After yesterday's four hours in the dentist's chair I am very creaky this morning. Friday's session is going to have to be briefly interrupted three or four times in order to try to avoid Saturday morning being unhappy.
I omitted Matins, since I was up late (well, late for me i.e. half past ten), but have completed Lauds and Prime, and Saint-Eugène are livestreaming Holy Mass at 1000.
Absolutely disgusted, when I first glanced at the headlines earlier. That the United States should have become unable to count the votes in the quadrennial presidential elections is a very sad commentary on the degradation of political life in this country that has occurred in the last twenty years. Glenn Greenwald's essay is worth reading.
The richest and most powerful country on earth-- whether due to ineptitude, choice or some combination of both-- has no ability to perform the simple task of counting votes in a minimally efficient or confidence-inspiring manner. As a result, the credibility of the voting process is severely impaired, and any residual authority the U.S. claims to “spread” democracy to lucky recipients of its benevolence around the world is close to obliterated.
At 7:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, the day after the 2020 presidential elections, the results of the presidential race, as well as control of the Senate, are very much in doubt and in chaos. Watched by rest of the world-- deeply affected by who rules the still-imperialist superpower-- the U.S. struggles and stumbles and staggers to engage in a simple task mastered by countless other less powerful and poorer countries: counting votes. Some states are not expected to finished their vote-counting until the end of this week or beyond.
The outcome of the 2020 presidential election is still uncertain, as are several key Senate races. Even if Joe Biden ends up barely winning the presidency, as seems more likely than not at this point but not yet certain, there are several institutions of authority which have suffered still further blows to their credibility — including the polling industry, the media’s data gurus, the Democratic Party (which somehow managed to lose seats in the House), and especially the national media.