The morning after. No pill for this.
I awoke at 4:30. When I wake early like that, I try not to look at my cell phone. Because it’s really iffy if I’ll get back to sleep. If I pick up a book instead, I’ll have a better chance of reading for awhile and then getting a little more sleep out of the night. Maybe. But contrary to my own good advice, I peeked inside the outer world of cyberspace. And saw last night’s results.
I couldn’t stop contemplating it. And now, three hours later, I still haven’t. And, I’m pretty sure you (and by you I mean pretty much all of us in the Bernie and/or Elizabeth camp) haven’t either. At first I thought, wow, if Bernie and Elizabeth could just join forces, the “progressive” vote wouldn’t be split and then we’d win out over Biden. But then I realized that if Bloomberg and Biden joined forces, their “moderation” vote would also no longer be split. And without actually tallying the numbers, it appeared to me that the Biden-Bloomberg camp has more numbers than the Bernie-Elizabeth camp. It made me super sad and unhappy that in some states Bloomberg won over Warren. I mean, I KNOW he bought his way to his victories, but still. Most voting people (except his large paid staff) don’t make money from his election wins. They just had to believe what his propaganda said rather than what they could see and hear with their own eyes and ears during the debate. They were unable to process that information in a truth-reflecting way.
It made me sad, unhappy, angry that Warren got as few votes as she did, given her potential brilliance as the POTUS. The votes don’t at all reflect her worth and her value to our country. Yes, I voted for Bernie, but I also love Elizabeth. It’s partly dark class forces at work and partly, and most centrally frank gender bias if not outright misogyny. Even my Mom thought Warren “shrill”. (My Mom also has difficulty with me taking strong stands, well, any stands… When I was 21, and “women’s liberation” was happening, she spoke disparagingly to me of “women’s lib”) I’m just saying. This is a mind set not only of my Mom, not only of men, but also of many women — of the whole country, but not just of our country. Of the world. The species. (except for a few bright spots like Finland, New Zealand, Iceland).
Because there is fear of Woman. And fear of change. And the elite money’d powers-that-be — the GOP and FOX news on the right, but also powers in the Democratic party — do not want progressive change (which they call “socialist” or “communist” to scare people, just like Roy Cohen -Trump’s mentor – and Senator McCarthy during HUAC in the 50s). Making people afraid of equal rights for women, health care for all, free or at least affordable education, childcare, and alot of things that would help our society be so much better. People become afraid of those changes because they are fed lies, re-cycled tropes against “liberals being mis-guided and confused”, and are frankly and brazenly manipulated.
I clearly recall a note on a scrap of pink paper I received from a neighborhood girlfriend when I was 17. My parents were Democrats and so was I. I was for LBJ. Her parents for Goldwater. The note she sent me read: Dear Gayle, My parents joined the John Birch Society. You are either a communist or a communist dupe. I can no longer be your friend. Signed, Robbie
And now the news flashes on my screen. “Bloomberg drops out, endorses Biden”. I suppose there is always some hope, but this morning I see the writing on the wall. I will not speak ill of Biden. He is a good person. Light years better than Trump. What I will say is that Fear rather than Imagination and Hope won.
What I pray is that Biden can win (and Yes, I will vote for him and you will too! Yes? Yes.) and that he can and will assemble a cabinet that is brilliant and progressive in character with people who represent the broad spectrum of America’s complexity and intelligence, and that we can then think about, plan and work to move this country in a saner, more ethical, environmental-science-based direction. That kids can be taken out of cages at the border, that the ones who are “lost” can be “found” and re-united with their families. That we can get a sane and humane immigration policy. That journalists will stop being attacked. That may be all we can get right now; it would be foolish to bow out of the process, throw a tantrum, and give up our visions of all that is good.
Our work continues. In the political realm or in other parts of our world, we need to find ways to work for the good. First we must vote in November. Then, everything else.