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.