And They’re Off!

The big news this week is the selection of Senator Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate on the Democratic ticket in this Fall’s presidential election. The selection of Harris has been met, it seems, with broad and enthusiastic approval within the Democratic party. Of course, some Democratic leaning folks will not be pleased with the selection as neither Biden nor Harris is as left leaning as they would like.

On the other side, of course, is Donald Trump and Mike Pence for the Republicans. Trump and Pence have a very solid base of support within the “New” (Trumpian) Republican party. It is less solid among moderates and even among some conservative Republicans who are mounting strong anti-Trump campaigns and have pledged to vote for Biden and Harris. These include Republican Voters Against Trump and The Lincoln Project. Both of these are putting out some strong ads against Trump.

This is going to be one of the most consequential presidential elections in my lifetime and in the history of our country. To be clear, these are not the same lengths of time. I’ll have more to say about the upcoming election later but, for now, I want to make only two points because time is short and timing is important.

First, be sure you do everything necessary to ensure you will be able to vote. Register if you need to register. Request an absentee ballot or mail-in ballot if you have that option. Whatever it takes, please vote. Voting is a right. The right to vote is also a privilege that has set the United States apart from many other countries for more than 200 years. When we fail to exercise our right to vote, we inch closer to losing it altogether.

Second, do everything you can to make sure everyone who is eligible to vote is able to vote. We are seeing some serious efforts to suppress the vote, including tinkering with the United States Postal Service. We cannot allow our ability to vote to be undermined by anyone. As individuals we may have little influence on state and national rules for voting (e.g., mail-in, absentee, etc.) but what we CAN do is offer to help our friends and neighbors vote.

We can do that by offering to help them request mail-in or absentee ballots. If you are reading this blog, it is probably because you have internet and a possess some savvy about how to use it. Some people do not have access to the internet. Some, even if they do, do not have sufficient comfort or skills with it to request ballots or register. We can help, right?

We can help them vote by posting the ballots in the mail for them or even dropping them off at the election office or election drop boxes, as we learned last night we will have here in Maryland. Of course, we can do these things while also maintaining physical distance and remaining safe during the pandemic.

Most importantly, we need to be planning and doing these things NOW. Let’s get to work!

That’s it for today. See you again soon. But, of course, I’ll leave you with a bit Chickenman.

chickenman – episode 90 – Only 7 more after this one!

Chickenman, still dangling over a bowl of lumpy oatmeal placed there by the Very Diabolical, gets an assist from his mother.

Stay safe, be well, keep calm, keep washing your hands, keep wearing your mask, and keep striving for justice, peace, and health for all.


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