Daily Bread for 11.9.20

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of seventy-four.  Sunrise is 6:40 AM and sunset 4:36 PM, for 9h 55m 36s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 39.8% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is both the one thousand four hundred sixty-second day and the third day. 

On this day in 1985, Garry Kasparov, 22, becomes the youngest World Chess Champion by beating Anatoly Karpov.

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 Annie Linskey reports For Biden fans, one unifying standard: Old Glory:

WILMINGTON, Del. — If there was one enduring symbol of Joe Biden’s nationwide election night party Saturday night, it was the American flag.

In the Riverfront district of Wilmington, near the parking lot from which Biden delivered his speech to the nation, flags flew everywhere. There was the Big Flag, a massive Old Glory hoisted between two cranes and visible from the interstate. It flew for a week as the ballot counting agonizingly continued, ripping at least twice and becoming a temporary Wilmington landmark.

An American flag bigger than a barn door hung on the side of the Chase Center, which served as the backdrop for the victory speeches delivered by Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris. Another draped vertically off the nearby wall of Daniel S. Frawley Stadium, a minor league ballpark. One more, about a story high, was suspended from the side of the nearby Westin hotel.

Brooke Thaler, who teaches journalism in Connecticut but has roots in Wilmington, said one of her students is writing a piece exploring how the American flag became more of a symbol of the right.

“How did that happen?” Thaler asked at the Biden event. “It seems as if one party and one side of the country has taken the American flag and made it theirs. And now we took it back.”

No, she said. That last comment didn’t seem quite right.

“Not just, ‘We took it back,’ ” she said, correcting herself. “Now it can be back to a unifying symbol for our whole country.”

Vanesa Williamson writes Confronting the enduring appeal of fascism:

Though the last few days have been anxiety-provoking, some of the apparent closeness of the election is a mirage. As was widely anticipated, rural votes were tallied faster on election night than votes in the cities, and mail-in ballots took days to count, resulting in early apparent leads for Trump that dwindled and reversed as more votes were counted. The ridiculous and malignant anachronism of the Electoral College means that Biden’s millions-strong popular vote margin did not assure his victory. Republican efforts to suppress the vote, stop the vote count, and even invalidate ballots already counted, have made the results more tenuous than they would otherwise be.

Nonetheless, and despite an uncontrolled pandemic that has already killed 234,000 Americans, more than 68 million Americans (and counting) voted to keep President Trump in office. Indeed, though Trump has fulfilled nearly every nightmare scenario his opponents warned of, and though he has all but abandoned the vague gestures he once made toward economic populism, Trump gained at least six million voters over his total in 2016.

These results are a fundamentally unsurprising but nonetheless stark reminder of the enduring power of racism and misogyny in America. More broadly, Trump’s core appeal is the appeal of fascism: the pleasure of inflicting cruelty and humiliation on those one fears and disdains, the gratification of receiving the authoritarian’s flattery, and the exhilaration of a crowd freed from the normal strictures of law, reason and decency.

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