Don’t fiddle while our home burns, #vote

King Bass, 6, left, sits and watches the Holy Fire burn from on top of his parents’ car as his sister Princess, 5, rests her head on his shoulder Thursday night, Aug. 9, 2018 in Lake Elsinore, Calif. (AP Photo/Patrick Record)

Sometimes I think the discord and spectacle of current politics is blinding. But on examination there is a clear through-line — like a fuse to dynamite.

I have been thinking about fires that lead to catclysm, in particular the Reichstag Fire — that catapulted a psychotic with authoritarian tendencies, who had just been sworn in as Chancellor of Germany,  a preposterous leader that many thought could just be voted out in the next election and the damage he would inflict would instantly be contained — a fire that the authoritarian, Hitler, used to seize absolute power and kill the democratic process…

A fire that spread across Europe and then to the world…

The flames fed by avarice and intolerance…

Millions upon millions suffering and dying…

A conflagration many feared would never go out…

Yet, against all odds…

With fortitude, ingenuity, sacrifice, sweat, innovation, hardscrabble heart and soul, all in, the world rallied and quenched the fire.

We face a similar situation now with global warming. The future of humankind hanging in the balance, the lives of generations in doubt of ever being.

It’s time to face the challenge, now.

As you can see, in light of the IPCC report I’ve decided my regular posts are a bit twee for the times. (Click here for The New York Times coverage.)

I’ve read recently about the inability of Democrats to find a singular message to rally the party in 2020.

How about:

Are you pro-polluter or pro-planet? Vote.

Want to save the world? Vote.

In the meantime the midterms are the most consequential in our history.

If you’re not registered here are some deadlines state by state collated by The New York Times:

  • Click on any of the state’s names to go directly to their site.
  • Alabama: The deadline to register in person, online or by mail is Oct. 22.

  • Arizona: The deadline to register in person, online or by mail is Oct. 9.

  • Arkansas: The deadline to register in person or by mail is Oct. 9. Online registration is not available.

  • California: The deadline to register in person, online or by mail is Oct. 22. Residents who miss the deadline can still register at an election office and vote with a provisional ballot. The vote will be counted when the registration is verified.

  • Colorado: The deadline to register by mail or online is Oct. 29. Residents can register in person by Election Day.

  • Connecticut: The deadline to register in person, by mail or online is Oct. 30. Residents can still register to vote through Election Day at a local election office.

  • Delaware: The deadline to register in person, online or by mail is Oct. 13.

  • District of Columbia: The deadline to register in person is Election Day. The deadline to register by mail or online is Oct. 16.

  • Florida: The deadline to register in person, by mail or online is Oct. 9.

  • Georgia: The deadline to register in person, by mail or online is Oct. 9.

  • Hawaii: The deadline to register in person, by mail or online is Oct. 9. Residents who miss the deadline can still register to vote and cast a ballot during early voting or on Election Day.

  • Idaho: Residents can register in person up to Election Day. The deadline to register by mail or online is Oct. 12.

  • Illinois: The deadline to register in person is Oct. 9. The deadline to register online is Oct. 21. After that, residents can register and vote at a local election office during a “grace period.”

  • Indiana: The deadline to register in person, by mail or online is Oct. 9.

  • Iowa: The deadline to register online is Oct. 27, and by mail is Oct. 22. Residents can register and vote in person on Election Day.

  • Kansas: The deadline to register in person, online or by mail is Oct. 16.

  • Kentucky: The deadline to register in person, online or by mail is Oct. 9.

  • Louisiana: The deadline to register in person or by mail is Oct. 9. Residents can register online until Oct. 16.

  • Maine: The deadline to register by mail is Oct. 16. Residents can register to vote in person until Election Day. Maine does not have online registration.

  • Maryland: The deadline to register in person is Oct. 16 or during early voting with a state-issued ID. The deadline to register by mail or online is Oct. 16.

  • Massachusetts: The deadline to register in person or online is Oct. 17. The deadline to register by mail is Oct. 16.

  • Michigan: The deadline to register in person or by mail is Oct. 9. Online voter registration is not available.

  • Minnesota: The deadline to register online or by mail is Oct. 16. Residents can register in person until Election Day.

  • Mississippi: The deadline to register in person was Oct. 8. If registering by mail, the deadline is Oct. 9. There is no online voting registration.

  • Missouri: The deadline to register by mail, in person or online is Oct. 10.

  • Montana: The deadline to register in person was Oct. 7. To register by mail, the form must be received by Oct. 10. After that, late registration is available through Election Day at county election offices. Online registration is not available.

  • Nebraska: The deadline to register by mail or online is Oct. 19. Residents can register in person up to Oct. 26.

  • Nevada: The deadline to register by mail is Oct. 9, and Oct. 16 in person. Residents can register online by Oct. 18.

  • New Hampshire: The deadline to register in person is on Election Day. Residents cannot register online.

  • New Jersey: The deadline to register in person or by mail is Oct. 16. There is no online registration.

  • New Mexico: The deadline to register in person, by mail or online is Oct. 9.

  • New York: The deadline to register in person or online is Oct. 12. To register by mail, the form must be received by Oct. 17.

  • North Carolina: The deadline to register in person or by mail is Oct. 12. (Extended to Oct. 15 for 28 counties that were affected by Hurricane Florence.) From Oct. 17 to Nov. 3, residents can register and vote simultaneously at “one-stop” early voting sites. Residents cannot register online.

  • North Dakota: Voters are not required to register before Election Day, but must bring acceptable proof of ID and residency to the polls.

  • Ohio: The deadline to register in person, by mail or online is Oct. 9.

  • Oklahoma: The deadline to register in person or by mail is Oct. 12. Online registration is not available.

  • Oregon: The deadline to register in person, by mail or online is Oct. 16. Many of the state’s residents are automatically registered when they renew their driver’s licenses.

  • Pennsylvania: The deadline to register in person, online or by mail is Oct. 9.

  • South Carolina: The deadline to register in person, by mail or online is Oct. 17. (The deadline was extended 10 days from Oct. 7 because of Hurricane Florence.)

  • South Dakota: The deadline to register in person is Oct. 22. To register by mail, the form must be received by Oct. 22. Online registration is not available.

  • Tennessee: The deadline to register in person, by mail or online is Oct. 9.

  • Texas: The deadline to register in person or by mail is Oct. 9.

  • Utah: The deadline to register by mail is Oct. 9. The deadline to register in person or online is Oct. 30.

  • Vermont: Voters can register online or in person through Election Day.

  • Virginia: The deadline to register in person, online or by mail is Oct. 15.

  • Washington: The deadline to register online or by mail was Oct. 8. Residents can register in person by Oct. 29.

  • West Virginia: The deadline to register in person, online or by mail is Oct. 16.

  • Wisconsin: The deadline to register online or by mail is Oct. 17. Residents can register in person up until Election Day.

  • Wyoming: The deadline to register in person is on Election Day. To register by mail, the form must be received by Oct. 22. Online registration is not available.

 

Vote.

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