the walking writer

It’s hard to feel too hopeful about the state of the United States right now. Endless scandals, naked greed and outright lies have not managed to take down Donny or at least slow his administration’s path towards destroying the environment, schools, healthcare, science and so much more. It doesn’t surprise me that rich old white people are thrilled with this administration. Trump is basically printing money and handing it off to them. What surprises me is that his supporters with far less money continue to support him. What has he gotten you? Skyrocketing healthcare costs, higher taxes and increasing costs at the grocery store. But trying to make sense of people who to this day are still obsessed with Hillary Clinton is an impossible task, so I won’t bother. (Seriously, find a new hobby.)

Normally, I consider myself an optimist, but the past two years have truly tried my hope. Voting is our best option to alter the path before us. If you want to change things, then please register to vote and vote! Every election matters, even if you’re just voting on local issues. Even if you think you’re registered, it’s a good idea to check and make sure you’re still on the books. Election Day is just a few weeks away.

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.

If I could express one thought to all of my fellow Americans, it would simply be this: Stop giving into fear.

I remember 9/11 quite vividly. Many of us were afraid then, and with good reason. Yet I feel like the fear the public has now far exceeds the level of fear back then. Why is this? Well, it probably has something to do with the Republican party turning fear into a commodity in order to gain votes.

Please remember that the travel ban (which fortunately is currently suspended) did not ban anyone from the countries where the 9/11 terrorist attackers hailed from. That should give you pause. Please also remember that the country knows a few things already about vetting immigrants; no one was allowed to just saunter in without any checks.

And lastly, please stop watching Fox News. Turn off the television, get away from the constant fear mongering, and enjoy your life.