We cant not. We cant! Since its humorous. Its fucking fantastic. Sometimes, in a story of fiction, theres a thing called on-the-nose, where stuff lines up too good, too neat, and you disbelieve it since of its excellence– its a narrative version of the Uncanny Valley? But sometimes reality in fact does it, and when it does? Its shine and starshine. Its Skittles and ponies. In case you dont know what Im discussing: I dont know how, but instead of lining up the Four Seasons Luxury Hotel for Giulianis huge “press conference,” they instead protected the lot behind Four Seasons Total Landscaping? Beside a dildo shop and throughout the street from a crematorium? (” Our neighbors got you coming and going!”) And after that Giuliani held the conference whichs when all the media called the race for Biden? Oh my god it was superb.
Listen, Biden was not my guy in the Main Event, but occasion got there. You cant say that somehow the election is fair for the GOP wins on each tally but false for the Biden ones? I believe theyre both gracious and deserving and their speeches the other night as Pres- and VP-elect were fantastic– and perhaps Im grading on a curve, however it was nice to hear full-throated endorsements of all manner of American, of inclusiveness, of empathy, of science.
Lets get our teeth around this election. Not in a manner that recommends any know-how on my part– hardly, considering that Im mainly a dipshit and can stand to be educated on a lot of things, and please do not be reluctant to head to the remarks to course appropriate on any points I make here. These are just some thoughts, some ideas, some bloggy grappling with what occurred then and what happens next.
Prior to I do anything looking like a deep-dive on this election– or, at least, an inebriated flail to try to contextualize occasions– I figure its worth saying up front that fuck yeah FUCK YEAH fuuuuuuck yeah F U C K Y E A H.
Biden won, and he won Bigly. Bigly Biden Bulwark of votes. Record-setting votes, and what will likely pan out to 306 electoral college votes.
Those Numbers Were A Real Good News/ Bad News Situation.
I was shocked that he got them.
Like I stated on Twitter, its the perfect capper to all of this. Like a balloon squeak-farting out its air as it does an irregular orbit around the space before finally being up to the flooring, limp and airless. It was like a vurp, a little splash of diarrhea, a sad trombone, its Bill Murray stepping off the curb in Groundhog Day into a crater of cold slush. Its so inept! Absurd! So emblematic of this bare-assed clown-show that in order to protect the greatest office in all the land, they got Rudy “Americas Mayor Turned Renfield Bat-Boy” Giuliani to stand out back of a landscaping business beside a sex store to pitch his asinine conspiracy. Its like you took Veep, Arrested Development, Its Always Sunny, and Curb Your Enthusiasm and mixed them up and then discarded everything over truths head. Its the peak of humiliation comedy, the zenith of douchechills, it Winces ands sighs all the method down. And chuckles. I chuckled so tough at this. Im still laughing. I consider it every, I dunno, 30-45 minutes and whatever feels like sunlight. It may be evidence were residing in a Simulation, and
A big-ass sack of votes, improving on his numbers in many places, and overall. Like, 4 years ago, as much as I hate it, I think there were some citizens who didnt mind the racism and believed that all his bullshit was just part of the program. That he d still be a capable leader in some capability and get shit done, even if the shit he got done was terrible.
We cant not discuss the Four Seasons Total Landscaping.
Not at the exact same rate that Biden did, obviously– Biden strolled away with the popular vote and blessedly the Electoral College, too. Trump had a strong showing, and you truly have to reckon with that.
How? Why? Whats the circumstance there?
ANYHOW, see you guys at the Four Seasons Dildo Crematorium And Lawnmower Rodeo.
With Democrats, I think its important too to see that local matters– different races are going to highlight various obstacles, and Pelosi can harp on all she desires about attempting to stem some leftward tide, but in a great deal of places, in more locations than you d believe, leftward policies are remarkably popular. Green New Deal, Medicare-for-All, these are things the GOP dislikes, but likewise things some rank-and-file Democrats likewise push back versus. However that favors unique interests and neglects, I think, the regional individuals on the ground. Working class people are assisted by these policies. Much better health? Much better world? More tasks? Rich individuals do not fucking care. Theyre going to the moon or some shit. Were stuck with Earth, and that implies we require to start waiting, and getting our asses some sweet universal health care. Like, y understand, the remainder of the industrialized world?
Or wrong, excellent or bad, we need to understand who an individual is and how they got there– and thats tactical, due to the fact that it helps us figure out how to maybe assist that person be much better, or at the very least, stop other people from going down that course. Empathy just suggests comprehending it. That can be true, however how that all takes place, and what fosters that kind of outlook, what kind of toxin gets in them, that doesnt occur in a vacuum.
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That he d still be a capable leader in some capability and get shit done, even if the shit he got done was horrible. And if we continue to focus the issues of the whole electorate– not just rich white landowners, not simply men, but the breadth and depth of America. We do not simply line up and thats got ta be alright. I do feel excellent, not simply since Biden won, however the races held unexpected strides for LGBT Americans, Native Americans, the Black community, and so on– and I believe as always we require to serve those neighborhoods, due to the fact that they reveal up, get shit done, and then we continue to underserve them as a result. Lets get control of the Senate and lets push for holistic policies that serve everybody, not simply the couple of.
Many of this is just me rambling, and I do not have any genuine conclusions here of note– absolutely nothing company, certainly absolutely nothing that can go unchallenged. Time will expose more info to us. I think its fair to mistrust any gory, elbows-deep autopsy of the election this early. Certainty is thin on the ground. I do feel great, not simply since Biden won, however the races held surprising strides for LGBT Americans, Native Americans, the Black neighborhood, and so on– and I believe as always we require to serve those communities, since they show up, get shit done, and after that we continue to underserve them as an outcome. And I believe its smart too to see that these underserved neighborhoods, when enhanced, enhance all of us in return. I believe if anything this is all a clear sign that we mustnt be contented, the battle goes on. Take a breather today, but get back in it tomorrow. Lets get control of the Senate and lets push for holistic policies that serve everyone, not just the couple of. Lets get big cash out of politics. Lets secure vulnerable populations. Lets retrain authorities and focus on mental health. Lets keep the fight up for Medicare-for-All, for the Green New Deal, for all of it. Gon na be hard, however nothing worth doing is every simple. Except eating cheesecake. Eating cheesecake is simple, and worth doing. Now I want cheesecake. Fuck.
Sidenote, do not forget you can contribute to Fair Fight, Stacey Abrams organization. And try to find ways to get included in the GA Senate run-offs in January– which means empowering Georgia and their voters, not simply the prospects.
On The Trap That Is Forgiveness And Civility.
However he sure thought they were.
Great news is, we revealed up, too. And we got it done. And we got it performed in places like PA (home state woo) and Georgia and Arizona. Texas ended up being competitive, holy shit. Weve seen places like Virginia go from red to purple to bonafide blue, and its all proof we can keep doing that if we attempt. More to the point, if we listen to folks like Stacey Abrams and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez. And if we continue to focus the concerns of the entire electorate– not just abundant white landowners, not just guys, but the breadth and depth of America. Its common sense: if you work to serve everybody, we all get something out of it. Its candy shown the entire class. Some assholes just desire the bag of sweet to themselves, and those individuals need to find out to fucking share.
Point is, these people? They appear. They vote.
Dems In Disarray.
On Empathy Vs. Sympathy.
Thats not to state we should not press the celebration leftward. We should, and must. This AOC interview is a vital read– and not practically a leftward push but likewise a push for competency and finest practices inside the Democratic celebration. Likewise an excellent interview here with Stacey Abrams.
No Answers, Just Thoughts.
One lesson that didnt strike me either up until far too late was that, nationally, we get involved in and invested in regional races too early, and to the detriment of local option. We see a prospect like Amy McGrath and right out of the gate resemble, YEAH COOL PLEASE KICK THE TURTLE OVER ONTO HIS BACK HERE IS MY MONEY. That provides her unearned advantage– and when a much better candidate like Booker comes along, its possibly too late. When their primaries are decided, much better to support these races. And also to embrace a holistic view of that assistance: dont just support a prospect however their neighborhood. A healthy neighborhood has more voters and more ability to vote. Even something easy like supporting a food bank in an area where you desire to support a prospect can have worth. Its simply things I wouldnt have actually thought of.
What I suggest to say is, shut up, Megyn Kelly.
( Its not a joke when I state the only people taking from my daddy were his rich friends. They used him to do all kinds of work, and they were glad to assist point his blame in other places.).
I dont really stress over the Dems-In-Disarray talk. Its a popular headline, however never ever actually tells the whole story, nor does it comprehend that the left is reinforced by its variegated nature– its a polyculture, not a monoculture, both in the people that fill its ranks as voters, however also in its points-of-view. The GOP is a monoculture– an aging base of white folks who stand, locking arms, even when it does not actually fit them or their needs. They simply line up. We dont simply line up whichs got ta be fine. It does mean we have to do much better at the time of voting and getting behind candidates, perhaps, but in the run-up to that it should be untidy, it ought to be a great deal of jagged edges and mixed ideas and divergent concerns. Development isnt in a straight line however in a lot of instructions.
Its why numerous of the stories about Black Lives Matter have to do with the fear of that movement and who comprises it– ironically its not about the police abuse, which is off-the-charts frightening, ohh no. Its about how Black individuals might … loot your Wal-Mart? Its crazy, however its a worry that can be utilized by malefactors and ginned up. And then it uses the conservative media pipeline to pump it into peoples brains. Worry, worry, worry. Other, Other, Other. Gon na take your guns, gon na defund your police, gon na take your homes, youll have nothing, youll be unguarded. And on the other hand the ones saying that are the richie-riches who have grown fat on a legacy of hate.
One Lesson: Politics Is Local.
Its just a ruse: a way for evil to keep on doing evil, by asking for your complicity. Im not saying we cant be flexible people, but forgiveness is a thing you work for. Bare minimum, you state youre sorry, and then you go beyond that and do work to conquer the damage you caused.
That comes from a place, too– both from the tradition of a country built on the literal backs of African servants and in house to home, household to family, in people driven by lies and fear. Who the fuck understands. Of course, minutes after formulating this strategy, the guys behind us turned off on a different roadway.
The factor all of us had to wait like a buncha assholes for PA to tally votes was because the local PA GOP voted to delay counting till Election Day and, in some counties, until after Election Day. They did this to buy time for Trump to mount a difficulty, but mainly I think it just irritated people– however its a great lesson that what we do locally has huge, nationwide ramifications (in addition to clearly regional ones, as well).
My guess is that were dealing with the issue of that side of the electorate narrowing their access to details and education to only a handful of sources: Fox, OANN, Breitbart, Facebook, and so on. Not to point out the empire that is Sinclair Broadcasting (and were actually not talking about that sufficient these days). And I know, I understand, that liberals are certainly capable of constructing their own echo chambers, too, but in my anecdotal experience liberals have a more diverse, diffuse media diet plan. (Cue the eye-rolling from conservatives.) And whenever you argue with a conservative on, say, Facebook, they make some outlandish claim, you provide them with a goddamn Trapper Keeper filled with accurate refutation, and after that they essentially state “nuh-uh, do your own research study,” as if thats not exactly what you simply did. The Internet has actually only made this easier, offering a prismatic shattering of the early-era Limbaugh radio-show design– each broken fragment of that ended up being an analog seed that landed in fertile digital soil, growing its own toxic plant with a long, deep shadow.
That kinda fear originates from some dark location, some extreme vulnerability that grows out of whatever his moms and dads taught him, and what all the rich managers who exploited him informed him (while they pointed at The Other, they were choosing his pockets), and what he heard and checked out, and from a place of hamstrung education, and, and, and. Theyre ignorant and afraid and that tires holes in individualss souls, and its simple to fill those holes with blame, and eventually, with hate.
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