Y’know … lately I’ve begun to feel very much a persona non grata in the nation I was born in and have lived in for all of my 70 years. Why? Comments like this one from Florida governor Ron DeSantis …
“We want people that are going to fight the left, and that’s what we need to do in this country. That’s what we’re doing in Florida, standing up for people’s freedoms. We’re opposing wokeness. We’re opposing all these things.”
So, to be clear, DeSantis says ‘they’ (whoever ‘they’ are) oppose equal rights for Blacks, LGBTQ people, women, Latinos, atheists, Jews, Muslims, and anyone who doesn’t meet DeSantis’ approval, for that is what “wokeness” is, as defined by the narrow-minded conservatives who see white, Christian males as superior to all others. And ‘they’ oppose helping people in need, oppose international alliances and trade, and oppose basically anything that is supported by people like me. Since I was 13 years old, I have been a taxpayer in this nation, and yet today I am intentionally made to feel an unwelcome entity.
Another example is when the former guy makes claims like “Americans want _________” and yet it is nothing that I support or think is just. Am I no longer an American, then? Did my citizenship expire sometime in the past decade and nobody thought to tell me? For the record, I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat … I am an Independent. I am an Independent for a number of reasons, the first being that I don’t wish to be hounded by phone calls, emails, and texts begging for donations for one candidate or another. Beyond that, however, is the fact that I don’t support every policy of either party, or every candidate of either party. I largely, probably 90%, lean toward the same values as the Democratic Party, but I’m not willing to commit to any political party. Although I have voted for Republicans in the past, the current ideology (or lack thereof) of the Republican Party is such that I cannot foresee ever doing so again.
I am an independent thinker, always have been. My antennae start twitching the instant somebody tries to tell me what I should think, and then I head off to do my own research and form my own opinion. As Euripides was fond of saying, “Question everything.”
State legislatures all around the nation are doing their darndest to keep people from voting … poor people, Black people, young and elderly people. Why? Because those are the demographics that typically care more about the average people in this country than about the wealthy, therefore those are the people who would more than likely vote for a Democrat. Legislatures and governors in nearly every state are also passing laws that would hurt LGBTQ communities. They are also trampling women’s rights in many states, robbing us of our rights to decide what is right for us without the interference of a male-dominated legislature. The only people who seem to matter to the Republican Party are the wealthy, white, straight males – the rest of us can go to hell in a handbasket for all they care.
I used to think this nation had values, that the people, the average working people, would see through the political arrogance and greed and vote for those who pledge to ‘do the right thing’ by the nation and its people. Today, I no longer believe that. I don’t know if it’s a reflection on our devolving education system or that people are changing, but today it seems that people fall for the flimsiest lies on the part of the politicians and eat up every word that comes out of the mouths of the Fox “News” opinion people. Humans pride themselves on being an intelligent species, but I’m just not seeing it in the general public.
Back in the day, Richard Nixon was demonized for his corruption, but in this, the 21st century, we see people like Donald Trump being worshipped as heroes not only in spite of their cruelty and lies, but in some cases because of them! They seem to be cheering on the most horrific people, while turning against those who are trying to do the right thing, to care about the nation and its people.
After I wrote my post about Montana governor Greg Gianforte and others murdering endangered wildlife for trophies, my friend Mary Plumbago commented “What is wrong with us! Why are we this way!” I’ve been ruminating on this … trying to find an answer … but the truth is that I just don’t know. There is definitely something very wrong with some of the people … maybe many of the people in this nation, but I don’t know how we got here and the bigger question is … how much worse will it get? What will it take to stop the madness, to bring the people of this nation together to fight for a set of values that benefit ALL people, not just some?
I will tell you this much … if the people of this country are so ignorant as to return Donald Trump to the Oval Office in 2024, I will thereby renounce my citizenship on that very day and will begin seeking my best option for relocating myself and my family outside the United States. And that is a promise.