I find myself with an excess of angst these days … more than at any other time in my 70 years on this planet. Yes, much of it is centered around the infamy of Republicans in Congress, but I’m also finding that a relatively large portion of the average Joes in the nation are also angst-inducing. Some 65 million people are still unvaccinated! WHO gave them permission to endanger the lives of the rest of us??? I still think we should ship them all off to some island similar to a leper colony until they either die out or decide to do the right thing! Anyway, here are a few of the issues that are making my poor wee brain bounce around inside my head …
Winner take all … including the bigotry
I haven’t watched Jeopardy in years because I simply don’t watch television … at all. I do watch one show … Coronation Street, a British soap opera that my daughter got me hooked on a few years ago, but beyond that, I don’t watch television. Back in the day, however, I was a fan of Jeopardy, though I only came up with the right answers about 50% of the time, not nearly enough to make me think I had what it takes to become a contestant on the show.
Amy Schneider, however, obviously DOES have what it takes, for she recently became the first woman in the history of Jeopardy to win the most consecutive regular season episodes! Hats off to Ms. Schneider! Oh, but wait … the bigots of the nation had to speak out against Ms. Schneider because … she is two of the three things they hate the most … a woman and a transgender woman at that. Imagine if she were Black on top of all else! On Twitter, transphobic users claimed that transgender women are naturally better at trivia games than cisgender women, so Schneider’s wins aren’t meaningful. BULLSHIT! Frankly, I know some straight men who couldn’t compete successfully on any quiz show where education and intelligence are required.
This is just one case of the bigotry that defines an unfortunately large portion of the population in this nation. What a sad … nay, tragic … state we are in when some people consider themselves more valuable than others because of their skin colour, gender, religion, gender identity, or other so-called criteria. Wouldn’t you think humans would have learned to be more … human … after centuries of living in communities, living and working side-by-side with people of every race and gender? Apparently, some people never learn to be human.
Voting Rights??? Did somebody say voting rights?
Two landmark bills have been stalled in the Senate for months: The Freedom to Vote Act would standardize voter ID laws and permanently allow voting by mail, ban partisan gerrymandering, and set national standards for elections. The John Lewis Voting Rights Act would reestablish the Voting Rights Act, which was weakened by two Supreme Court decisions in the past decade, by specifically reinstating antidiscrimination protections for voters. A no-brainer, right? Well … yeah, unless you’re a Republican. Not a single Republican senator is willing to vote to pass these two much-needed laws … not a single one! I’m sick and damn tired of paying taxes to support these assholes who are trying to take away our right to have a voice in our government!!!
What does this say about the Republicans in Congress? It says they are a bunch of incompetent cowards, that’s what! They are scared to death that if every eligible person can actually vote, they won’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the next election. And why, you might ask, can they only win if people of colour, young people, poor people cannot vote? Because those of us who have a brain and remember how to use it understand that they have NOT been doing their job, that they are no more qualified for a seat in our legislative body than my cat is!
Surely there are at least some Republicans in Congress who know that the right to vote is not to be taken lightly, is guaranteed to each and every one of us. Surely there are at least a few who understand that their refusal to pass these two very important bills is WRONG! But, it seems their loyalty to the Republican Party ranks higher in their mind than the oath of office they took. In my book, it is tantamount to treason against We the People!
Y’know, folks, if I were to be issued a summons or a subpoena to appear in court, to testify under oath, and if I were to ignore that summons or subpoena, or worse yet openly defy it, it would be only a matter of hours before I would be sitting in a jail cell. The same can be said for all of you … it is against the law to ignore or defy a subpoena. Full stop. So … can somebody please ‘splain to me why people like Jim Jordan, Kevin McCarthy, Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and others are still walking around free, not wearing orange jumpsuits and not looking out from behind a set of iron bars? I thought that in this nation, the laws applied to everyone, even those elected officials whose salaries we work our patooties off to pay? I thought that there was … what’s that called … “Equal justice for all”?
WHY are these jerks getting by with willfully interfering with a committee that is investigating an event that caused death and damn near caused the downfall of this nation’s foundation? Obviously, each one who has defied or ignored a subpoena from the committee is guilty of having a distinct role in the attempted coup, for if they had nothing to hide, they would be more than willing to tell what they know … under oath. In my book, refusal to even testify is an admission of guilt. They walk among us … and they shouldn’t … they have no right to.