Posted by: minnow | February 16, 2018

It Is Absolutely About Politics!

Who do you want to be in this situation? I asked my children that question when they complained about “unfair” situations or people. Ultimately, I wanted them to decide the character traits they wanted others to associate with them. Unlike the more typical “how would you like to be treated?” my question focused on their behavior and the part of the scenario they could actually control.

I have needed to ask myself that question a lot in the last year and a half. All too often I would rather write people off with my words. I’m tempted to post (or at least like) every belittling thing I can about the current administration and the majority in Congress. And although I understand those, like John Pavlovitz, who  take the high ground, appeal to people’s moral conscience, and try to encourage others, I don’t want to play nice. I want to swear and call people names and make them feel small. I am enraged by the willful white ignorance that gets so much play in the media–both right and left. And I am grieved by the self-righteous silence of those who at one time filled the categories of compassionate friend, life giving leader, and witness and worker for Christ.

I know the excuse–“good people” don’t want to engage in divisive politics. And you can bet your sweet bippy this is political. But that excuse simply doesn’t hold water. America is in the political fight of its life. We do not have the luxury of pretense–both sides ARE NOT EQUALLY VALID! The difference we are looking at is between ethical power and immoral power, about defending our Constitution or becoming the nation our Constitution was designed to protect us against, about securing justice and freedom FOR ALL or justice and freedom for none. If you think the stakes are not that high, if you think you can still be a Republican for whom the labels greedy, racist, xenophobic, and immoral do not exist, you haven’t been paying attention. That GOP is dead. That party silently rots in a grave lined with blood money and white privilege. The only question left to decide is: “Has the Democratic party died right along with the GOP?”

Democrats have one way to get voters into their camp beyond the mid-term elections–they must become progressive–not simply less rotten than the GOP. We can complain about the Russian hack all we want but only being “better than the GOP” got 45 elected. If those in control of the Democratic party don’t look themselves in the mirror and decide to fight to make America more equal, more just, more innovative, more inclusive, MORE FOR ALL, then the party will continue to hemorrhage voters and the oligarchy currently in control will destroy our democracy. Time is running out.

What are Democrats willing to do to protect our elections?

What are Democrats willing to do about campaign finance reform?

What are Democrats willing to do about inequality and systemic racism–in our legal system and in our schools?

What are Democrats willing to do about the GOP gutting government oversight of big banks?

What are Democrats willing to do about healthcare? and big pharm?

What are Democrats willing to do to restore NET neutrality?

What are Democrats willing to do about the GOP gutting the EPA?

What are Democrats willing to do about gun violence in this country?

What are Democrats willing to do about the GOP tax cuts for the wealthiest 1% of Americans?

What are Democrats willing to do about DACA? and immigration in general?

What are Democrats willing to do about global warming?

What are Democrats willing to do about providing Americans with a livable wage?

What are Democrats willing to risk to find their backbone? It’s time to decide.

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