I’m sure y’all have seen this by now, right?
I invite you to read back through all the connected posts here on The Cassie Times. I will point out, with only a hint of irony, that I got this one down at least a year ago.
Sure, some of the stuff hasn’t happened…yet. It’s quite clear I’ve got some of the steps out of order, and the only real question isn’t IF, but WHEN.
I find it particularly irritating that people STILL think polls matter. No. What matters at the end of the day is how many people actually bother to show up and vote in the primaries and from where I’m sitting, there’s no Blue Wave.
I’ll say it again, for the ones in the back:
Yeah, sure, there are a few seats that will miraculously flip from red to blue. Pennsylvania Democrats will finally reap the benefits of a judicial unfucking of their government districts, as long as the voting machines they use aren’t somehow flipped during the General election. And yes, Illinois stands to replace several red seats with blue this year.
Bottom line: The numbers don’t add up to an overwhelming majority of blue seats. In fact, if we do anything, it’s likely to be a further erosion of Democratic seats.
On the other hand, well, real talk: I’ve been writing about this crap since 2004, but I only really started seeing Nazis in our future in 2008, and writing in earnest (blogging specifically about politics) in October 2012. A lot of the Dots posts come from drawing the parallels.
What pisses me off is that I’m STILL waiting for people who told me I was being hyperbolic to apologize. Ain’t gonna happen because they prefer to pretend this is just a temporary blip, and that things will get better after the next election cycle.
We’re not speaking in real life, either.
Between caging brown people at the border and removing all the safeties that protected our most vulnerable (women, the elderly, young, infirm, marginalized, LGBTQ, and poor in all their intersectional glory), the GOP have set themselves up as the Party of Dickens’ worst nightmares.
This isn’t going to end well, if people don’t get the fuck off their butts and VOTE. And I don’t just mean cast any old ballot, either. I am deadly serious that if you want to preserve what’s left of our shredded democracy, you have to vote BLUE in the General.
The only other alternative is GOP. Nobody else wins elections. And while the Russians no longer fly a predominantly red flag (in fact, I think they’re trolling us with their white, blue, and red stripes) the idea that a “red menace” has come to mean something entirely American has not escaped me.
No need to rewrite what I’ve already written. You can go back and read anything you missed by using the navigation I’ve provided on the right.
How much longer this blog continues to exist depends solely on how long the liberal Supreme Court justices remain on the bench and how many seats we actually manage to win, come November 6th.
As you may have gathered, I’m not hopeful. Signs of galloping fascism are everywhere, from the sudden blossoming of concentration camps in the south to the random border investigations within the 100-mile zone
Don’t get me wrong.
I want this nightmare to end. I want to wake up and find that we’re still moving forward, that we’re still allied with Europe and partnered for future growth that’s not designed to funnel wealth directly to the bank accounts of the obscenely rich. That we’re not descending into an Orwellian dystopia or a real Handmaid’s Tale. But that’s not going to happen without a lot of work, and what’s increasingly likely to be bloodshed.
As Bob on ReBoot
used to say, “Stay frosty.”