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PamsPicks.net -- Her Take on This Year's Election in NC
Copied from PamsPicks.net, just posted this afternoon: "My Take on This Year's 2022 General Election"
Neither can we.
Galadrielof the Noldor, the beautiful Daughter of the Golden House of Finarfin, the Commander of the Northern Armies of High King Gilgalad, and the oldest of Elves in the world of J. R. R. Tolkien. Beaten down, hair and flesh singed from fire, not a bath in God knows how long, and scorned for her persistence in a seemingly hopeless fight against the evil ORCs:
No matter how tired or frustrated or overwhelmed we may feel, no matter how singed or beaten down, we have to keep fighting back too. It’s what is required of us in the moment of history. Not just for ourselves, but for generations to come and to do justice to the fundamentals of a democracy our ancestors fought and died for.
It’s not that America hasn’t weathered some pretty serious biggies over its history–the Great Depression, World Wars, Cold Wars, assassinations, riots, discrimination, and a disgraced, run out of town, President. But through all of these and other crises, American democracy held tight.
And the list goes on. This November’s midterm elections are set to possibly change, or worse kill off, America’s democracy once and for all and reset political and social norms for generations to come. Every single seat in the US House of Representatives is up for grabs, and the GOP needs only five to take control of the House. One single election result may change the face and direction of the US Senate.
And down ballot… now pay attention… in North Carolina the races for judicial seats, state legislatures, and school boards will decide important issues regarding abortion rights, health care opportunities, the fate of immigrants, the banning of public school books, same sex marriage, voting rights, and equality and justice for all of us.
Yes. We’re this underdogs this year but that didn’t stop Galadriel, and we can’t let it stop us. “Equality and democracy are under assault,” President Biden said in a speech this month. “We do ourselves no favor to pretend otherwise.”
There are two pages to your ballot this year. Mark both of them, all the way through, for candidates who believe that the equality and justice is more important than power and money.
That includes…. trying to keep the US Senate majority by voting for Cheri Beasley and trying to take the Republicans down one in the state House by voting for Ben Massey.
J.W. Williamson was the founding editor in 1972 of the Appalachian Journal: A Regional Studies Review, which he edited until July of 2000. He has taught college classes in Appalachian history, cultural politics, and literature, and he has lectured widely on the pop-culture history of "Appalachia" in the American consciousness. His books include Interviewing Appalachia, Southern Mountaineers in Silent Films, and Hillbillyland: What the Mountains Did to the Movies and What the Movies Did to the Mountains. He has won the Thomas Wolfe Award given by the Western North Carolina Historical Society, the Laurel Leaves Award given by the Appalachian Consortium, a special Weatherford Award given by Berea College, and the Cratis Williams-James Brown Award given by the Appalachian Studies Association.
The views expressed on WataugaWatch are solely those of J.W. Williamson or individual contributors and are not necessarily shared nor endorsed by the Watauga County Democratic Party nor by any other adults of sound mind in this or any other universe.