To say that 2020 has been one hell of a year would be a vast understatement. We have been quarantined for months, people are wearing masks inside their vehicles and still smoking squares. Yes, think of that visual of fighting COVID but welcoming lung cancer. Let that sink in for a moment. Okay, back to our regularly scheduled programming of just that…programming. In the wake of an election that has seemingly been going on for months, today actually marks the specified election day. Amidst the millions of people who have mailed in or physically cast their votes early, the few stragglers will have to strap their masks on today and do their “civic duty” of voting for our incoming president. I used quotes, which would have been air quotes if this were a YouTube video, but alas….I was too lazy to do a video. Perhaps people are lazy. Too lazy to pick themselves up by their bootstraps and make things happen. Have you heard that saying before? I’m hopeful that you have. I am even more hopeful that you know that statement is one of those bullshit quotes from politicians and privileged folk who strive to insist that this conglomerate of geographical puzzle pieces house equal opportunity within their city limits. Hogwash! I figure since we’re using old ideology, I might as well add in some old lingo. Nevertheless, here we are in the deciding day and the determining moment that may well be a pivotal moment in our American history. And I say FUCK YOUR VOTE!
DOES YOUR VOTE COUNT?
Depending on who you ask, you may get varying answers for this question. If you ask me, I say no. But I’m figuring after you read the title of this blog, you probably wouldn’t ask me. Okay, I’ll retract that. Perhaps our vote does count, but once those votes are counted, do I count? I’d believe this to be a more qualifying question. Once the Republicans have made mockeries of our celebrities and Democrats offer us the world and the electoral college makes their decision devoid of our popular vote, I’ll get to go back into the pecking order of grinning and bearing it. Read that last line again. If you didn’t actually re-read it, you might be understanding where I’m coming from… or you’re just not good at following directions. In either case we’re moving forward, much like we will have to do once this election is over. With all that being said, I am undecided. I can be honest in saying that I sincerely don’t know if my vote counts. I’ve voted in all of the past presidential elections since I’ve been registered to vote. Only one president that I chose in those elections actually won. And that one didn’t really… never mind. So I’m a bitter voter. A voter who is a sore loser. I’m a sore loser because even when I win as a voter, I’m seemingly a loser. That’s probably a defeatist attitude, but America has a way of defeating you sometimes. Especially when you’ve been begging to even be considered American for so long.
This year I’ve seen countless black bodies consumed by America’s rage. The country’s undying willingness to make waste of our bodies but make haste to emulate our culture. Many have become fed up and protested. Those protests were deemed to be riots and those riots brought about the need for LAW AND ORDER. And that has turned into the platform for current president, TV star, business mogul, Donald J. Trump. Okay, so rewind that really quick. People died at the hand of government sanctioned law enforcement with no repercussions, those communities were outraged because the same thing has been happening for generations, that same government that created the laws that systematically oppress said group now presents the solution of LAW AND ORDER and the masses get behind this theory. Sounds like an endless loop. On the other hand you’ve got a party who, for whatever reason, my community has been backing for years. Supposedly, they identify with our struggle and want to even the playing field. At least they always do up until the election. Not sure what happens after that because we still end up back in the same position of begging to be equal. Not even begging to get ahead, but begging to be the same. Now the ballot is available and I’m forced to choose between the lesser of two evils. I hate that term because it is so overused, but it kind of is what it is. So I’d determined in my head that I was not going to vote because I am tired of voting for candidates who don’t have one single interest of mine on their agenda. So, I said FUCK YO VOTE!
At the end of the day, I can’t honestly say that the Trump administration is any worse than any administration I’ve lived through. Before you frown up, let me explain. Legislatively and presidentially, our government has consistently failed us. So, saying how bad one individual has done just adds to the stockpiled failures that came before him and the countless ones to come after. My concern is the social climate though. We currently have a regime…I mean administration that incites conflict. Bigots and racists have become quite brazen and racial intimidation is returning as useful tactics for these citizens. To a degree, I’m not certain what is most disheartening. Is it the current president’s willingness to allow the social unrest to boil over or is it the reminder that this was exactly the foundation in which this nation was created in the first place? And with all of that anger, distrust, fear and resentment, I’m supposed to vote for the lesser of two evils. A very daunting task. A task that will be completed by all the citizens of America who believe in the government and truly believe their vote counts. And to you all, I say FUCK YO VOTE!! In case you’re wondering….yes, I voted.