This is an actual emergency and a dire one, at that. The election is only two days away and I’m not prepared for what may lie ahead. All day every day, I swing between abject despair and rage, utter disgust and white-knuckle anxiety. So to save my poor, weary, overburdened mind I deleted the twitter app from my phone. Even that didn’t provide relief, so I decided to avoid television, radio, all conversation, and most people. I do, from time to time, check the headlines, though, and end up sorry I did.
Even mundane things, such as weather, laundry, and the like, can send me spiraling downward into unexplored depths. Yesterday, for instance, marked my official return to long pants and as I stored my freshly laundered shorts for the winter, I found myself wondering if I’d live to wear them again. If I’d see another summer. Or if I’d want to.
Okay, enough, let’s not dwell on the uncertainty we’re all struggling with in this fractured country.
The future, and whether or not the United States even has one, is what concerns me. I love this place. I do. I didn’t know how much I loved it until the former President was installed in the White House in 2017. The damage he’s done and continues to do is considerable, but he’s little more than a gruesome sideshow at this point.
The gravest threat now facing us is the greed, intolerance, and corruption of the Republican party.
So, after much careful, obsessive thought, I’ll be casting my one precious vote for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot. Not because their policies hold the answers, but because Democrats see a bright, realizable future for America. And Americans. They’ve no plan to ban books or impoverish citizens, they don’t want to propagandize education or criminalize women or restrict voting. They don’t intend to roll the country backwards. Democrats actually believe in freedom and opportunity. For everyone.
On Tuesday, our choice is no longer between political parties. Our choice is between hope and a surrender to fearmongering. That’s it. All the rest is details. Please, choose wisely.
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