We're in the calm between the storms. The one created by Mother Nature has passed; the man-made electoral storm is about to begin. But in the short window before the media goes All Election, All the Time, we should take a moment to ask some big questions. That's what I've found myself doing over nearly a week of living by candlelight once the sun set. Why is it so difficult for us to look around the corner and prevent upcoming disasters, or at least mitigate their impact? Why does it take a disaster to bring out the best in us? Why can't we sustain that best-self spirit even after these storm-battered communities get back on their feet? In a few hours, we're going to get lots of results, but we shouldn't confuse them with answers. Those we'll have to keep looking for ourselves.
One day to go, and all politically obsessed Americans have paper bags on standby to breathe into if their side tanks. Who votes, where and in what numbers will determine the outcome of this election.
There's no easier way to put it: a Romney-Ryan White House would be a disaster for women. From health care to equal pay for equal work, the GOP ticket has proven they're not interested in the well-being of America's women and -- in turn -- our families.
In the words of Sensata worker Dot Turner, who worked hard at the same job for 43 years and yet will likely spend Election Day filing for unemployment for the first time: "It's going take all of us as Americans to stand up and say, 'No more.'"
One candidate -- President Obama -- supports workers' rights and is committed to protecting them. The other -- Mitt Romney -- is out to destroy them. That's what at stake in this election.
Suppose all the polls which predict one of the tightest races in presidential electoral history are dead wrong and one or another candidate wins in a landslide, both popular and electoral?
Campaigns have entered the era of "Big Data" -- they target voters based on scraps of information they gather from unlikely places. Voters used to be the ones obsessing over details of a candidate's personal life. Now the tables have turned.
While it is true that bills seeking to curb women's rights to contraception, abortion, and equal pay for equal work are originating with Republicans, let's be honest: Women's rights are not at the top of the Democratic agenda in Congress.
As a European, I think it will always be better to deal with an American president that respects and understands the role of the State than with one that openly dismisses and scorns it.
With only a day left before Election Day, states need to step up and educate voters about their voting laws. Every voter deserves clear information about what they need to do to vote, and this responsibility lies with local election officials. Our democracy depends on it.
Whether Republican, Democrat or Independent, we're all in this together. Values can be our guide.
Today America is suffering, America is afraid, America is caught in the mimicry of its history, of its democracy; But the truth is, America has a fantastic capacity to face new challenges and to be born again out of its ashes.
We can all hope the election will allow voters a voice in matters of consequence and that 2012 outcomes will not end up in the hands of lawyers and judges.
Partisan differences themselves are a trap, because they serve largely to factionalize society so that it's hopelessly divided and unable to resist a unified establishment whose interests are at variance with those of the public.