Having a hard time this morning.
My usual optimism and hope is extremely shaky.
I keep reminding myself that several important states are still in play and that there’s still a decent (maybe even good) chance that Biden will win.
But even if he does, it’s far too close.
I keep reminding myself that many of the races are being heavily affected by gerrymandered districts, limited opportunities to vote, restrictions on when and how votes can be accepted, and other voter suppression tactics primarily concentrated in minority and Democract-leaning areas.
But even so, it’s far too close.
There are so many people in this country who are willingly voting for hate. For fear. For oppression. For racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, transphobia, and every other -ism and -phobia out there. Against science. Against compassion. Against care for others. Against their own best interests.
McConnell, who has made a career of doing nothing, has been elected for another six-year term. We don’t know if we’ll even be able to hold the Senate to an even split, let alone take control; if the Republicans keep control, then even if Biden wins, McConnell will continue to make sure that nothing of import makes it through. The confirmation of Barrett made it clear how fast things can move when allowed to proceed, even while hundreds of bills aimed at actually helping the American people sit ignored, because they were passed by a Democrat-controlled House, and so they aren’t worthy of consideration in McConnell’s eyes.
I just, on a very fundamental, moral, and ethical level, do not understand why so many are so willing to actively support harming themselves and others.
And it’s really hard to hold on to my usual hopeful nature right now.