So, wondering if this country has "collapsed," maybe? Indi Samarajiva at Medium, who lived through the tail end of Sri Lanka's 26-year-long civil war, says we have. "This is what Americans don't understand. They're waiting to get personally punched in the face while ash falls from the sky. That's not how it happens...Nobody comes on TV and says 'things are officially bad.'" Mr. Samarajiva's average day, as a twenty-something of some privilege in Sri Lanka, went a lot like this: "we used to go out, worry about money, fall in love — life went on. We’d pop the trunk for a bomb check. Turn off our lights for the air raids. I’m not saying that we were untouched...I know people who were beaten, arrested, and went into exile. But...(i)t was mostly food and parties and normal stuff for a dumb twentysomething." Privileged Americans may not yet draw their curtains whenever a pickup truck rolls by, but I find hope in all of this -- not in the sense that "life goes on" even as America dies (talk to George Floyd or Breonna Taylor or the over 200,000 dead from COVID-19 about that!), but that this is how death is supposed to look, and, as Mr. Samarajiva says, "(y)ou can get out of it, but you have to understand where you are to even turn around." After all, Sri Lanka ain't doing too badly these days. They did just crush COVID.
Chris Taylor at Mashable advises us as to how we might stop worrying about our President "Stealing the Election." He says all of our President's flatugasma about maybe not conceding the election until he wins or maybe just throwing out mail-in ballots comprises what Teri Kanefield calls "The Strongman Con" -- if folks think our President really has the power and the will to steal an election, they'll be more likely to throw up their hands and give up and not vote, and so help him win an actual victory. But whatever his will, his "power," here, is far from absolute -- our military might resist walking him out of office but it'll also resist helping him suppress the vote, and state laws govern elections more closely and authoritatively than federal ones do. The reminder that Benito Mussolini marched on Rome with one-tenth of the number of troops he told everyone he had is particularly apt here, as is the reminder that all of our President's foaming at the mouth about "caravans" did not protect Republican House majorities in 2018. Mr. Taylor's prescription for action is a good one: "help() millions of Americans to vote in numbers too big to lie about." I do wish he'd said our President could file "frivolous" lawsuits instead of "spurious" ones in paragraph 13, but that may just be me.