Walking your dog in NYC you look down a lot. Seven day votive candles in thick glass jars burned for weeks at the bases of Gingko trees, makeshift memorials for the lost residents of the buildings they stood in front of. I’d look from the photocopied “Missing” flyers tacked up on the trees, to the candles, to to the bikes locked to the racks adjacent. I connected them all. I still, to this day, look at what were once perfectly nice, shiny bikes with the fanciest Kryptonite locks on them and wonder if their owners had died at the Trade Center. Why else would they have left these nice bikes to languish like this?
So far as I can tell, logically speaking, there is no reason for me to connect the bikes to the candles to the flyers. Similarly, there was no logical reason to connect what happened in New York City to the war that we’re in now. It didn’t make sense then, and it doesn’t make sense now either.
“In a systematic campaign orchestrated by the American Legislative Exchange Council – and funded in part by David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who bankrolled the Tea Party – 38 states introduced legislation this year designed to impede voters at every step of the electoral process.”—The GOP War on Voting | Rolling Stone Politics