November 6 — The Election

Everyone I know is super on edge about the election. Democrats should at least take the House, but there’s a troika of Republican power plays over the past years that has given them the edge in elections despite being regularly outvoted: gerrymandering, voter suppression, and stacking the Supreme Court with hard right justices whose “originalist” readings of the Constitution would seem to value only those protections that apply to white men.

We can only wait and see.

6 thoughts on “November 6 — The Election

  1. Hello, Ms Klainer, I’m a regular reader from Turkey, you know, a few years ago there was a huge group I led to your blog. What I’m going to ask is not a big deal; that is, I’m curious to know the cultural function of this -Attila the Hun -thing in your text… Attila is part of my ancestral background about whom I do not know much. I’m only interested in the language and cultural dimension of it… Regards. Vedat

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  2. I have mostly stopped watching news for the past few days – cannot stand to hear one more ugly or untruthful word out of Mr. T’s or other GOP mouths. The voter suppression behaviors are awful, especially in GA and ND. If they are proven to swing an election I hope they continue to pursue legal options.

  3. for Vedat Girgin: Yes, I’m always happy to hear from you, and to be reminded of your great kindness in sending me readers from Turkey. You’ve taken note of a cultural reference that I shouldn’t have made, and which I corrected. Alas, even the educated among us know far less about the rich and complex history of Turkey than we should. Many of us follow contemporary events, so we are well aware of President Erdogan’s attempts to hold the Saudi killers of Jamal Kashoggi to account. We know that Attaturk is credited with the founding of the modern Republic of Turkey. But all of that is current or recent history. Such a long ago figure as Attila the Hun is easily categorized by the words “brutal” and “ruthless”, which is how I see the effects of our right wing Supreme Court justices on the lives of the vulnerable in our country. Many of us think that our Supreme Court is there to protect the constitutional rights of the weakest and most vulnerable among us. Under the Trump administration, the right wing Justices are far more focused on protecting the rights of the wealthy, especially white men who — like our president — ride roughshod over the poor. Loosely speaking, our history presents Attila as an historical figure who did that too. But it was a poorly chosen example; I should have simply said what I meant — which I went back and did. My apologies, and thank you for calling my attention.

  4. for Phyllis: I’ve stopped too — can’t deal with the “probably but maybe not” back and forth. I don’t even know if I’ll be able to watch the election eve results, although I’m a political junkie and usually do. As one opinion writer pointed out, this time our eyes are open. If people vote to support the Trump agenda of lies, white nationalism, corruption and bullying, they are doing it with eyes open and intent, not out of any perceived dislike of Hillary Clinton. I will hate to wake up on Wednesday morning with an America like that.

  5. Hello, Ms Klainer, I’m a regular reader from Turkey, you know, a few years ago there was a huge group I led to your blog. What I’m going to ask is not a big deal; that is, I’m curious to know the cultural function of this -Attila the Hun -thing in your text… Attila is part of my ancestral background about whom I do not know much. I’m only interested in the language and cultural dimension of it… or is it an unwanted typo error, because now I can’t see it above ! Regards. Vedat

  6. for Vedat: If you look down in the comments, I wrote you a longer explanation. Tell me if you can see it. If not, will send to you in email.

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