Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
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.