Idiocracy – Disparaging term for a society run by or made up of idiots (or perceived as such).
In just the last few days, some news put an exclamation point on why this election is the most important in modern history. The radicalization of a particular segment of our population — the sheer idiocy of their movement — must be soundly defeated and put away forever.
*On a Texas highway, a caravan of the Trump cult appears to try and run off the road a Biden/Harris campaign bus. The current president praised the ‘people of Texas’ for how much they love him. No condemnation of the incident as of this writing.
*Another caravan of wild and radicalized Trumpers attempted to block traffic on the Garden State Parkway Sunday afternoon near Lakewood, NJ. Their Vehicles were decorated with American flags, Trump campaign flags, and many supporters with MAGA hats. Another caravan attempted the same thing on New York’s Mario Cuomo Bridge around the same time.
*Here in Brookings, OR, a pickup truck, decked out with Trump memorabilia, was seen on Saturday afternoon with an effigy of a Black Lives Matter protestor sprawled out on the hood – apparently ‘run-over’ and murdered.
*In Harris County, Texas, the state’s Supreme Court denied a request from radical right-wing activists to invalidate over 127,000 votes cast at drive-thru polling sites. The group is pursuing a similar lawsuit in federal court. There are currently a hundred or so active voter suppression lawsuits making their way through the court system.
*A group in Graham, North Carolina, was pepper-sprayed during a street protest/walk from a church to a polling station. Police say they only did it because the protestors refused to disperse after an 8 minute moment of silence blocked the road. Protestors allege that it was an act of voter suppression.
*It’s being reported the current president and administration are planning on declaring victory on election night, whether all the votes are counted or not.
Folks, I have no idea what will happen in less than 40 hours when the first polls begin to close. But as you can see from just some of the events in recent days, the country is seemingly sitting on a nuclear keg bomb, ready to explode at any minute.
When we see the caravans of idiots with their American and Trump flags waving in the wind, many carrying military assault weapons, how is it any different from when we saw scores of ISIS fighters rolling down the streets of Iraq in a victorious show of force? So far, nobody is getting hurt, but can we honestly say these deplorable’s won’t do something crazy if their dear leader loses?
I can only hope that the massive turnout of early voters is a sign that we’re about to see a wave election the likes of which we haven’t seen in decades. If not, we’re in for some of the most tumultuous days we’ve ever seen in America.
Indeed, our way of life, our institutions – democracy itself – is on the ballot. The current president’s followers will not accept his defeat. The question then becomes, how will we as Americans deal with this group in the days ahead? What will they do if their savior is handily defeated?
I’m going to try and stay as positive as I possibly can over the coming days. Most of the political pundits and veterans of campaigns say that our system will prevail in the end. Every vote will be counted, they say. This year, though, we will have to be patient.
We haven’t had an election in the middle of a pandemic before, so it’s absolutely a distinct possibility that we will not know the winner of this election for several days due to the onslaught of mail-in ballots.
And we indeed haven’t conducted an election when one of the candidates is an unhinged narcissist and chaotic autocrat who’s actively trying to undermine our electoral system – not to mention egging on his supporters to intimidate, wreak havoc, and take to the streets if need be.
So, on my final post before this most monumental election, I want to say to all of you: please stay as calm as you possibly can, ignore the wrestle-mania-like atmosphere, and if you have not done so already – VOTE!
As my good friend and blog partner Greg wrote about so eloquently yesterday, vote tomorrow and it will make you feel “big and strong.” It’s the one thing we have as American citizens that cannot be taken away from us. We can make a stand against this threat to our country by making our voices heard. Let us rid ourselves of this dangerous man and his racist and out of control followers.
We’re in The United States of Idiocracy, ladies and gentlemen. This is their legacy; this is their movement—time to crush them into oblivion.
So folks, until next time, be well and stay strong. In the end, We will prevail. Damn it, we better.