Have you ever wondered why Democrats are always shaking in their boots about what Republicans think, how they will react to what they want to do?
Me too, and that is the reason the country lags behind and could arguably be seen as regressing in some areas when compared to parts of Europe and Asia.
It is also the reason that the United States continues to appear to be a center-right nation, despite the fact that there are more people who identify as Democrats than Republicans.
It is for that reason also that Republicans get what they want policy-wise. They take outlandish positions outside what they would normally expect to get away with, but they get Democrats to cave in and give them a lighter version of the outrageous position they put forward, resulting in them getting what they wanted in the first place.
Did Democrats want this log-jam which exist in immigration? How about a wall on the southern border, did Democrats want that? Did Democrats want a strained relationship with Nato allies? How about kids kidnapped from their parents and locked in cages like animals, did Democrats want that?
Republicans couldn’t care less about what Democrats think? The Republican party long ceased to be a party of reason, it purged from its ranks moderates who previously joined Democrats on issues, and carved out a consensus on policy positions.
It is the Republican Party that decided that bi-partisanship was a dirty term. It was the likes of Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Louie Gohmert, and the new age Racist Xenophobes like Meadows of North Carolina, and the drunk Matt Gaetz from Florida who continue to carve up the country into enclaves of hate.
Naming them nowadays is really an academic process, there is no daylight between the members of the Republican party. It is a party of ignorant hateful Racists, period.
Republicans In Name Only, (RINO), is the pejorative for any Republican who showed an inclination to reason or to work with Democrats.
Today, bi-partisanship is a thing of the past, for Republicans, it’s either their way or no way.
Many ran for the exits rather than stay and fight for the party. John Boehner, David Jolly, Paul Ryan, Jeff Flake, on and on, even the old Long Island hack Peter King has now decided not to seek reelection.
There is nothing brave or noble about these men who have decided to walk away from the party without defending the honor of the party, and by extension the Constitution of the United States of America.
They are abdicators of their oaths, cowards, who ran away, rather than stand up to Tyranny, Racism, Xenophobia„ and Sexism.
This brings us to the reason the Republican party has come to this. It certainly hasn’t been the first time that the party has been hijacked in modern history.
(a) It is a well-documented fact that after the signing of the civil and voting rights acts white men, who were traditional Democrats fled en-mass to the Republican party. For them, the Democratic party had betrayed them by giving African-Americans dignity and autonomy over their own lives. Their women also bailed on the Democratic party as well. White women place all else second to their privileged whiteness. The right to own property, the right to have control over their reproductive rights, are all secondary, whiteness is the central power privilege they value.
So when Democrats ask why do white women vote against their own self-interest? The answer becomes, they are voting their interest, it just isn’t what you think it should be.
(b) After Illinois, US Senator Barack Obama was elevated to the Presidency of the United States, the T‑Party, (a supposed grassroots movement) literally revolutionized the Republican party, it wasn’t for the better.
The T‑party movement was no grassroots movement, but a disruptive movement funded from the shadows by billionaire right-wing Libertarian brothers, Charles and David Koch, who also funded other shadowy right-wing groups like Freedom Works, and more importantly the powerful Americans for prosperity.
The Koch brothers are major industrialists who viscerally oppose liberal Obama’s policies which would protect the environment.
David Koch was recently deceased.
Donald Trump forced impeachment onto the Democratic house and the American nation. He was not impeached because of things Democrats did. He was impeached because of the illegal and immoral acts he committed.
Unfortunately, the media continue to engage in hand-wringing about how this is going to play with Republicans. Who the hell cares about what Republicans think when the correct thing to do is to stand up to a lawless chief executive, and a party which has marched lockstep with him?
Why is the conversation viewed through the eyes of old white Republican people who are vastly out of step with the rest of the world on most issues of importance?
Oh, one more thing to my African-American people, you continue to live in the darkness of apathy and disinterest. You continue to make the argument that your vote does not count. That nothing changes. Why then do you believe older white people vote with such fervor?
Why did you think they stood in lines which snaked around city blocks in 2016, so they could vote for Donald Trump?
Why do you think that they have tried so very hard to stop you from voting for as long as your ancestors have sought the franchise?
Why do you think Republicans have tried to suppress your vote cycle after cycle, and have committed themselves to do the same on steroids come 2020?
The idea that people can live in a country and not care to engage in the single most important process which affects their lives is insane, to say the least.
Those who govern, make decisions that affect everything in our lives, whether the police continue to murder our children in cold blood, what we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, how much taxes we pay. They determine the quality of our children’s schools, determines war & peace, and everything in between.
That anyone would leave such serious decisions for others to make is frightening.
Yes, it is quite okay to get mad at all the ills which plague us, but apathy towards the process is the least good option African-Americans have at their disposal.
In fact, continued vigilance and fidelity to the process is the best option we have, that is the reason so many have given so much for so long, it is for that reason that so many paid the ultimate price.
Throwing away what they died for is not an option.