For More Years

For 231,000 of our fellow Americans who can’t go to the polls today, for those who said their final goodbyes to a loved one over an iPad while their president downplayed the threat, for the health workers sent into a deadly battle without basic protective equipment, for doctors who worked tirelessly only to hear themselves accused of pumping up virus numbers for financial gain, for experts who warned us again and again even as their expertise was diminished and ridiculed, for scientists who got up every morning in search of a vaccine even as science itself was under constant attack, for the thousands who watched their homes burn to the ground under a blood orange sky while their president said to sweep the forests, for the whistleblowers who risked it all to share the facts when so few others in the administration had the guts to do so, for the Alexander Vindmans who spoke truth to power because ‘right matters,’ for Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, whose final breaths were snuffed out beneath the knee of a social structure that is itself on its last gasp, for the millions who took to the street to say no more, for the protesters targeted with tear gas and rubber bullets by their own government in the shadow of the White House, for our allies abroad who have been abandoned as dictators and thugs are lauded and sent love letters, for the victims of hate who were told there are fine people on all sides, for our soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for a cause the current commander in chief can’t understand, for the artists, writers, and performers who set their personal brands aside to become political because everything was political, for the investigative journalists who got the stories out even when being attacked as enemies of the people, for the kids who crossed the border and still don’t know where their parents are, for the essential workers, especially the immigrants, who kept our society functioning, for the meatpacking plant workers who kept food on our tables even as their government increased the odds the work could kill them, for the tens of thousands of ordinary citizens who stepped up to fill the leadership vacuum, for the lawyers and non-profit organizations that bolstered democracy as it came under increasing attack, for the young people who have missed too much of their youth and the elderly who have been imprisoned too long by a virus that was called a hoax, for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for the truth, for the rule of law, for democracy, for the millions standing in long lines between them and the ballot box because you’ve got to stand for something, for the thousands of well-known Republicans who put country above party, and yes, for Trump’s true believers; the still ardent followers who have been duped into risking their lives to attend rallies and prove their fealty to the bottomless ego of a sadistic, mad king, for our parents, for our kids, for a chance at turning the corner on climate change, for an end to the relentless, insidious lies, for more years of American leadership, for more years of the promise of democracy, for more years on this planet, for a decent, good man just crazy enough to believe unity is still possible, for all of it, it’s time to tear down the wall that surrounds the White House, it’s time to tear down the walls between us, it’s time to say enough is enough. It’s go time. It’s Joe time. Vote.

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