The things we have to lose.

Sunday, August 23rd, 2020

The current President likes to toss out the phrase “what do you have to lose?” as a sort of salesman-y “just give it a try” challenge.

Vote for Trump—what do you have to lose?

The Twitter universe being what it is, the urge to answer his rhetoric with a substantive list of just what we have to lose results in thousands of tweets; taken together, what we have to lose seems to dominate the universe of online discourse.

So much we’ve already lost. So much new, larger, vast swaths of potential losing in areas of healthcare, employment, and, of course, a path toward living within and through the pandemic.

If any time calls for a choice that is the opposite of “what the heck, give it a shot”—it is now.

Because in the days remaining before the election, even simply listing all we have lost and will lose would take up all the time. But we don’t have to do that. We feel the loss every day.