Friday, October 09, 2020

What's Next?

 With all the talk about the countdown to the election, it might be time to consider what happens after November 3. The first issue that everyone should keep in mind is the potential of a contested result. This seems only right due to the number of times the sitting "president" has brought it up. The obvious response would be to vote. Vote in such great waves that the result will never be in doubt. Vote, and I'm repeating myself here for emphasis, as if your life depended on it. 

Because it does. 

More than two hundred thousand Americans have died over the past six months from a global pandemic that has been poorly understood, poorly managed, and poorly appreciated. Rather than finding a way to reach out after his most recent fumble with any sort of empathy, the "president" has hit the reset button insisting that this virus is no worse than the average flu. 

Racial justice and police reform continue to burn brightly on the horizon as the Right Thing continues to evade those in power. Those voices crying out for Black Lives are blamed for their completely justifiable anger. 

A new Supreme Court Justice is being rushed into this fray in hopes of pushing a lifetime's agenda into a country that continues to reject those conservative agendas. A woman's right to choose, affordable health care, and all manner of hard-won realities of American life are not being promoted, but are instead being kicked to the curb in an attempt to maintain what was never the status quo in the first place. 

It's time to ensure that the Silent Majority, which is neither, stops being in charge of the direction in which our ship of state sails. Like the captain of the Titanic steering directly toward the iceberg, then locking the door to the wheelhouse before leaping overboard. This captain will most definitely not be going down with the ship. He will go to the nearest golf club and attempt to return to his previous life as a bankrupt millionaire game show host. 

Which is fine with me, because I don't like golf and I never watched his show anyway. 

Vote. Like all of our lives depended on it. 

Because it does. 

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