It’s hard to believe this is the final weekend before the election. The last 3.5 years seem like ten, and the last month seems like an eternity. Trump’s scandalous, destructive, dishonest presidency has been an exhausting toxic marathon and anxiety among resisters and activists has reached an all-time high–compounded by a raging pandemic that’s killed a quarter-million Americans and is getting worse thanks to Trump’s catastrophic dereliction of duty. When will it end? Michelle Goldberg wrote an excellent piece in the NY Times on this topic last night:
The best way to transform our anger and anxiety is to take constructive action. As we enter the weekend, here’s a summary of the most important acts we can take.
If you have a mail-in ballot, DON’T MAIL IT – deliver it instead to one of the five early voting polling places in Dutchess County, where you don’t have to wait in line to submit it. The post office can no longer reliably deliver it on time.
If you haven’t voted, please go and do it. You can vote early today from 9am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday. Here again are the exact details for Dutchess County.
Next, please call your family and friends and make sure all of them have voted, especially if any of them live in swing states. Biden’s national poll numbers are good, but in several key swing states it looks like a toss up, like in Florida where turnout in Democrat-heavy Miami Beach has been below expectations. If each of us can motivate just one more voter to cast a ballot, it could mean the difference between winning and losing.
Next, volunteer for a local candidate like Rep Antonio Delgado or State Senate challenger Karen Smythe. Delgado is holding a GOTV texting event today at 3pm and you can find details here:
Next, volunteer for a national organization like Indivisible, MoveOn, SwingLeft, or VoteAmerica. Just Google them and you can easily find volunteer links and resources.
The next four days are going to suck, and probably a few more days after election day as well. I have no illusions about a clear Biden win on Election Night. I hope it happens, but I’m expecting a close and unnerving contest that will take days to resolve. I’m not confident that Biden can win in Florida, and a narrow win for Biden in Pennsylvania might end up being invalidated by the Supreme Court for whatever bullshit reason they pull out of their asses. Biden can still win without those two states, especially if he can get a surprise win in, say, Texas, but the narrower Biden’s margin of victory, the more his win will be jeopardized by Trump’s dirty judicial tricks. Another four years of Trump is simply unimaginable, but at least, overall, the wind seems to be at our back. And there is still important work to do.
Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”
Wishing you a productive weekend.