Obamacare did not survive the Supreme Court challenge because of legalities; Obamacare survived because of politics. Nine million people stood to loose their health insurance, if the court ruled that federal subsidies for affordable health care were illegal. Most of those nine million people live in states where their Republican representatives are up for re-election. What this tells me is the vote, yours-mine-ours, still matters. Why do you think the ALEC controlled Republican Party are so consistently chipping away at the Voting Rights Act? And successfully too, I might add.
This week’s passage of the ALEC supported TPP destroyed any lingering hopes and dreams I had of a fair and level playing field for all. Racism, environmental destruction, poverty, misogyny, intersectionality—every social ill we face is a direct/indirect result of an economic system meant to serve the few on the backs of many. That so few make the connection between social issues (I include religion under social issues) and economics boggles the mind. That so few make the connection between legislation passed in Washington and the quality of their lives scares me. We are not controlling the narrative— profit is—and profit will always spin social unrest to profit’s benefit: “us versus them.”
I am a straight, white, 62 year old woman and I was devastated by what happened in Charleston. I got an email saying, “not all white people.” What I wrote back was, “not all white people,” is akin to a man saying, “not all men,” on the subject of rape. Why does someone think it’s all right to kill people because of the color of their skin? How can anyone blame life’s difficulties on people of color, different sexuality, and women? I have held these questions since I was eleven years old and still I have no answers, just anguish and tremendous sadness. In my experience though, the ugly side of people is they need to feel superior to someone— us versus them—and when that superiority is threatened they kill it.
I am thrilled beyond belief that gay marriage is now legal across the United States. But know the ALEC controlled Republican party is in the process of writing model legislation to chip away at the new law at the state level, in the exact same way they eviscerated the Voting Rights Act and unions, and Americans United for Life (ALEC’s baby sister) eviscerated women’s reproductive freedoms. “Us versus them,” the godly versus the godless and the godly’s are feeling threatened so they kill the godless. You see how it works?
The good news is the progressive party grows stronger daily.
From my heart to yours.
Live loud, love fierce, and suffer no fools. Katherine Manaan MAWT
Lefty, feminist, progressive, pro-choice, pro-humanity, pro-environment, anti-corporation, resister.....