When I don’t pay attention, I feel pretty good about the Democrats and this election. We have two interesting and compelling candidates, both of whom have devoted and excited bases. And it seems like, no matter who we end up with as a candidate, it’s going to be pretty okay.
Which is why I am growing more and more grossed out with what I see when I do pay attention. Folks on one side saying racist things because the other side is sexist. Folks on the other side saying sexist things because the other side is racist.
I just wanted it to be different.
I know that’s naive, but these past eight years have been a heart-hurting, Constitution-shredding mess, and I really want to see something different. I want to see candidates engage in civil debates. I want to see liberals make reasoned and informed votes, but then get behind whoever becomes the eventual nominee.
Because we’re going to have to work together after this is all over. We still live in a conservative state, where our basic citizenship is under constant threat.
We know and have known for ages that the people in power need us to be too busy fighting with each other to turn our attention to them. And yet, here we are, bickering over whose turn it is to be president, who has suffered the longest, who deserves it more.
Am I alone in thinking, “Fuck that shit. I’ll vote for a black man this time and a white woman next time and a brown woman after that (or whatever other confligration they give me).” I mean, truly, what’s with this notion that this is it, this is our shot, as if this will be our only shot?
Have we really been fighting only for us?
Because I didn’t get that message, that I was working for the day when a woman could be president, but that, if it didn’t happen in my lifetime, my cause is a failure.
And, honestly, and I’m not trying to rain on anyone’s parade, but come on. I’m not working for a day when the rich puppet of corporate interests who sits in the White House looks like me. That, to me, will be a pleasant symbolic gesture, but it isn’t my end goal.