I’m tired, folks. I’m sick and tired of fighting to try to make people care about their own lives, their own future. I’m tempted to say, “To hell with you all! You want to die of COVID, then go right ahead. You want to be a racist, a homophobe, to hate people you don’t even know based on a single characteristic – then go ahead, limit your world to a handful of white bigots like yourself. You want to live in a country where chaos is the norm, where no laws benefitting you or anybody else ever pass, then fine … enjoy your petty, shallow life as a tool in the Republican toolbox!” I’m tempted to say that, and I can afford to, for my own life is in its twilight hours, but what stops me is that the majority of us have children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren who deserve better than the ignorant among us would subject us to.
With every passing day, there is more and more wrong in this country. The causes are two-fold: the greed of our politicians and the ignorance of the voting public. The majority of us still use our brains, still understand that the current situation is untenable, and are looking for reasonable solutions. But therein lies the problem … reasonable solutions to unreasonable problems simply don’t work.
The personification of this is a statement by a right-wing shock jock the other day …
“If you tell people you can’t have a Twitter account, you can’t have a Facebook account, well, what else is there to do but actually walk into the Capitol and go all insurrectional? If you can’t talk about it, you can only act.”
Wow … so, next time I get banned from Twitter, I should go into the Capitol with my gun and face-paint and threaten people’s lives? What rocks do these people come out from under??? Worse yet … how many people agree with his statement? How many people believe that if you don’t like something, you should simply shoot it, blow it up, or otherwise disable it?
Among my former ‘friends’ are a number of people who are simply giddy … yes, giddy … about the current state of affairs, the chaos and drama perpetuated by politicians on the Republican side of the aisle. It’s excitement in their boring little lives … to them it is akin to watching an exciting shoot-em up movie.
Folks, this is not a game, this is not a movie, this is not some country in the undeveloped world … this is the United States, once a respected republic, but now … now the laughingstock of the Western world. We are no longer respected, we are no longer trusted among our allies. Why? Need you ask?
While citizens in other nations are still under lockdown, still waiting for the vaccine to become available to them, the people of the United States are stubbornly proclaiming the vaccine to be akin to some nefarious plot by government, comparing it to Naziism, to Apartheid. Obviously, these people have no sense of history, do not understand either concept, and have no concept of how many innocent people died as a result of both. Ignorance, again.
I have to wonder … since we are obviously not teaching our children history, such as the history of South Africa or Germany and Europe before and during World War II, and since we have obviously NOT taught them to THINK for themselves, what the Sam Hell are we teaching them in school? Which leads me to another pet peeve … the Republicans denial of Critical Race Theory, which is not much more than the fact that racism is carefully embedded in our systems as a result of the racist history of this nation. The Republicans claim none of this is true … or, if it is, they don’t want the next generation to know about it. Let’s hide slavery, Jim Crow, police killings, the removal and murder of Native Americans, the Japanese internment camps, and more. Yes, let’s bury the evidence, not let our children know what evil has persisted in this nation ever since well before it was even a nation.
I am, needless to say, disappointed in the people of this nation. I am disappointed in any who can still believe in the Big Lie, who can support anyone affiliated with the Republican Party. I am disappointed in friends who are too shallow to even pay attention to what is happening in this nation, but instead focus on “being happy” to the exclusion of all else. If the people of this nation don’t wake up soon, it will be too late and this nation will find itself in the same situation as other nations under dictatorial regimes. The ignorance of people in the United States is rapidly driving us into a descent from which there may never be a lifeline. For my money, I am 70 years of age with likely only another year or two on earth, but I have loved ones who will survive me and for their sake, I still care. Damn me … I still care.