The Worst And Best Of The Week

Toss your ingredients into this garbage smoothie!

Folks, hope sure feels in short supply lately, doesn't it? With a new Supreme Court justice appointed who may set back LGBTQ, abortion and other rights back decades sworn in without any further hope on Covid relief, Trump leaving hundreds of elderly people high and dry in Omaha after a rally and signing onto a big anti-abortion international agreement and the fact that he's appointed 220 judges across the land to do this bidding (and he hand-selected RBG's replacement to be her polar opposite), and the fact that, well, the Electoral College still exists... I've been feeling rather bleak. I know I'm not alone.

So I thought we could share the things that we're most worried about (see mine above!) before sharing actual GOOD, hopeful news. For starters, Gens Y and Z are turning out in droves to vote early, which may be the best thing to come from this election. We have record numbers of LGBTQ people running, and in my own state, we may elect our first female governor! As exciting as that is, I can't help but be sad that it's taken this long, or that I'm not casting my vote for the woman I'd hope would be our next president this year. But I'm voting for Biden and Kamala Harris on Tuesday, and I'm excited at the prospect of her as VP.

How about you? Share your highs and lows, take a mental health break when you need it but don't stop fighting!

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Demi Lovato Releases "Commander in Chief"

What do you think of the song and video?

Most Americans are so ready to get someone in office who doesn't embarrass us on a daily basis, cares about the entire nation rather than his or her base, does something--anything--about this pandemic and united the country to move forward on everything from global warming to social justice to mask mandates. Demi Lovato is no exception and says that she doesn't care if her new song, "Commander In Chief," turns any of her fans away from her.

The song is a powerful testament to our deep need for change as well as the problems that have erupted or severely worsened beneath this administration. There are references to Black Lives Matter, the pandemic, the importance of voting. In one of her most powerful lines, Lovato says that if she did the things Trump did, she wouldn't be able to sleep.

What did you think of the video? Do you have your voting plan ready? If not, do you need help? Please ask for it in the chat if you do!

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An LGBTQ Wave

Finally, some good news!

The dumpster fire that is American politics makes it difficult to find anything good sometimes, and some days just feel so hopeless. How did the country become controlled by Mitch McConnell? Every day has its new gifts, from Trump being a general embarrassment to absolutely devastating news.

But some days have awesome news, like the incredible rates of voter turnout already occurring in some districts. Another wonderful piece of news that I read was that we have a record number of LGBTQ candidates running for office, which makes me so happy. Of course, 22,000 candidates are needed for equal representation, but every step closer is a step I will savor.

How about you? Have you read any great political news today? Share it in the chat.

Unfriending Over Politics

Depends on the politics!

Plenty of people are sharing memes about not unfriending people over politics these days, and I have to laugh. Politics are only an extension of values; do you not base your choice of friends on your own values? 

I get it if you're saying you're not going to unfriend someone because they have a difference of opinion on everything from pizza toppings to tax laws. But when you're talking about differing "opinions" over issues like whether someone else "deserves" the same rights you enjoy, or whether someone's own humanity comes into question, there's really nothing left to debate between us. In my book, we're done if you think people don't deserve healthcare or food or the right to marry whom they choose.

Have you had experiences like that this year? I'm sure most of us have. Share yours in the chat.

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Honoring RBG's Wishes

No SCOTUS Appointments Until January

Only hours after Ruth Bader Ginsburg left us, Mitch McConnell was already promising to vote on her replacement soon. This is the same Senate that can't pass an aid package for Americans during Covid-19 or even get the entire country to mask up, and it's the same Majority Leader who refused to vote on Merrick Garland when Barack Obama wanted to nominate him during the last opening during an election year.

The notorious RBG's last wish was to not be replaced until a new president is in office and that is what we need to do. Last night I spent some time calling a bunch of senators, asking that they postpone voting until after the election, and I'm going to continue to do so daily. I hope that you'll join me in these efforts. 

What else can we do to honor Ginsberg other than ensure her last wishes are fulfilled? Share your ideas in the chat.

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Getting Out the Vote During Covid

What is your strategy?

During an election year, many of us are typically on the ground volunteering, going door to door to chat with voters and getting the vote out however we can. This year, we need to maintain social distancing, which makes it much harder to talk to strangers about issues we care about.

Phonebanking is still very much an option if you're able to do that, but how else are you getting the vote out? You can still flyer neighborhoods as long as you keep your distance and it's in compliance with your local laws (and if you feel safe enough to do so). You can also still share petitions and information via social media, which can be helpful as well as harmful, depending on who you're sharing it with!

How are you getting the vote out this year? Share your ideas in the chat. 

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The Red Zone

Welp, we've made it

For weeks, my county has been teetering on the edge of being in the red zone as our Covid-19 cases and death rates rise and people social distance and wear masks less and less. Our governor refuses to issue a mandate and at least half of our residents think it's a 'liberal hoax' thanks to Trump, so now we've got a mess on our hands.

Our health department was able to issue a mask mandate... for one day. Then one of our many uber conservative representatives threatened to sue them because they didn't go through the proper channels, which admittedly they should have done--but they also shouldn't have had to. We should have leadership at the national and state levels to do this so our health department officials don't get death threats from our citizens.

How's the virus where you live? Is it getting better or worse? I hope you're safe and masking up.

Stop Putting Politics Over Human Lives

It's really dangerous

The United States response to the coronavirus has been abysmal at best. Even if our response had been average and on par with many other countries' responses, we'd have saved so many more lives. Calling this virus the Trump virus after the president refused to make it a priority is much fairer than saying things like masks don't work or that the death counts are overblown.

If anything, the death counts are underestimated. All you have to do is look at number of deaths in 2020 versus recent years and you can see how there are vastly more deaths. But people like to politicize it and say that it's only a Democrat hoax or election ploy even as victims die. 

How have you seen it shared as a political tool of division? Perhaps a better question is which countries do you think have handled it best? Could we still do the same?

DNC And RNC

What did you think?

At this point, it's pretty clear that new leadership is needed in the United States. We're rapidly approaching 200,000 deaths and have yet to have any real direction or unification from the White House, civil unrest is rampant as law enforcement reforms are in dire need, and our economy is in the toilet. Most of us are struggling in some way or another, or those we love are, and we need someone who will actually act like a president.

Reports coming in from both conventions are leaving me feeling like nobody is still taking this as seriously as they need to. I heard one person say that Biden isn't the way but he's the door to the way, and I guess I'll take that. We all know we need to go further, but we also have to start somewhere.

What did you think of the conventions? Who seems like a clear leader to you?

Our Speakers (Better) Bring All The Voters To The Yard

How are these people in power again?

The Democratic National Convention is featuring mostly quality speakers this year. I'm not sure why Bill Clinton is speaking but I think we could do without him. That said, the rest of the lineup is pretty stellar, and Michelle Obama hit one out of the park on the first night. That's why the RNC speaker looks so bleak.

Goya beans, the pillow guy, the demon doctor, the couple from Missouri with their guns and the kid from a protest... Is this a joke? Don't forget Ted Nugent, Kid Rock and the usual ridiculousness. Can they not find any actual intelligent speakers, and why are they still in power when this is what they think is quality convention material?

Are you tuning in for either convention? Share your reactions in the chat.

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