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Trump’s Mob: An End, or a New Beginning?

Was yesterday’s pre-planned, deliberate, violent attack on the US Capitol by rabid Trump supporters the last gasp, the end, the exclamation point to Mafioso Don’s four years of infamy or, God forbid, the beginning of an assertive ultra-rightist campaign of violence and terrorism?

The fact that in two weeks there will be a Biden/Harris Justice Department that should actively investigate how this terrorist action happened and should prosecute the leaders of this dangerous white supremacist network increases the chances that this was, indeed, a “last gasp.” There should be unrelenting pressure on the Biden/Harris team to make sure that happens.

In addition, they need to immediately move to get $2000 pandemic checks to low-income, working-class and small business people and take other actions to help those struggling at this difficult time.

What happens with the weakened Republicans, no longer in control of the Senate or the White House, will also be critical. The best thing to hope for is that the divisions between the militant Trumpists and the more moderate Trumpists and the much smaller group of Trump critics in the Republican Party will continue and widen. Better, if possible, would be the emergence of a bloc, almost certainly a small bloc, which openly and actively pushes for an open disassociation between the Republicans and the racist ultra-rightists.

Then there’s the progressive Left. What is our role?

Clearly, we should support in all the ways we can initiatives to pressure the new Democratic administration to be very serious about prosecuting those responsible for yesterday’s Capitol Hill criminality. Not just those who were there who were arrested but the people who planned and led it. Think Proud Boys and their ultra-rightist comrades.

In addition, those of us on the Left who are anti-racist and of European ancestry need to resolve that we will step up our support of groups like Movement for Black Lives and, also important, step up our work within predominantly white communities and workplaces to speak out against white supremacy and other backwards thinking and actions. We should do so at the same time that we work to address economic justice and food insecurity and health care and other issues affecting white low-income and working-class people. We need to show day after day that we are concerned about all forms of inequality and injustice. Only in that way will we be able, over time, to undercut white folks’ support of people like Trump. Only then can we move white working-class people whose interests lie with working-class people of color in a progressive, time-to-take-on-the-1%-together, direction.

Ted Glick is the author of the recently-published “Burglar for Peace: Lessons Learned in the Catholic Left’s Resistance to the Vietnam War.” More information can be found at https://tedglick.com, and he can be followed on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jtglick

Thinking Beyond the Pandemic

Yesterday I spoke with one of my nieces and her 3 and 6 year old children via zoom. It was the first time we’ve seen each other and interacted in months. Talking about the difficulties she is having as a teacher with two young kids during the pandemic, I wondered how this pandemic will affect them and their generation, their consciousness, their view of the world, as we eventually get past it and they grow and evolve.

I don’t have any special ideas along those lines, but I do have some ideas about what can be and should be major priorities for humanity as a whole:

-A change in our relationship to the natural world: Many of us have learned that the increasing number of devastating viruses is related to the continued expansion of human society into natural areas where we have never been on a daily basis before. Doing so puts us in contact with animals which can pass on zoonotic viruses like AIDS, SARS and COVID 19. It also causes deforestation at a time when we need to be adding, not reducing, trees and natural vegetation because of the climate emergency.

A stronger and wider commitment to quality, affordable health care for all: It’s pretty basic. A healthy society is one which will make it harder for viruses to take root and spread. The US is not a very healthy society, overall, particularly for black, brown and Indigenous and low-income people, as well as in too many institutions providing elder care. Medicare for All isn’t a radical idea; it’s common sense, social defense, the logical next step once we’ve beaten this pandemic.

-Prioritizing a living wage jobs or income for all approach: Along the same lines, a healthy society is one where everyone gets enough income each year, via either a living wage job or adequate income support if unable to work, to have decent housing, healthy food, and programs that provide other needed support. And the creation of millions of new jobs building windmills and solar panels and plugging leaks in buildings is absolutely what is needed right now to solve the climate emergency.

Reforming our food system away from industrial agriculture: Tens of thousands of chickens, hogs, cattle or other animals kept together in one place is a recipe for serious problems, including increased risk of the development and spread of zoonotic viruses to humans. We need land reform that takes land away from corporate ag and distributes it to family and cooperative farms which use much healthier, environmentally sound food-growing practices.

International solidarity in support of improved lives for all: We live in an interconnected world and economy, which is why the pandemic has spread to all corners of it. There aren’t enough walls and other obstructions to prevent person-to-person contact. That is why the Covid 19 vaccine needs to be made available this year to every country for free, financed by wealth taxes, as a common sense measure. Conscious efforts need to be made to strengthen grassroots organizations that can raise people’s standards of living, including by taking on corporate profiteers trying to dominate local communities and economies for selfish and greedy purposes.

Action to slow, stop and reverse the earth’s growing population. The earth cannot provide a decent standard of living for everyone under our current system. Even under a new, people-oriented system it can’t unless there’s a reversal of the continual growth in human population. It has been shown that the best ways to reduce population are through a raising of living standards, the empowerment of women and the widespread availability of family planning services and reproductive health care.

Consciously, deliberately, and fiercely combating the Republican dogma that “government is the problem not the solution.” Ever since Reagan days over and over they’ve been repeating their official talking point: “The nine scariest words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government, I’m here to help you.'” If ever there was a right time to challenge that dogma, this pandemic crisis and the Republican/Trump failure to address it is the time to start pushing back against the ideology. (1)

We in the USA don’t need to wait for the pandemic to be defeated to begin advancing these approaches to avoiding future pandemics. Indeed, in all of these areas progressive organizations are working to advance them. The new Biden/Harris administration should support them, though they’re not going to do so as comprehensively and cleanly as they should without massive pressure from below.

Let’s make a commitment on this new year’s day that we will do all we can in the coming weeks and months to come out of this pandemic clearly pointed down this hopeful road.

(1) Thanks to Bruce Hartman for this additional point.

Ted Glick is the author of the recently-published “Burglar for Peace: Lessons Learned in the Catholic Left’s Resistance to the Vietnam War.” More information can be found at https://tedglick.com, and he can be followed on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jtglick

At Christmas Time, Howard Thurman and the ‘Inward Center’

This day before the worldwide celebration among Christians of Jesus of Nazareth’s birth has found me thinking about spiritual questions. I’m doing so not just because of that calendar reality; it’s because it just so happened that this was the day for me to do some work on an essay, “Does God Exist, Does It Matter,” in connection with a new book manuscript I’m in the process of finalizing.

In the latter parts of the essay, I quote from a very important but relatively unknown historical figure, Rev. Howard Thurman. Thurman was an African American minister, an author, a visionary and an active participant in the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s. He was close to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In one of his most popular books, Jesus and the Disinherited, Thurman sagely articulates how Jesus, preaching and teaching to the oppressed masses under Roman rule, “recognized fully that out of the heart are the issues of life and that no external force, however great and overwhelming, can at long last destroy a people if it does not first win the victory of the spirit against them. Jesus saw this with almighty clarity. Again and again he came back to the inner life of the individual. With increasing insight and startling accuracy he placed his finger on the ‘inward center’ as the crucial arena where the issues would determine the destiny of his people.”

In Jesus’ day, in Thurman’s time, and still today this holds true. Positive social change doesn’t happen unless growing numbers of individuals develop the inward clarity and strength to fight for justice day after day. Over time, all of this can add up to needed and even revolutionary change.

In a sermon preached in 1951 published in the book Sermons on the Parables, before the 50’s civil rights movement had burst forth, Thurman spoke very specifically to this “inward center” work in a way that all people, whether religious or not, can learn from:

“The restlessness of our age, the churning tumult of our times, the quiet frustrations and the riotous frustrations in the midst of which we live, all these surround us in the quietness, and yet we recognize the privilege of unhurried contemplation, of laying ourselves bare to the searching processes of singleness of mind, the privilege of becoming aware of needs of which we are scarcely conscious in our fevered rush, the privilege of hearing voices that need not speak above a whisper in our hearts, pointing us to the way that we should take in the midst of our own problems and responsibilities, our own hopes, and our own fears. The time of regaining of quiet. The time of searching of heart. The time of regaining of perspective. The time of lifting of hopes about ourselves and the world. The time of insight. The time of the renewal of courage.”  

Elsewhere in Sermons on the Parables he writes: “So many things of which we are not aware when we are living at a more superficial level, we become aware of in the stillness, when all the noises, the interior noises, are quieted.” 

I hope that at this special time for those who believe in the importance of the life of Jesus of Nazareth that everyone, Christian or not, will take time to reflect on Thurman’s wise and very relevant words.


Ted Glick is the author of the recently-published “Burglar for Peace: Lessons Learned in the Catholic Left’s Resistance to the Vietnam War.” More information can be found at https://tedglick.com, and he can be followed on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jtglick

Civil War?

I can’t remember ever hearing the two-word phrase, “civil war,” as much as I’ve heard it over the past year. Yesterday, at the latest, post-election, Trump-forever rally in downtown Washington, DC, the Washington Post reported that “podcaster David Harris, Jr. riled the crowd by suggesting if there were a civil war, ‘we’re the ones with all the guns.’”

This followed news reports that ultra-rightist Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio, the day before, “posted photos taken inside the White House gates on the conservative platform Parler, adding that he had received a ‘last minute invite to an undisclosed location.’” White House officials denied that he had met with Trump or anyone else.

Is it realistic that Trump would have such a meeting? I’d say yes, given his desperation after all of the Supreme Court justices, including the three he appointed, summarily dismissed his latest loser lawsuit, clearing the way for the Electoral College tomorrow to officially elect Biden/Harris.

A desperate, anti-democratic, authoritarian, narcissistic, emotionally-depressed would-be dictator, with nowhere else to turn, could turn to extra-legal, extra-parliamentary action.

After all, in the months leading up to the November 3 election, he repeatedly and consistently declared that the elections were rigged. He called upon his supporters on election day to jam up polling sites. At the September 29th Presidential debate he said, “I am urging my supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully, because that’s what has to happen. I am urging them to do it.”

Did any of this happen on November 3? Apparently very little, if any. If it did it sure hasn’t been reported anywhere that I’ve seen, and you’d think it would be.

The fact is that for all of Trump’s bluster and bombast, for all the tens of millions of people who voted for him, the fact is that the November 3 election, held during pandemic times, was possibly the fairest, most transparent and most successful Presidential election ever. Masses of people were willing to vote for Trump, and to turn out for his rallies, but the evidence so far indicates that the percentage of those supporters willing to go beyond that is very small.

This is a critical point when it comes to the question of “civil war.”

Is the country very divided ideologically? Yes, although there’s a definite majority of voters, 51-47%, who support a center-left orientation.

Has Trump inflamed and hardened those divisions? Yes.

Is it therefore more possible than in the past that those divisions could lead to increased physical attacks on the Left and others by ultra-rightist, armed militias? Yes, but what the new Biden/Harris administration does about them is very key. If the federal government, acting via the FBI and the Justice Department, is willing to investigate and prosecute groups doing so, similar to what was done this summer when a plot to kidnap and kill Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was discovered, it seems to me that this will definitely tamp down the domestic terrorism threat.

But more than this is necessary. What is needed is for a Biden/Harris administration to move to seriously enact policies on a wide range of issues that clearly and unmistakably are intended to improve the lives of working class people of all races and nationalities, urban, suburban and rural. There must be a willingness to take on the billionaire class and the deep-seated economic inequality that disproportionately affects people of color but affects people of all colors and cultures. We need Green New Deal-type initiatives and just transition policies that create jobs in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors for the currently un- and underemployed and for workers displaced from a shrinking fossil fuel industry. We need a wealth tax on the 1% and shifting money from the military budget to programs that benefit working people.

In many ways, this is the harder work, given Biden’s historic ties to transnational corporations and the influence of the 1% over the dominant forces in the Democratic Party.

The Left must work with the Biden/Harris administration, but it must also be willing to speak up and bring pressure, including public pressure via action in the streets, nonviolent direct action, hunger strikes and more for a genuine people’s program. It is not an extreme statement to say that to the extent this does not happen, to that extent will popular disillusionment grow, the Trumpublicans be given political openings and the armed rightist militias be empowered and grow.

Let’s work to support Democrats Warnock and Ossoff in Georgia January 5 as we keep building a unified, grassroots-based, issue-oriented people’s movement, the prerequisite for forward progress after our historic defeat of Trump.

Ted Glick is the author of the recently-published “Burglar for Peace: Lessons Learned in the Catholic Left’s Resistance to the Vietnam War.” More information can be found at https://tedglick.com, and he can be followed on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jtglick

FERC Into FREC

There are many aspects to a successful energy revolution that moves human society off of fossil fuels and onto a genuinely clean, just, and jobs-creating renewable energy path. But there’s at least one indispensable aspect: the electrification of our energy system.

We can’t keep burning polluting coal, oil and/or gas to access the power which fuels our transportation vehicles, provides for heat in the winter and cooler air in the summer, and allows us to use electricity for all of our many devices, appliances and other power-using inventions. We must make a shift to getting all, or almost all, of that power from electricity generated by non-polluting energy sources like wind and solar.

Fortunately, the world is clearly on this path, if still with a ways to go on the journey. Unfortunately, as we have seen over the past four years in the USA, if people like Trump are in charge, this transition can be slowed down and gummed up. It can’t be stopped; there’s too much momentum, and for not just environmental but for economic reasons. Wind and solar and possibly other clean technologies are a better deal economically than fossil fuels. But the transition can be slowed down, and that is a huge problem since we’re already so far behind where we need to be because of the fossil fuel industry’s continuing, if decreasing, political power.

That is why the campaign to transform FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, into FREC, our Federal Renewable Energy Commission, is so timely and strategic.

This campaign was initiated last year by Beyond Extreme Energy and has been signed onto so far by 236 organizations, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and others. A 13 minute, well-received video, FERC Into FREC, was produced and released earlier this year, and this fall BXE began to circulate a nine-page Legislative Proposal to House and Senate offices with specific ideas on what a new FREC would look like and how it would function. We’ve been pleased by the response we’re getting.

There is historic precedent for Congress taking this step. In 1935 Congress transformed the Federal Power Commission, created in the 1920’s, into an independent regulatory agency. It was authorized to regulate both hydropower and interstate electricity. In 1977 the FPC was renamed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as an independent agency within the newly-created Department of Energy. Its primary mandate was to regulate the electricity grid. Since then its responsibilities have expanded, including that of making decisions about the expansion of the “natural” gas industry, today a primarily fracked gas industry.

Today, in 2020, its time for the former FPC, now FERC, to be transformed into the 21st century, renewables first, transparent and community-involving electricity regulatory agency we need. As part of the Green New Deal, we need a new FREC.

BXE has identified five central points that we see as essential for a new FREC to be what the times call for:

-Commissioners of FREC must be champions of renewable energy and free of conflicts of interest.
-FREC would be funded through appropriations, not industry fees which encourage corruption.
-FREC would actively seek input and involvement from environmental justice communities, Indigenous, people of color and low-income, which have historically and disproportionately suffered most from fossil fuel operations
-FREC would actively promote community involvement in decision-making as a new electrical grid is built based on renewables with storage
-There would no longer be any eminent domain for private gain, no tolling, no forcing landowners into court as standard operating policy.

There is little doubt that changes are coming for FERC. It is no longer an out-of-the-public-eye, industry-controlled agency rubber-stamping virtually every single gas industry permit for expansion the industry applies for. Earlier this year the House Committee on Oversight and Reform released a report revealing that over the last 20 years, FERC has approved 1,021 gas industry permit applications and rejected no more than six. And the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, set up by Nancy Pelosi last year, put forward 40 pages of proposals for FERC reform in its 547 page document released this summer.

BXE believes that many of these reforms would be an improvement, but the fact is that FERC’s historic connections to the fossil fuel industry are wide and deep. News stories have reported on the revolving door for FERC staff and leadership with industry. We just cannot trust it.

This is true even if, under Joe Biden’s Presidency, he appoints, as is likely, the sole, current Democratic commissioner, Richard Glick, as a new Chairperson. It will be true even if, come next summer, it will be possible for there to be three Democratic and two Republican commissioners, as distinct from the Republican numerical dominance that has been the case under Trump. Over those 20 years of gas industry permit rubber stamping by FERC, there were many years when Democratic commissioners were in the majority.

But what if a Richard Glick-led Democratic majority takes a different course, makes a genuine effort to change FERC from the inside? That would be an improvement, but as long as FERC’s mission in relation to renewable energy is ambiguous, as is true right now; as long as FERC leadership can be deeply immersed in fossil fuel industry connections; and as long as, come 2024, a new Republican President could be elected who can jam things up the way that Trump did, we cannot expect FERC to be what is needed. We need a new FREC with a clear, Congressionally mandated mission to give leadership in the urgent, fossil-fuels-to-renewables transition and a FREC leadership that is actually committed to doing that. We need to dismantle FERC and replace it with a Federal Renewable Energy Commission.


Ted Glick is a volunteer organizer with Beyond Extreme Energy, He is the author of the recently-published “Burglar for Peace: Lessons Learned in the Catholic Left’s Resistance to the Vietnam War.” More information can be found at https://tedglick.com, and he can be followed on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jtglick

Want USA Unity? Go Solar and Wind!

“When asked about whether the US should prioritize developing wind and solar energy or expanding oil, natural gas, and coal, 79 percent chose renewables. That’s considerably higher than Pew’s polls from just a few years ago. That number is partly due to strengthening support among Democrats, but it’s also the result of growth among Republicans in the last few years—65 percent of whom chose renewables.”    https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/06/us-poll-shows-broad-support-for-renewables-climate-measures/

Many political commentators on TV are talking about the need for President-Elect Joe Biden to unify Americans after four years of deliberately-created disunity by Donald Trump. Biden himself made this one of his main closing arguments down the stretch. And there’s no question that this is something desirable and desired by a majority of the country.

I see two major issues around which unity in action can be built right now. One is the pandemic. The other is renewable energy, particularly wind and solar.

I’ve been a climate activist since 2003. Over that time, I’ve consistently seen polling showing wind and solar having broad tri-partisan support, from Democrats (the most), Independents (next) and Republicans (over 50%). Looking through my email files, I found a Center for American Progress report from 2009, soon after Obama and Biden were elected President and Vice-President, which said that “76 percent of respondents agreed that ‘America’s economic future requires a transformation away from oil, gas and coal to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.’”

A rapid acceleration of wind and solar isn’t just good for our destabilizing climate. It’s also a job creator, millions of socially-valuable, potentially union jobs. And it is also good for people’s health, reducing and ultimately removing the dirty pollution of our air, water and land that comes with fossil fuel production and burning. This is particularly good for low-income and people of color communities, which are disproportionately the location of the infrastructure of those polluting industries.

I’m a big supporter of a Green New Deal, a mix of pieces of legislation that can do great things for the people of this country, particularly those in most need of steady work at a living wage as well as those working in the fossil fuel industry who can transition into good jobs in the renewables and energy efficiency sectors. A Biden/Harris/Democratic initiative right out of the gate in January for a massive investment to accelerate the expansion of wind and solar energy would be just what we need to unite the country and point the way forward.

Ted Glick just completed a month-long Fast to Defeat Trump from October 3 to November 3. He is the author of the recently-published “Burglar for Peace: Lessons Learned in the Catholic Left’s Resistance to the Vietnam War.” More information can be found at https://tedglick.com, and he can be followed on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jtglick

11:30 am November 6: TRUMP DEFEATED, but…

Biden is ahead and is going to likely end up 40-50,000 votes ahead in Pennsylvania when all remaining ballots are counted. Winning that state will put him over the 270 electoral votes he needs to win. He is slightly ahead in Georgia, that one is more up in the air because there are few outstanding ballots left to count. It’s  looking good for him in Arizona, and MSNBC reports that there will likely be an extension of Biden’s lead in Nevada reported very soon.

I’d bet the house on Biden winning—hooray!

The big issue is how will Trump respond. Fox News reported this morning that he is getting conflicting advice from his aides in the White House. Some of them want him to concede, others don’t. Last evening Trump sure looked defeated when he read from a statement full of lies and misinformation, trying to present a brave front but not looking very confident.

Massive, nonviolent, peaceful, non-adventuristic, celebratory demonstrations are what we need now to punctuate and underline the truth that Super Spreader Mafioso Don’s time is up. He should resign and head back home right now!

The multi-racial rainbow people have won; let’s defend our victory.

Post-Fast, Day 1, 6 am

It’s https://protecttheresults.com time!

I’m off the fast, began working my way back to normal eating last evening, but that’s a minor story. The big story is that, as of right now, there is still a possibility that Trump could lose the Presidency, by the narrowest of margins, literally.

CNN just showed how if Biden wins Arizona, Nevada and Wisconsin, states he is now leading in, though extremely narrowly in Wisconsin, and Michigan, where he’s a good bit behind but with, CNN says, a lot of Democratic areas still to report plus mail-in ballots to count, Biden will have the 270 electoral votes he needs, with Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Georgia still to be determined.

It looks like Biden will win the popular vote similar to how Clinton won it, by 2-3%, maybe a little more when all the votes are counted.

And predictably, Trump announced an hour or so ago that he is sending his lawyers to the Supreme Court to try to get them to stop the counting of the legally cast ballots. No big surprise there.

It’s time to shift gears to protect the vote mode! Check out https://protecttheresults.com for info on hundreds of demonstrations happening around the country today, and it looks likely they’ll continue after today.

It was very depressing to go to bed at midnight with it looking like Trump had won it, but he hasn’t, which is why he’s trying to stop vote-counting. Let’s protect our democracy!

Day 32 (6)

The last day! The big day! History in the making! Thank God!

Of course I’m glad that I will begin chewing food for the first time in 32 days this evening, at 8 pm after the polls close in my home state of New Jersey. I will eat a steamed white potato, a carrot and some greens, all organic.

Much, much more important will be the initial voting results that are supposed to begin coming in around that time. Based upon what I’ve heard on CNN and MSNBC, by 8 pm ET, results coming in from Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, all states that could go either way for Biden or Trump, could well tell the story of who is going to win when all the votes are counted nationally days, maybe weeks, from now.

I hope that’s true. I hope Biden wins at least one of those three states. If he does, it’s game over for Super-Spreader, Mafioso Trump. He and the most rabid of his followers, of whom there are many thousands, may make their legal, extra-legal and violent efforts to void the results, but if it is a clear win for Biden, not a very close, just-barely win in the electoral college, I don’t think even the Amy Coney Barrett-included Supreme Court conservative majority is going to side with Trump.

I remember back during the Vietnam War there was a huge Supreme Court case that my late friend, mentor and constitutional lawyer Arthur Kinoy was involved with. It was during the Nixon years, and his Justice Department, under John Mitchell, was asserting President Nixon’s right to wiretap and surveil anyone he wanted to on the grounds of overarching Executive Power. The Supreme Court’s make up was similar politically to the current court, and people on the Left were very concerned about this decision. Surprisingly, when it came down it was overwhelmingly negative for Nixon and positive for basic constitutional rights.

There are some things that even Supreme Court Republicans will think twice before doing, and I think giving Trump the power of a King is one of those. We saw that earlier this year with the 7-2 vote telling Trump he needed to turn over financial documents to a New York federal prosecutor. And I think it’s likely we would see the same thing if Trump’s lawyers tried to get them to overturn a clear electoral college victory by Biden.

I hope it doesn’t get to that point. I hope that the mass, nonviolent protectthevote.com demonstrations that are planned to begin tomorrow end up becoming celebrations of a Biden victory. Either way, I believe that there are good reasons to be hopeful on this huge, huge day. Power to the multi-racial, rainbow people!

Day 31 of Fast to Defeat Trump

About three weeks ago, around day 10 of my current fast, I was interviewed by Josh Fox for his show on The Young Turks network. At one point he asked me what the difference was between a hunger strike and a fast, after I had used them pretty much interchangeably. I said that a hunger strike was more political, issue-oriented; a fast had more of a spiritual dimension to it, even if it was also political.

I’ve increasingly called this “Fast to Defeat Trump” a hunger strike as it has gone on, now in its next to last day. I’ve called it that in large part because it has not been a very “spiritual” experience for me, as distinct from most of the other long fasts I’ve done. I remember, for example, while fasting in Brooklyn, NY back in the 70’s feeling a real sense of connection to other people and to other living things in what can only be described as a “spiritual” way. I really could identify with Gandhi’s statement that “fasting is the sincerest form of prayer.”

Yesterday, while making get-out-the-vote phone calls to Georgia and Florida, I spoke to someone in Georgia who choked me up and made me think about this issue. He was an elderly African American man, a military veteran. When I asked him if he had voted for Biden he said yes, and when I asked him if he was talking up voting with other people he said, yes, that he lived in a retirement community and he and others had gone on buses to do early voting, and they were always talking about the election. He went on to say, “I’ve voted and talked to people and as far as myself, all I can do is pray and put it in God’s hands.”

I sputtered my thanks and appreciation through my choked-up voice and hung up, and then shed some tears. I think in part it was an emotional release from all the anxiety and tension that it is impossible not to feel right now. But maybe it was more. If I believed in such things, I’d wonder if this man was an angel telling me to “relax, God is in charge.”

I believe in a higher power in the universe, what I call The Great, Unknown, Creative Force That Rules the Universe, or the Great Spirit in short. I very much identify with the Native American approach to spirituality. On my wall I have a sentence I once read referencing that approach: “Every step was a prayer of thanksgiving.”

It is difficult to comprehend a loving “God” foisting devil Trump upon the world for another four years as President. Of course, “God” doesn’t work like that. The Great Spirit works through human beings and all of the various mysterious and unknown processes that keep the universe evolving and the world spinning on its axis, creating and sustaining life, advancing humanity, hopefully, toward a world truly based upon love in all of its best manifestations.

The Great Mystery of life unfolds through the thoughts and actions of each of us as individuals, no other way. And it will do so no matter what the results of this critical, oh so critical, election. I pray that we, the people, the multi-racial rainbow people, will see the victory the world needs so, so much.

Ted Glick is currently on a month-long Fast to Defeat Trump until November 3. He is the author of the recently-published “Burglar for Peace: Lessons Learned in the Catholic Left’s Resistance to the Vietnam War.” More information can be found at https://tedglick.com, and he can be followed on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jtglick