So many more questions than answers
My husband majored in American Studies so that he could have “a vocabulary” for his uniquely American experiences, particularly as a Black man.
Recently, I’ve been a little jealous of his already having vocabulary I struggle to find. I’m sure you’ve noticed the struggle in my recent posts, regardless of whether you’ve been attributed it to “vocabulary.”
I’m committed to this struggle, and to this learning. I understand that I’ll say things now that might make 2026-Deborah inclined to smack her head against a wall. Repeatedly.
I’m okay with that. I’m okay with having my learning moments documented and recorded for posterity. More than anything, I want to be honest, and where I’m at right now is that I’m honestly learning a heckuva lot. Which means I’ll say things now that later-me will view with … okay, not chagrin, ’cause she’ll still be me, but some kind of patient indulgence.
One thing that I’m struggling with now this year’s U.S. presidential election. I’ve spent a couple hours daily reading articles and trying to comprehend things I never cared to even think about before.
Of greatest concern to me this election cycle is abundant indicators of potential election fraud by Democrats. This 96-page report details many concerning primary irregularities specific to Democrats (not nearly replicated in Republican primaries), and this post–including video illustration by a math professor–explains how you’re likelier to be struck by lightning or win the Powerball than randomly come upon this convergence of outside-the-margins results.
Because Trump is the particularly terrifying Republican candidate (depending on whom you ask) in the running this election, these concerns are being waved off as the juvenile bleatings of Sanders folks who can’t lose gracefully.
But this is beyond Sanders or Trump:
The prospect that we could relinquish democracy so easily is so much more terrifying to me than Trump.
Trump is a phenomenon occurring in a single election cycle, but dull complicity can happen eternally. We set the stage for it by our (in)actions now.
Once we start embracing acceptance in any circumstance, I fear we the electorate enable ourselves to embrace it in every circumstance.
But that’s not why I’m posting. Honestly. I’m posting with questions, of which I have so many more than answers right now.
- How can I help ensure equal rights in the U.S.?
- Do I create another blog to post my political meanderings?
- Do I post a once-weekly list of the most informative of my readings?
- Do I run for office myself to address some of the alarming inequities I see?
- Do I [fill in the blank yourself, seriously, please weigh in]?
Your thoughts and opinions are, as always, welcome, whether or not I agree with any particular point right now. “Right now” is, of course, a very small amount of time compared to all of time, an enormous slice of moments in which I hope to have at least another few decades.
I don’t want to alienate anyone as I struggle to build my own vocabulary. I do want to ensure that I can speak and hear in uncomfortable times and places, and that … that is a skill that can only be gained by practice. If you have comments or questions but don’t want to comment in public, leave a comment stating “contact me” and I’ll reply to the [unpublished] email address you provide while commenting. I welcome you to practice with me, in public or in private.
Many thanks for your patience during my learning period!