Monday, October 8, 2018

Moving On

Now is not the time to dwell on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, but gather our forces and our voices and vote on November 6.  Let the right-wingers gloat and tease and be the typical sore winners that they are; we have work to do.  Don’t overthink the polls that show energizing Republicans; they have the attention span of a fruit fly and will soon find something else to be outraged about.

What does concern me is the historical pattern that this trend in our history seems to be rhyming, if not repeating.  Thanks to Hunter, I went to Hullabaloo and read this rather sobering assessment of the past and where it led.

This piece is meant to alarm. It should. We are all watching this unfold on a day to day basis, many of us stressed out and upset, aware that this is a very scary historical inflection point. Something has gone very wrong and we aren’t quite sure how to deal with it. I will just point out that the world may end up being lucky that the worlds only superpower produced the demagogic authoritarian Donald Trump instead of someone who was either more intelligent and competent or more malleable in the hands of an alt-right manipulator like Steve Bannon. That is small comfort, though. Incompetent imbeciles are often more dangerous than efficient geniuses.

So, as the piece in yesterday’s Sunday Reading noted, this is not the time to dwell on the past.  It’s a call to action, to do something, and to get out of your cocoon or bubble or whatever it is that protects you — and I’m just as guilty as the next one, bingeing on “The West Wing” and junk TV — but now is the time to get off our collective asses and vote these bastards out.

5 barks and woofs on “Moving On

  1. I took mine and Russ’ ballots to the post office and mailed them yesterday. I was out of stamps and got them out of a machine. We received the ballots Thursday, three ballots each, man they vote a lot here on Tx!

  2. Something like 26% of eligible voters vote in mid-term elections. If you do nothing take a neighbor to the polls or a relative. Get your barber or your manicurist to vote. Ask your garbage guy or the fellow who mows the lawn if he’s registered and if not do it (if he’s legally here) and, dammit, vote. Remind the checkout person that there’s an important vote coming up November 6th and how important it is to find a way to get to the polling place before or after work. Nag nag nag.

  3. I keep wondering if the polls showing voter enthusiasm (where right now the media is gushing over an increase in GOP enthusiasm) also measure independents, because really they’re meaningless of they don’t.
    It’s been frustrating, living here in the woods. What do I do? Go down to Ludington Park (in Escanaba, which is the nearest of what we call “cities” here in the UP) and march around with a sign, hoping a couple of people walking their dogs notice? The local Democratic Party doesn’t even have a website… I’m going to get out and vote on November 6, hoping it makes a difference.

  4. Not to throw a wet rag onto things, but I worry that liberal voters have the same attention span as conservatives, especially with the media gearing up to start reporting the “horse race”. Add in the DNC’s proven ability to screw our candidates over (gods forbid they should support a challenger to the likes of Joe Manchin), and I start to wonder if we can even flip the House. I can only hope that on November 7, I’ll wake up to a happy surprise.

    And thanks for the plug.

    • And, underneath it all, is the nagging suspicion that the election will be rigged, especially in those states where the GOP is in control of the voting apparatus. (The irony hear being that I’m on the North Side of Chicago, historically the type specimen for rigged elections, and where our elections these days are about as transparent as it gets — staring with either paper ballots or voting machines that give you a paper print-out of your vote.)

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