I've decided to give history a rest today and tell you about my recent conversion.
I've become Anarchist Liberal.
That's odd, you might say. What is that? Well, it's simple. While retaining my owl-kissing, tree-hugging, people-loving candy coating I suddenly decided I wanted chaos (BTW, I really do like owls. They are pretty cool. I also like dogs, as I write this our new puppy is curled up in my lap).
So, what does this mean? It means I want everything, I do mean everything, that the Republicans and Trump want to pass to pass.
Repeal the ACA and replace it with whatever abomination the Republicans have in mind? Sure, why not? Trump's budget where he hacks and slashes services and builds a giant, useless wall? Works for me. Betsy DeVos ruins public education, Scott Pruitt guts the EPA? Absolutely.
But, what about the poor???
But, what about those who lose their healthcare?????
Not my problem.
But, what about those who won't be able to feed their families??????
You see, here's the interesting bit. I work for a state agency that administers these programs. I know how much losing funding for these programs will hurt. For the last fourteen years I've helped families eat, get daycare, receive medical, keep their lights on. I also worked in child welfare so I've been in their homes, seen the effects of domestic violence and substance abuse and know how poverty can grind down the best of us. It isn't a black, white, Asian or Hispanic problem, it's a human one. I've done this for fourteen years, during that time I've lost my way, become jaded and cynical but then regained my empathy and understanding. I know because I've seen the depths that humans descend to....but I've also seen those that transcended their circumstance and got out. Even the ones that don't are great people, they just need the help.
But, here's the kicker. I live in a deeply "red" state. The good people in my state consistently vote Republican. Many of the people I work with also vote that way.
Well, there are lots of reasons. I believe a couple of the main reasons that people continue to vote this way are that Republicans espouse "family values," or values that align with what people are taught in church or espouse a traditional family overall. A second is a deep distrust of coastal "liberals," a fear that coastal liberals want to turn their children into Social Justice Warriors or worse convert them into homos, thereby condemning those poor souls to hell for all eternity. I think the Republican Party does an excellent job playing on those fears.
So, why now? Well, it's simple. I want all of those God-fearing people to get the America they long for. They now possess the majorities in the House and Senate, plus the President to get things done. So, let's get R done.
So, the rural hospitals get shut down, towns wither, schools close, ranches and farms fail and get swallowed up, people lose healthcare, people can't get daycare or feed their families, lose their gas or electric, elderly and children lose their services and go hungry, miners lose the programs that help them retrain, our waters and lakes get polluted, the Great Lakes catch on fire again, etc., etc., hallelujah.
I no longer care. Let it happen, I say, thy will be done. Why not? It's time for those voters to see what they bought. Better yet, I want those voters who voted for third party candidates or piously didn't vote out of distaste to see what THEY bought.
So, hey, Trumplings and Republicans, I'm now on your side. Happy?