Remember when I talked about the new civil war I feel coming?
Yeah, my “by 2030” timeframe may actually have been optimistic. Who would’ve thought I would be the optimistic one?!
It’s only 2020 and already we have folks arming up on both sides. Folks walking around looking for someone to “own.” Folks — from both extremes — deeply immersed in the view that their opponents are evil, malfeasant, and out to destroy the Constitution and US way of life. Folks whose politics are firmly in the all-or-nothing vein. You know the ones I’m talking about, the “If you can’t beat ‘em, kill ‘em”, “Give me Trump/Biden, or give me death” variety.
Please tell me that I’m not the only person who has looked at all this crap over the past month or so and thought, “We’re so fucked.”
The worst part is that you (well, I, to be precise) can’t even run away to a different part of the world to hide for a few months. Good luck getting any nation to admit you when you’re from the country topping the charts for the Worst Virus Handling in the Entire Stinking Universe award…
Oh, good lord do we suck.
Yes, our current government has taken corrupt incompetence to a new low, but let’s be honest here…four years ago, we pretty much got the government we “deserve.” We’ve let the inmates run the asylum for far too long, and now the band is packing up to go while the piper gives us the bill for several decades of ignoring our own very real socio-political problems.
I didn’t sit down to write a rant, by the way. I sat down to write a “list post”, of all things.
I was going to…but after the first few lines, I knew that was out the damned window. Part of the problem, I should explain, is that Montana is something of a battleground state. The Senate race here is neck-and-neck between the red and blue teams, and the ads are freaking everywhere. You can’t watch TV or visit a website without some ad popping up with overly dramatic music and a serious-voiced announcer warning that the other guy is out to rape and eat your children.
C’mon, Italy, I don’t have COVID…let me in!!
Or France…or Oz…or even freaking Canada, for pete’s sake! I feel like Randle McMurphy trapped in the asylum; where the hell is Chief when you need him?!*
*One of the very, very few instances where the movie and book were equally great…
Hell, I started sailing again…maybe now is the time to try that circumnavigation!
C’mon, admit it, a few months alone in the middle of the ocean doesn’t sound too bad, does it? Hell, even if I were to sink, how could spending a year or two facing starvation and disease marooned on a deserted island be any worse than the US right about now?!
The one prescription I will give you is this: don’t vote against. We’ve been voting against various people and things for decades, and look where that got us…
Vote FOR something….for something, or someone, you can believe in. Vote to make things better, not because you’re afraid the other side are violent psychopaths out to ruin all you hold dear.
And if there’s nothing in the current election that you can be for? If there is nothing but hate and fear, darkness and threat?
If there is nothing to be for, maybe it’s time to create that. A new party…a new nonprofit…hell, maybe just a new mug club at your local brewery…find something, and some folks, that you can be for, then build from there.
I am, by the way, struggling with this very thing. I loathe in the strongest way the current US administration. I would crawl over broken glass and piss on an electric fence to get them out. But…
But now I’m talking about just voting against something. I still have yet to find something (on the national level) to vote for.
Hmm…maybe Croatia will let me in…
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