Thoughts on the Election

And the President of the United States is… a potato! Oh, it’s still undecided? Darn. I wish it was a potato. A potato would probably be a pretty good President, to be honest. At least it’s useful.

It’s kind of unfortunate timing that 2020 is an election year. I guess it’s all kind of unfortunate timing. I mean obviously there’s no good time for a pandemic, but considering that the pandemic is happening, it’s bad timing for an election because people have no money and they hate each other.

It all sucks, but none of it is really surprising. When there’s a pandemic, people have to stay inside, they can’t go to work, they can’t make money, and they can’t build intimate relationships with people. So, of course people get angry and of course we become more polarized as a nation. The unfortunate thing, timing wise, is that we were already becoming so polarized. It’s like we were walking towards a cliff and the pandemic is a giant truck pushing us from behind until we have no other choice but to jump off the cliff or hope the truck changes direction and drives away.

From what I’ve gathered, the general consensus for this election is not about who people are voting for, but who they aren’t voting for. It seems like the majority of people are either voting for Biden because they hate Trump or voting for Trump because they hate Biden. There are definitely people who love Biden and people who love Trump, but it appears to be a minority of people. Which makes sense, because they’re both weird guys to be super into.

If you asked me, “what does Biden stand for?” or “what does Trump stand for?” it would be hard to give a definitive answer because neither of them seem to actually stand for anything concrete. Agree or disagree with the politics of someone like Bernie Sanders, but at least you know what he stands for.

From what I can tell, the people who are really into Donald Trump are the people who strongly believe in the right to tell anyone and everyone to fuck off. It’s partially about the first amendment, yes. Personally, if I had to choose a hill to die on, it would be the right to freedom of speech. It’s absolutely paramount to a well-functioning society. There’s definitely been an attack on freedom of speech coming from the left over the last decade, and it’s an attack worth defending.

At the same time, the way Donald Trump and his supporters are defending this attack from the far-left is not well executed. It is entirely classless, and he and his supporters clearly find joy in making people upset. You mix that with people who get upset way too easily, and you have the fireworks of the modern political situation: People who enjoy making others upset versus people who get upset at everything. Meanwhile, everyone else who actually has their shit together just prays they don’t all kill each other and drag everyone else into the battlefield of chaos.

The climate is so reactionary and brings me back to my original point about people voting against one candidate instead of for a candidate. It seems like everyone has been pulled into this chaos and you’re either voting against the people who get upset at absolutely everything or you’re voting against the people who only care about themselves and telling everyone to eat dust. It’s as if policy is secondary in this election behind fear. Fear of what will happen if we give “those people” the power.

As for the people who are super into Biden, I honestly haven’t really come across any. The people I’ve encountered who are extremely pro-Biden are just extremely anti-Trump. Nobody’s out there touting their love for the revolutionary and dynamic Joe Biden. He’s a guy. A guy who is corrupted by big money, has a typically shady background for a politician, and mostly says whatever he thinks will get him the most votes. At least he’s polite.

So, here we are. Counting votes for two men who stand on shaky ground. Let’s hope it doesn’t crack.

Jason Brendel
Jason Brendel

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