About the author

Matt is the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! Next will be the bestseller "Losing My Religions." Currently, he is President of One Step for Animals; previously, he was shitcanned from more nonprofits than there is room to list here. Before Matt’s unfortunate encounter with activism, he was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA to impress Carl Sagan. His hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED} He lives in Tucson with Anne and no dogs, no cats, and no African tortoises (although he cares for all of these).

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Honestly Despairing

To quote the Pod Save America guys, I'm nauseously optimistic about the final outcome of the presidential election (Thursday at 3:30 pm MT). 

But I despair that we are literally just a few thousand votes from re-electing one of the worst Americas to ever live. 

I despised G. W. Bush's policies. I hated seeing him on television. I agonized when he won. But I never thought he was a truly, deeply loathsome human being. 

Yet more people are going to have voted for the vile former host of the Celebrity Apprentice than any American ever, other than Joe Biden.

(And I know some people live in non-falsifiable worlds, but as much as I would love to think otherwise, neoconservative Bill Kristol is probably right: "I think it’s very possible, maybe likely, that Biden is the only Democrat who could have beaten Trump." That is absolutely depressing as hell. But we really need to function in a center-right country with an undemocratic senate and electoral college. There are lessons to learn if we want to ever really make progress.)

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