Anyone paying any attention to the news anywhere in the world the last couple of years cannot help but know that the world feels as if it’s teetering on a brink of… I’m not sure what, but it isn’t good. The world, and the US in particular, feels broken.
At the beginning of October, when I started thinking about this post, I would have said that my retirement accounts were benefitting from this temporary boost in the economy, but those gains have been wiped out. That’s my point.
Rash, irrational, impetuous decisions from this administration have created chaos all around the world. Short-term gains can’t be sustained when they’re based on the whims of someone who has never been held accountable for his bad decisions. Congress won’t act as a co-equal branch of government to rein in this catastrophe. And we’re all paying the price.
But this is only the beginning.
I’ve said this a million times since November 2016, but I just don’t understand. I don’t understand how people could vote for a bigoted, misogynistic, egotistical, ignorant lout and justify that decision on the basis of “I like his policies.” I don’t understand why conservatives have been willing to compromise their values to support someone who violates every tenet of ethics and decency. I don’t understand why white people are so afraid of brown-skinned refugees that they are willing to turn their backs on everything America has represented for over two centuries. I don’t understand how they could forget all our ancestors who fled Europe or Russia or any other part of the world, looking to start over in a country where hard work and a desire to build a better life were the only passport needed to live the American dream. That’s all these new immigrants are asking.
What part of environmental and financial deregulation can possibly be good? What industry anywhere has ever self-regulated out of a desire to do what’s right? When we have more Flints with undrinkable water, when we have more coastal cities flooding because of climate change, and when we’ve lost more species to extinction because of human encroachment, will they still think deregulation was a good idea?
When we have the next recession, and there are no consumer protections for those of us who aren’t in the top 1%, will they be okay with losing all their retirement savings and their houses to foreclosure?
When their children and grandchildren are left to deal with this debt that is going to crush us, what will they say?
Healthcare. Voting rights. Racial divisions. Immigrant rights. Children in cages. A judiciary we don’t trust. The list of issues facing us goes on and on.
This election in three days is our opportunity to stop—or at least slow down—this freight train of corruption and destruction. I wrote HERE about the need—even in the dark days after the 2016 election—to feed the right wolf. To keep fighting for good, to stick to our ideals, to not sink to the level of the deplorable base that supports this pretender to the Oval Office.
We must elect a Congress who will act as a check on this administration, who will hold it accountable for its decisions, who will investigate the rampant corruption that has seeped into every part of the government now, who will make sure Robert Mueller’s investigation continues to its conclusion.
VOTE as if your life depends on it, because it very well might!