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Friday Roundup

On March 4th, 2016 in Quibbles

It’s the end of Super Tuesday week, and what a week it’s been. I didn’t think I’d make it, but I’m managing my stress levels. Barely.

This week I have finally accepted that I live in a world where a literal fascist is going to be a major party’s presidential nomination. There is no joke. Trump is not funny, and hasn’t been for quite some time.

But, as Vox reminds us, he is not the problem: he is a symptom of economic pressures and social change energizing a vocal minority.

If you are secretly, or not secretly, considering voting for Donald Trump please just take a deep breathe and consider how well educated you could possibly be to utter the phrase, “It might be like voting for Hitler, but,” and not stop right there and lock yourself into a hermitage to reflect upon your life and how it led to you uttering those words.

Look, we all get caught up in things, and I will be the first person to tell you this is a garbage heap of a planet and things need to change, but don’t underestimate the value of empathy.

And, of course, let’s not forget that politics is actually a wonderful thing! Certainly much better than literally fighting a war every time we change the government. Unless it’s on HBO.

In fact, as Sarah Jeong points out, in the midst of this dirtbaggery lower court judges are laying the smackdown on the FBI for their over reaching requests that Silicon Valley build back doors for them. Good on them.

And let’s be honest it could be worse: we could have Sarah Jessica Parker as our commencement speaker.

Happy weekend, it can’t be much worse than the week.