I had very few trick or treaters Halloween night. It was in keeping with the other five years I've lived in this house.
However, we had a suicide 5 or 6 houses down the street around 4pm. I did not find out about it until today from a neighbor. The house was owned by a very elderly woman who had been placed in an old folks' home when several strokes had rendered her non compos mentis. Her daughter had lived with her in the house, and had been in and out of jail a number of times on drug and other charges. She was about my age. The other family members put the house on the market to fund the care for the elderly woman. It had been on the market for 3 months. An offer came in on Sunday finally, and the daughter, not having any other options other than homelessness, hanged herself.
Even though I didn't know the individuals, other than I saw them when they were out walking, the older woman with a cane or walker and the daughter with her two pit bulls, I am deeply shaken by this. I refuse to watch the election returns tonight, because it is just one more aspect of our social safety net shredding as people forget the past and turn on those who were seeking to change the fallout from the 8 years of Bush administration policies that have left us deeply in debt and fighting an unwinnable war that was begun on the basis of lies. As Al Franken put it last week, "it's easier to drive the car in the ditch than it is to push it out."
I am truly in despair over the inability of US citizens to see past the agit prop and the fear mongering and look at the facts. Yes, the Democrats bear some responsibility. But I hold the media, the Republicans, and lazy voters to 3/4 of the blame.