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Men of goodwill, step aside

Men. This is not our century. We’ve had a nice run, but in truth, we Effed it up fairly spectacularly. Today is the day we admit it’s time for a new perspective. Today is the day, finally, the phrase “the most powerful woman in the world” becomes impactful. Because a whole massive crowd of millions will vote for Hillary Clinton to become the nation’s next president. Simply put, #imwithher. And all men, everywhere, you really should take a hard look at doing the same.

Men, we’ve taken the greatest government ever established and profoundly abused it. Our Supreme Court is held hostage and our Federal courts have been mired with unfilled vacancies. Our Congress no longer cares about reasonable checks and balances, but instead panders to voter extremes with obstructionist, ill-tempered partisan battles. Yes, there are some women legislators at this point, but the government institution and party power brokers are almost all men. And frankly, they are awful. They have crushed the meaning of an informed, effective Republic.

This inevitable transfer of power should have been much easier. With the Republican Party offering up Donald Trump, a poster child of BMS–Broken Male Syndrome–any woman candidate should have won this in a landslide reminiscent of the Walter Mondale’s 49-state defeat. But two factors made this election less than the laughing stock it should be: 1) Hillary Clinton is a badly flawed candidate, and 2) The riotous anger of politically impotent men has risen to new levels of rage and voter insanity.

To be clear, a big reason Clinton is flawed is also what makes her arguably the most qualified candidate for President of the United States since Thomas Jefferson. She has a lifelong track record of service. She also has a lifelong track record of political machinations, which is the one thing an excellent man and strong President, Barack Obama, lacked. This is precisely why another Clinton scares the living stuffing out of the angry old white men of the GOP.  They have tested her mettle time and again and she has frankly, kicked their mother-loving asses.

But that success and lifetime of gamesmanship also helped create a powerful person who thinks she’s above the norms. Clinton suffers from hubris, which has often distorted her decision-making (hence, the email/server idiocy while Secretary of State despite plans for a presidential run). She’s anything but stupid, but she does stupid things because of arrogance. She has earned much of the distrust of the moderate voters who she needs most.

Clinton’s pivot toward the progressives is also fraudulent. She is an “incremental leader,” as California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom explained and will never go out on the leftist limb. To try to say she’s the right person for Bernie Sanders voters is a joke. They will work together in an awkward truce, but the progressives will never be hers, not should she pretend otherwise.

But these flaws aren’t the most significant reason Hillary Clinton’s candidacy will go on record as one of the most ineffective ever by a winning candidate. The real juice behind the distrust and vitriol is reason number 2: angry white guys and the frothing hate of the hardline right.

Blind with hatred for Hillary, the Right has tossed an ocean liner full of cowshit spin at her since the day she set her sights on the White House. Nobody could withstand such mind-searing attacks, especially since the vast majority are profoundly divorced from reality. This election season is where the ugly seed of the  2004 Swift Boat Veterans of Truth sprouted into an invasive crop of horror that we may never fully uproot. Truth matters nothing anymore. Hate Trumps All. Which is why the candidacy of Donald Trump exists.

But let’s not be fooled that Hillary alone earned this hate. Her husband was profoundly hated, spawning a new age of partisanship that has dominated governance, despite leading us in a time of economic growth and prosperity. President Barak Obama will likely go down as 1) one of the greatest presidents of all time, 2) one of the most beloved presidents of all time, and 3) one of the most hated presidents of all time despite saving us from the Great Recession and 10 percent unemployment.

The angry white men of the GOP can’t just oppose a candidate, they have to hate her.

Under the rule of men in the last three decades, elections and government somehow descended from a peaceful transfer of power to a civil war of hate and obstructionism. A government built on checks and balances and compromise has become a government built of fear, attacks and destruction.

This, my fellow men, is what our legacy will remember most about the end of our rule. Today, we go kicking and screaming off the pedestal of power, taking with us our cartoon candidate Donald Trump, who embodied the worst of everything we came to represent. We broke our government. We broke ourselves in the process.

So men, hate to break it to us, but we’re fired.  Thank goodness so.

Digital technology that matters in far off places

For two decades I have banged out a living at a keyboard, tapping words onto digital screens that turned into something of some value–at least enough value I earned my living from it.

With so much time spent starting at a keyboard, I’ve seen both the good and bad of what interconnectivity can bring to my life. I’m ever grateful for technology, and yet wary of its constant intrusion as well.

But today is one of those genuine “I heart tech” days. A project I have worked on for many months culminated this week in the release of a new digital platform for The Barefoot College, based in a rural outpost of India.

Everywhere we turn these days, online and off, the needs of a struggling humanity confront us. There are so many causes and so many campaigns it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff of what we can and should do to give to others in a meaningful way.

The Barefoot College is the wheat. I could start here and an hour from now I wouldn’t have exhausted all the reasons why this incredible organization astounds with its mission, effectiveness and philosophy toward empowering the rural poor all over the globe. Consider this: Barefoot Solutions address 14 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals for large-scale, sweeping, global impact.

I invite you to listen to a compelling TED talk by The Barefoot College Founder Bunker Roy by clicking here. It’s all it will take to convince you to join the Barefoot Family by subscribing to its newsletter, donating a few dollar and sharing their astounding work with your social media networks.

Based on Gandhian principles of human grace and dignity, the entire college was built by the poor for the poor. It values rural wisdom in concert with modern education. It employs technology in ways that enhance the life of the poor, not detract. The Barefoot Solutions that turn illiterate women into solar engineers and trains others to be doctors, entrepreneurs and teachers among many other professions, have sprung from the life of the community itself. From this one rural outpost, the organization is now reaching into Latin America, across Africa and into the Pacific Islands with its rare combination of infusing poor communities with hope and plan for growth while honoring its principles of human dignity in every instance.

I’m humbled and honored to have helped create this site by banging my fingers on a keyboard. Please visit our new site. Click over to the donate page (it’s a developmental work of wizardry that you’ll never know existed) and make a donation. $75 will train a poor woman to return to her village a leader, a teacher and a solar engineer.

This is the wheat of nonprofit work. I hope you’ll support it and become a part of the Barefoot Family.