One of the things that has been frustrating me for a while now is the people who want to make “allowances” for these folks who insist on being, well, flat-out cruel and evil are the only two words I can come up with. When you are trying to make children who cannot legally consent to their own healthcare decisions become mothers to MORE children, withhold nutrition from the children already here, take away the safety net for the elderly (Social Security), endanger the healthcare of MILLIONS (Medicare/Medicaid), AND trying to uproot the Affordable Care Act completely without anything viable to replace ANY of it, that’s pretty much the very definition of cruel and evil.
I, quite frankly, do not see the point in trying to cajole, baby-talk, or shame people who obviously have no conscience, morals, or ethics. They are beyond that and it is a TOTAL waste of time.
You go do what you need to do. And what we need to do is stop them by all means possible. The first step is to SHOW UP AT THE POLLS.
I know that sounds like: well, DUH. Or can’t you think of something more original to say than that? But it is true. When we have people like Herschel Walker–a guy who thinks a toy badge meant to thrill a small child is actually real and making him a “real live police officer” running for the U.S. Senate; Brainless Brian Kemp, a man who has obdurately refused to expand Medicaid for poor Georgians and caused literally thousands of them to sicken and die of Covid19 because they couldn’t afford care and who wants to deny 50% of women in the state their basic CONSTITUTIONAL rights TO DECIDE IF THEY WANT ACCESS to abortion healthcare; Drew Ferguson, who supports the national abortion ban and who SIGNED ON to the overturning of the 2020 election of President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris; Burt Jones, who actually WAS one of the fake Republican electors who was going to represent Georgia and help overturn the 2020 election in defiance of the will of the voters of Georgia (a VERY UNAMERICAN thing to do!); and Randy Robertson, a Georgia State Senator who helped change Georgia’s election laws in 2021 IN SPITE OF the fact that the election was deemed extraordinarily free of errors or fraud by the Republican Secretary of State, Ben Raffensperger, to make it harder to vote and easier for the General Assembly to arbitrarily remove county election boards if “the election results are deemed unsatisfactory and replace them with members chosen by the General Assembly to make such changes in the elections as deemed proper” (meaning your vote doesn’t count AT ALL) AND he tried to make the exercise of your First Amendment right of free speech by protesting in the street illegal, we have simply GOT TO TURN OUT AND PREVENT THESE PEOPLE FROM EVER SITTING IN POWER OVER US EVER AGAIN. Now I know that was a lot to read and understand. Take your time and go back if you have to. It will be worth it.
Not every Democrat will be a genius at the job. That’s a given. Some will even be pretty lousy at it. But I promise you one thing: Democrats are a LOT better at shoving the garbage out the back door than the Republicans are. Sometimes we even shove out things just because they look like they “might” be questionable. Now compare that to the Republicans with KNOWN pedophiles, Medicare fraud, slum lords, PPP grant grifters, inside traders, adulterers, etc. Yeah, buddy, and “they” claim to be the party of family values and Christian conservatism? I’m finding it very hard to see. I even cleaned my microscope.
After you vote in this election, DO NOT SIT DOWN.
This is crucial. It will be very tempting, but don’t do it. We need people to remain motivated, (frankly) mad as hell, and deeply involved. Why? Because these folks have been working on this for at least 40 years while we’ve been coasting. Democrats were told (by somebody, I don’t know who, but I want to at least slap them) that we needed to work in a “civilized, bipartisan manner” and play nice. Yeah? Well, they either didn’t tell the Republicans or they WERE Republicans. I strongly suspect the latter. Because every time there was an opportunity to “compromise”, they moved the “middle” a little further back towards THEM. The funny thing was, instead of calling them out on it and demanding they play by the rules, Democrats LET THEM because we were “playing nice”. I absolutely despise “PLAYING NICE”. Always have. (Reason? It’s dishonest. It really is. You are forcing one side to make concessions in behavior that they don’t want to make to appease the other side solely for the other side’s benefit. There is no benefit for the party making the concessions.) We need to stay aware of what is going on in our communities, counties, and states BECAUSE THAT AFFECTS US DIRECTLY. If we go back to sleep, we won’t know.
Local elections will be held next year. This will be city and town things primarily. There might be a few special elections or referendums in there as well. Watch for these and make sure you vote in them.
2024 Presidential, Senate, Congressional, and some State elections will start gearing up in 2023. We don’t know yet if Joe Biden will run again. We don’t know yet if the Orange Defeated Former Fake will attempt a comeback, but even if he is in prison, he will affect what they do. For the next 40 years and maybe further, we will have to continue to find fascism, white nationalism, and authoritarian groups who want to destroy our country from the INSIDE. The enemy is not Russia, China, Iran, Iraq, or immigrants. A long-dead cartoonist said it best:
Walt Kelly drew ‘Pogo’ for many years. I grew up reading and enjoying the strip. It was my “Doonesbury” as it was scathing political satire at times. He skewered LBJ, McCarthy, Goldwater, and all the bigwigs of the time with impunity without leaving the Okefenokee Swamp, a place the man himself had never visited. His insight was incredible. “We Have Met The Enemy And He Is Us”.
What do we do and where do we go from here? Like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, we cannot go back and there’s no path we can see. We can only pray, jump, and do the best we can with what we’ve got, Lord willing. But you have to show up. That’s the important part.
Show up. Take part. Speak your mind. VOTE BLUE. Rinse, repeat.