This is the day. Everything that’s happened over the past 20 months or more has led to this. All I can say is,
VOTE DEMOCRATIC PARTY
I don’t just mean, vote Hillary over the BOT (Big Orange Toddler), which should be obvious. I’m talking everywhere up and down the line. Again, this should be obvious, but as late as last night, some progressives were telling me they couldn’t vote for their local Democrat because they were “too conservative.” That last person was white and lived in a part fo Texas that wasn’t Austin, which made me want to kick their ass.
You know who is really “too conservative”? Anyone in the Repubican Party. And I mean anyone. In order to get into the GOP these days, you have to agree with the Republican ideology, which means you have to be against anything progressive and against anything any Democrat proposes. Any Democrat, including those some of you think are “too conservative.”
As you go out to vote today, look at all of the good things the government has done and who was behind it. If you can think of one thing that Republicans have done right in the past 40-50 years, you have a hell of an imagination. I mean, I suppose you could point to the addition of prescription drug benefits to Medicare, but even that forbade the government from negotiating prices and created a massive “donut hole” that Democrats had to plaster over. Reagan did fix Social Security, but look more closely; he waited until Democrats took back the Senate in 1986. Strange, huh?
When you look at all of the good things that we have, like Social Security, Medicare, OSHA, the FTC, the FDA, the EPA, the SEC and financial regulations, the Clean Air, and Clean Water Acts and the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, all were proposed and passed by Democrats. When you look at all of the detriments to our country, like the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which created the mortgage after-market that eventually crashed the economy, massive cuts to food and housing assistance, the loss of education grants in favor of high-interest loans and the like, all can be lain at the feet of the Republican Party. The reason the 2009 stimulus package wasn’t larger was because Republicans had exploded the deficit. If Republican George W. Bush and the Republican Congress hadn’t changed course and turned the Clinton surpluses into massive Bush deficits, a $2 trillion stimulus might have been possible.
When one of my brothers was little, we used to call him “King Mid-ass” because everything he touched turned to shit (I was about 12; what can I say?). That’s the Republican Party, in a nutshell. If you’re voting for any Republican, you are helping them perpetuate their “Mid-ass Touch.”
And let’s be clear. The last time a third party was viable was in the 1850s. Voting for Jill Stein or (especially) Gary Johnson only helps the “King Mid-ass” Party perpetuate its path of destruction. If you vote for either one, you aren’t a “rebel,” you’re a dope. And let me disabuse you of something else; this year, there are no “safe states.” Progressives need to vote as if everything is at stake because it is. This “market” that has cropped up, in which people in “swing states” trade with people in “safe states” to get more votes for their dopey third party candidate are just morons. Polls are polls and elections are elections. How many goddamn “blue states” have to elect “red” governments before you get that every election is important? Certain (white) progressives are always on about “sending a message.” Well, why not vote WITH all other progressives and liberals for a change and “send a message” that progressives and liberals are united in their desire to get rid of the Republican Party once and for all.
It’s time white liberals joined with Black people, Latinos, LGBTQ people, Muslims, women and everyone else to form a united front. For God’s sake, people, we make up a majority of the population, which means we should be able to defeat the GOP in every election. So why don’t we? We don’t because there is still a significant portion of the progressive movement (almost all of them are white – ahem!) who thinks they’re smarter than everyone else, including the majority of progressives and liberals who always vote Democratic these days.
If you’re progressive, you have to vote Democratic. You have no choice. I know that makes you sad, but it’s time to grow up and put on your “big people” pants.
I will be out most of the day helping turn my current state blue for the first time since I lived here before. Funny, the state (Arizona) turned blue then, too.
It’s time to turn the entire country blue.