May. 5th, 2017

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Hotdocs is still going strong; I’ve been watching documentaries about current issues for a full week now and I am a little overwhelmed by the scope of it all. Like every year at this point, I tell myself that next year I’ll pick only fluff. ONLY FLUFF. But I also know that when the time arrives I will pick the current issues, because I want to know what’s going on, no matter how bad it is, and I want to do something, anything, to help. It’s just that after a week of this, it’s impossible to figure out where to start and all I want to do is weep and hug my daughters and tell them that I am sorry about the state of the world. 

On the other hand, I am voting tomorrow. 

Full disclosure: I did vote for Macron in the first round, even though I didn’t know until the last second that I would. I really really liked Mélenchon and I silently apologized to him as I slid Macron’s name into the envelope, but I thought that Macron would have a better chance of defeating Le Pen in the second round and I felt that a strategic vote was the best option at this point. 

I am, however, very angry that Mélenchon chose to not ask his followers to vote against Marine Le Pen. I mean - I understand that Macron is not an ideal option by a long shot, but the alternative is so. Much. Worse. 

Right now, the polls give Macron a solid 65% of the vote, but they gave Clinton a solid lead as well and we all know where that went. Can Le Pen win? Yes. Yes, she can. The people who vote for Le Pen always show up. They always vote. All it takes now is for enough people to stay home, to go fishing, or even to show up and vote blank. Blank votes, sadly, don’t count at all in France - they should be considered as an political expression of dissatisfaction with all offered options, but technically in the French electoral system they’re not even counted, so you might as well stay home.  

So yeah, I am worried. I will be voting super early again, because I have a busy day ahead of me, but I will be voting, and crossing my fingers, and silently willing all my like-minded compatriots to vote as well. 

Please guys. We can’t let Le Pen win this. We can’t.   

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