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B.J. Koenig

And the worst part? It just encountered its sole purpose.

Our country is barely recognizable in many peoples’ eyes; the deadliest pandemic since the Spanish Flu, the worst quarter on record (so far), and an election that’s been met with questions of civil war— in part, due to the increasing regularity of politically motivated violence.

Day after day, week after week, we climb a never-ending ladder of tension; outrage fills headlines and consciences — only to be drowned out by the next. Just last month, on the 17th of October, the United States sustained over three thousand deaths from COVID-19. In a single week. …

Are you confused, or just a hypocrite? Either way, it’s embarrassing.

You know the old saying; “when the going gets tough — ”, Mike Pompeo shrugs and says “tough shit”? No, wait. That’s not how it goes. If you’ve kept up with the Secretary of State, you’ll know his stance on Hong Kong. Only three days after remarking on “[…] a smooth transition into a second Trump Administration”, he’s given onlookers a sense of whiplash. Now he’s back to championing democracy, and tweeting #StandWithHongKong.

That’s what people say when they support (not just) the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, but also the spirit of democracy itself. The stance isn’t just brave…

He’s declared a false victory — and he’s refusing to concede.

Many of us hoped this would never happen. As of now, the time for voting is over, and the time for counting is on. But the President says: “We want all voting to stop.” … And why?

It’s not like we’ve been waiting for months. The last polling place hasn’t even been closed for twenty four hours. (Not even close.) It probably goes without saying, but neither candidate has 270 electoral votes. The worst case scenario is that we’ll know the results by the weekend, and yet, the President has now declared himself the winner. That’s not how this works…

B.J. Koenig

“There are far, far better things ahead than we leave behind.” — C.S. Lewis

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