

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