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Monday, May 20, 2019

Pierwalker Log: May 20, 2019

Writing start: 10:01 A.M.
Finish: 2:11 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 600
Edited (est.): 10900
Tasks

1. Failure: 600 new words
Notes: Connections, connections, connections! This novel has been so difficult to write in part because of them! It's like a nexus of the previous five novels!

2. Book Three Melody: Second primary edit of chapter fifteen

3. Angel: Book Three: Read-through of chapter two

4. Random Chance Book Two: Second primary edit of chapter two

5. Port Story: Read-through of chapter two

6. Hidden Bookmarks: Off

7. Rumpel: Off

8. Zelena (Secondary Edit One): Off till Wednesday

Special Projects: None today

Extra notes: How many posts does it take to equal one placard and one hour of marching up and down Main Street?

Far too many of you think that nobodies like me posting political posts that only a handful will read, if that, counts for nothing, that it means nothing, that it produces nothing, that it's all just a waste of time.

I know far too many people back in Colorado who feel exactly that way. I can hear them in my head, derisively tearing me and my efforts apart. I know a few out here on the left coast that, given the chance, would do the same thing.

If I create a placard and go to Main Street and march up and down it in protest of this wrong or that injustice, does that count for more? If so, why does it?

Nobody has ever satisfactorily answered that question. The problem is, far too many people believe it.

But it's bullshit.

People in this country--hell, this world--believe that unless something you do or create doesn't get the attention of millions, it isn't worth doing. If it doesn't make you a ton of money, it isn't worth doing. If it doesn't make you famous, it isn't worth doing.

That too is bullshit.

Big change, especially politically, almost always comes in tiny, incremental steps by "nobodies" like myself who post blogs and who write their senators and representatives; who, yes, make placards and march them up and down Main Street. If you're one of those placard-holding marchers, take in a deep breath of humble air for a moment, won't you? Your method isn't necessarily better than mine; and it isn't necessarily more effective, either. Get off your high horse.

I live in Gold Beach, Oregon, which is almost literally in the middle of nowhere. Marching a placard up and down Ellensburg Avenue can't compare to my posts. Not even close. Put that in your walkin' shoes and smoke it.

I'm going to continue with these weekly presidential horse race posts because, more than any other reason, much, much more, I can't sit on my hands and do nothing, like most of you do. The stakes are far too high. Even if absolutely no one reads them--no one--I would still write them, because not doing so would kill my soul. I would become someone else. Someone less.

Your indifference, O Mighty Suburbanite, is a provable part of the problem. Your indifference energizes and encourages the Orange Ass Boil and his vile cabal and his MAGAt supporters. Your indifference energizes and encourages the corporations who are gleefully destroying the biosphere for profit.

Your indifference is immoral. Your inaction is too. It's fairly basic at this point: you are not a moral person if you sit on your hands or refuse to take action. Period.

With all that said, I give you the results of this week's presidential horse race. These are the candidates I prefer, in order, and how I perceive they are doing. Let's get started.

1. Elizabeth Warren / Kamala Harris (tie)
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2. Julian Castro
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3. Jay Inslee
4. Pete Buttigieg / Cory Booker (tie)
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5. Beto O'Rourke
6. Kirsten Gillibrand
7. Amy Klobuchar
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8. Bernie Sanders
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9. All the rest of the candidates, except ...
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10. Joe Biden

Biden, though leading in national polls, will never lead in this one barring a massive transformation in both his policies and his character. Sanders has moved up a little; he seems to be trying to reach beyond his frothing, moronic followers.

Beto O'Rourke is fading fast. His interest in conciliation with Republicans is insane, and I think his message is falling flat with voters. There is a time for peace, Mr. O'Rourke, and a time for war. Sadly, this is a time for war. As I've said a thousand times before, Republicans aren't interested in governing; they are only interested in ruling. You can't compromise with that. Ever. Got it?

Buttigieg and Booker suffer the same delusion. I really like some of their ideas; but again, they are far too deluded by the notion that they can reach across the political gulf in this nation and grasp the hand of someone reasonable. No such person exists.

Jay Inslee wasn't even mentioned in any of my previous posts. Now he's running solo in third place. Why? Here's why. You've got my attention, Mr. Inslee. Let's see where you go with it.

Julian Castro is running in second place. The more I read about him, the more I like him. He too suffers the "can't we all get along" delusion, but he seems a bit more realistic than his like-minded competitors. I like his humble approach to matters; his considered and reasoned approach. Start with this tiny sampler.

Running tied for first is Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris. Both continue to make big waves no matter where they go; both are fearless, deeply intelligent, and inspirational. Right now I'm so impressed with them that I'm really kind of speechless. Take some time and learn about both. Avoid mainstream media sources; turn instead to Vox or Buzzfeed or Daily Kos. All are far superior.

And for fuck's sake: stop sitting on your hands, and stop condemning people like me. Wake your ass up. This is quite literally an existential, no-holds-barred fight for this country and this planet.



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