WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Zero hour

One week to go, and I just sat down to write one of those earnest but preachy appeals to get out there and vote, get your ballot postmarked early, tell all your friends and family members to do the same, and defeat Donald Trump.

But we all know what has to be done. I don’t need to get up on a soapbox.

Everybody understands who Donald Trump is and what he’s done to our democracy. The simple truth is that if he’s reelected, he’ll keep on doing it, and at the end of another four years of this we won’t recognize our country. The America we loved, and that millions around the world loved, will be gone. In its place will stand a retrograde monument to power and corruption, greed, the often-repeated lie, and authoritarianism.

And we will have let it happen.

That’s probably what troubles me most about the rise of Trump—that it happened on our watch, right under our noses, with the blessing of roughly half of our numbers. And once he was installed, his party seized the opportunity to unravel decades worth of political respect, stability, and courtesy to maximize its own power. Now we know exactly what the Republican party is, and it’s in no way patriotic or protective of what we’ve come to understand as American values. It’s a shark that eats power. That’s all, and it eats power so that it can enrich the already rich.

So I know that nobody needs me to lay out what’s at stake next Tuesday, and I know that we’re all going through the most intense political anxiety we’ve ever felt. Even readers who support Trump must be wondering what will happen if his power is unchecked. He was fun for a while, they might be thinking, but he doesn’t really inspire pride or honor or a sense of awe in our country. He’s a shit disturber. They might wonder whether we need another four years of shit disturbance, or is it time to ease back toward the mean and consider his term a wakeup call against politics as usual? At least I hope they’re thinking along those lines.

It’s a little disorienting to think that America’s fate over the next few decades is going to be set next Tuesday.

I hope reason and true patriotism prevail, but if there’s one thing 2020 has taught me, it’s that anything can happen.

My appeal? Vote for Biden/Harris, please, and all the other Democrats on your ballot. Help reclaim a country you can be proud of.

[Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay.]

3 comments on “Zero hour

  1. kingmidget
    October 28, 2020

    With the significant increase in turnout, I can’t imagine how he wins. I’ve seen some stories projecting that the turnout will be 30 million more voters than 2016. And I just don’t see how more of those 30 million are motivated by him than against him. But then I hear stories like this one … an acquaintance who lives in Oregon says that he was a reluctant Trump voter in 2016, but after the last four years he is fully behind the man and is now an enthusiastic voter for Trump. I just don’t see how that is remotely possible, but there you go. Let’s just hope his is not a common story in 2020.

    • Kevin Brennan
      October 28, 2020

      I don’t get it either. I read a WaPo piece last last week featuring Trump voters they talked to in ’16, and almost all of them were doubling down. They’re either gluttons for punishment or sadists against Libs. Or the R word. Or intellectually challenged. Or …

      • kingmidget
        October 28, 2020

        I don’t get somebody being reluctant in 2016 and being enthusiastic after the last four years. And the thing is, all of the positions this guy has that I know about are liberal. Anti-death penalty, pro choice, supports DACA and the Dreamers, pro-environment, etc. I think though there is this embedded anti-government piece to his make-up. It really makes no sense.

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