When the president hears something critical of himself or his policies, he declares it is "fake news," and too many of you just swallow his assessment uncritically. You should be able to decide for yourself what is true and what is false. We know that a statement is true when the statement rises to the level of "justified true belief." A statement rises to the level of justified true belief when it corresponds to the world in a way that it is independently verifiable and that it is coherent with a broader set of justified true beliefs. And "independently verifiable" doesn't mean that your cousin agrees with the statement--it means that the overwhelming majority of credible sources confirm that the statement is a fact and / or that the statement allows you to predict things about the world that you can also test and prove to be true.
The most important thing about the American political process is not whether one party or the other wins or loses an election. Rather, the most important thing about the American political process is that it preserves the set of processes that are most likely to produce fair, unbiased outcomes and that recognize the equality, dignity and sanctity of individual persons before the law, regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender or sexual orientation. So when the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan refused to bring comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed the Senate in June, 2014 to the floor of the House because he was afraid that enough of his Republican party might support it to give the Democrats a win, that is not a victory for the Republicans. When the Republican-controlled Senate decided in 2016 that they would not even give the Supreme Court nominee selected by the last Democratic president the same procedural justice--a confirmation hearing--granted other Supreme Court nominees, that is not a win for the Republican Party. These are not victories for one political party--they are defeats for the American political process, for the rule of law, and for the dignity of the individual person.
The message of my book, Accountability Citizenship, is simple. Figure out your values, figure out which candidates best represent those values, and vote for those candidates. I voted early. Tomorrow is election day. Please vote.