If you haven’t yet taken Mike McMahon’s election day survey, here’s the link. Generally I do a brain, heart, gut post close to the day of the election, but to be honest I am so emotionally and mentally exhausted from the national election that I really just want this day to be over.
Leave your election day thoughts here, hopefully however this election turns out both nationally and locally we’ll all be able to come together toward a common goal and that is to do the best we can we for greater good.
Oh, please make sure to get out and vote. I’m not even going to write it doesn’t matter who you vote for, just make sure to vote because that’s not even true. Vote for Hillary Clinton. Anyone who says that the world will be just fine no matter who wins is not (1) female, (2) a person of color, (3) a non Christian, (4) not heterosexual, or (5) any combination thereof. We have a choice between an actual three-dimensional person with flaws just like the rest of us but with deep knowledge and ability to lead this country or a one-dimensional dumbass who has singlehandedly destroyed a party and political discourse. Choose wisely people.
And about those labor unions. I know it’s quite popular these days to be down on organized labor. But when I look at the national landscape and I recall American’s history, it is organized labor which has been the backbone of this country to ensure that individual voices can come together to make a huge difference. Given that organized labor will have helped build a huge firewall against the most horrific choice for President ever, I will forever be grateful.
Ask yourself the next time you rail against the public safety unions in Alameda. Do you hate them because they’re organized or do you hate them because they’re effective and they support candidates and positions that you do not? A singular politically active firefighter, police officer, or teacher may not have the voice or the reach to make a difference in an election, but organized they have the money and the resources to add to the discourse. Not everyone can afford to invest $100K into their own campaign in order to say that they’re not beholden to special interests. Not everyone can position themselves to do enough favors for enough individuals with money to also then claim that they are not beholden to special interests. If people really want to rage against the campaign contribution machine and remove ALL special interest money from elections, then agitate for publicly financed elections or some sort of meaningful campaign reform.
Or we can do it like the elections at Ruby Bridges, hand everyone two pieces of white poster paper and let them know that the two posters and their speeches are their only campaign materials. If they do more than that they’ll be disqualified from the election.
Gratuitous (but appropriate) Beyonce video: