I just read a troubling article that puts the chances of Republicans winning the Senate at 60%. The Democrats, for whatever problems you might have with them, are still a party interested in actually governing. The current GOP is not your grandfather’s Republican party, or even your father’s. They are a bunch of extremists whose only principle seems to be use the US government as a trough for corporations. Anything that doesn’t benefit corporations such environmental regulations, higher wages for workers, a safety net for the unfortunate, and on and on, is to be dismantled. It is an unholy alliance of big money and the fundamentalist right. Even those Republicans that dare compromise are often challenged and disavowed by a large amount of their own party.
You’ve probably heard this rant a million times by now, but that makes it no less true. I’ve talked about this before, but those of you that are conservative from a religious standpoint should watch the movie There Will Be Blood. In the movie the main character, played by Daniel Day Lewis, who represents big business, makes an uncomfortable alliance with a preacher. However, once he has everything he needs he beats the preacher to death with a bowling pin. Once big business has everything it needs, once it has used up all of our resources, has people working for as little as possible, and no longer needs religion as a Trojan horse for its agenda, it will beat it to death and be done with it too.
The Supreme Court just decided that there should be no limits on campaign contributions. That to do so would be to limit free speech. If you think you dislike politicians now, wait till you see what might be coming down the road! The era of the middle manager is upon us. We will be overwhelmed with dull minds that don’t question things as long as the money keeps rolling in.
If you care at all about this country and where we are headed, then contribute in some way. You should give money, even if it is a little, volunteer, talk to your friends, write or create something that points to what is going on, etc.
And to all of you that think all politicians are the same: You are fucking crazy! Elizabeth Warren and Ted Cruz are light years apart. Sure the system can at times occasionally grind even the best politicians down to mere shadows of themselves, but there is a difference. If you don’t vote you are just accepting defeat. This is no time for apathy. I am no fan of Obama’s drone policy, but if McCain had won we would probably be knee deep in at least a couple of other wars by now!
There is still reason to hope though. Look at the advances that have been made in the last few years with how we treat gay people. Although the battle is not over many people have woken up to the fact that they are people too and deserve to be treated with dignity. Bringing about positive change can be a long hard climb, but once you reach the summit it is amazing how quickly the whole world can look different.