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This video contains a baby bison pooping, frustration at Donald Trump, and the phrase "God Damnit." So if you don't like that sort of thing, turn away now.

It's like my country exists in two universes, the one I experience directly, which is wonderful, efficient, and beautiful, and the one I hear about on television, which is decaying, rotten, and full of scum. Frankly, I'm sick of it.

And I'm sick particularly of Donald Trump leveraging fear into hate. The list of things he wants me to be afraid of is so long that the thing I have become afraid of more than anything is him. I've never seen anyone fan hatred like he has, and I am sick with the worry that that hatred, once let loose, will not be something we can put away again.

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Good morning, John.  I spent last weekend in Glacier National Park, a place that is dripping with scenic beauty and absolutely no cell phone signals.  That might have something to do with all the extremely sharp cliffs and jutting rock formation and a desire not to like, build cell phone towers on some of the most scenic mountains in the world.  There is a road, it was completed in the 1930s, that bisects Glacier National Park called the Going to the Sun Road.  It's a little bit terrifying, as for a great deal of the time, especially on the way up, you're basically driving three feet away from a precipitous drop.  If you're in the car and not driving, there's this weird sensation that you need to lean away from the cliff, even though obviously, that's not gonna help anything if the car goes over, but you shouldn't lean away from the cliff, you should lean toward the cliff, because that's where the best view is.

It's a little strange that this road was even built.  It continues to be an engineering marvel, because of avalanches and freeze-thaw cycles, the road needs constant repair, and the road doesn't actually go anywhere except to the top, Logan Pass, which, during the winter, is regularly covered in more than 80 feet of snow.  The Going to the Sun Road closes in September and doesn't open again until July.  It almost seems like a uniquely American thing.  There's this beautiful thing, but people can't get to it unless they're ridiculously dedicated, so let's spend millions of dollars building a miracle of a road, in fact, let's give it a miraculous sounding name, we have to democratize access to this grandeur and this beauty and these cute ground squirrels and these majestic mountain goats, but you cannot SnapChat them while you're up there, 'cause your cell phone doesn't work.  You have to wait until you get back to your hotel room, and then when you get there, you'll check the news and find out that once again, Donald Trump has said something disgusting and inexcusable that somehow hasn't disqualified him from seeking the presidency of this beautiful place.  

Listen: I'm not much of a nationalist.  Part of what I like about Glacier National Park is that the ecosystem it contains stretches between international borders and into Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park.  Indeed, a commitment to being a proactive part of the global systems on which we rely economically, socially, and ecologically is part of what I love about being an American, and I really do love this country, though that gets harder during election years, which always highlight what I dislike about being an American.  We work so hard to demonize each other that everyone comes out looking like demons, and yes, that looks a lot worse this time around than it did last time, and yes, I do feel particularly discouraged, but it's easy to forget what this country has done, what we have built, what it cost us, and how easy it is to be proud of it.  All you have to do is not look at Twitter for a few hours and instead, look at what we've built.

Yes, we have problems, and yes, it makes sense that we spend a lot of time discussing them, because after all, they are the problems.  But goddamnit if I don't love this country, even in the face of the popularity of a despicable man, goddamnit, if I'm not proud to be an American.  John, I'll see you on Tuesday.

This isn't a scary part.
Katherine: Okay.
Hank: Wide road, not a lotta cars.
Katherine: Oh my God, I'm gonna murder you.
Hank: They did say that we should get off the road by a certain time.  
Katherine: It's hail.
Hank: Yeah, it hailed a little bit.  
Katherine: It's some hail.  
Hank: Oh, hi, hey there.
Katherine: Oh, you missed it.
Hank: Oh, I missed it pooping.  Wow, you don't mind so much.  Oh gosh, you're cute.  Oh gosh, you're a healthy looking chipmunk.  Oh ew.  That is a baby bison pooping.
Katherine: Everybody poops, guys.
Hank: Good job.
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