I never thought I would see the day that I considered this nation to be anti-humanitarian, a nation that cares more for wealth than for people, but today I believe we have reached that stage in the development … or rather un-development … of the country. We can no longer hold our heads up proudly and say, “I am a U.S. citizen”, or as some would say, “I am an American.” Nothing to take pride in there, thanks largely to fanaticism – gun fanatics, religious fanatics, and wealth fanatics for whom billions of dollars is still not enough.
Literally the only thing that matters to Republican members of Congress today is re-election. When I read that Republicans running for re-election in states or districts where the majority voted for Democrats in 2020 refuse to comment on the outcome of the Dobbs v Jackson decision, then I think it’s obvious they have little interest in anything but their own political future. How can we vote intelligently if the candidates will not tell us their beliefs, hide what they stand for except when they are amongst those who they know for certain share their beliefs?
Today’s Republican Party is in shambles with its members desperately trying to cling to power. They vilify their own, but not for genuine reasons – simply because some of their own are straying from the party line, straying from the blind loyalty to the former guy. They do not care one whit what you or I want our government to do … they care only that they are on the ‘right’ side of Donald Trump. I would except a few from this, but the number is very few. Obviously, Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney deserve the highest kudos for proving their willingness to put law & order, to put the people of this nation above their own political careers. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney and a few others occasionally step up to the plate and consider their oaths of office, but they do so far too infrequently.
Now, some reading this will go for the moral equivalency view that the Democrats do the same. Sometimes that is true, but today … in 2022 … the Republicans are the face of autocracy, the face of – in my book – evil. Their ‘ideology’ is based on hate, violence, and bigotry in all its forms. The Democrats I see in Congress are also working toward their re-election, but I don’t see them shirking their duty to We the People in the same way … they are showing up for work, trying to pass legislation that would protect our rights and our very lives … while the Republicans are mostly out on the campaign trail ranting about how the Democrats just want to take away your guns and kill babies.
It’s too damn bad that Republicans don’t work as hard at doing their job as they do at campaigning for re-election … if they did, we might actually have a functional legislative branch.
Certain elements of the U.S. Supreme Court have made it perfectly clear over the past month or so that they would gladly force religion upon us all (their own bigoted religion, that is), that they have zero respect for women, and that they only care about a child up to the point it leaves the mother’s body. Until very recently, I had tremendous respect for the U.S. Supreme Court … it seemed to truly operate as a non-partisan branch of the government. Nobody would ever agree with all their decisions, but overall they ruled fairly, in keeping with the U.S. Constitution and to the benefit of the nation and its people.
Today, they said that it’s okay for teachers, coaches, etc., to force religion on school children. Last week they told women to sit down, shut up, and go make more babies to help further destroy the environment and the economy. Also last week they indicted that the 19 school children brutally murdered in Uvalde, Texas, were merely collateral damage and no, they will not allow any state to pass gun legislation. Gun freaks are, after all, more important to our Court than the lives of children.
And to add insult to injury, and I’m sure we will find out more about this soon, Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife, Virginia, has been found to have played an even larger role than was first thought in attempting to overthrow the government of this nation. Where I come from, we call that treason and Justice Thomas should have immediately been removed from the bench if he refused to leave voluntarily. But no … he is already plotting to remove rights from LGBTQ people, more rights from women, and who knows what else? Justice Thomas, like four of his cohorts in the Court, is a clear and present danger to the democratic foundations of this republic.
I no longer have an ounce of respect for the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices Thomas, Kavanaugh, Gorsuch, Alito, and what’s-her-name have destroyed an institution that has withstood the test of time for more than two centuries.
Respecting and believing in your country is important. We work hard to support our government and when our elected officials fail to even try to do the job for which we elected them, the job for which we pay them, we lose faith in our nation. When those elected officials mock and denigrate the very people they are supposed to represent, then I don’t know about you guys, but I have completely lost faith in this nation, not only the government, but the people as well. It is a bleak feeling, one that makes one wonder … why bother anymore? The Independence Day/July 4th holiday is just around the corner … I, for one, will NOT be celebrating, for there is little left to celebrate.