I Surmise by Christine Merser

Updated: Sep 29, 2020

I Surmise: White Men? If the Shoe Fits

September 29, 2020

I have joked with friends about my disdain for white men over fifty. Surrounding DT as he sits like a dictator at his desk. A sea of them representing the GOP in the Senate with a trio of women. Every press conference that delivers crushing news. Hannity. And so on.

Then I read @ShaunKing 's brilliant piece The North Star. He gives some stats. Nothing like being vindicated by the numbers. Let's try a few of them on for size.

"55% of white men said they prefer Donald Trump over just 39% who said they prefer Joe Biden. That’s not the kicker! The kicker is that in that same poll, 53% of all white men also said they believe Donald Trump is dishonest. In other words, his dishonesty is simply not disqualifying for them."

I'm happy to listen to another conclusion to counter Shaun's ... but I think he's right; many men today aspire to have his qualities. Lying. Stealing. Racism. They admire that he wears the qualities like badges of honor, without the shame they have felt for decades as their true natures laid hidden behind platitudes of political correctness.

No, I do NOT think it's all men. I know the men around me are not like that, and if they were, they wouldn't be around me. But I have known these men in my past. Key word. Past.

We have a real opportunity in 35 days. A real opportunity to bring women into politics in numbers more representative of our percentages of the population. Or at least vet the men a little better to see if their actions over the past years reflect their political stances.

Vote on November 3rd. Better yet, vote early and in person. I have faith.


I Surmise: It's Not Enough to Just Vote

September 24, 2020

"In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger.” --John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, 1961

This is that moment. More than when the Civil War was on the horizon. More than McCarthyism. More than Watergate, which right now looks like a misdemeanor. Yesterday was the worst day I’ve ever had. In the morning, four people - four people in the know - reached out with information that made me believe, for the first time, that all might be lost.

Make no mistake my fellow Americans. Make no mistake! Trump and those surrounding him have put everything in place to make sure this election never happens with integrity, or anything close to the will of the people.

Last week I had resided in the belief that perhaps the will of the American people, the majority of the American people, was not in line with what I want. As awful as that felt, I recognized my country is about majority rule. I thought about ways for me to live without having a heart attack if that was the case. Now I have come to realize that that particular scenario wasn’t my worst nightmare. My worst nightmare is that the will of the people might never be heard… or known.

Trump, and more shockingly, many of those around him, have put everything in place to make sure that this election has nothing to do with the will of the people. And there is only one way out for us. You have to vote early and you have to vote in person. It’s the only way to ensure your vote is going to be counted.

This is the moment in our history that Kennedy foresaw. Please don’t make the mistake of having to look back just over a month from now, knowing you could’ve gone just a little out of your way to save the republic. #VoteEarlyInPerson

I Surmise: Where Is the Leadership?

August 28, 2020

On August 3 when it was announced that Trump was considering accepting the party’s nomination from the White House lawn, I watched Nancy Pelosi look into the camera and say, “it won’t happen.“ I felt better.

I went and found the video last night when I saw pictures of him accepting the nomination from the lawn of the White House, and I was angry. I wasn’t angry at Trump, who over and over again has broken the law with impunity. I was angry at the leaders of the party I support.

I have said all along that “we the people” will stop this carnage of all that we have built as a nation over the past few hundred years. It is the power of our numbers that can change the trajectory of the evil that prevails right now.

Pelosi and other leaders could’ve done so much more about what was allowed to happen this week.

They could’ve had press conferences all week asking people not to watch his acceptance speech because he was breaking the law by having it on the White House lawn. Show him that we don’t want to see him there in that capacity.

They could have held press conferences to demand that the press address the issue in a more strident manner. They could’ve tweeted all night during his speech collectively and put together a campaign addressing it.

They could’ve asked me to do anything, collectively, as Americans, to demand that the White House not be used this way. Before it happened. What are they promised? Hearings into why it happened. Seriously?

Nancy Pelosi on August 3 made the statement I put in front of you here. She is now accountable for addressing why she allowed it to happen.

We the people have to start behaving the way we want to be remembered. We have to stop watching that which lets Trump hang all his shiny objects out to dry on the clothesline of our future. If you don’t click on it, they’ll stop covering it. If you don’t watch it, they’ll change what they’re showing you to bring you back.

I’m not interested in Trump anymore. Stop attacking him. Stop noticing him. And for God’s sake, stop attacking those who aren’t sure how they feel about him.

And to those that think they are leaders, like Pelosi, please start asking us to do that which will actually make a difference. There is such a power in “we the people” that you are not tapping into. And if we look at your results, you’re not able to do it without us.

I Surmise: The Democratic Convention Was Not the Success Everyone is Touting

August 23, 2020

The texts started Monday during the Democratic National Convention’s opening ceremony and continued through Thursday night.

“Wow! I’m energized.”

“Isn’t this amazing? I’m so proud to be a Democrat!”

“For the first time in three years, I feel good again!”