Friday, June 25

I Don’t Know What’s Going On And You Don’t Know Either

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No one understands what the fuck is occurring. Or how it took place or didnt occur or why its taking place or isnt taking place or anything. No one understands shit. Is Biden winning? Maybe. Is Trump winning? I dunno, its 2020, any fucked up shit is possible. Ive had four hours of sleep and each of those 4 hours was filled with night sweats and fuckery, so, at this point Im expecting the walls to melt. Im not even sure Im writing in a human tongue right now– it may simply be beetle clicks and bird chirps. Who the fuck understands?

Ive no idea what takes place now or next or in five days or five weeks. Biden may pull this out and Im sure well withstand difficulties from that other motherfucker, because, obviously he will. Beyond that, the how and what and why are mayhem. I dont know the responses and you do not, either. Beware any person who succumbs to the fallacy of the single cause here, as if ALL WOULDVE BEEN WELL IF WE JUST DID THAT ONE THING DIFFERENTLY. Yes, different choices can result in various outcomes excellent and bad, however until we construct a time machine, weve no way of testing that. Be slow with accepting stories right now. Beware with sharing details. Be sure-footed about your research. Its difficult, and I feel it too, due to the fact that you just wan na share all the important things that feel like answers. However we need to be much better than that. We cant just pretend gut-checks are gon na save us. We have a great deal of reckoning to do however that reckoning isnt coming overnight. And it should take place even if Biden wins at the end of this. The battle goes on. The fight for the soul of not simply one celebration or the other, but the entire country–.

This shit? The shit all around us? Its going to take months, years to unload– that, of course, following the magnificent work of holding and counting votes off dictatorial legal difficulties from our Menace-in-Chief. If it does not first reckon with an unholy host of difficulties that have actually long been stacking the deck, and that unpacking isnt worth the 1s and 0s. We have to come to grips with conservative news media (Sinclair, OANN, Fox, radio) that plugs right into individualss pumps and brains them complete of informative sewage and fear; with social media like Facebook; with active, malevolent racism that has a throughline all the way back to slavery; with gerrymandering; with citizen suppression and disenfranchisement and intimidation; with USPS bullshit; and with all of the hobbling and harm and heavy anchors around our waists that makes it harder and harder to swim approximately the light. The Democratic party has a lot of reckoning to do, then and now and going forward, but that reckoning isnt on its own, and can not be thought about without all these other elements. Without the deck stacking– lets remember theres no more Voter Rights Act, for fucks sake– who knows where we d be? If we got to run a race at the starting line rather of ten feet back, could you imagine? A great deal of red states wouldnt be red, for one. (And here its worth reminding that those red states are even now loaded with progressive citizens busting their ass to alter the temperature level of their home states, similar to what occurred in Virginia, Arizona, and more.) Democrats would not be constantly dealing with the “won the popular vote, lost the electoral college” issue. Were a messy, fucked-up nation however one side has actually gamed the system to their benefit, and its actually challenging to reckon with the weak points of the Democrats without very first dealing with the injustices generated by those on the right, full stop. I wish that werent the case, but it is. Obviously they swim faster and reach the surface area more frequently– theyre not wearing the very same cement shoes. Shoes they produced us and required us to wear!

What I do understand is this: Im seeing a lot of recently baptized specialists this morning, people who are SURE they understand why Biden lost (or won) or why Trump lost (or won) or wasnt buried in a landslide of votes or why PA did this or why this House race or that Senate race went sideways. This person didnt go left enough. They didnt sacrifice the best goat.

This entire, unpleasant, broken, busted-ass atlas of fiefdoms we call a nation.

No one knows whats going on.

Or why its going on.

Youre terrific.

What we do next is what must occur next despite who is in the Oval Office: we need to assist our communities and raise them up, offering a hand especially to those who are most vulnerable; we need to practice radical self-care; we need to be ever-vigilant about changing this nation in a video game of inches and not always of miles; we must press back versus false information and disinformation; we need to do what we can do to untangle the aforementioned deck-stacking constraints that pester free ballot in the first place. Im not alone, youre not alone. If it feels like it, even.

Well make it through this, whatever this will be.

Be smart.

The electoral college is extremely, inanely mis-representative.

Its chaos! CHAOS.

Exit surveys are rubbish in this pandemic election.

If we do not understand why its all taking place yet or what the hell took place at all, even.

I dunno.

Be kind.

Nobody knows what the fuck is happening. Or how it occurred or didnt take place or why its taking place or isnt taking place or anything. Ive no concept what happens now or next or in five days or 5 weeks. And it needs to occur even if Biden wins at the end of this. What we do next is what must happen next regardless of who is in the Oval Office: we need to aid our communities and raise them up, offering a hand especially to those who are most vulnerable; we need to practice radical self-care; we must be ever-vigilant about altering this nation in a game of inches and not always of miles; we need to push back against false information and disinformation; we need to do what we can do to untangle the previously mentioned deck-stacking restrictions that afflict totally free voting in the very first place.

Stay wintry.

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