I suppose after 3 1/2 years of Trump’s bloviating, it’s not unexpected that I’m reacting to hearing words that any other president would say by starting to cry. I haven’t actually had tears streaming down my face, but have for sure on multiple occasions on both nights of the convention have found myself getting choked up, both by the politicians and the everyday Americans who have been featured.
I think the format, which doesn’t focus only on politicians and eliminates all the crazy hats and loud cheering, has brought more sharply into focus how things could have been had Hillary been elected. The fact that there are Republicans (or former Republicans) willing to stand up and throw their support behind Joe Biden should be a huge sign to those still supporting Trump that there is something seriously, malignantly wrong with him. Although anyone who has been watching this shit show since January, 2017 already knows that, the media bubble and his enablers in the Senate, along with his sycophants in state governments, have chosen to go all in on his lies and conspiracy theories.
Or maybe I should say that Trump has gone all in on the Republicans’ lies and conspiracy theories. Despite the fact that there is almost no fraud in mail-in voting, they continue to spew their voter-suppressive crap to discourage people from using this safe, convenient and easy means of having our voices heard. His donor DeJoy, who has already removed too many mail sorting machines and street mail boxes, slashed overtime and insisted on carriers leaving mail behind, has now said he will stop all these stunts until after the election. Problem is, saying that isn’t worth a pint of cricket piss – not only is there no means of ensuring he does what he says he’ll do, there’s also been no mention of reversing the damage he’s already caused.
Since there is no way for us to be sure that the mail-in ballots will be delivered with their usual speed, so we have just a few options to make sure our votes count. Here are my suggestions for what each of us can do to give our ballots the best chance of being counted:
- Carefully read the entire ballot and instructions before making any mark on your ballot. Many ballots are discarded or deemed ineligible because the voters made mistakes when marking or signing their ballots.
- Make sure to follow the instructions for marking and signing. Some states require a witness or two to verify the identity of the signer (although they have signatures to compare to in their own records), so make sure to do this part to the letter. Ballots without signatures are tossed in the trash.
- Return the ballot as soon as possible to avoid it being invalidated because it’s returned too late. Trump has said out loud and on camera that he wants to interfere with the mail to stop Democrats from using mail-in ballots. If you have any concerns that your ballot won’t make it through the mail, find out where you can bring your ballot and drop it off in person to take that out of the equation.
- If you can’t vote by mail for some reason, learn where you can access early voting in your area. By voting early, you can avoid the crush of crowds bound to happen on November 3rd while still ensuring your vote is counted.
- And if you’re forced to vote in person on Election Day, make sure to wear a mask and maintain social distancing to keep your chances of contracting Covid-19 to a minimum. In an effort to avoid the rush of working people in the evenings, vote as early in the day as possible.
I have never been more concerned about a Presidential election outcome as I am the one we’re preparing for now. Sure, I was freaked out in 2016 because Trump was on the ballot, but I was naïve enough to think that there weren’t enough people in our country stupid enough to vote for him. Clearly, that was a mistake, and that makes what could happen in this election exponentially more dire. Four years of Trump have done so much damage to our country, our standing in the world, the environment, and so many other things. He has become more and more emboldened in his corruption and authoritarianism as we get closer to the likely end of his term that there is a real chance that a second Trump term will end the United States of America as we know it.
We have only this chance to remove Trump and as many Republicans as we can from office before they succeed in enacting laws to further entrench their minority rule over the majority of us. I for one will do whatever it takes to ensure that this doesn’t happen. For me, that means voting for the Democrats from top to bottom.
What about you? Do you see a viable future with another Trump term? Or do you want to throw away your vote by choosing someone other than Joe Biden for President? Are you willing to gamble the future of the planet by voting for Kanye, or maybe by refusing to cast a vote for President in protest?
Sure, an individual vote is a little thing, and by itself doesn’t make a huge difference. But every one of us who votes together for the good of the country and the population for Joe Biden can be sure that their vote will be instrumental in getting Covid-19 and the resulting financial disaster under some kind of control, address racism throughout the country, work to stop climate change and ensure that everyone has affordable healthcare regardless of their ability to pay. Voting for anyone else is simply unacceptable.