Ask Not For Whom The Bell Tolls, Get Off Your Ass And Vote

Yesterday, I wrote about Donald Trump. He is a demagogue who seeks to bind us with hatred and fear in the Land of Mordor where the shadows lie. We must not let it happen.

Ask Not For Whom The Bell Tolls*

Get Off Your Ass And Vote

Troubled times.

Dangerous times.

Times when the demagogues slither forth

Spitting venom.

Birds flee.

The shore doesn’t look right.

The sea has withdrawn from its embrace

A storm of empty words shades the sun.

A tsunami of hatred and fear is approaching

We can run but we cannot hide.

Ask not for whom the bell tolls

It tolls for me and thee.

Get off your ass and vote!


*John Donne (1572-1631)

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”

16 Responses to Ask Not For Whom The Bell Tolls, Get Off Your Ass And Vote

  1. Automatic voter registration along with birth certificates or driver’s licenses (or something at some point) of confirmed citizens plus mandatory voting would take care of a lot of issues we have in the US with gerrymandering, with making it difficult to get ID for poorer communities, etc.

    • Yep, I’ve been having a difficult time getting a driver’s license and registering to vote in Texas because, even though I have a current KY driver’s license, because they insist on a current passport and certified copy of my birth certificate. My passport has expired and I was born at home in Karachi, India (now Pakistan). I was born during partition when the hospitals were closed due to rioting in the streets.

      The fools at DMV kind of gulp when they look at me, just shrug their shoulders and say, “I can’t help you.”

      I guess they think I don’t exist.

    • gblock says:

      Don’t you realize that Republicans don’t WANT poor people and people of color to be able to vote.

      • Malisha says:

        Part of the “Repugnican Reward” for mass incarceration is the disenfranchisement of the Black voter. Arrest someone for having a joint (which the police can even plant on him if they like or if it’s a slow night), offer him a plea so he can get out of the danger of a huge sentence, use state law to remove his voting rights forever, and then let him go after a few months or years with probation and constant harassment/control so you can repeat the process and/or fine him at any moment. The system works both to exploit his labor AND to nullify his citizenship.

  2. And now this from NBC News:

    Donald Trump Says He Would Bring Back Waterboarding on Terrorists as Interrogation Tactic

    Trump so badly covets the presidency, his ‘precious,’ that he is descending into madness from which there is no return.

    • Funny to watch Trump and Carson soften up their nonsense every time there’s an uproar about stupid things they say. I wish they’d drop out already.

      • gblock says:

        Before they will do that, Republicans will need to stop saying they will support them.

      • Paul Krugman’s OpEd in the NYTimes and the comments make interesting, if chilling, reading.

        Thinking About the Trumpthinkable

        • gblock says:

          There is still a possibility. An OpEd piece in the LA Times that I read last week suggests that how the pre-nomination campaigns go depends on the factors of anger at one’s own party leadership versus fear (typically, of the other party winning). Among the Democrats right now, fear of a Republican winning is high and anger at Democratic leadership is low, resulting in the current strong showing of party insider Hillary Clinton. Among the Republicans right now, there is little fear that a Democrat will win and a lot of anger at their party leadership, resulting in the current enthusiasm for outsiders Trump and Carson. But if the Republicans who vote in the primaries and caucuses become more afraid (either of the Democratic nominee winning the election or of an “outsider” candidate winning and being very ill-suited for the office), they may switch to a more “insider” candidate.

  3. Behold the tsunami coming: From Think Progress

    Armed Protesters Rally Outside Texas Mosque: ‘We Do Want To Show Force’

    These people are stupid, ignorant and just itching to kill.

  4. ed nelson says:

    There was a Time

    When ordinaries were encouraged to have opinions!

    Encouraged, that is, to chime in and put a Stamp of approval on WTF.

    As some kind of… cycle thing, there was less, and there was more, weight to that.

    So Exalt in one more ”Feel Good” Ritual, Gomer

    a ”Tsunami” coming soon casting shadow over our shores

    In the shape of the sole of a Boot, a great big Sole of a mile high Boot!,

    I mean…

  5. From Wikipedia

    A death knell is the ringing of a bell to announce a death. This is also called tolling the bell.

    The ancient custom of ringing a church bell at the actual time of death (the Passing-Bell, or rather the Death Knell) fell into disuse in England by the end of the 18th century.[1][2] More customary at the end of the 19th century was to ring the Death Knell as soon as notice reached the clerk of the church or sexton, unless the sun had set, in which case it was rung at an early hour the following morning.

    It was usual to repeat the knell early on the morning of the day when the funeral took place; but although canon law permitted tolling after the funeral there does not seem to be any record that this was practiced.

    The manner of ringing the knell varied in different parishes. Occasionally the age of the departed was signified by the number of chimes (or strokes) of the bell, but the use of “tellers” to denote the sex was almost universal, and by far the greater number of churches in the counties of Kent and Surrey used the customary number of tellers, viz., three times three strokes for a man and three times two for a woman, with a varying use for children across the counties.

    J C L Stahlschmidt produced comprehensive lists of the practices at each church in Kent and Surrey in his two volumes. Transcriptions of the books[3] have been produced by Robarts – University of Toronto.

    The term “death knell” is also used as a metaphor to describe an event or thing that brings about the “death” of another entity, or to signal that the death has taken place.

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