Well, I did my civic duty and privilege as a democratic citizen.
And it was a pretty easy vote in two regards.
Firstly, I do love being retired and living in a small suburb off on the corner of the smaller side of the Twin Cities. Both voting and DMV visits are painless and wait-free.
Being retired lets me pick a time, mid-morning, when the work rush is long gone, but no one is on their lunch break yet.
I could walk to the church that’s my polling station. It’s about a mile-and-a-half, one way. The problem is the walk back is uphill and a reasonably steep hill at that. (And it was 38° out this morning.)
Secondly, with Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar both dropping out, the only really sensible choice is Joe Biden. Which in many regards is more of a vote against Bernie Sanders.
It’s certainly, once again, a vote for the least worst rather than a wholehearted full-throated vote for a candidate I really like. (I was going to vote for Our Amy who has the experience and centrist thinking I would like to see in the White House.)
But here we go. There’s a whole baseball season to get through — a nice distraction from what’s going to be an ugly political season — and just after the World Series it’ll be time to vote.
I will say that I’ve figured out why I’m so filled with ennui lately. It’s partly seasonal (and that part is getting better), but it’s actually socio-political.
- I expected America to reject that clown the moment he rode down his golden escalator. Didn’t happen.
- I expected the Republicans to reject him during their primary. Didn’t happen.
- I expected America to reject him in 2016. Didn’t happen.
- I expected Congress to do something in those early years. Didn’t happen. The monster’s power just grew and grew.
- I expected better from the media. Didn’t happen.
- I expected more of a mandate in the 2018 election. Didn’t happen.
- I expected something from the Mueller Report (remember that?). Nothing happened, and it’s ancient history now.
- I expected something from the Impeachment, got nothing, and it’s gone from our minds now, too.
- We’re at the last best hope, the 2020 election, the thing Nancy Pelosi wanted rather than Impeachment (turns out she may have had a point).
And the question of my despair is: Will anything happen this time?
Seems like a lot of people are predicting the monster will win again. Apparently people are more-or-less okay with the lies, the character flaws, the greed, the ignorance and stupidity, and the sheer incompetence.
Because, hey, no skin off my back, eh?
We’re so besotted with our toys and distractions that we sink into ourselves while society teeters on a very dangerous brink. We are at risk of literally “amusing ourselves to death.”
Civilizations do fall when its citizens lose their way. Even a wack-job leader can derail a country. Germany has never been quite the same since Hitler.
And we’ve got our own modern day Twitler.
What are we going to do about him?
Stay centrist and sane, my friends!