This morning, more out of habit than anything else, I reached for the remote to check on what’s been happening overnight and got the cable TV equivalent of the Blue Screen of Death: NO SIGNAL.
I called Comcast and found out through their robot that “we are experiencing outages in your area.” They expect to be back up by 6:00 a.m.
I felt a small wave of relief. I don’t have to watch TV. I can turn on the radio and listen to the BBC World Service on WLRN-FM, which they run every night. And I don’t have to hear about the election this morning.
I am aware that some of you may not want to read about the shitshower that is going to be coming for the next six months or so. There are those who don’t want to hear about Donald Trump and the “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet” aspect of this presidential election. But I also think that I have — if not a duty then an obligation — to write about what could be a very important election. Perhaps the most important one since I started paying attention to outcomes in 1968.
I know that it’s a truism that every election is important, and every candidate tells us that the one they’re in is the Most Important Election Ever (of course they’d say that; otherwise we wouldn’t pay attention to them). But this one truly does feel as if there is much more at stake than just who wins.
I personally feel threatened by the prospect of Donald Trump as president. Anyone who will go to the lengths of mendacity, bullying, bullshitting, race-baiting, sexism, xenophobia, and unlimited, unrestrained spewage of puke that he puts out is just plain dangerous. And I feel I must speak up both here and wherever I can. And I will keep doing it.
I’m not going to repeat every story about him and his campaign; there are plenty of blogs and news sites that can provide you with that. But I will write about him in the context of shaping our future and how we can and must do everything we can to keep him from ever being anything more than a colorful — if you think a Stephen King monster come to life is colorful — character in American history.
So I’m giving you fair notice: I’m going to be writing about him and the election a lot between now and November 8. Feel free to skip over those posts and enjoy A Little Night Music or the Saturday Random Youtubery. But we have a country to keep, and I’m going to do what I can to keep it.