We have 56 days until the 2020 election in the US. That’s 8 weeks during which I’ll be trying my damnedest to get leaders elected who will move the dial toward equity, inclusion, and progressive policies that will do the least harm and the greatest good.
I love lists. I love checking things off of lists. I’d hazard the guess that lots of folks reading this do, too. So, every Monday until November, I’ll be listing one specific action to take in preparation of the election. Electoral politics won’t solve everything, but voting is a tool in the box and it needs to be sharpened, oiled, and ready for action.
Week Six & Seven: Use your platform.
A twofer to make up for my lack of post during our move last week:
I am voting for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. I am not entertaining conversations about the incumbent.
A vote for the incumbent is a vote for racism, for misogyny, for a reckless disregard for human life. It is a vote against science and understanding. It’s a vote for isolation. It’s a vote against art and culture and education. It’s a vote against children and families. It’s a vote against the elderly, the poor, the ill. It’s a vote against democracy. It’s a vote against our planet. It’s a vote for chaos and disorder. There is no such thing as voting for a single issue in this election, or ever. If you cast your vote for the current administration because you are fiscally conservative, or because you oppose abortion, or because you want to preserve your unmitigated right to bear arms, you are voting for all the rest of it, too.
Reasonable people cannot disagree on this.
In 2016, when I wrote that I was voting for Hillary Clinton, I was gobsmacked by the reaction in the comments section of that post. I was horrified, but I allowed the comments to play out, cowed by the feeling that I should allow people to voice their opinions, however much they differed from my own. I won’t be doing that this time.
People often thank me for “using my platform.” I hope each person reading this realizes that each of us has a platform. I hope that this week (and last) and for all the weeks ahead, folks who come across my space online will be motivated to think about their own spheres of influence and the messages they are sending both quietly and right out loud. There is no such thing as being apolitical. There is no time for silence. I hope that many of you will use your platform—whatever that looks like—to voice a commitment to a United States of America that does not have the current administration at the helm. You don’t need to argue or debate with anyone. You don’t need to give space to hateful rhetoric. You may simply state, unequivocally, what it is that you stand for.
And don’t forget: