Author--Larry Webb


9/26/20
“This is Scary”

The president has said that he will not commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election. 

This is something that has never happened in the history of the United States. In recent years there have been two close and contested elections where Al Gore and Hillary Clinton actually won the popular vote, but lost the Electoral College. They did not want to screw up our democracy, so they did not refuse to accept the outcome. They conceded. 

With no justification or proof, the current president claims the opposition is trying to rig the election. More than anything, he’s blaming absentee voting—which, incidentally, has gone on for years. What makes his claim even weirder, he told the voters in Florida, his home state, to vote by absentee ballot. To me, that doesn’t make any sense. If it’s a rigged scam in 49 states, why isn’t it in 50?

Now, what is really scary, on August 18,2020, Thomas Friedman of the NY Times said the America is on the brink of its second civil war. Between the bully tactics, rhetoric, threats, and actions of the president, Friedman thinks the president’s base will respond with their AK47s. Let’s hope saner minds prevail.

So, what are we going to do? Everybody’s got to vote. With the Covid 19 pandemic, it’s safer to vote by absentee ballot than in person. To make sure your vote is counted, take it personally to one of the ballot drop off boxes. With all the questions going on about the US Post Office, maybe at this time, it’s safer not to trust them. Who knows if the post office has intentionally slowed down delivery like they’ve been accused of? Don’t take a chance. Hand deliver it. 

If it is necessary to mail in your ballot, do it as soon as humanly possible. Then, call your representatives and demand an investigation as well as funding of the postal service—and maybe a new director. Don’t let intentional slowdowns “lose” your ballot. If you’re young and Covid 19 free, think about volunteering at the polls. 

Vote—either in person or by mail. And, yes, your vote does count.


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