Like many of you, I am weary this election season. In the early part of the Democratic primaries I was enthused. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and also Kamala Harris, and sometimes Amy Klobochar were articulating progressive political positions with which I agreed. Joe Biden, who eventually won, was not my candidate. Though I understood that defeating Donald Trump was the most important thing, I stopped following the campaign.
I have resisted writing this blog because I am so disgusted by Republican moves to suppress the vote, Trump’s attempts to slow the delivery of mail-in ballots, his declaration that mailed ballots are likely to be fraudulent (there is no evidence supporting this), and his unwillingness to say that he will accept the election results. The possibility that the election could be stolen or that Trump will refuse to leave office turns my stomach and frankly terrifies me because many of Trump’s white male supporters have guns and are willing to use them.
I voted absentee from Greece in the California primary about a month ago and mailed my ballot a few days later. I can only hope that despite the Post Office slowdowns my ballot arrives in time to be counted. Yes, I voted in a state that will go to Biden, but it is also important that Biden wins the popular vote by a wide margin in order to ensure that Trump will not declare victory in the face of defeat. I was lucky enough to be able to cast my ballot for Congresswoman Barbara Lee, outspoken progressive and critic of American’s endless wars. She is sure to win, but it made me feel good to vote for her nonetheless.
Today I am writing to those of you who have not voted yet and are registered to vote, but are so dispirited that you are thinking of not voting. Please vote, even if it means missing work and standing in a long line. Please vote even if you don’t really like any of the candidates on your ballot.
The future of the American democracy is at stake. Donald Trump and his Republican allies have shown that they don’t care about the political process. All they care about is getting re-elected and lining their own pockets and those of their rich cronies. If they cared about the political process, they would not be suppressing votes, they would not have flip-flopped on filling Supreme Court vacancies in the year before the election, they would not countenance tampering with the functioning of the Post Office, and they would be loudly denouncing the idea of discounting the election results. It is important that we not only defeat Trump, but that we boot Republicans out of office in the Senate, the House, and in states where voter suppression is occurring.
Eric Alterman provided a short list of very good reasons to vote Trump out in The Nation:
There’s his incompetence and malevolence vis-à-vis the coronavirus; his encouragement of the unhinged, anti-Semitic, and possibly terroristic QAnon; his racism; his sexism; his history as an alleged sexual predator and likely rapist; his horrible foreign policy, especially on Israel/Palestine but, really, everywhere; his corrupt self-dealing business arrangements; his attacks on our health care system and the environment, his extremist court picks; his tax cheating; his promotion of fascist violence against peaceful protesters; his policy of child kidnapping; his paranoia; his fealty to Vladimir Putin, his nepotism; his ignorance; his vulgarity; his cruelty; his narcissism; his childishness.
If that isn’t enough to get you to the polls, you might consider Michelle Cottle’s New York Times’ Opinion piece listing 53 reasons you should vote, beginning with:
- Because when it comes to white supremacy, there are not “very fine people” on both sides.
- Because children should never be kept in cages.
- Because military service members are neither “losers” nor “suckers.”
- Because China isn’t the one paying all those tariffs.
- Because Mexico is never going to pay for that damn wall.
- Because wearing a mask during a pandemic should not be a partisan issue.
- Because QAnon is a dangerous, totally bonkers conspiracy theory that should be denounced.
- Because the federal government should not be run by a bunch of “acting” officials chosen for their bootlicking abilities.
And then, go out to vote tomorrow! Please!
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Carol P. Christ is an internationally known feminist and ecofeminist writer, activist, and educator who lives in Heraklion, Crete. Carol’s recent book is Goddess and God in the World: Conversations in Embodied Theology. Carol has been leading Goddess Pilgrimage to Crete for over twenty years: join her in Crete. Carol’s photo by Michael Honneger.
Listen to Carol’s a-mazing interview with Mary Hynes on CBC’s Tapestry recorded in conjunction with her keynote address to the Parliament of World’s Religions.