I am probably as frustrated with our nation and some of its inhabitants as I ever have been!
You probably figured out from the title of this post that I'm talking about the Republicans - damn near every fucking one of them!
I can deal with disagreement and political debate; the truth is that I love a good discussion - it must be my Irish ancestry. But, we are no longer having a discussion. On the GOP side, we have a bunch of petulant prepubescents throwing a tantrum by clenching their fists with their eyes scrunched tight, holding their breath and turning beet red, sitting on the floor kicking their feet, and having a hissy fit. The rest of our nation and the world seek solutions to our problems. Some of the issues, like the pandemic and climate change, are fucking big, and potentially threaten the continuation of human life on this planet. It's like having a Pre-K rebellion in a daycare center.
This lack of focus by the GOP truly hurts my democratic soul. I love politics and political debate, and I love this country, warts and all. What is going on now and has been going on for far too long is not democracy or debate; it's a debacle. On the one hand, we have the Democrats cranking out legislative proposals like a stream of goose shit. On the other hand, we have the Republicans repeatedly chanting, "Not invented here!" and refusing to even negotiate a way forward for our nation.
If people weren't dying in droves from the pandemic, or we weren't looking at the destruction of the environment that makes life possible on this planet, or we weren't watching children go hungry and people being driven into poverty due to the high cost of every damn thing, this might all be kind of humorous. Indeed, watching Cruz trying to make sense or Rand Paul pretending to be a doctor is the stuff of SNL skits. The fact is that real people are hurting and dying because of these charlatans in the GOP. These insensitive, heartless miscreants who turn a blind eye to the suffering and pain of others to pursue more and more power have turned their back on the people and have embraced colossal bank accounts.
There is only one cure for the kind of callousness we've seen over the last number of years on the part of the conservatives; kick their asses out of office. Give them a timeout to sit and ponder their attitudes and behavior and perhaps even read our Constitution and Bill of Rights to see if they can re-calibrate their moral and political compasses to be more aligned with what our citizens need and the founders of this nation intended.