When Wednesday morning comes we may know who will be the next president. Or not. It may be close enough for the loser to demand a recount or some sort of intervention.
Whatever transpires, a goodly number of Americans will feel cheated. Those who voted for the losing side may well feel their choice for president was hard done by in the final reckoning. As they move through the Slough of Despond*, they will be concerned for the future of their homeland. And, sad to say, their despair is not without merit, no matter who was their choice.
Since several people have asked what happened to this Quarter’s Fundraiser, now overdue by some weeks, that’s why: November 8th sucked up all the oxygen in the cybertubes, leaving little room for the week of our bleg. Until this current chapter of ugly politicking is over — as of Tuesday, when all the votes are in — there isn’t much point in attempting to ask for donations.
So we decided to wait until the Monday following Afterwards, even with all the electioneering that is bound to continue. The Aftermath will no doubt continue to distract people, but we’ll jump in the Swamp Poodle* anyway, sloshing our way through an octave of fundraising in a time of Come Hell or High Water.
|*||There is an old urban myth that Washington D.C. was built on a swamp and that was the reason for its fetid airs. The truth, as usual, is more complicated:
Of course, time moved on, and moved over Swampoodle, too. Eventually Union Station would come to be built there… Can you imagine the graft and cost-overruns that must have plagued the building of the Capital’s train station? I can’t quite grasp it either.
After the votes are counted I’ll give my own prognosis for America’s governance, depending on who wins. We’ll see if anyone else agrees with my prognosis.
In the meantime, gird thy loins for an Octave of Autumn Fundraiser Days starting on November 14th. And by all means, please practice forbearance. The Baron wants to have the Autumn Fundraiser be a real beginning. Thus, donating early will mean your state or province is less likely to be mentioned if you give before the magical beginning day, November 14th.
It will punch holes in his algorithms or summat like. The puir man is already overloaded with work, so please wait till Monday. Otherwise, it’s like opening our Christmas presents before the big day; takes the fun out of it…