Like most everyone I know, I’m waiting to find out the results of the election. It’s just a few days away. We all have theories about what’s going to happen, but nothing substantial. Here in Massachusetts, maybe the bluest state on the east coast, our votes don’t get much respect.
Regardless of who wins the election, our problems won’t go away with the turn of a calendar page. They didn’t begin in 2016, either, and we need to remember that. They started well before 1776, as soon as the slave trade took over North America and became its most valuable business. If we fail to address this issue of bigotry, hatred, and systemic racism, our cultural lives will devolve. Life will become uglier and scarier for everyone. For those of us — the MANY of us — already married or otherwise involved in inter-racial relationships, we live between a rock and a hard place.
Trump has been the worst president EVER. We have had other terrible presidents. Andrew Jackson springs immediately to mind. He was everything Trump is and an actual serial killer too, but hey, what’s a little slaughter between “friends”? The election of Trump or some just like him has been predicted and on the table for more than 100 years. For all I know, longer. We have made any effort — nationally — to repair the lopsided balance of powers. They went off the rails during Washington’s administration.
We didn’t do right by our former slaves — who should never have been slaves from the get-go — nor have we made any effort to care for our Native populations whose land we ripped off along with their lives and future. We are STILL ripping them off today. Post civil war, we put all our efforts into soothing the upset rebels about losing the war they started — to the point where many of them haven’t “gotten” the point that they LOST. They seem to think they won and looking at the world in which we live, they may have a point. So maybe they didn’t REALLY lose?
As a nation, we’ve never dealt with poverty, inequality, lynching, murdering Black people, and other racist sporting events. We had one little burst of trying to make amends and let non-white people get better jobs right after the Civil Right Amendment was passed. After which we just let it fade away. All of which is bizarre because the rate of intermarriage has become downright trendy. I despair of ever coming to grips with climate change.
I know Biden is a better human being with compassion and ethics, but we also need a tough guy, an LBJ or some powerful S.O.B. to get in there and fight. To battle the power-and-money hungry congressional louts and show them that the game has changed for everyone. One nation, with or without God as our agent, against the billionaires and their corporate robots and statistics who have bought our government, one piece at a time for more than two hundred years.
As I sit here and listen, I swear I hear the powerful swoop of wings. Could it be? Yes! Our chickens are coming home to roost — and we haven’t even started to build coops. Anyone got some seed?