The simple fact is this: I need to find it within myself to stop being surprised when a Republican says or does something baffling, cruel and/or stupid. This week, they are proving themselves to be so diabolical that the devil himself is envious of their evil. First, they refused to sign a UN treaty that would give the disabled around the world access to the same rights enjoyed by the disabled in this country. They cited fear of the United Nations as their impetus, and concern that by signing this treaty, they would be jeopardizing the sovereignty of the United States. Sigh. In Michigan, Government Snyder enacted a “Right to Work” law that strips unions of their power, and the rights of workers to collectively bargain for higher wages and basic safety. Now, with the passage of this law, a person can decide when he or she is hired whether he or she wishes to pay union dues. They can opt out while still enjoying the perks of what the Unions have accomplished; you know, stuff like the five day workweek and fair wages, bullet proof vests for the police officers, and other life saving safety equipment, not to mention health insurance and retirement. By doing so, many people who do not understand what unions do for workers will start to disintegrate the unions, and the rights that were so hard won will be lost. Evil is alive and well wherever the Koch brothers go, and where they travel destruction surely follows. They are human disasters, and I use the word “human” loosely. Because of their enormous wealth and even greater greed, they are destroying this nation and everything for which she stands, little by little in some cases, and in one fell swoop in others. They have bought the government and by doing so, they control which laws are passed and which rights are stripped from citizens.
Democracy is dying; I can hear her rattling, fading gasps for air, and in her decomposition a corporate oligarchy is forming. It is a poisonous entity, with strangling tendrils and noxious fumes. The only life forms that can withstand this deadly weed are the ones who developed it and planted it: the very rich. The rest of us; the middle class, the moderately wealthy and the disadvantaged alike will fall when the spores from this deleterious monster are released into the world. Unless we the people join together, regardless of ideology or class to eradicate this invasive weed, America the Great will fade into distant memory. It is already happening, but it is not dead yet. We can still restore her greatness, her inclusiveness, her beauty and her open arms. We must separate the lobbyists from the Beltway to start with. As long as corporations and special interests give unlimited amounts of money to politicians, greed will win over goodness. The Right to Work legislation would never have been enacted had Governor Snyder not made a deal with the devil’s masters, the Koch brothers. I have no proof of that, but all it takes is eyes and common sense to know that something smarmy went on there.
If people want things to change in this country, they must stop voting for politicians who placate them with religious ideology. The politicians assure them that they will take away women’s rights and gay rights and the rights of minorities, for the price of a vote. The problem is, one cannot strip one group of people of their rights and dignity without collapsing the foundation of democracy. When one group falls, others will follow. People must start voting in their own best interests. For example, it is in the best interest of a Kansan janitor to vote for higher taxes for the richest 2%, universal health care, and support things like the Jobs Act and infrastructure repair. But because this guy is a Christian Republican, he votes against that and for the Republican politicians who could not possibly care less about him. Because of voters like that, the Republicans have put a strangle hold on this nation. These politicians have no conscience and no qualms with destroying the world for a profit. A final thought. WTF is wrong with Justice Scalia? Seriously. He likened supporting gay rights to supporting murder this week. Apparently I am as bad as a serial killer because I am gay. I have been with my partner for over ten years and we love each other unconditionally and we contribute to society, but we are worse than Ted Bundy or Ed Gein. It frightens me that a person as awful and bigoted and hateful is on the Supreme Court, especially when so many important decisions are decided by him. Yikes.