To My Voting Friends: On the REAL? I’m Not Angry at YOU.
I’m really not. I’m not angry or trolling. I APPRECIATE YOU, I do. And your passion and hope. Your determination and sincerity. I might think it’s mislead and misdirected, but I’m not angry at YOU for trying in the only way maybe any of us might know to make it better. I’m angry at where we’ve left ourselves (current and past “we”s) and I haven’t forgotten that truth. Nor will I let systemic evil eclipse that fact again. I apologize and I’m sorry for misdirecting MY OWN righteous anger at people who share my frustration, exasperation, and disgust.
So . . . some things. . . .
THIS. I don’t always agree with everything Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti opine, but they, Krystal especially, were on fire, here.
For folks who are champing at the bit to vote for whatever the lesser evil of the day happens to be, go off. Do you. Do what your conscience demands — I actually do get that. But just as I’ll wear the mantle of “one of those idiot, Leftie contrarians who let Trump win again!”
For all practical purposes . . . I am. Just so, YOU must be willing to be “the people who yet again voted for a lesser evil, to uphold one of the greatest and most effectively evil systems in history.”
Because that’s who you are, practically speaking (you KNOW these evils aren’t FLAWS in the system, they are FEATURES . . . and they work BRILLIANTLY). You should be cognizant that that’s what you’re doing, no matter your best intentions.
No matter how well-intentioned, legitimizing a small evil contributes to BIG evil. There’s no escaping that fact and truth. Sanctioning an evil lets it flourish for longer than if it’s left to do its worst and COLLAPSE under the weight of its own corruption.
Because it WILL die. It’s not a matter of it continuing perpetually, but of how many it takes with it when it goes down. A relative few, or human society in its entirety, as well as most of the planet.
It’s about survival, not about winning. Winning is for games and this very much ISN’T. But if it helps to think in those term, then let’s carry it to its terminus. The exclusivity of winning only gets worse and worse, and as fewer people win, we get closer and closer to NO ONE winning. THAT IS HOW EXCLUSIVITY, HOW WINNING, WORKS. That’s how it HAS to work, because without losers, who wins?
(Technically, we could make that answer EVERYONE, as well as we could let it languish at NO ONE. But there are folks who make whole careers on insisting it’d be “NO ONE,” for all our trying at real equity and justice, and true, full enfranchisement.)
THAT’S what human society is and its governments are based on, more than any other philosophy: winners and losers. Having versus not-having. Either / Or. Us or Them.
That cycle has been a smashing success for the past one hundred fifty thousand years, hasn’t it?
Sarcasm briefly aside, as I’ve said, I have no faith in government of any stripe, nor should I. Governments should require effort and evidence, constant participation and constant vigilance. Not the same sensibility that keeps gods in their “heavens” and the hearts of their adherents, and Santas in their Christmas Villages. My own government has yet to prove to me it is anything BUT a few lesser evils holding the VAST, EVIL-ER evils in marginal check. And even that, ONLY when a boiling-point is nigh.
As far as I’ve I can see, lending THAT system, and system of systems, the legitimacy of a vote, rather than letting it all wither from a lack of faith and participation (or, if I had MY SAY, the swift solution and satisfaction of a FUCK of a lot of guillotines), is feeding the fever, rather than starving it. You are creating your doom and everyone else’s. And I wish I could be angry about it, but I just feel like one of many Cassandras. Not even one of the more eloquent ones, just one of the newer ones. I WAS VOTING FOR LESSER EVILS AS OF 2016. I see firsthand, as have you all, what constant lesser evils leads to. To THIS SHIT we’re currently dealing with. It didn’t happen suddenly or magically or inexplicably. TOLERATING AND VOTING FOR LESSER EVILS FOR GENERATIONS has primed us to sit silent and quiet until Vote Days, even when it comes to GIANT EVILS. We the People are simply we-the-pawns. Challenge that, if you want. But not to ME. Challenge the SYSTEM, if you want to be angry and make positive change. I’M not destroying this world and the soul of humanity. I’M not that powerful. Neither are you, as an individual.
But the one hundred fifty thousand years-old tradition of greed, and encouraging lesser, slightly bigger, and MUCH BIGGER evils? Yeah . . . that’s definitely powerful enough to fuck some shit up permanently. BET.
So, don’t wonder why politics gets worse and the gulfs between the haves and have-nots get wider. YOUR VOTE is why. No shade, I swear, but YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS AND PARTICIPATION in a crime compound the situation, and extend and intensify it. If you aren’t crashing the current, conscienceless system — or at least refraining from feeding it — you are enabling it. Giving it succor. NURTURING the seeds of our eventual destruction. Not just yours, but EVERYONE’S. THAT’S where small evils, lesser evils, lead. To BIGGER evils. Bigger and bigger and bigger. To the kind of death maybe NO ONE can walk away from. If you don’t know that — can’t see it coming, by now . . . I don’t know what to tell you but . . . vote. If it makes you feel better. At this point, few other things are likely to, and nothing but a TOTAL overhaul not just of systems but of SOCIETY will make things ACTUALLY BETTER, not just bandaid-better or deluded-better.
The current system(s) came from all the evils that built up and weren’t torn down when the better parts and better angels of the body politic might have been saved. If that time ever even existed. Now? The body is riddled with disease and decay. Not just the U.S. It’s spreading, or is . . . everywhere. As the once-leader of the Free World, the U.S. HAS to crash this Hindenburg before it blows and the whole sky’s on fire. We have to halt this Titanic before an iceberg does, because as AMERICA GOES, so goes the whole damn world. And America ain’t doin’ so well, if ya haven’t noticed. Hasn’t been since . . . ever, maybe. Hell, if someone can point to a time when America was good for EVERY HUMAN BEING AND GROUP living and contributing to the continental U.S., I’d love to hear it!
But that time isn’t now. It might not be ever, if we stay on our current trajectory. My not-voting isn’t a protest. It’s not even a condemnation — I don’t grant the gift of my consideration and acceptance of this system even that far. I will not elevate a kakistocracy run by dime-store gangster who are rat-cunning but barely sentient enough beyond that to tie their own shoes the elevation of my judgment and condemnation. I’ll save affirmations and condemnations for a REAL government of equally powerful individuals, with authority in and appropriate to their own sphere, and granted or revoked BY THE MUSTER OF EVERY INDIVIDUAL . . . if we ever actually make one of those governments.
Me shouting about the sky falling isn’t TO OUR GANGSTER-ASS SYSTEMS AND SOCIETY. It’s to any individual of it who’ll listen and even to the ones who won’t. ESTABLISHED SYSTEMS won’t save us from ESTABLISHED SYSTEMS, anymore. INDIVIDUALS BANDING TOGETHER TO COMBAT INJUSTICE IN ANY AND EVERY FORM JUST MIGHT.
Humanity needs to do controlled demolition of our entire set of systems . . . not just in the U.S. But EVERYWHERE. ALL OF IT. While we still have even an iota of control over how the aftermath shakes out. It’s the difference between a harrowing water-landing and crashing into a mountainside. Going down is inevitable. We need to take advantage of still being able to CHOOSE our the nature of our impact.
Dithering overlong about After-the-Impact is a luxury we no longer have and haven’t had for half a century.
Now . . . our available options are the water-landing or the mountainside. Not liking that or wishing that was different doesn’t change that. And if anyone can DISPROVE THAT, shout out. Clap back. CONVINCE ME. Really, I would LOVE to be wrong on this — you have no idea. I would love EVIDENCE that we, as a society and species, ARE NOT headed for what we’re so obviously headed for. I don’t enjoy being frightened by inevitabilities, and highly probable outcomes. I like to be pleasantly surprised by them (or, I imagine I would, if ever I had been).
Unfortunately, I seem to mostly get outcomes wrong when it comes to the ones I’d LIKE to be right about. Many of the things I’ve MOST NEVER WANTED have come true, eventually. Even leaving personal examples out of the mix.
Anyone out there who can say the same . . . feel me. I sure feel you. Those who can’t . . . please, take my warning for whatever it’s worth to you. If it’s worth anything at all (I doubt it is . . . and healthy skepticism is one of my wheelhouses). But keep your parachute close. Please. If I have any useful, sound advice . . . it’d be that.
Good luck ❤