Anne worked the polls. It was hectic in the morning there, but by noon things had quieted down considerably. She is self-quarantining now. This leaves me without any adult supervision, at least for a while. I successfully wasted Election Day, following the news or the lack there of, doom scrolling all the while. I hung in there as the votes began to come in, but when it became apparent that the election would not be a Biden blowout, I tired of the chase. As of this morning things have quieted down a bit. It is looking a lot like 2016 again. The polls were worthless again. Trump could win again. I hope not. It is time now to hang tough and wait until all the votes are counted. Don’t let Trump steal this election.
There was little if any violence at the polls. On at least that front lawlessness has been avoided. On the other hand though, Trump has already falsely announced his victory, claimed that the Democrats are stealing the election and is trying to halt the counting of votes. He announced last night, “We want all voting to stop,” he said. “We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4 o’clock in the morning and add them to the list.” What he calls voting is in fact vote counting. The counting of votes that were already legally cast. I pray that he does not succeed. With any luck, by the end of today, enough votes will be counted to ensure that Joe Biden can truthfully claim his victory.
If this is how this election ends, it will be some small comfort, but not comfort enough. There is an old saying that goes, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. In 2016 Trump was still a relatively unknown quantity, but by 2020 everyone has to know what kind of person he is. Still, half the country again voted for him. What does it say about our country? What does that say about us as a people? Not anything good.