Not much to vote on here in Michigan; no Dan La Botz or Prop 19 to get excited about. I’ll vote for the deserving Greens I can and for raising property taxes to keep public transportation alive in my little corner of the post-industrial apocalypse, though I hate to give an ounce of credibility to the capitalist state’s way of raising revenue. I imagine a right triumphant and then the Republican old guard to slit the throat of the Tea-Partiers they rode back to power. But with a black man named Obama in the White House expect continued reactionary white, nativist hyperbole and worse. There will be a couple more real right-wing nutters in the Congress and the Boehner abomination might be Speaker and nothing good can come of that. When folks ask me why I left Cincinnati I can point to of likes of that boner Boehner. Southwest Ohio is thick with them. Real butternut blackshirts.
If Obama’s first two years were a disappointment to some progressives, I’m betting the next two will be a real downer. He will continue to be the corporate creature he always has been. I expect he’ll switch focus to world affairs as often happens with administrations in this one’s position, a decent international crisis with which to rally the country is in order. All thoughts domestically will immediately turn towards the general elections in 2012. Another interminably long election cycle. Obama and the Dems tried bi-partisanship when they held the majority and it didn’t work, don’t expect it to work if the Republicans have the majority. Plus they’ll be running against the Republican congress in two years. Perhaps the resulting gridlock will keep them all from doing yet more damage. Every cloud must have a silver lining. Right?
So with all of the enthusiasm I can muster here are a few suggestions for polling day:
-If possible, do not go to the polls drunk. They frown on it and it’s even against the law and we wouldn’t want to break any laws on polling day. If you have to go drunk, stick with the clear liquors or mixes. I suggest several vodka Bloody Marys.
-Do not vote Republican.
-Under no circumstances enter the polling station screaming, ‘It’s all BULLSHIT!’ while over turning the tables and throwing the voter sheets in the air. Whisper it under your breath and imagine it.
-Do not vote Democrat.
-Under no circumstances are you to bring a big black magic marker and scrawl EUGENE DEBS right across the election card. Write it in where appropriate.
-Do not eat a meal heavy in acids or dairy before hand. You might confuse the bile you cough up with a reaction to the whole fucking charade.
-Do not, under any circumstances, express some sort of self-righteous civic superiority by wearing the ‘I Voted’ sticker they give you. It’s obnoxious.
OK, that’s about it. I know there are some decent activist candidates out there in a few constituencies, whether it’s Greens or socialists or independents and I expect that in 2012 there will be even more, but it’s a pretty bleak election day comrades. It’s better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you do not want and get it, but when you can’t even vote for what you want?