From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!
(traditional Scottish prayer)
Very little scares us more than the unknown. These days there are plenty of known things to scare the literal hell out of us. COVID-19 has killed more than 200,000 Americans. Unemployment rates soared in April and May, with families facing the very real threat of eviction and homelessness. The current trend toward lower unemployment rates is just that – current – and tentative at best. And with the loss of jobs also comes the loss of health insurance for many, thus burdening the country with unpaid medical services. On top of that is the very real threat that the Affordable Care Act could be struck down in the next session of the Supreme Court.
Our present-day political situation has the potential to break apart the already cracking foundations of this democratic republic. While I have faith in the abiding principles of our constitution, I’m still crossing my fingers, because what we now have to be afeared of is not the things that go “bump” in the night, rather the ones that go “Trump” in the broad light of day.
Criminality in the highest echelons of our government is no new thing. Lying, bribery, coverups, illicit grabs for power, and other forms of corruption have been there from our earliest days. But never has there been such an in your face I’ll-do-whatever-the-hell-I-want-to-do stance as from this White House, nor has there been such a panting lap dog as the current Senate Majority Leader.
The worst-case scenario is that more and more power becomes vested in the Presidency; that Congress becomes complicit, compliant, and complacent; and that the Supreme Court becomes so one-sided that they follow the lead of the Senate Majority Leader by becoming rubber stamps for whatever administration is in office¾Republican, Democrat, or Independent. That is a recipe for the dissolution of our system of checks and balances and the eventual demise of the United States of America as a beacon of the light of freedom for the world.
This is one of the most fundamental reasons that we must vote, and we must vote with both our heads and our hearts.
Will you vote for a draft-dodging, tax-avoiding man who has lied to us nearly twenty-thousand times (that we know of) in the last three-and-a-half years? Will you vote for a man who runs roughshod over diplomacy and protocol? Will you vote for a man who wields the sword of Presidentus Interruptus instead of answering questions in a “debate”? Will you vote for a misogynistic narcissist who uses the military to disperse protesters so he can hold up a Bible in front of a church he had no permission from to do so, in order to snap a few pictures?
If we want to preserve freedom in a nation founded on government of the people, by the people, and for the people, we must decry despotism. If we want to preserve freedom in a nation that invests its ultimate power in the citizenry, we must abhor the centralization of power. If we want to preserve freedom in a nation built on the hope of freedom for ALL people, we must stand for “the least of these”. If we want to preserve the dream of our nation as a place where all have the liberty to reach for and obtain their highest goals and desires and be protected in those pursuits, we must commit to the words of The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States of America.
Look at the records of the two candidates for President of the United States of America. Which one cries “Liberty and freedom!”? Which one cries, “Me, me, me!”?
As for me, I’m not as afraid of the things that go bump in the night as I am the things that go “Trump” in the clear light of day.
On Tuesday, November 3, vote. Vote like the future of the United States of America depends on it. It does.
Randy Weeks is a writer, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Life Coach.
Singer-songwriter, columnist, psychotherapist, spiritual advisor. Lives in Oxford, MS, the home of many best-selling authors including, most notably, Nobel Laureate William Faulkner.