It’s not 2021 yet, but coming sooner than you think. I have a few deadlines I’d like to make by the end of this 2020 so I can get a few things published in 2021. I’m still working on my rewrite and poetry collection and hope to focus on my second novel idea and short story/flash fiction collection in 2021 that will probably be published in 2022.
January 5, 2021: JOURNAL ENTRY TYPE #72: SO ARE THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES
I have to say it’s really hard not to stay tuned to the news when the U.S. is still in the midst of their election (one state, Georgia, in a runoff) and then the Congressional counting of the Electoral votes (House and Senate) on January 6th. There’s going to be objections from both House and Senate Republicans. While this is nothing new, it holds a different kind of spotlight in 2021. The phone call done by Donald Trump should answer for itself, but as many Americans like myself, I just want the whole damn thing to be over. I have never been more glued to the TV as I have in the last four years. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I want politics to normalize a little bit, but I’m not naive to think Republicans will stop their schtick or more seriously, their seditiousness when the House rules that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won. I’ve been going as strong as I can in my rewrite to finish it up. I’m closer than I was a day ago and have about 50 pages left before I send it to someone to proofread.
I could say so much more, but I’m less inclined to rattle on and on because I’m tired. When I say I’m sick of the shit show happening on the political stage in the U.S., it’s an understatement. I don’t understand why it’s so hard to help regular American folks who are literally waiting in food lines to feed their families. It really bothers me and yet there isn’t much I can do. I’m thankful I have a roof over my head and that my unemployment hasn’t run out, but if my unemployment runs out and I’m still not working, well you know the outcome of that. I struggle and then some. I try not to think about the what ifs, but the reality of the situation needs realistic viewpoints. If the U.S. leaders (both corporate and governmental) could get their heads out of the sand, maybe things would change. I’m going to tell you right now, the U.S. is not number one in the world for many reasons. Sure, we have a great military, but what good is that when we can’t even give some of our citizens the basic needs to live. And please, spare me the label of being a liberal snowflake, which I’ve been called before. I take it in stride but now is not the time to be flinging stupid names around. So yes this far into 2021, I’m a little frustrated at the struggles most Americans are going through and the unnecessary struggles the ones in power thrust upon us.
With all my talk of politics in this blog, trust me I’m looking forward to speaking less about it. I really think America has been in a do or die time for a while. The powers need to restructure, recalculate, and make the changes necessary so the U.S. doesn’t fall further into becoming a democracy disguised as some other form of government. There was a splintering of the Democratic party when the Progressives made their voices heard in 2016 as there is now a splintering in the Republican party with those who are objecting to the 2020 presidential election. The most damaging outcome is Donald Trump blatant goal to undermine the success of any administration other than his own. I hope Washington, D.C. can accomplish something in the next four years, but if not, I would also hope people realize it takes all parties to tango. Some a lot more than others and right now, it’s clear to me who is the more stubborn moving party. Maybe we need to change the power of the two party system in America? Maybe I need to change my views and say get rid of the electoral voting system? How can it be that a handful of states dictates who wins the Presidential election four years after four years? That doesn’t seem very representative. I’ve exhausted all I needed to say and thanks for reading this if you did. I’m going to go jogging now (my second time this month) to let of some steam and get more energy.