Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Are you like me? Is political anxiety giving you GFS? Gelatinous fecal syndrome?
Have you reached the point where waking up in a cold sweat is actually worse than just not waking up at all?
Do you find yourself wondering if the Democratic presidential candidates are really just lifeless avatars programmed to instill a sense of doom?
Are you beginning to imagine what life would be like in an internment camp for progressives, or for anyone who wears glasses for that matter?
And would it be so bad, really?
Does a ball of caustic nausea form deep in your gut when you hear conservative commentators refer to Donald Trump Jr. as “46”?
Are you like me? Do you think it’s not only possible that we’re living in a computer simulation from the future but it’s actually preferable?
When you walk by a home with a “Trump 2020 Keep America Great” flag flying over the front door, do you imagine that home engulfed in flames?
Just because your county failed to send you the postcard that would allow you to request a Democratic ballot instead of the “no party affiliation” ballot (with no presidential candidates on it), does your brain whisper on a repeating loop, conspiracy conspiracy conspiracy conspiracy?
Do you find that it suddenly makes sense to step up your search for a “really great drug” that would help you get through these cataclysmic times without demolishing your liver?
Does the phrase “at least we have each other” sound like the most optimistic idea you can come up with most days?
When you look at children, do you feel like weeping out of incontrovertible guilt?
Are you like me? Do the next nine months feel like they’re going to do huge harm to your psyche? And that the next four years might well kill you, depending?
And are you like me? Do you want to believe in the wisdom of the founding fathers, in the galvanized strength of democracy, in the core of empathy inside all your fellow humans, in the idea that the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice, in the ability of our political institutions to withstand further withering attacks and even rebound, and in the remote possibility that people in the key battleground states will turn off Fox News for one goddamn minute and listen to reason but you just can’t make the leap toward such madcap improbabilities?
Hey. Join the club.