Today I have so many thoughts on a variety of topics rattling around in my old head that I thought I’d share some of them with you.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m still reeling from all the shootings last week and over the weekend. So many things have gone wrong in this country over the past 4+ years, some I fear will never be reparable, such as the gun culture, but not only that. I was watching a clip a few days ago of Congressman Jim Jordan literally browbeating Dr. Anthony Fauci, accusing him of “robbing Americans of their civil liberties”, yelling at him, interrupting him, gesticulating wildly, and demanding an exact date when people could stop wearing masks, stop social distancing, etc. My thoughts were that this is not the way a professional lawmaker behaves! Finally, Representative Maxine Waters told Jordan to “shut your mouth”, which I found very appropriate under the circumstances, but now the most unqualified member of Congress, Marjorie Greene, has made a motion to have Ms. Waters expelled from Congress for what she said to Jordan. This, my friends, is just one example of the lack of intelligence and professionalism in certain of today’s members of Congress.
Then, I saw a question posed by a friend on Twitter: Why do people who refuse the vaccine because they believe their god will protect them, think they must own a gun? Think about that one for a few minutes.
This country has many problems today, perhaps more than at any other time in its history, and the gun culture is in the top five. Worse yet, as long as a vast majority of congressional republicans are in the pockets of the gun lobby, ie NRA, this isn’t going to change. They will obfuscate even policies that 80% of the people in this country support, in order to keep their donors happy. This is not what we elect and pay these people for, and we are being cheated on a daily basis. I have readers from all over the world, and those who are outside the U.S. are appalled by our gun culture. Remember when the former guy called certain countries “shithole countries”? Well, that’s how the U.S. is coming to be viewed around the globe.
There are those who would say that immigration and the economy are our biggest challenges today, but in my book, we have far greater problems.
Also in my top five is racism … and other forms of bigotry such as those who are intolerant of the LGBT community, those who believe men are superior to women, those who would demand that everyone follow their religion and that laws reflect their own beliefs and biases. The blatant racism we see in police departments across the country is intolerable! What’s worse is that it’s always been like this … we just didn’t see it. The internet has placed such things under a large microscope, and we are just now awakening to the horrors that Black people have been living with … forever.
Then there’s our response … or lack thereof … to climate change in recent years. Sure, there are many of us here who do our best to respect the environment, planting bee-friendly flowers, turning our thermostats down, driving less and driving fuel-efficient vehicles, but there are those who selfishly refuse to be inconvenienced. Just yesterday I read an article by a woman who said we should support the fossil fuel industry, should not have re-joined the Paris Climate Accords, and basically argued that climate change is a hoax. It seems to me that half the people in this country believe that way, are unwilling to make lifestyle changes in order to preserve this planet for their own grandchildren.
The majority of Republicans still believe the Big Lie, that the former guy won the 2020 election, despite all evidence to the contrary. As long as that many people are that ignorant, they will continue voting for people like Marjorie Greene, Mitch McConnell, Jim Jordan and others who are intent on destroying what few democratic principles are left in this nation today. And the votes of the few will outnumber the votes of the majority if the states are allowed to continue creating legislation that disenfranchises Blacks, Hispanics, the poor, the elderly, and the young. If they have their way, our government will be elected only by white people of privilege. The rest of us will become second-class citizens without a voice.
It is obvious to me that this nation is on a downhill path and the only hope for the future is for people to become educated about reality, to stop believing the myths and conspiracy theories that fill the airwaves 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on such places as Fox ‘News’, Twitter and Facebook. Unless people wake up and learn to separate fact from fantasy, I don’t even want to think about what the U.S. will be twenty years from now. Fortunately, I won’t be here to see it, but my daughter and granddaughter will, and millions of other people will have to live with the ‘legacy’ we are leaving them.