You Chose…

I started to write a post last Tuesday titled “Choose.”  It was a post that came purely out of my own particular brand of socio-political cynicism.  Actually, it was a post where that cynicism shaded decidedly into the darkness of pure pessimism.  It was a post attacking Alabama for inflicting upon the rest of us the noxious disease that is Roy Moore.

I’m sorry, Alabama.  I wronged you.

Like some of the alcohol-fueled revelries of my younger days, you flirted and danced and rubbed yourself all over that one person you knew was completely wrong for you.  You may even have swapped some bodily fluids…

But, in the end, you did the right thing.

In the end, you said “No more.”  {pun fully intended!}

Look, the rest of us know it was a tough time for you.  We know you got a little drunk, did a few things you don’t want to talk about.  We’ve all been there.  Chalk it up to experience, take a couple aspirin, and please — please! — learn from that hangover and find someone you can actually take home to your family without worrying about your little sister.

There is a ton of pontificating out there about the AL special election as a “sign”, as the first rushing tide of a “wave election”.  Or as a sign that nothing has changed.  Pick your poison, based on which side you favor…or read ‘em all and just laugh, if (like me) you’ve had it with both sides.

Folks, this was one very singular, very special circumstance of an election — the very definition of an “outlyer” — and neither party/side should be looking at the results with anything resembling contentment or happiness.*

*The rest of us normal folks?  We can be as happy as we damned well want: we don’t have to live with the rantings of a curacek** who believes liberty and rights belong only to those who look and think exactly like him.

**In Czech slang, curacek means “little dick”.  Hey, it seems to fit…

For the Ds: your guy managed roughly 50%…running against a bigoted, repressive, (alleged) pedophile who doesn’t believe in the US Constitution, nor in the rights enshrined therein, and who wanted to institute a theocracy that would’ve had even the Taliban shaking their heads about “religious extremists”.  Had the Alabama Rs put up literally anyone else, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.  Offer a quiet smile, take your win and move along.

For the Rs: yes, you “win” by not having Roy Moore as a running mate for literally every single election next November (and don’t get me wrong — that’s a big win), but AL is, to put it mildly, the reddest state in the nation.  If you want to still hold any vestige of power at this time next year, you should probably figure out that the rest of the US is most decidedly NOT Alabama…and that many folks, the results of the vote aside, ARE gonna remember your support of Moore.

It’s important to remember, however, that in the end, we are all better off with the way things turned out…at least for now.

One of the key lessons from these past few weeks, at least from my perspective, applies to all of us: the one to whom you choose to give your vote, who you choose to represent you, matters.  Don’t — as so many of us have done — fall into the trap of voting against someone.  Don’t vote from fear, or from anger, or from hate.

Vote for someone; vote for a candidate you can respect and admire.  A candidate that represents you.  I don’t care if you are R or D, or I, or anything else…vote for something.

To be defined only by what we are against leads inevitably to moral compromises and political absolutes that end only in the kind of bitter, antagonistic divisions that bring down nations and societies.

To be defined by what you are for is the only way this whole thing will actually work.

Not to go all existentialist on you, but you — as an individual — are defined by what you do, and by the stands you take.  Think about that…think about that, and stand for something.

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