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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Some thoughts about recent events

I haven't really written much this election season, so I wanted to put some thoughts down on paper (so to speak) before the primaries in Maryland next month.

First off, I, along with a majority of right thinking Americans, have watched with growing horror and disgust as the homophobic, misogynistic, racist, and disgusting reality star known as Donald Trump has shown the Tea Party and the far right the conclusions that their increasingly horrific rhetoric bring them to.  The fact that this sorry excuse for a man is probably going to be the nominee for the GOP sickens me in a way little else ever has.  While I normally don't allow politics to interfere with my friendships; in fact I have friends all over the political map; I have reached the point where I am ready to cut off all contact with anyone who supports Trump.  And no, it's not because I disagree with them.  Rather, it is because anyone who can support that man is not someone that I want to be associated with.  That may sound harsh, but there it is.

Since it's inception in 2010, the Tea Party has become increasingly obsessed with ideological purity, so much so that its initial heroes have now been excoriated as wimps and sell outs.  That alone says some horrific things about the Tea Party.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again.  Any group, such as the Tea Party; which holds that ideological purity is more important than actually governing is almost certainly bound to become more and more radical, and that is exactly what happened.  To be completely honest, Trump is the perfect example of what the Republican party has become thanks to the way the leadership has been stoking the fires of racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and Christian superiority for years now.  I honestly am wondering if it would be better for the Republican party to simply die and a new, saner group to appear in its place.

I have previously stated on Facebook that I'll be voting for Bernie Sanders in the primary election and, at this point in time, I intend to.  That being said, I may switch my vote to Hillary Clinton.  While Bernie may be the better candidate ideologically, I am worried that, if he is the Democratic nominee, he will have trouble in the general election.  I am not sure if the country as a whole is ready for what he is offering.  I am also worried that the Republicans have rigged the vote enough across the country that they will be able to maintain their majority in Congress, which would doom any attempt to make the country better.

Yesterday, North Carolina introduced and passed a bill that is horrible and probably unconstitutional.  What the bill does is to nullify all protections for any group that is not protected by state laws.  It explicitly targets LGBTQIA people in general and trans* people specifically.  It builds on the transphobic campaigns from Houston and elsewhere which seeks to cast transgender people as predators who are looking to violate the innocence of children and women.  Please note the sexism implicit in the idea that women need to be protected as if they are capable of protecting themselves.  One of the worst parts about the process is that the bill was introduced and passed on the same day. You can't tell me that a bill like that was well written or vetted.

Finally, I want to talk about the Republican nonsense regarding the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland.  When the GOP leaders said within hours of Scalia's death that they wouldn't move at all on anyone President Obama nominated, the party that has sunk to unbelievable depths sank even further.  I know that Supreme Court nominations are political, heck they always have been regardless of whatever myth people are peddling.  But their insistence that the President doesn't have a right to nominate a Justice at this point in their presidency is galling and shows a partisanship that is beyond belief.  I've known for years that the Republican party has been more about opposing President Obama does than actually accomplishing anything and this move shows exactly that.