Something I’ve had on my mind: if President Obama loses his reelection bid, I don’t want to see a traditional concession speech. I don’t want all the deference and “the people have chosen” and all that. I want something entirely different. I want someone to tell the truth.
You people are fucking idiots.
This myth that the American electorate is some sort of sacred anointer of great men (women need not apply) needs to die, and it needs to die loudly. The American electorate is composed of a bunch of uneducated morons who vote based on personal prejudices and more based on disinformation than information. And if that circus of morons chooses someone like Mitt Romney over someone like President Obama, someone needs to say something mean.
Wake the fuck up, America. Rarely has the contrast been this stark. One of them wants to make health care accessible to everyone, the other wants to let people die because they’re too poor. One of them wants to legalize same-sex marriage, the other wants to make any form of legal recognition illegal. One of them sees an America that’s greater than the sum of her parts, the other doesn’t like to be reminded that some of those parts aren’t straight and white.
This election is going to get ugly. And a lot of people who vote against the President are going to do so because they think he’s a Muslim (and because they think that matters), or from Kenya, or some other patently false bullshit, rather than because of genuine policy disagreement. A lot of people are going to vote against him because he’s a “socialist” (I am; he’s not), and because their McCarthy rubber stamped schools taught them “socialism doesn’t work” (ignore the fact that it’s working in other countries.)
This is not a sacred process. This is not some beautiful, stirring testament to the dignity of American democracy. We deserve better than this. We deserve two excellent candidates with a genuine commitment to every citizen of this country, regardless of their color, creed, sexual orientation, etc. Until something dramatic changes, we’re not going to have that. And you know what? That’s not okay. I don’t have any particularly strong love for the Democratic Party, but when you give me a choice between being punched in the face and jumping off a bridge, I’m going to take one on the jaw. And you should, too.
Or, you know, we could blow the whole thing up and start over. That would be nice.