If politics is like football, defeating Donald Trump feels more like a successful goalline stand than a victory. We need to move very deliberately in the immediate term and then press hard.
The single largest thing holding back progress in America is First Past the Pole (&, by proxy the Electoral College). Ranked Choice is our best hope to rend power from exorbitantly-funded special interests. It’s like a salary cap.
The more Democrats serve the proletariat the better they’ll fare in future elections. If they kowtow to capitalists, Trump 2.0 Xtreme Edition will dominate in 24 (including down-ticket). It’s time to fake right and go left!
If it turns out to be Biden -or- Bernie — as disappointed as you might be— please remember:
You’re not just voting for President.
You’re voting for who replaces RBG on the Supreme Court (if not more than that!)
You’re voting for the next Secretary of Education.
You’re voting for federal judges.
You’re voting for the rule of law.
You’re voting for saving national parks.
You’re voting for letting kids out of cages.
You’re voting for clean air and clean water.
You’re voting for scientists to be allowed to speak about climate change.
You’re voting for what a President says and does on Twitter.
You’re voting for housing rights.
You’re voting for LGBTQ people to be treated with dignity.
You’re voting for Dreamers.
You’re voting so that there will be Social Security and Medicare when you retire.
You’re voting for veterans to get the care they deserve.
You’re voting for rural hospitals.
You’re voting so that someone else can have health insurance.
You’re voting for the preservation of PBS & NPR.
You’re voting to have a President who doesn’t embarrass this country every time he attends an international meeting.
And you’re voting against allowing the USA to become yet another authoritarian regime.
You’re voting for sensible gun laws (You don’t like “red-flag” laws? You should see what Trump’s been up to!)
The list goes on..
No politician is perfect.
Your first AND second choices may have dropped out. Your third might.
But the nominee, no matter who they are, won’t be perfect. They won’t
pass your purity test. And yet every single one of them will be better
than four more years of Trump!
When we lost our elder cat last year, we planted a tree that goes by many names to honor his memory.
My brother’s family adopted a kitty from the same litter as we did and they named her Kiri. We followed suit calling ours a name that means “Tangerine” in Japanese. Mikan was a deeply-vibrant shade of orange and Stacy and I are both long-time Led Zeppelin fans, so the name was pretty fitting.
We bought the tree from spectacular local nursery / landscape designer, Earth Works, and it has done really well where we planted it.
Stacy mentioned yesterday that she saw some small tangerines on the tree. I’ve read that you are supposed to trim the fruit for the first few years so the roots can take and the plant can spend its energy developing a strong canopy, so I dutifully went out to trim them. I was truly surprised to see how many fruits there were!
Hopefully, it’ll be “big enough” next year to convince me to leave a few to ripen! If this was any indication, there should be a lot of them.
It’s not a complete loss, though, as I discovered that the tiny citrus makes a nice, zesty garnish for sparkling water 😻