the walking writer

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything here. I’ve felt compelled to write about politics, yet I’m so disgusted by everything that has happened since Trump was elected that it’s not easy to pick just one thing to write about. But with today’s unveiling of the Senate’s “healthcare” bill, it’s time to break the wall in my head and say something.

I’m in amazement at how utterly devoted to destruction and harm the Republican Party seems to be. Take climate change. It’s not enough for them to just refuse to believe in climate change and do nothing to stop it. No, they actively seek to harm the environment instead. Leaving the Paris Agreement, rolling back protections for whales, attempting to eliminate rules to protect our water, and the list goes on. The same story with healthcare: instead of just keeping the status quo, Republicans want to rip insurance out from under the feet of 20+ million people and make the remaining insurance options offer far less than previously. All for the benefit of the richest people in our country.

A group of protestors met in the hallway by Mitch McConnell’s office today to protest this disgusting bill. Many of them are disabled and use wheelchairs. Mitch McConnell wanted them gone. So they were removed from their wheelchairs, carried off of the grounds and arrested. It was a shameless display that I hope haunts Mitch and the rest of the Republican Party.

The Republican Party has made it clear today: if you don’t make millions, if you aren’t white, if you aren’t in perfect health, if you aren’t a man, they don’t care about you at all. They will never care, and the only way to change things is to get them out of office.

It’s extremely easy to tune out the news; I’ve had to take a few breaks myself. But if you’re angry like I am, don’t tune out forever. We need everyone in order to change things and reverse the endless list of bad decisions that have been made by Trump and his associates.

Stay strong. When things get tough, look for whatever small joys or humor you can find. It’s hard, but I believe there are enough us who are feeling angry that we will be able to change things.