Why This Election Hurt So Badly – Part 1

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Written by: Matt O’Brien


As I sit here at 1:22 AM because, sleep….What’s that?  I’m drinking what is, no doubt, the first of many Guinness’ in order to get through to those individuals who voted for that Orange Bastard, Donald Trump.  Thankfully, only one person I “know” has done so, and I was surprised at how disappointed I was at that revelation.  There’s certain things I’m going to have to reveal to make my point, things I never wanted to or intended to reveal.  Hence the drinking.

For those of you that don’t know me personally, let me enlighten you; I don’t care about much, which is why I can be seen as difficult, because I just don’t care.  People’s feelings just really don’t concern me much, I don’t really “feel” – numb and anger are my primary emotional states.  My mother says I view people as trees, objects; it’s not often I get attached to people.  I see all you close and say “my tribe” and, “my family” to each other; wanting to hang out all the time and traveling across state lines to see each other, and I honestly don’t understand it.

I know this seems an odd way to being a story about an election but it’s going to help explain things.  When Hillary lost, I was stunned to find out just how gutted I was about it.  Personally, I preferred Bernie – Hillary becoming the first woman president didn’t matter to me.  I didn’t care about Whitewater or the Blowjob scandal, those didn’t bother me.  Her ties to Wall Street irritated me, but that’s just how the system is; they’ve co-opted the government, businesses pretty much call the shots, just how it is now.  I don’t particularly like her on a personal level, why I can’t really say.  I would have preferred Elizabeth Warren or Biden or Corey Booker, or any number of people that aren’t so enmeshed and comfortable in the system. I don’t find her inspiring, but I am not voting for Hillary the person, I’m voting for Hillary the president.  I think she’s a damn sight better than that Orange horror clown.  I’m also voting against the hateful ideology that Donald Trump represents.

I’ve voted Democrat since I was first able to vote which was the 2000 election.  Now, I’m not blindly loyal to the Democratic Party, in fact I considered voting for Jack Ryan for the Illinois Senate before he dropped out.  If we were dealing with the Republican party of the 50’s, 60’s 70’s even, I could consider listening to them, at least, but since the mid 90’s they’ve been off the rails, and they’ve only gotten steadily worse.  I cannot, and will not, even entertain of possibility of ever supporting the GOP platform as it stands now.

I get it if you’re a billionaire or a religious freak, but if you aren’t, what is wrong with you, I ask?

Let’s run through some of the greatest hits shall we?  Support for equal pay for women?  NO.  Discrimination against minorities and not exactly subtle either, that’s a big yes.  Cravenly bowing before financial interests and putting the financial stability of this country in jeopardy time and again, Check.  Rabidly fighting sensible regulation to help prevent or minimize the damage such collapses cause, Check.  Demonization of Science.  Check.  In fact here’s a quote from one such idiot

A leaked video of a speech given at Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman’s Banquet on September 27, 2012, shows Paul Broun telling supporters that, “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell.”[24] In addition, Broun also believes that the world is less than 9,000 years old and was created in six literal days

You can believe in your bronze age book of bullshit all you like, but if you follow that interpretation you’re too stupid to live.

Here’s another one for you.

Mike Beard, a Republican state representative from Minnesota, recently argued that coal mining should resume in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, in part because he believes God has created an earth that will provide unlimited natural resources.

“God is not capricious. He’s given us a creation that is dynamically stable,” Beard told MinnPost. “We are not going to run out of anything.”

“… It is the height of hubris to think we could [destroy the earth],” Beard told MinnPost, before saying that even devastating nuclear events shouldn’t cast doubt on his theory that the earth can always be repaired.

Sure, even though Peak oil has long since been reached in Saudi, Energy companies are blowing mountains apart to get coal, since the mines are long since played out, why lumber companies can only clear so much in a certain area and have to replant in order to have trees to come back to later. Fuck all that, Cosmic Zombie Jew will take care of all of that.

Now the following is not my words, it is the words of a writer named Jim Wright, who runs a blog called Stonekettle Station (http://www.stonekettle.com/)  He says exactly what I feel, but far better than I, so I’m using his words in order to help make my eventual point.  I highly recommend liking his Facebook page and checking out his website (links to both pages are at the end of this article).

“Social issues? Tell me why a party who professes a profound belief in personal liberty and individual freedom and inalienable rights should contain within its ideology strictures regarding who you can marry, who you can love, what you can do with your own body, how you define your sexuality, how you define yourself. I will never vote for a Republican so long as they support the idea that government and political parties and religion have the right, nay the duty, to dictate these most personal of freedoms. I will never support a political party or a candidate who would deny full and unrestricted rights in any way whatsoever to my friends who happen to be gay, or transgendered, or of color, or female, or Muslim, or whatever ridiculous qualifications we use to deny others full citizenship. I will not. And so long as these things remain part of the Republican Party platform, no matter the bullshit justification, they are deal breakers so far as my vote is concerned. Even if they field a candidate I can enthusiastically admire.

Economics? Thirty years now the Republican Party has embraced the failed policies of Reaganomics. Thirty years we’ve been waiting for the promised largess to trickle down. Thirty years we’ve been fed the idea that the selfish ideology of Ayn Rand will somehow make us, the worthy, rich – even though Rand herself died in lonely poverty dependent on government and the kindness of strangers. Thirty years we’ve given tax breaks to the obscenely wealthy and watched them grow ever more obscenely rich while the Middle Class teeters ever closer to extinction.

Thirty years now we’ve watched our jobs head overseas while serial CEOs rake in billions. Invest in America they say, and it’s our money and our homes and our jobs and our retirements and our kids’ college funds they vaporize while they themselves cash out to the tune of millions and then complain about tax dollars going to bail out citizens “who should have known better.” Known better than to trust another goddamned Republican I guess. And they’re not even ashamed to say it out loud, as Donald Trump himself said when he smugly blamed Hillary Clinton for the loopholes that have allowed him to get away with not paying taxes for the last two decades.  I will not support further tax breaks for the rich on the backs of the middle class and the poor.  I will not vote for another Republican so long as this provably unworkable economic policy is part of their platform. This alone is enough to lose my vote.

Military matters? Foreign policy? Immigration? I spent most of my life in the uniform of the United States. I’ve seen war and the consequences of war up close. I listened in awe with tears in my eyes when Ronald Reagan stood before the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and demanded in righteous fury, “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” and I can not, will not, support a political party who intends to wall America off from the world behind mine fields and barbed wire. I can not, will not, support a party who declares its unqualified uncritical allegiance to a foreign power, even one such as Israel, especially for religious reasons.  I can not, will not, support an ideology that condemns peace and diplomacy out of hand and who salivates at the idea of yet another war. This alone would be enough to lose my vote.

There is no part, not one single part, of the Republican platform I can support.

This is not personal liberty or personal responsibility, not when government decides who you can marry, who you can love, or what you do with your own body. Their idea of limited government is limiting the very things government should exist for because if government does not protect the weak from the predatory then what damned good is it? A belief in personal enterprise and free markets does not mean I think capitalism should run amok, unchecked, unregulated, benefitting only the rich and repeatedly raping those without the power to protest. The republicans make a great show of balanced budgets but would find their frugality on the backs of the poor and I will not support a political ideology who thinks tanks and aircraft carriers and war are acceptable ways to spend our money while feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, and healing the sick are not.

In the final analysis I can not, will not, support a party who hates government so much so that they attempt to break it at every turn.”

My stance has always been just don’t screw with people.  Don’t do it, leave the gays alone, they’re just people trying to get some happiness in this shit world.  Let them get married, adopt and so forth, and just let them be.  I’ve never really known any gay or lesbian people until recently.  I knew a gay man at my old fitness boot camp, we’d say hello and chit chat a bit, but that was it.  He was nice, but then I met George, and later his husband, Tom, and bar none they are two of the greatest people I have ever met.  Wonderful people and I’d do everything I could for them, if they needed it.  It’s not because they have THREE dogs (though that is so awesome) they’re just good people, and I can’t say enough.

Even if the previous points made by Jim Wright weren’t a deal breaker for me, the GPOP’s discrimination and ill-concealed hate of homosexuals would absolutely would be.

I am beyond furious that an Orange Buffoon, who selected a notorious gay-hating man as his VP. It has been widely reported, that since Trump has no interest in leading (SHOCKING), that Pence will pretty much run everything in the Trump White House (into the ground most likely).

To the people who say, “Oh, I didn’t vote for the racism part, etc.  I support Gay rights, and Muslims are people, and Mexicans aren’t rapists, etc.”  No, no, no and NO.  That’s not how this works.

You don’t to DARE claim support of those groups and how you stand for them, when you voted for a Candidate and platform that promises to try and disenfranchise and hurt those groups of people.  This is not Old Country Buffet.  You’re in or you’re out.

Not all Trump supporters are racist, gay-hating, sexist, etc., but ALL of them decided racism and such wasn’t a deal-breaker.

Support of Trump and the GOP says a hell of a lot more about the supporters than whatever mindless insipid platitudes they may mouth off to their gay, Mexican, or black friends.  As I see it, EVERY act of violence, discrimination, and sexual harassment is 100% on you.  I don’t care what part of his platform they voted for, or what they claim to object to.  I don’t care about their justifications or “logic” – none of it.  No doubt some of these reports have to be false, but one true incident is one too many, and it’s everyone who voted for Trump.  If gay marriage gets overturned, adoption will be made more difficult, or illegal, it’s damn sure possible.  They don’t get to whine, they don’t to object.  They get to shut up and say nothing.  They don’t deserve to speak on their behalf.

And the exact same rationale applies to blacks, Muslims, Mexicans, and every single group that is at risk.  What I said above stands for ALL of them.
Let’s talk about immigration next, shall we? Yes, some US companies and businesses are negatively affected by illegal immigration as Nicole’s post here stated, I will concede that point.  But, let’s think and I know that this is foreign concept for some people.  What happens if mass deportations happen?  To everyone that reads this, do you know how the fruits and vegetables you so enjoy appear in the store?  Illegal workers generally take care of that.

Do you want to work in the sun soaked fields for 16 hours a day picking lettuce or carrots for a handful of dollars a day?  Do you want to landscape for 12 hours a day?  Scrub toilets?  Clean houses?  Do you want to do the grunt work on a dairy farm?  Let’s go with that and get ready to pay $4 for one tomato.

The big corporations are the ones using these people and exploiting them.  There’s a demand for them.  That’s why they come here, because they KNOW that work is there; they know that companies want and need them.  They may not say it in public, and you can be sure that those companies count on them, and many legal citizens of the United States sure as hell aren’t going to do those jobs, EVER.

Of the more than 41 million foreign-born people living in the United States in 2013, about 30 million were naturalized citizens, permanent residents and legal residents.  A total of eleven million were unauthorized immigrants. Of those who did not have authorization to be here, about 40 percent entered the country legally and then let their visas expire.

Once your visa expires you can’t just stroll up and say, “Uhhh, yeah I need to fix this.”  They would get deported, so they hide.  But they don’t pay taxes, right?  No.  Every Time they buy gas or clothes or anything, they pay a tax.  Anytime they buy or rent a house or apartment, they pay property tax.  Over $13 billion was paid in 2013 by those people for benefits they’ll never get it.  They can get schooling and emergency medical care.  It is IMPOSSIBLE for them to get welfare or food stamps.  I don’t care about what Faux “news” or Alex Jones has to say.  If you treat Alex Jones as a legit source of new, you need to reevaluate your existence, because you are clearly too stupid to live.

On the issue of food stamps…  To those “people” that say the Blacks are the problem, consuming all of the resources in the system, I’m about to make you very sad.

According to 2013 data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the program, 40.2 percent of SNAP recipients are white, 25.7 percent are black, 10.3 percent are Hispanic, 2.1 percent are Asian and 1.2 percent are Native American.

Hmmm.  Uh oh, could the Republicans be LYING?  Nah… unheard of.  They never do that.  EVER…What party keeps trying to eliminate them?

The average benefit of the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) program is anywhere from $250 to $274 a month.  Now, what happens if you have a child or two?  Or a Grandparent?  Or a parent?  Or all of them?  How far will that go?

These are the restricted items You CANNOT buy

Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco.

  • Any nonfood items, such as:
  • pet foods.
  • soaps, paper products.
  • household supplies.
  • Vitamins and medicines.
  • Food that will be eaten in the store.
  • Hot foods.

I don’t care what MEME you saw on a Conservative Facebook page or, your relative said, “Well I heard a friend of a friend, etc.”  No, no and NO.  He’s wrong and always will be, because stupidity is a disease.

Part 2 will be published Monday, November 21.  Subscribe to the blog and like us on Facebook for updates!


Sources:

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/oct/07/nation/la-na-nn-paul-broun-evolution-hell-20121007

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Broun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBy3MbP4WDo

https://www.minnpost.com/environment/2011/02/picking-science-fits-politics-rep-mike-beard-climate-change

https://www.minnpost.com/environment/2011/02/picking-science-fits-politics-rep-mike-beard-climate-change

http://www.tolerance.org/immigration-myths

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/28/food-stamp-demographics_n_6771938.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-deportations-farm-industry_us_582f3851e4b058ce7aaac491

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