Today, I’m taking a break from my usually sunny, optimistic stance to comment on the mid-term elections. There may be some sarcasm, snark, and more than a few bad words. Let’s begin…
What the fuck is Tennessee thinking?
The only significant seat the Democrats won is Jim Cooper’s U.S. congressional one. And since both houses of Congress are now controlled by the Republicans, he will get exactly zero done for his state.
In Nashville, we returned two dozen or so Democrats to the house, with about a third of those running unopposed. The state senate has less than one-third Democrats.
I wish I could say that the good, ole-fashioned ass-whuppin’ the Democrats took in our state* was due to outside money buying the races, but that ain’t it.
You may ask yourself why any woman, minimum-wage earner, blue-collar worker, person of color, gay, elderly, sick or disabled person votes Republican, the party that never, ever votes for things that would help them or even give them half a chance in this world. The governor has held our health care hostage, keeping us from federal funds we have already paid in. He’s an unapologetic union buster, and his buddies in Washington, also elected by Tennesseans, help him. Tennessee is near the bottom of the barrel in every measurement of the standard of living, yet we ask for more of the same.
Why would any small business owner vote for the party that is clearly bought and paid for by big business like oil and pharma? Do they honestly think Washington, or the state government, gives a hairy rat’s ass about them?
Why would the women of Tennessee continue to return Marsha Blackburn** to Congress, a woman who has voted against the Violence Against Women Act every single time, by her own admission because it covers Native Americans and lesbians. Let’s just beat the shit out of those women, they don’t matter. P.S. She’s all too happy to show up for photo opps at fundraisers for the domestic violence shelter in her county of residence. I know who I’d like to give the ass-whuppin’ to.
Probably the most disturbing development is that the citizens of our great state deemed it the government’s business what women do about their health and reproductive rights. We actually passed a constitutional amendment that attempts to dismantle Roe v. Wade and send women to back-alley abortionists again. And they did that with the cynical lie that they were concerned about women’s health.
In related news, we also re-elected Scott Dejarlais*** to congress, which means that 60% of his constituents don’t mind that he ran on a pro-life platform and encouraged his mistress to seek an abortion. And he’s a doctor. If there is any real karma, the little medical center works for in rural Tennessee will close because the governor won’t take his foot off the hose of federal funds (your money and mine) that keep it open.
So why do these mean, greedy, hypocritical politicians keep getting elected? Here’s why…
Obama and Jesus.
Let’s go to the higher power first, because that’s what makes the ding-dongs think all this hypocrisy and meanness is okay. They’ve convinced themselves that this country is founded on a religion – their religion – (it wasn’t) and that anything they do, anything at all, is okay because they say it is (it isn’t). Never mind that Jesus would be purely horrified at all the commandment-breaking. He was a Jew and fully aware of the commandments; please read them before you vote again.
Now, on to the president. Since he got elected, he has been the personal whipping-boy for everything the voters don’t like that they elected people specifically to do. And the Republicans in Washington, who have been in a state of gridlock, are more than happy to blame Obama for their failure to serve their constituents. And the constituents keep sending them back. Because Jesus said to.
If you think that’s a bit hyperbolic, I grew up here. If you didn’t, you have no idea how things go here on the buckle of the Bible Belt. There is a church on every corner, yet people insist on government-sponsored prayer in publicly funded schools because they just don’t have enough places they can pray. Their religious rights are being somehow limited by the ACLU. Please notice that I am not bashing Jesus: he seemed like a nice Jewish boy and had lots of good things to say about treating others like you want to be treated. When Christians don’t do that, I have to agree with Gandhi. Look it up.
If you did grow up here, you know that discrimination is stirred into tall glasses of sweet tea and fed to us in our mother’s milk. Politicians will never, ever go wrong in Tennessee by blaming a black man for all their troubles. That’s why Marsha Blackburn can’t say a whole sentence without “Obama” in it. She’s smart like that. She lives in one of the whitest, wealthiest counties in the country, so it plays well with her neighbors. It also plays well with the poor, blue-color dumbasses in this state vote Republican but who have never benefitted from a single Republican policy, because the “O word” has replaced the “N word.”
Just for the record, if you think I’m saying that all Republicans are racists, I’m not saying that. What I am saying is that, if you vote for racists, you are helping racists. Maybe Jesus would approve of that, but I doubt it.
So, my usual rose-colored optimism about mankind has been replaced by a pair of inky black Ray-Bans. I just can’t look any more. I will continue to vote, because I won’t give up on what should be, even if it can’t be.
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