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  • I've been tweeting. A lot. It's a guilty pleasure full of empty intellectual calories. In the wake of the 2016 Presidential Elections, I've been trying to process and categorize my thoughts and feelings. Pithy retorts. Quips. Even vulgar exhortations. I've bunkered down in a social media foxhole filled with snarky comebacks and stealth observations. To what end?

    Gandhi

    The President Elect is proving true to form. His arrogance, ignorance and gobsmacking corruption are on full display for the whole world to see. Make no mistake, they are seeing it. If you don't feel the earth trembling beneath your feet, then you aren't paying attention. It gives me zero pleasure to relate my observations and it may be of little value for me to share them. But, my fellow Americans, we are in a moment of genuine crisis now. The bitter calumny and falseness coming from 5th Avenue are not just shots across our Nation's bow, they are fully armed torpedoes heading straight at civilization as we know it. America's decency isn't just a quaint notion and it must never be taken for granted. And yet it is. Tragically, what's at stake isn't merely a tone in our national discourse, which has moved from shrill and piercing to an even more sickening dull sub-earthen death moan. It's worse. It's not just the fabric of our social skin that tears, rather, the structural integrity of Democracy, of our economy and our relationships around the world are under assault.

    In jest, I say that I like acting in post-apocalyptic settings, not living in them.

    The environment, trade with nations great and small, stewardship over the welfare of our laborers, our small businesses, the healthcare and safety of so many are all in grave danger. Oligarchs and Generals. That's who are scooting up to the table. Many folks with absolutely no experience are being put in charge of policy making and enormously large budgets. The zombified press corps and the thoroughly corrupted purveyors of news offer carefully disguised insight, hidden in barrels of goopy distraction.

    It ain't a pretty picture. I have children and I want them protected. I want your children protected too. So. What can be done? Indeed.

    Gandhi is my favorite film. In the Scandinavian pre-sunrise, I've just marveled in it again. Such, hope. Such bravery. Such a gift. Gandhi's life. The movie of Gandhi's life. I'm so grateful that it's always there for me when I need it most. The optimism. The inspiration. The contrasts. Grinding poverty and suffering that the Indian people endured and endure. The violence. Civil War. But also, The music. The scenery. The food. The trains, man, I gotta ride on the roof of one of those trains before I die. A love letter to the struggles and aspirations of the 20th century world bathed in colonial imagery and steeped in the political and social justice battles of their time on the sub-continent. Incredible.

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  • November 24, 2016

    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!! It's the first without my Mother on the planet. I'm Thankful to have had her as my one and only incredible Mom. On this holiday, I'm Thankful for so many reasons; My Wife and Three Daughters Ali, Elizabeth and Bella, chief among them. So, why the dystopian image? 

    DAPL Protests

    Police used tear gas on demonstrators opposed to the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota, on Sunday. Credit Stephanie Keith/Reuters

    We teach our kids about Pilgrims and Natives and Autumn Harvest feasts. I'm not sure if you guys are aware of it, but there is something happening in North Dakota right now, not just awful but something truly unjust, commonly referred to as the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

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  • November 10, 2016

    First, I'm fine. We are all fine. Devastation and hysteria aren't useful. Shock and dismay are disingenuous. Heartbreak and sadness are easier to understand. This was predictable and feared, if not predicted. For millennia, White Men have never willingly yielded power. Last night was no different. Women, Minorities and Millennials simply didn't care ENOUGH, in sufficient numbers to show up. Tens of millions cared deeply, but fewer millions than in the past took the interest or the time to vote (5 million fewer than in 2012).

    With my bosses, the Hillary Clinton Surrogate Team.

    With my bosses, the Hillary Clinton Surrogate Team.

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  • September 23, 2016

    Cuanto más odia la gente a Hillary, absolutamente más la amo. Estamos bajo el agujero del conejo, estamos en el lado oscuro de la luna, estamos perdidos en un desierto en este punto de las Elecciones Presidenciales del 2016. Me gustaría poder decir que ya ni siquiera reconozco mi país, pero sí lo hago. Este sueño febril de la locura ciudadana es demasiado familiar.

    Sean Astin

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  • September 22, 2016

    The more that people hate on Hillary, the more I absolutely love her. We are down the rabbit hole, we’re on the dark side of the moon, we’re lost in the desert at this point in the Presidential Election of 2016. I wish I could say that I don’t even recognize my country anymore, but I do. This fever dream of civic insanity is all too familiar.

    Campaigning for Hillary

    Donald Trump is not clever. He’s just dumb enough to wreck our political system for sport. He’s using 3rd grade, “I know you are but what am I” school yard tactics and “the media” is now totally incapable of dealing with it. The amount of times that hosts and pundits call out his lies is only surpassed by Trump surrogates and the even more pernicious lies they offer in his defense. Worse than that, every single day, this clumsy political oaf is thundering across the body politic, suppressing logic, co-opting any real chance at discussion and completely, alarmingly inverting and obliterating good sense and the right and natural order of things.

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  • My grandfather fought in the Second World War, and then drove a taxicab and died of alcoholism. My grandmother was a seamstress during the war and suffered from mental illness. Their youngest of three children, my mother—Patty Duke—was discovered as an actress, and won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker when she was thirteen. And in one generation, the extraordinary potential of success that American life affords manifested.

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    My mother became a very outspoken activist on a whole host of issues, including gay rights, and obviously, with playing Helen Keller, she advocated for hearing and vision-impaired services. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her midlife and she spent probably the most important of her political and activist work on mental health advocacy, destigmatizing manic depression. She was president of the Screen Actors Guild, with Ronald Reagan before her, and so I grew up in a house where America had a super capital ‘A.’ And my brothers and I were raised to believe that the greatness of this country is available to everybody, and should be fought for, and enjoyed by everybody.

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  • 13892095_1258460727508380_652044527659127760_nI'm back on the road for HILLARY. Today's journey started yesterday in Hawaii. After much needed family time, the moment has come to dig in and do my part for Democracy. As Patton famously said, "God help me, I love it so."

    The plan is for me to hit three states in three days; Wisconsin, Nebraska & Iowa. The Campaign has me visiting phone banks, volunteer training sessions and various staff gatherings. I absolutely love this kind of campaigning. Nothing in Government is more inspiring than seeing passionate and devoted citizens working hard to make the world a better place. I drop in, very briefly tell the story of why ‪#‎ImWithHer‬ thank them all, sometimes roll up my sleeves and make calls or canvass myself, do news or radio interviews, answer blog questions, and basically have a blast promoting my candidate.

    It isn't always easy. There are way too many haters, trolls, pessimists & cynics. While I've gotten pretty good at discarding the forces of destruction when confronted with them, I can never totally dismiss or ignore them. It's hard to discern who the malcontents are from those with a genuine difference of opinion or a well considered bias against my candidate. I genuinely enjoy hearing opinions that differ from my own and I always reserve the right to change or amend my positions based on new information or a better case that's made.

    Make no mistake, I am for HILLARY CLINTON for President. I like her. I trust her. I have every confidence that she will discharge the duties of her office with wisdom, discipline and courage.

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  • Please visit The Patty Duke Mental Health Initiative: InMemoryOfPattyDuke.com.

    To each of you, all of you and the entire world :-)))

    My mother's life touched tens of millions of people. Her ground-breaking portrayal of iconic American legend Helen Keller launched a career that would span six decades. First on broadway and then on the silver screen, Patty Duke's characterization of the extraordinary development of the blind/deaf child brought global attention to the plight of people living with those challenges.

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  • Need a rhetorical boost in your life? Dwight D. Eisenhower's Farewell speech on January 17, 1961, is a civic mind blower!!!

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