This is your last reminder to vote. Nothing I can say right now will change your mind. So this is your reminder to actually get out and do your civic duty. Vote.
I’ll own the fact that I’m not the most conventional Hellenic pagan. Before I left a local group, there was an argument that culminated in another member screaming “YOU ARE A HERETIC”. I forget now what the argument was about, but I feel like how I rearranged the Hellenic calendar had something to do with it. For example, I don’t celebrate the Demokratia in September. I celebrate it in November when the American elections are.
I’ve started drawing a tarot card a day, and at the time I’m writing this the card I drew was Justice. I really like the Herbal deck that I use, this card really illustrates why. Unlike the popular Thoth deck, Justice isn’t blind. She stares clearly at the querent. And unlike the Rider Waite deck, this Justice has set aside her sword in favor of a crystal. Perhaps this is the Justice America needs. Too long we’ve had a justice system blind to biases and power differentials (Serial has an excellent season about a year inside the courthouse). Too long we’ve had “justice” that looks to punish, without thinking about reparations or restitution. Justice should be fair, and look to correct wrongs. Not make them worse.
On the Euphorion of Chalcis is a fragment that reads, “In the marketplace let him set Themis, requite of good deeds: and beside her, Dike, who leaps up like a tiger in anger at the deeds of men upon whom she looks-even them who provoke the gods and turn the divine laws aside and such as treat their feeble parents with arrogance, scorning the counsel of the living and the dead, or sin against the hospitable feast and the Table of Zeus.”
I can think of a lot of people who treat(ed) their feeble parents with arrogance.
I can think of a lot of people who turn the divine laws aside. Remember, for this administration, malice is the agenda.
I can also think of the American people who provoked the gods, and how that has consequences.
Mythology is full of warning stories about people who disrespect the gods gifts. Aphrodite and Hippomenes. Athene and the Daughters of Kekrops. The Trojan War was set in motion by Menelaus refusing to give the promised 100 head of cattle to Aphrodite after he married Helen. Democracy was a gift to humanity from Themis and Athene. And in America, we’ve neglected the gift. So few people voted, and of the people who did vote some threw away their votes on protests. Our election system is so easily hackable, as Russia demonstrated. Authoritarian Trump is the reward we deserve, and he is just the beginning. The damage Trump has done is long lasting, and toxic. But maybe, just maybe, if we take action now we can mitigate it.
So vote. Rock the Vote. Let the Vote Save America. And don’t just vote, take your neighbor, your friends, your family to vote. This isn’t something you can phone in. Otherwise we deserve everything that Athene and Themis give us.
Currently, I’m working overseas (puts to follow in 2 weeks and I’m dying of anticipation) and I’m writing posts for now on my phone because my laptop is being frizty. That said, I’ve been harping on social media and on here about how to vote.
So, how does a Pagan living an ocean away from the United States vote? By absentee ballot.
Before I left, I made a plan to vote by absentee ballot. And when I got it, I filled it out at my cramped messy desk, before putting it right back in the mail.
This election is too important to not vote. There are concerns raised by Melissa McEwan, and Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendezior about the elections safety. They’re right, and I believe them. That said, just because it doesn’t look safe or secure doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.
With the recent attempts to erase non-cis people, as well as conflating desperate refugees with an “army”, we need to remember that we’re SUPPOSED to stand for the tired, hungry masses yearning to breathe free. And standing for them means voting blue.
CW: Kavanaugh, Christofacism
The moment that Brett Kavanaugh began his angry tirade during the Blasey Ford hearing, I knew that he was going to be confirmed. I knew that our stories didn’t matter, whether we screamed them in elevators or courageously asserted them in Congress or even if a Senator read them into the record for posterity. No matter what we did to protest and no matter how concerning Kavanaugh’s record of sexual assaults, or drinking habits, or suspicious debts, or lack of qualifications, or lack of judicious temperament; he was going to be confirmed and the Christofascists would celebrate this as a win and mock and humiliate the victims.
I wanted to be wrong. That’s why I didn’t write about it, because I wanted so badly to be wrong. To see Kavanaugh step down, and some equally horrible Christofacist take his place. Because that meant having hope that things could still get better. Sitting here, braced with gin I’m prepared for it to get worse.
Honestly, I don’t know where we go from here. I do know that some of the ideas floating around about loading the Supreme Court are more reactionary than proactive. And while reactionary feels good, it isn’t always good in the end. Loading the courts is a Christofascist game, after years of campaigning on the issue of judges, they have it down to an art form and have the infrastructure to support their goals. We don’t, so we can’t realistically expect to play by their rules and win. But we can figure out how to go around their rules, I know we’re smart enough.
More immediately, what I can recommend is this: 39 states elect judges at some level, 38 of those have elections for high court positions. While I’m still uncertain about the safety of the upcoming elections (given that no one has improved ballot security), judicial positions get low coverage and low turn out; so our efforts to elect progressive, Democrat, or liberal judges might actually make a difference for the judiciary.