I have been silent through this political season, but my eyes and ears have been open. You don’t need social media to know which way the wind blows.
My mind has been made up for months. Even before the Democrats had nominees, I determined to vote for them. There is no persuasive minor party or independent argument this election. The stakes are too great. For the third time in my life, I plan to vote for major party candidates. For the third time in my life, I plan to vote for nominees of the Democratic Party. The instant my ballot is cast, I shall return to independent left opposition.
Between now and then, I don’t want to talk about it. If you still have a shred of support for a sitting president who has threatened a coup to stay in power—on top of everything else the incumbent visits upon us—there is nothing you can say to move me. If you’re plumping for the Greens or a progressive independent, I say only that circumstances that elevate such campaigns to relevance do not exist in 2020. Period. This year removing 45 from power must come before every other ambition.
If you are a confirmed Democrat, I don’t want to talk to you about the election because neither your politics nor your party are mine. You haven’t moved nearly as far onto the high road as you like to pretend. I plan to vote for your candidates this year in the hope of preserving a chance to politic you out of existence in the future.
Having turned officially old this year, I requested an application for a mail ballot—but tossed it. Precisely because there is a pandemic, 45 has made it clear that mail ballots are an opportunity he will seize to create chaos. Yes, it is worth fighting him on the issue. I’m still going to mask up, take hand sanitizer, registration and photo I.D., and vote early in person. Gonna get myself a “Yo voté” sticker and hit the drive-through at the taquería on the way home.
That’s really all I have to say on the subject. Transmission ended. If you have an opinion on the role of modal verbs in expressions of possibility in constructed languages, shoot me an email.