Election Week 2020

Well, what an exhausting Election Week, waiting for the results. Letting every valid be counted and hoping for the best (even when there’s a lot of craziness out there). I have my concerns about the Democrats’ taking majority of the US Senate and the very narrow path to get there. But, the presidential election – yep, a lot of waiting there.

Is this for real, this time? I say “this time” because I kept ignoring the reports that said that Pennsylvania was inching towards making the call. I wasn’t trusting anything until the call was made. Take a breath and don’t listen to conspiracy crap…

Joe Biden is really president-elect and Kamala Harris is vice president-elect? All forms of media are saying so, so I guess it’s real! Joe Biden, bringing us together and calling us to our ideals! Kamala Harris, making history as a woman of Indian and Jamaican descent!

Now we somehow have to make it to Inauguration Day intact!

(Thank you, Pennsylvania, for making it through Election Day 2020).

If you celebrate, stay physically-distanced because we’re still in a pandemic under this current presidential administration.

Please, let’s all come together to get past partisanship and deal with the present and get a better future, America. There are crises to face and a lot of work to do.

(cross-posted at sswslitinmotion.tumblr.com)

The Passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

It’s been more than 24 hours since I heard the news, but still just very sad on the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I hope she rests in peace and rejoins her late husband in the afterlife. She has done so much for us, as much as she could. Her life story should inspire us; her dissents should push us to do and be better.

To paraphrase one of her dissents, don’t throw away your umbrella even if it’s not raining.

The exact quote, by the way, from Justice Ginsburg’s dissent in Shelby County v. Holder, 570 U.S. 529 (2013), in which Justice Ginsburg disagreed with the removal of the enforcement of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act: “Throwing out preclearance when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.”  (I’m probably much too simplifying her dissent; go ahead and read the whole decision and dissent!).

We might want to keep in mind why we have laws, and remember the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg during these very trying times. — ssw15

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