I’ve been quite remiss in updating this blog, and I’m not sure how many folks still follow it. If you do, I’m grateful, and I hope you’re all well.
If you live in the US, I just wanted to add my drop to the bucket of messages I’m sure you’re already getting, urging you to get out and VOTE. I haven’t written anything about this endless and endlessly horrifying political season; it seems that everything has already been said, and I’m as sick as you are of hearing all the arguments. Nevertheless, this IS an important election, not just on matters of dry policy but on the fundamental questions of what we value, what we look for in our leaders, and what kind of country we want to be. To stay home from the polls today isn’t a protest vote; it’s a silenced voice, and we need ALL voices to decide who we are. We need YOUR voice.
So vote. Please. If you don’t know where your polling place is, find out here. If you need help carpooling to your polling station, or if you encounter and want to report voter intimidation, check out the information here.
And if EVEN NOW you’re undecided and need a little convincing, well: My vote is for Hillary Clinton. Which is to say: my vote is for experience, intelligence, competence, feminism, respect, decency, compassion, service, and a hopeful vision of America that embraces everyone who actually LIVES in America. It’s also a vote against the other candidate’s bigotry, xenophobia, misogyny, ignorance, empty bluster, compulsive dishonesty, laughable business incompetence, and terrifying disregard for all the principles that uphold our fragile democracy. America is an idea, and it only endures if we agree to live by it.
But whatever your position, VOTE. It matters.