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Monday, October 29, 2018

Vote Blue, Your Country’s Lifeblood is At Stake

On this ugly rainy day I find my mind turning to the potentially ugly future. Over the years that I’ve written in my blog I have made no secret of the fact that I’m both Jewish and a Liberal Democrat. I am in mourning for the Jews that were shot yesterday in Pittsburgh. Two of them were developmentally disabled. The others were also innocent human beings.

I live in Massachusetts, I believe in publicly funded social programs like Welfare, supports for the disabled, elderly, poor, and addicted. I believe in funding public education and special education and bilingual education. I believe in the spectrum of human gender, of human neurology, of race, of the human condition. I believe that the climate is shifting to very dangerous patterns and that it is because of our abuse of the earth, its environment, and the atmosphere. I believe in the freedom of religion and the freedom from religion. I believe in laws that restrict capital enterprise because the wealthy and competitive need limits. I believe in free press that does due journalistic diligence. They must courageously present fact. (Like NPR, who always has the other side on to express their opinion and viewpoint.) I believe in tougher gun laws and an active campaign to get rid of guns. I believe in the rights of all people to vote and live their lives safely and happily. No one in this abundant earth should be hungry and if they are, the other countries should be aiding them. I’m an FDR Liberal, a JFK Liberal. I, too, Have a Dream, and that is a country that is compassionate and helpful to others.

Got it? Here’s what else: I believe in history. If you count yourself as an educated person, you have to look at history to understand that the American government we are living with right now is a dangerous, pre-fascist one. The hallmarks of dictatorship are all there in the Trump and GOP-led Congress. Separating — literally — groups by their skin color and religious beliefs or nation, and then calling them names like “rapists,” “animals,” people from “shithole countries,” “criminals,” and  “globalists” — this is engaging in the time-dishonored tradition of dictators. Trump encourages violence against different groups, again and again.  That is how Holocausts begin.  It can happen here. Make no mistake. Right now, it is the weak and careless Republicans in Congress who are not defending our country’s philosophy of Life, “Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, Justice and Liberty for All. E Pluribus Unum. This current administration has done the opposite and believes the opposite of everything I believe in, that I mentioned above, in my second paragraph.

In the name of my sons, the future generations, I am voting for a healthier planet and the lawmakers who will stand for that. I am voting for a Congress that protects voting rights and does not support far right Supreme Court justices who trash them. I am voting for a Congress that supports Medicaid and Social Security programs because those give my autistic son an adult life, outside of my home. This GOP Congress wants to slash those programs to pay for a tax cut they gave to the wealthiest in the country. I am voting for a Congress that supports compassion, fairness, a social contract. Protection of the most vulnerable. The Welfare State. The MLK Dream.

Of course you can disagree. If you can civilly point out places where I’m wrong, go for it. I’ll read it. But if you’re nasty, I won’t print it. (My blog, my decisions.) If you’re offended, don’t read me. Trump’s is a Hitlerian-style regime. In the memory of the Tree of Life Eight, the Orlando nightclub victims, the Newtown children, the Parkland students, and the all the rest, I dedicate my heart, passion, and resources to the Democrats.

 

4 comments

Good post. I agree with what you have said here. I have also voted Democrat in hopes of putting some checks and balances on this horrible presidency. However, there are problems with some of the Democrats that are currently on the ballot in terms of their stances on individuals with disabilities. (I voted for them anyway because of the reasons you pointed out.) Elizabeth Warren is working to completely eliminate sub-minimum wages for persons with intellectual disabilities. On the surface, this appears to be a good thing, but it basically means those with disabilities who cannot do the same or better job as those without intellectual disabilities will most likely not get hired at all. Kay Khan, the state rep. ( maybe not your state rep)who is the chair of the committee on persons with disabilities admits that she has never visited a dayhab or group home. In addition she refused to allow parents and families to testify during an DDS and DPPC oversight hearing.

— added by IRENE TANZMAN on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 11:24 am

We need to let Senator Warren and the state legislators who are ignorant of our guys’ lives that they should get to know the downside of eliminating sub-minimum wages for persons with ID. Sure, I’d love someone to hire my son and pay minimum wage as well as for a job support staff. But will they? No. But supporting Medicaid, which funds such benefits as that, is a start and at the end of the day the politicians who support Medicaid get my vote. I thank you for pointing out another way they can improve their record!

— added by Susan Senator on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 11:31 am

I too am in mourning for the Jews that were shot yesterday in Pittsburgh. And the person shot here in my small town at the bowling ally yesterday and the elderly lady attacked in her bed last Thursday night in the neighboring town.
I am a single woman and when I am at home if I’m in the living room my gun is on the coffee table, if I’m in bed it is on my night stand, if I’m out shopping it’s in my purse. And I don’t even like guns! My Dad bought me a pistol as soon as I turned 21 and said, “The moment you don’t have it you will need it, keep it with you always.” I’m scared of guns, and yet crime is so bad in small town America I am too afraid to be without one. Here where I live a woman has a 1 in 9 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime!!
Sad that society has me so scared I carry a gun that I don’t even like. Pathetic, really. People who live without carrying weapons in today’s world are much braver than I am!
Depressing! Oh so depressing!

— added by Win on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 3:05 pm

Disagree with what? How could anyone? This is obviously a no brainer as far as I’m concerned. The question I have is what kind of world exactly does those who disagree with you want? History proves we have had it, with deadly results.

— added by Sharon Jones on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 5:57 pm

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