Lake Powell Overnight (Glen Canyon National Park), Watercolor, 21.25” x 29.25, Richard J Van Wagoner, Courtesy of Van Wagoner Family Trust**

Climate change, heavily influenced and accelerated by human conduct, is a scientific fact. The United Nations report on climate change addresses the singularly most consequential issue facing humanity. Not a hoax. (Some people are certain god flooded the entire earth during Biblical times, drowning everyone and everything, after instructing Noah to build an ark and collect all the animals two-by-two. Many of those believers are the ones who think climate change is a hoax.) If you are a single-issue voter, this is it. Period. The end. Next, of course, is the geopolitical, existential threat of Mr. Trump having the most powerful military arsenal in world history at his disposal and whim. Not a hoax.

Bears Ears, October 13, 2018.

It is fact that, top down, the GOP is doing everything conceivable to undermine the institutions that safeguard and enforce the rule of law in order to protect a morally bankrupt and entirely corrupt executive. It is fact that the GOP majorities in the House and Senate have wholly abdicated their constitutional duties and breached their solemn oaths of office to serve as an independent check on the executive, to protect and defend the Constitution and the United States from enemies foreign and domestic. It is fact that under Trump the United States has less than zero top-down moral leadership here and abroad. It is fact that the executive has no regard for human rights here or elsewhere. It remains a fact that immigrant children and parents are being separated from each other, some permanently, under official executive directive. It is fact that immigrants are taking jobs Americans refuse to perform, helping farmers and boosting the economy. It is fact that immigrants commit fewer crimes per capita than US citizens.

Road to Canyonlands National Park via Newspaper Rock, October 12, 2018

It is fact that Trump’s propaganda machine plays primarily to small-minded, white-privileged, (mostly) men, stoking fear that said individuals could somehow lose their privileged status. Of course, this fear, if realized, could only improve decision making (decisions based on the merit, anyone?) and the status of minorities and others whom have historically been subjected to the mob mentality currently being projected by the GOP. It is a likely fact that Dr. Ford was sexually assaulted and shamed by now-Justice Kavanaugh. Eleven angry white men, fearing truth, were forced to allow what was a manifestly fake investigation. To placate women. It is fact that a grotesquely high percentage of girls and women are sexually abused and assaulted by boys and men—Mr. Trump and the Senate, permanent habitants, animated the precise culture that drives victims inward, underground and not to report.

Potash Road, Moab, Utah, October 13, 2018

The angry mob Trump and the GOP fear is an electorate flooding the polls, exercising the franchise as the only meaningful way to stop America’s rapid downward spiral, to show compassion here and around the world, to reinstate and enforce the rule of law, to assure some accountability on a primitive-thinking, lawless executive, and to salve their shame and embarrassment that the United States could elect something like this and behave this way.

*My brother the very talented fiction writer and novelist, Robert Hodgson Van Wagoner, deserves considerable credit for offering both substantive and technical suggestions to and

**My daughter Angela Moore, a professional photographer, photographed more than 500 pieces of my father's work. On behalf of the Van Wagoner Family Trust, she is in the process of compiling a collection of his art work. The photographs of my father's art reproduced in


Natural US Citizen. Caucasian. Shamed into blogging by DSM-V Cluster B 9/9-led regime, Utah's most embarrassing congressperson, and Newton's Third Law of Motion. The views expressed are mine.

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