What’s Really At Stake In This Election

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We’ll open the phone lines to listeners across the country – to you – on the stakes as the nation turns to vote.

A volunteer prepares to hand out stickers to voters at an early polling station in Towson, Md. (Patrick Semansky/AP)
A volunteer prepares to hand out stickers to voters at an early polling station in Towson, Md. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

In the end, it’s about people voting, one by one. Americans thinking through this whole campaign season - where we are, where we’re headed, where we could go – and deciding. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will keep campaigning ‘til the wee hours. But we’ve heard from them. We know what they have to say. Now it’s you. Us. We are opening the phone lines this hour for your last thoughts on this race. This hour On Point, where you come down.  The last word goes to you. — Tom Ashbrook


Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor at large of the National Review Online. Senior fellow at the National Review Institute. (@kathrynlopez)

Stephen Henderson, Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of the Detroit Free Press editorial page. Host of WDET-FM’s Detroit Today. (@shendersonfreep)

From Tom’s Reading List

National Review: Love and the Election Ruins — "Choose to love. I don’t just mean finally propose to the woman you want to spend the rest of your life with or to remember your first love — what made you fall in love with your husband? Though those do seem like excellent ideas. We’re not getting any younger and all, and there’s great treasure there. I mean: Look around."

Detroit Free Press: Khizr Khan, and the role of Americanism in 2016 — "Khizr Khan speaks with a heavy accent. He was born in Pakistan, and immigrated to the U.S. as a young man. And his name — the repetitive sound of the 'K’s, the mashup of other consonants — evokes the very notions of 'otherness' that have defined the saddest and most frightening narratives of this bitter political campaign."

ProPublica: How Voter Fraud Works – And Mostly Doesn’t — "Every election season, cries that voter fraud will threaten the legitimacy of American democracy can be heard throughout the country. Critics say these claims are exaggerated and backed up by scant evidence. But dismissing voter fraud entirely overlooks the fact that that fraud does happen – rarely. This year, Donald Trump has introduced new urgency into the conversation, calling into question any result other than his own victory. But fear of voter fraud is not new. It was also cited by those opposing the 1965 Voting Rights Act, its expansions through the ’70s and ’80s, and the 1993 National Voter Registration Act."

This program aired on November 7, 2016.


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