I've also been exposed to a lot of news from my educated, informed, opinionated, fabulous facebook friends who span the globe and are almost entirely one flavor of leftie or the other. I have tried to have productive discussions with people on the right but those talks usually devolve into a mess. I kept up with them because I hoped that others might read them, others who were on the fence and silent, and they might change their minds, even a little bit. I know that I've been changed by what I've learned and I hoped that others might be changed for the better too by becoming more informed.
I've been swimming in a sea of news daily for almost four years now and when I've been unemployed I've been absorbing from morning to night. Seriously, from the moment I woke up and looked at my phone to my bed at night where I'd bring my laptop and read and watch and listen. I've read books on current events and American and world history. I've read countless articles, listened to hours and hours of political podcasts, watched dozens of documentaries. I've engaged in thousands of discussions. I have become, in short, a news and information junkie.
I overdid it and it broke me. I've seriously neglected the rest of my life. So I went cold turkey, deactivated facebook, stopped ingesting news. But I've not been able to turn away from it all completely, it's all still in my head, and that's where I'm doing most of my living. It's just me and the cats at home - covid has terrified me into isolating myself even further than I normally do so I've had a lot of time to be alone with my thoughts.
I know that a lot of people have become news junkies over the past few years. It's because the orange one thinks he's running the greatest reality show ever performed and he's got to keep ratings up, keep it exciting, keep it interesting, keep everyone's attention. He has succeeded. He has suckered us all in. We're all very busy being either outraged by him or in total, rapturous adoration of this insane man. The right feel vindicated by the guy. Finally there is someone in power who speaks their language and, as a gargantuan bonus, he owns the libs every single day and sends us into a froth that the right just marvels at and sucks up with a straw.
He doesn't care if he ruins the world to get his ratings. I think he understands that climate change has begun to destroy our world anyway so why not cash in on all the chaos? Why not distract us from the destruction of our planet and in the meantime seize as much power and wealth and attention in the most spectacular ways he can by literally making a spectacle of himself? Why not become the focus of everyone in the world, the most famous person on the planet, and absolutely guarantee that he will be remembered forever? He is another Nero, another Alexander, another Hitler in that he will be talked about for as long as humanity exists. He is permanently changing and shaping humanity. I believe he is the most powerful man we will ever encounter.
He will fall. They all do eventually. I want to help him fall. The only way that I know to do that in the only real way that counts is to vote for Joe Biden. I don't care to know much about Biden or the sins of the Democratic party or the problem that is our two party system or the fact that Biden is yet another old, white man in power or any other objection anyone has voiced. I think it is utterly impossible that Biden could be a worse choice than the orange one.
There is nothing more important to our world and everyone and everything in it than getting the orange one gone and the only way to do that is to vote for Biden so I'm doing that. I will, in no way shape or form, discourage anyone from voting for Biden and I will encourage every person I know to set aside anything about Biden that they don't like because frankly, none of it is more important than saving our world - and ourselves - from the clutches of the orange monster currently in charge. If he stays in power he will destroy us. He's already destroying us and yet some people still don't want to stop him by supporting or voting for Biden because they believe Biden to be distasteful for one reason or the other. To every last person that is bothered by the idea of Biden for president - please - swallow that bitter pill and stop trying to convince yourself - or anyone else - that Biden is anything other than our only sane option - because that is exactly what he is - if nothing else.
If you need more convincing - just ask yourself this one question - who is going to do a better job at addressing the DIRE problems we face, as a country and a planet - the orange one or Biden? That is all that matters. I'm not wasting my time wondering who is going to fix all of our problems - because neither man is going to do that - neither man is even going to come close to fixing half of our problems - but one man is going to make them all worse as well as create new and bigger problems - and the other man is going to - at the minimum - at least try to fix a few things and keep us treading water for a little while longer so that maybe we have the energy to focus on the major repairs that need to take place rather than literally and figuratively running around trying to put out raging fires.
So - please - I'm begging you - for the love of humanity - support Joe Biden - even if it hurts you to do so. And if it does hurt you to support or vote for Biden - I personally thank you for making that sacrifice.