This Year for My Birthday, There’s One Thing I Want

7 Jun
light at the end of the tunnel

A light at the end of the tunnel. Photo by Adrien Olichon / Unsplash

Today is my birthday.

If there’s one lesson to be learned from the past three months (and to be sure, there are plenty), it’s that every day is precious, and we should not waste a moment to celebrate and enjoy.

In the past year, I did a lot of traveling, I got a new job, I saw a bunch of concerts and good movies, and generally, up until recently, I had a lot of fun. In spite of everything, I’m still finding reasons to be happy every single day. This birthday should be celebrated.

And yet … Today is not a day for celebration. Not when so many people’s lives have been lost in recent weeks, and when people around the world are taking to the streets during a global pandemic to fight for equality and justice, and when supposed leaders in the highest rungs of government are promoting division rather than bringing people together. Clearly, celebrating can wait.

So I just wanted to quickly acknowledge the day here, and move on to what’s more important — taking action to bring about change.

Obviously, there’s so much that can (and should) be done right now, but let’s focus on one thing in particular: voting out the guy who’s called himself president* these last three-and-a-half years (along with his enablers in the House and Senate). The person who hesitated to take action when it was obvious to everyone else that the coronavirus was a serious and growing health risk. The person who’s made a bad situation worse with his rhetoric in recent weeks. And who’s put so many lives at risk through his actions and inaction, not just recently but throughout his entire time in the White House.

In short, it’s time to say enough of the bullshit.

Enough of the tweets. Enough of the gaslighting. Enough of the racism. Enough of the race-baiting. Enough of the dog-whistles. Enough of the insults. Enough of the lies. Enough of the delayed response when people’s lives are in danger. Enough of the division. Enough of the arrogance. Enough of the false bravado. Enough of the stubbornness. Enough of the corruption. Enough of the cruelty. Enough of the cheating. Enough of the misinformation and truly fake news. Enough of the kids in cages. Enough looking out for millionaires and not the people who actually need help. Enough acting outside the law. Enough of the immaturity. Enough of the nepotism. Enough shunning our allies. Enough supporting our enemies. Enough of the padding his own bank account. Enough of the distractions. Enough of the constant complaining and criticism without offering solutions. Enough of the golfing. Enough of the homophobia. Enough of the anti-Semitism. Enough sexism. Enough giving people with hateful views a pass. Enough encouraging hateful behavior. Enough pandering to racists and bigots. Enough replaying the 2016 election. Enough of the constant chaos. Enough not listening to experts. Enough ignoring science. Enough trying to dismantle the legacy of his predecessors. Enough blaming others for his own failings. Enough amplifying the wrong voices. Enough of the whataboutism. Enough of the hypocrisy. Enough of the vindictiveness. Enough dragging us down to the gutter to play on his turf. Enough preventing progress. Enough of the stupidity. Enough of everything being about him (including a blog post about my birthday). Enough of everything.


He needs to go, and in less than five months, less than 150 days, we can all make it happen.

I may not be able to do much for my birthday today (thank you, coronavirus), but if we successfully vote that asshole out of office on November 3, then it will be a celebration worth waiting for.

And for the record, I know voting him out won’t solve everything. But it’ll be a big step forward.

So that’s what I want this year, on this most unusual of birthdays: For this country to vote he-who-shall-not-be-named out of office.

Thank you in advance.

And for now, happy birthday to me.

Register to vote here.

11 Responses to “This Year for My Birthday, There’s One Thing I Want”

  1. Joy Varley June 7, 2020 at 1:47 pm #

    What a great post! Happy birthday!

  2. shelleywilson June 7, 2020 at 7:34 pm #

    Right on Martin. happy birthday and I sure hope your wish comes true.


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