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Election Journal 2020

Published October 29, 2020 by Nan Mykel

On my computer this morning: “No matter how big we win—how huge the blue tidal wave is—we must be prepared to take to the streets and Protect the Results after Election Day.” (What was it Trump said he’d do to any demonstrators election day? I can’t remember but it wasn’t nice).

As predicted, the situation is heating up in ye olde democracy:

Since my last journal entry that woman has been added to the Supreme Court, a deviation from procedure; Trump and his gang have been in the hospital and many of them out again as the covid-19 epidemic stats have “rounded down,” and it has been “going away”; thanks go to the “little boy” FBI heros: a bunch of Boogaloos have been indicted for various crimes, not the least of which involves conspiring to kidnap a blue state governor and pretending they represent Black Lives Matter folks. Let’s see, what else? Oh, and the Pope reversed his decision against same sex marriage, although he puts it in terms of a civil union.

Incidentally, what is the status of the incarcerated madam on the pedophile island who Trump wishes well? Will he pardon her too, after pardoning himself and his family? (It just came to my attention that our attorney general is against limiting the powers of our president, and wants NOT to separate church and state.) And I’m wondering about the pedophile who was “hanged” while on suicide watch. Our president wished him well, too. I have to wonder if the flaming conspiracy theory aimed at Democrats (re child sex rings) might be targeting the wrong folks. What stories he could have told…

Oh, almost forgot: Our president has recently been passing the buck onto the doctors, who he accuses of making up covid-19 cases in order to enrich themselves.

Our president has been telling his Ocala, Florida seniors that he has their back, he’s taking care of them; Disneyland folded; and perhaps Mitch McConnell is even less popular than our president. The CDC has been messed with big time, and Jared has told our African Americans that they’re just not trying hard enough to succeed. And a bunch of Trump supporters are stranded in freezing weather at an airport Trump rally. Oh yes, and Trump was a bully during the first presidential debate and told his “boys” to stand down but stand by.

Click this link to find, and RSVP for a local Protect the Results action planned in your area. If Trump attempts to stop vote counting, or loses but refuses to concede, there will be hundreds of these rallies around the country.” (I’m QUOTING, not recommending. Funny, I must have lost the link).

Bloodbath, thy name is Civil War? There are insufficient days to record more in this journal with an as yet unknown ending. Will it be an adventure tale, a tragedy, or a horror? But PLEASE VOTE.

IT WILL END SOMEHOW: Mystery 2020

Published October 6, 2020 by Nan Mykel

MYSTERY 2020—it will end somehow

Looming on the horizon, the great adventure story – or tragic epitaph — like the “moving finger,” will have writ on November 3rd the fate of the United States, give or take a few weeks to months., with a harbinger of things to come sprouting Election “night”. Undoubtedly the Proud Boys are “standing by” as suggested by our president.
Recent developments include a shameful debate performance with our president interrupting Biden more than 120 times; the revelation that our president said that the pandemic was good in a way, since he didn’t have to shake so many disgusting hands—AND—upon discharge from Walter Reed Hospital October 5 after three days treatment for covid 19, our president assured the American public —with more than 1,024 of us having died on Oct. 2, — plus more than 210,000 of our citizens now dead and dying after 71/2 months without a federal response effort— that they should not be afraid of the virus.
Those supporters who have lost loved ones due to the virus while taking his advice about the uselessness of wearing masks and social distancing could be having second thoughts about the whole situation; freedom to die, as many attending his wakes—I mean rallies—discovered: At least 12 people who attended a Rose Garden ceremony for President Trump to officially announce the nomination for Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court have tested positive for coronavirus.
An ex-staffer reports the president cares about nothing but himself, which gives him good standing among the world’s dictators. BUT THE PEOPLE, THEY THINK HE LOVES THEM! –Because of being raised in abusive homes or from a lack of a more healthy role model? Well, they’ve got Pence and McDonnell and Barr and Rudy to emulate, also. I am reminded of The Boy Who Cried Wolf and the Emperor Has No Clothes fables.
Our president has maintained that Black Americans have mainly themselves to blame in their struggle for equality, hindered more by lack of initiative than societal impediment. Greg Miller of the Washington Post also reports that our president has muttered that Jews “are only in it for themselves” and “stick together” in an ethnic allegiance that exceeds other loyalties. (Imagine that! Sounds somehow familiar…).
You may know this reference, but I didn’t: brennancenter.org Protect the Election—“Hidden in Plain Sight: Racism, White Supremacy, and Far-Right Militancy in Law Enforcement,” containing an exploration of 123 instances across the United States.
Our president’s record of shameful federal tax filings and attempts to inject a new member to the Supreme Court contrary to tradition, along with playing footsie with Putin and calling our military names, not lifting a hand in response to Putin paying bounties on our servicemen’s lives and insisting on unmonitored chats with Putin leaves me speechless though not unable to write, thank goodness…..
I can’t think of anyone to share the guilt of the president sacrificing our children to the economy with (without adequate funds for school safety) than Betsy DeVos. Threatening to cut off funds for schools who don’t skip to his beat…
Meanwhile, the closest I can come to humor today is “Swamp Thing” in the Oct. 5th issue of The Nation. While I pride myself on not overt name-calling (can’t remember a thing), I had to laugh out loud at the full page version of Mitch McConnell on page 27. It’s frameable, in my opinion, and by artist Ryan Inzana…

MYSTERY STORY – 2020 Continuing

Published September 25, 2020 by Nan Mykel

Plans were for this true tale to appear weekly, but the plot is unfolding so rapidly that this early chapter is necessitated. Reminder: The story will end Nov. 3 or later, in 2021, either as an adventure tale, a tragedy or an epitaph.

On this early autumn day of wildfires, pandemic, senate stonewalling, Barr pouting that congress was rude and interrupted him, it appears the president is getting bolder and bolder in his allegiance to authoritarian disdain for democracy. Meanwhile, every administrative puddle is being piddled in.

Our president refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if Biden wins, and threatens to override the FDA concerning early release of the vaccine.

Educational decisions; states’ rights abuses; freedom of speech attacks; “selling” leadership positions (as in the post office); failure to support our troops by denigrating them and failure to admit or oppose Putin’s paying for the scalps of American soldiers through bounties; political misuse of Trump’s pardoning power; sexual assault; misrepresenting facts (otherwise known as “lying,”); giving the military a portion of the coronavirus funds authorized for economic relief; championing white supremacy; fueling confrontations between segments of American citizens; putting and keeping children in cages; wanting protesters to be charged with insurrection; so pathetically immune to the truth that he gives himself an A or A+ on his handling of the corona virus plague which has already taken the lives of more than 200,000 Americans; and canceling funds for racial tolerance training, saying it is “Un-American.”…..

The days are ticking by until the denouement — 39 days to go if my math is correct. “We’ll put them down very quickly,” he said of any protesters (whom he calls rioters) on election day.

I’d really like to see a survey of why some Americans actually want to vote for Trump–not lying, but telling the truth, if they know it. . NEXT CHAPTER: What if the election is close and contested?



MYSTERY STORY 2020

Published September 22, 2020 by Nan Mykel

PREFACE – When we hop on this runaway train—destination November 3rd or later—we notice that it occurs during a worldwide pandemic, deteriorating economy and struggle for the nation’s soul. This story will have an ending—some month, some year—and at that time the reader will learn whether this was an adventure tale, a tragedy, or an epitaph.

CHAPTER ONE — Still technically a democracy—a woman recently mailed the president an intercepted poisoned ricin-laced letter—the day dawns with a struggle to fill a Supreme Court seat vacated only a week before by the death of its occupant, after Wisconsin had already begun the November third presidential election process. The CDC has just published and then retracted recommendations to safeguard lives from the corona virus, and the Post Office which has been busy ripping up public mail boxes has been told by the Court to undo its mischievous behavior. Deaths by police of African American citizens via the use of chokeholds has prompted nationwide demonstrations against racism, with the president sending in governmental troops to quell the “lawless.” Racial sensitivity training was halted by the president, who said it was “un American.” And one bright day only a week ago the president admitted he had hidden the ominous imminent danger of the corona virus—which was perched on the U.S. horizon—from the people, so they wouldn’t panic. At the same time he did nothing to lessen the impact of the approaching deadly pandemic. The unafraid public thus became sitting ducks.

Meanwhile, a group of patriotic republicans formed the Lincoln Brigade in order to influence the coming presidential election, which the president warned would be rigged, adding that he wasn’t sure if he would honor the results of the election or not, saying “We’ll see.” The drama unfolds while in the wings–and throughout the United States–pandemic deaths escalate. Today it is sunshiny where I write, but as a nation more than 200,000 have already died in this the former land of plenty. The deaths of those who didn’t panic continue. Indeed, where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing.

TO BE CONTINUED AS THE MYSTERY UNFOLDS AND PICKS UP SPEED

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