Correction and the Subject of Ranting
First, to those of you who received my email
regarding the payroll tax cut, I've had a communication from a small
business owner and must adjust my facts accordingly. Although in my
research, this item was called a payroll tax cut, it's actually a
payroll tax deferment. Like the payroll tax itself, half of the
amount to be repaid to the government at the end of the deferment
will be paid by the employer. The other half will be paid by the
employee. This payroll tax deferment applies (obviously) to those
who are currently employed.
On to my second subject. Someone recently responded to one of my
emails by telling me that my "ranting" was not going to win over any
Trump voters. This surprised me as I had not thought nor did I
actually intend to "rant" about anything.
The purpose of my messages isn't to encourage you to cast a vote for
Joe Biden. The purpose of my messages isn't to entice you away from
casting a vote for Donald Trump. The purpose of my messages is
merely to share my thoughts with you. I'm doing this because it
allows me a sense of communion with other people in a situation in
which many of us have been isolated for months.
The isolation hasn't been terribly hard on me, although I miss the
various social and cultural activities I was used to taking part in.
As a professional writer for more than 30 years now, I spend most of
my time in isolation. As an introvert and a person who has always
enjoyed her own company, spending weeks and months alone with my
husband and my dog (admittedly, with my dog mostly as she comes to
work with me) hasn't bothered me much. Should Donald Trump win
re-election, it's possible--not a sure thing, but possible--that I
won't be personally hurt.
But how others are treated means something to me, and the truth
means something to me. Because of those two facts, it's tough for me
to remain silent in the face of a lie or an act of racism, in the
presence of misogyny, or in the midst of an encounter with social
injustice. And it's impossible for me to look upon an act of
brutality and say it doesn't matter because it didn't happen to me
and what-was-she-or-he-doing-there-anyway. That isn't who I am, nor
is it how I'm made.
We all have a decision to make in November and it's likely we will
each see this decision in a slightly different light:
As a chance to save the soul of the country
As an opportunity to heal the republic
As a statement of concurrence to the policies of the Trump
As a way to indicate approval and encourage the furthering of the
actions taken by the Trump administration
As a way to save ourselves
As a way to help raise up others
As a final opportunity to turn back a perceived tide of fascism
As a firm repudiation of what Thomas Jefferson called self-evident
As a declaration of support for the renewed existence of three
co-equal branches of government
There are probably as many reasons for the decision we'll each make
as there are individuals making that decision. For me it comes down
to something simple: Either I approve of what has occurred during
the Trump Presidency and am happy to continue with it. Or I
disapprove of what has happened during the Trump Presidency and wish
to make a change.
I may be wrong and I certainly can't speak for anyone else, but it
seems to me that there isn't any middle ground this time.
Approve/disapprove. Give us more/go away.
I believe, however, that the important acts for all of us in
November are these: we each must vote, and we each much acknowledge
and embrace that for which we are voting.