Whether you’re ignoring the spectacle, voting third party, canvassing door to door
Whether you’re with her or against her
Whether you’re collapse-conscious
upgrading your starseed DNA
awaiting alien abduction
bingeing on Netflix
or twirling your spindle stick over a pile of cattail tinder
Whether you’re mystified, enraged, or just straight faced emoji about the whole thing
Or if you’re just sad–
–because no matter who wins
we all feel a little defeated by the spectacle
at the moment.
The bad news is, a legit fascist rapist demagogue rose to power and all the ugly truth of the true American Dream is roaring into view. (It should be said that, like bodycam footage, lots of us whipipo are just noticing what marginalized folks have been living with on the daily.)
The good news is, as my friendly neighborhood oracle Cybelle said,
it’s handy to have it all in one place,
It’s ok that we’re not all united
It’s ok to want to fight
It’s ok to want to hide
It’s ok to want to be excited —
— If only for the novelty of eating a different flavor of shit sandwich.
Because there isn’t a wrong way to experience a dumpster fire.
What I see happening is a sort of grand Parting Ways
A Waving Goodbye
With a big side of FUCK A BUNCH OF THIS
And people are bitterly divided
Because we cannot go on like this.
There has always been chaff and grain.
And some of us are pushing for radical change
And some of us are pushing for reactionary fear
And this contrast is helping us see who is on the Transition Team,
and who needs to get the fuck out of the way.
So that the rest of us can get to work. More on that in another post.
For now, I’ll be voting.
Not because I think it matters, or because I don’t believe it’s all rigged, or because it somehow reflects who I am as a person.
I’m voting because it’s both poetic and strategic, and because it’s something women haven’t been allowed to do for most of US history.
And while I find Clinton’s voice as charming as a dragging muffler, I’ll shove that barbed iron rose down the barrel of the alt-right gun if only as a promise of more effective actions to come.