As of this writing (11/5/2020) the election has yet to be called. Call this a Politics Post Redux, because I can’t keep away from this shit this year.
I was told by someone who cares to pump the breaks on politics. I have a tendency toward moderation (or at least I try) which in this political climate garners outrage or frustration on both the left and right. I’m sure even by saying this there are those on both sides thinking, “that dude’s not moderate.”
Well, here I am, putting my hand in the fire again. We don’t have results yet, but the election tells you something regardless of the winner:
1. The “silent majority” didn’t have much of an impact. For all the raging hard-on eagle memes about the “true America” being silent no more, ultimately ~50% of the country abhors Trump. Sorry, them’s the breaks. Call the nevertrumpers brainwashed, call them manipulated by media, whatever. In some cases it’s true. But, sometimes—and I’ve said this before—a duck is a duck. And even if the left leaning media calls Trump a super-duck, which is fair, it doesn’t mean he’s not a duck. Fair?
2. No “blue wave” for the senate. Projections of a Democrat comeback turned out to be hot air. Republicans will more than likely hold the majority, while Democrats will hold the House, (though their majority is slimmed) creating a tenuous position for the increasingly-controversial Pelosi.
3. For all the rah rah about keeping our democracy and maintaining our freedom, it seems hypocritical that armed right wing supporters are demanding ballots not be counted in battleground counties where Trump is currently ahead, while demanding every vote counts in counties where he’s behind.
I do not support Donald Trump. (Totally unexpected, right?) Here’s where I catch flak, though—I do not condemn or write off his supporters solely on the basis they support a candidate I don’t.
Here’s my personal reasoning behind my lack of support for Don, and my tentative support for Joe:
1. Donald Trump is an arrogant loudmouth. Even if you support Trump, I imagine it’s hard to argue against this one. I find the responses to this tend to be “he tells it like it is,” “he’s not a politician,” or “I don’t care, I vote for his policy.” The first two responses sound like excuses for his behavior more than anything else—call me crazy, but I believe it’s possible to “tell it like it is” without sounding like a petty child whose parents let them vomit tweets. As for voting for policy, well, going to church, owning guns, and maintaining “freedom” aren’t really policies, they’re ideas and things people like, granted they are in the constitution. Conflating these concepts with actual “policy” is more in line with justifying support of an arrogant loudmouth using American moral grandstanding. If you like the tax breaks, that’s one thing (yes, so do I). If you’re hard on immigration, I may disagree with you on the Great Wall, but at least that’s in the realm of discussing “policy.”
2. I don’t want to live in Donald Trump’s America. I don’t want to live in a country where our president tells the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.” I don’t want to live in a country where social unrest isn’t resolved diplomatically, but instead with “law and order.” I don’t want to live in a country where Americans hide their heads in the sand, refuse globalism and maintain American exceptionalism by way of isolation, while rallying behind the idea that everyone fits one box—guns baseball apple pie praise Jesus hallelujah amen. I don’t want to live in an America where the opposition is painted in colors of fear. Where Sleepy/Dementia/Criminal/Communist Joe Biden will take your guns and allow rioters to pillage the towns and suburbs while he laughs in liberalese. Try as I might, my mouth just can’t seem to open wide enough to swallow all that horseshit. (And yes, I hear you straw-men. I don’t want to live in an America where they strip the 2nd amendment, regulate free speech to the point of censorship, or outlaw religion. Problematic as those freedoms may be, they are our freedoms. Although, I don’t think that’s Biden’s vision for America, and if it is, I guess I’ll be eating my shorts).
3. Biden is problematic, not destructive. Will a Democratic presidency usher in the apocalypse? Probably not. By that measure, neither will Trump’s. Biden might get us involved in another war. He probably won’t really change much one way or the other. He’s probably a liar (like all politicians, Trump included). But he will bring back a status-quo with the possibility of room for change, for progress. Look, we can argue all day about the efficacy of social programs and Democrat virtue signaling and race relations. Ultimately, these are deep seated sociocultural issues that are not going to be solved by a president. (Though I do believe the Facebook and Reddit scholar-philosophers are definitely onto some key solutions). But maybe, given the correct environment, people can progress. (Social media is bad, mkay?) What worries me is conservative control of the White House, senate, and Supreme Court—a firm entrenchment of far-right party ideology based in reality that will steer policy for decades. I like our checks and balances. Here I go catching flak again, but I’m not so sure the safe and regulated bubble of liberal utopia is the answer either, or that Biden/Harris are the end all be all solution to America’s problems. Checks and balances, yeah?
Maybe I’m just a blind optimist. There’s a lot of “if Obama didn’t solve anything after eight years, fuck it” going around these days. Understandable. He did not usher forth the promised change, neglected the working class, and was as much a politician as any politician, with a share of controversies and corruption inherent to most if not all that hold office. So what, then? Throw in the towel and call in the Trump?
Screw that defeatist mentality. The world and the country are complex places. I just want a leader that treats them as such. Trump is not that person. Biden might not be, either, and I sure as hell acknowledge that possibility.
So who’s our huckleberry? In the Age of the American Corporation, it’s hard to imagine any politician becoming truly successful without lobbyists or campaigns corrupting on behalf of corporate juggernauts. In which case, we are just dreams within a dream, fending off nightmares. Which reality do you choose?
Until next time, be good.
With precision you feed me
My witness I’m hungry
Your temple it calms me
So I can carry onRage