My Final Thoughts on the Election and the Importance of Voting

It’s difficult to know what to say about the election and the importance of voting that has not already been said.

Vote like your life depends on it, because it does. Everything is in jeopardy: the climate, women’s rights, black lives, biodiversity, our environment and public lands, our healthcare, our democracy, science and truth and facts.

How Bad Can It Get?

When Trump came down that escalator years ago, I knew it would be bad, but I didn’t know it would be THIS bad. I would never have guessed that NATO and the post office would be attacked. I could not have imagined that a pandemic would hit and that wearing masks  would be a partisan issue. I didn’t know Americans were so selfish.

I have lost hope in humanity–at least the humans that live in these Divided States of America. We all know there are evil people in the world, so Trump shouldn’t really surprise any of us. But I didn’t know there were so many hateful, racist, cruel people–some of them living in my neighborhood, pretending to be my friend. Many of them don’t even like Trump, but they will vote for him if it means the “libtards” will suffer. They will burn the country down to “punish us.” I don’t understand this level of hate.

What Does the World Think of Us?

America, the rest of the world is watching us. They wonder if we made a mistake and now we’re going to fix it, or if this is truly what we are: a corrupt, cruel, self-centered, money-grubbing country. The election is in two days and I desperately want to have faith in my fellow Americans.

Vote. Vote because we are better than this. Nothing short of a blue tsunami is going to work. Send a loud message across the globe, that bounces into space, and echoes off every building and mountain. WE REJECT DONALD TRUMP and all his minions.

I will never forgive the complicit GOP officials who bowed to Trump, who coddled him, who refused to stand up to him, who enabled him. They will start denying their complicity if Trump loses. And we will NEVER forgive their cowardice. Vote them out. All of them.

Thank you, fellow activists

I’d like to end by thanking all the amazing people who have fought with me, protested with me, rallied with me, wrote letters and made phone calls and knocked on doors. It has been an honor and privilege to have worked with you, on the front lines, for these past four years. You made me hopeful that there are people who care. If Trump is rejected, we have much work to do repairing this country and its broken institutions. We can finally take REAL climate action.

The End of America

If Trump wins another four years, I fear America is no more, and I will be looking for another country to call home. Fingers crossed, friends, though I have never believed, and still don’t, that Trump will leave.

Be Courageous, like Eric

My late husband defended this country in two wars, and died to keep us safe. I don’t have to wonder what he would think about the state of America. I know.

We may be called upon to protest in the coming weeks. I do not condone any violence, looting or law breaking. But we must go out into the streets if the election results are stolen. I’ll see you in the streets. I’ll be the one wearing pearls in honor of RBG. Please wear a mask.