February 21, 2020

Blue No Matter Who

No matter the nominee; this is the fight of our lives

by Chris Thomas

Democrats who stay home elect Republicans

These do seem like dark times. The Senate's refusal to actually try Trump's impeachment, while hardly a surprise, confirms the suspicion that our institutions may not save us. McConnell's announcement that he will hold a vote should another Supreme Court Justice step down heralds the possibility of a generational shift in the Court. Trump's pardons for a raft of corrupt political grifters and would-be oligarchs hints at an accelerating rot in government and Attorney General Barr festers like a metastasizing cancer at the center of the once-independent justice department.

The Independent warns that the 2020 election may well be the last fair and free election of the American experiment.

Well, "if this is to be our end, then I would have [us] make such an end as to be worthy of remembrance."

Gondor calls for aid! Gondor calls for aid!

We know what lies before us: a hard-fought primary between two clashing visions for the future of the Democratic Party; a torrent of misinformation and manipulation on social media; a tidal wave of misinformation, gas-lighting, and outright lies by the President and his toadies; and an ocean of money pouring into the eyes and ears of voters in those all-important swing states.

And it will begin, make no mistake, with an attempt to turn that hard-fought primary into embittered schisms in the Democratic coalition. Indeed, that has almost certainly already begun.

It is February now, and by November the moment that hangs before us today will have slipped into the shadows of memory. We must resolve now and steel ourselves over the next nine months to recall the stakes for which this election is fought: policy, yes, but also the soul of democracy.

Think of the most vulnerable person you know, and vote in their interest.

Is the President accountable to the law or should the Senate put party over country and treat him as a king? Is the attorney general the government's attorney or the President's? Does Congress control the budget or does the President decide where our taxes are spent? Is foreign aid a tool of international policy or of domestic politics?

Are we a nation of laws or aren't we?

It may be difficult in nine months. It may be distasteful come November. You may not be excited to stand in line for two hours in the driving rain to cast your vote.

But you must. We all must. Remember how hard we've fought and how far we've come. History has its eyes on you. #BlueNoMatterWho

History has its eyes on you

Also, General Organa and I'm not sure which I'm more worried about disappointing.

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