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Another fine mess

It appears that the good guys are dredging up the past and bashing the Berniecrats with it. If only Bernie had gotten out of the way in 2016, Hillary would be president and this wouldn’t be happening. BiFF is tearing his hair out because 2020 sucks and the damn evangelicals have no shame.

I’d like to think that it’s been worse for America at some point in our history. The civil war was pretty bad. The Depression left a lasting scar on a generation. The two world wars, 9/11, the financial crisis, all life changing and awful.

The difference is that we knew that the wars would end, we had nowhere to go but up out of the Depression and 9/11. 2020 on the other hand doesn’t look like the beginning of the end. It looks like the end of the beginning.

The choice before us is are we going to succomb to learned helplessness or are we going to summon up whatever is left of our resilience and make it known that this is a bridge too far and there will be consequences. There will be preconsequences. We’re not going to take this lying down.

That has been our problem in the past. We give in. We let the babies have their way. We play fairly. The other side cheats and steals and the media tut-tuts us and tells us to be bigger, more mature, compromise. That never works.

It’s not about abortion. I know that seems like an easy narrative to fall into. No, this is about the right finally having the opportunity thru have been waiting 80 years for. They can reverse the New Deal, make sure labor never gets up again, screw healthcare for everyone, roll back every regulation they don’t like. We’ll be back to unsafe food, unclean air, poverty in old age, sickness without remit. They are wealthy and powerful and they have zero empathy. Trump is the iconic manifestation of what they have wanted for decades. Now Mitch McConnell is going to twist every arm, break every knee to see that it’s done.

There is plenty of blame to go around. The circular firing squad has taken up its position. But we haven’t got time for that now.

Let’s not turn to despair too fast. Yes, this is going to be monumentally difficult. But we don’t know the outcome. Despair is for those who know the end of the story beyond all doubt. We do not.


On another note: apparently, I’m still immunocompromised after my adventures last year. I’ve landed in the hospital with a perpetual IV antibiotic drip in one arm, a wound vacuum I’ve named the Roomba on the other side, and an unfortunately urgent need to pee. Yeah, try THAT when you have to drag two gizmanoids to the bathroom. Going to have a little surgery momentarily to clean things up and then I hope they send me home. This hospital thing is getting old. Anyway, it’s a minor setback. The old malady has not returned. This is just a matter of my body’s dilithium crystals needing to recharge a bit.

So, keep me informed in the comments. The sedation is lovely but I might not be able to form coherent sentences for a few hours.