8:45 a.m. on Monday. Got my dogs out in the yard before the rain started. Just about everything that's usually outside our house has been moved into either the house or the garage. We have flashlights, water, batteries, a kerosene camping stove, a cooler full of ice and food. We'll be fine here. I'm still worried about the hurricane, but mostly I'm worried for people who don't have the resources to prepare for it.
Which is why I'm so much more worried about the election than about the storm. There are so many people in this country who don't have the resources to withstand a Romney presidency, and some of them will be voting for Romney, because they believe that they themselves will always be the Us, and never the Them. But they and their families are only one catastrophic illness or injury away from being the Them. Listen! Listen, you Red State Republicans, who think that the rich can keep on getting richer and more insular, and the poor can keep on getting poorer and more marginalized, and that there will never be devastating consequences for every one of us. Do not send to know for whom the bell tolls; IT TOLLS FOR THEE.
For all his weaknesses, Obama understands that none of us is an island unto himself. For all his veneer of humankindness, Romney does not understand this. Poverty and suffering for the Them are not simply part of God's plan, any more than pregnancies resulting from rapes are. This country cannot afford four years of letting Mitt Romney turn the Supreme Court into a corporate Board of Directors. It cannot afford the repeal of the baby step toward equality represented by the Affordable Care Act. It cannot afford the births of hundreds of thousands of unwanted children that would result from a repeal of the legalization of abortion. Rich, poor, or among the vast numbers of the in-between, none of us can afford Mitt Romney.