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An interesting political topic came up in chat today and I have thought about how I mishandled the subject. I want to apologize to anyone I may have offended. The subjects of politics and religion are usually best left alone, but in these times, they are causes of a lot of anxiety and stress and sometimes cannot always be avoided. I have strong feelings of worry and anxiety about our president-elect and try to keep informed by reading a variety of news sources and sometimes that man's twitter account account if i can stomach it, since that is the only way he will communicate with the masses. It is not just Trump who worries me, but the Pandora's box that has been opened with the rise of his movement-emboldened extreme right-wing politicians and white supremacists and people who are desperate, misinformed and just don't know any better. No matter your political affiliation, it is your duty as a citizen (if you are one) of this country to hold your elected officials accountable to do the right things in your local, state and national offices. Fact check things you read in more than one place (NOT Facebook!) and call your representatives to voice your opinions! It works. This is what made republicans back off dissolving the Congressional Ethics Committee more than a tweet from the Donald. We are living in dangerous times and must hold EVERYONE to high standards! Look into everything and see beyond your party affiliation to make sure it is good for this country, I beg you. Insured citizens are much better off for all of us than uninsured, as are recipients of Medicaid and Medicare. Thanks for letting me vent! http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-lesson-be-learned-the-gops-ethics-fiasco?cid=sm_fb_maddow