David L Bishop
So you say that you are a proud member of the Pro-Life movement. When I hear somebody make that statement, I often have to use all of my self-control to not laugh. Before I go further, I will state that I absolutely believe there are people in this country who value life. It’s just that they all tend to be members of the Democratic Party and do not use the term pro-life. Of course, there is no way I can know everybody in the country, so I can’t say for certain that there aren’t Republican Party members who are genuinely pro-life. Then again, I also can’t say for certain that bigfoot doesn’t exist or that aliens don’t live among us. To me, it is very simple to see which side of the aisle actually cares about life and which side does not. If only laws regarding honest labeling applied to movements as well as food products.
No More Normal
The Covid pandemic has been long and exhausting for all of us. Like everybody else, I want to reach the other side of this horrible experience and move forward with life. Sadly, so many people are looking in the wrong direction. I can’t count how many times I have heard somebody wish for things to return to normal. Every time that word is put out in the world without being challenged, we lose. I don’t care if it is a random person online or the president of the United States of America; a return to normal is not the answer. I understand that most people do not really think about the implications when they wish for a return to normal. I know they are thinking about going shopping, eating at restaurants, or enjoying any number of school events with their children and not any larger socio-economic structures. It is only natural to think of those things which have the most direct impact on our daily lives. Still, it is that attitude and approach to life that scares me when people talk about returning to normal.
I have heard a lot of republicans complaining about President Biden abandoning his calls previous calls for unity. I get it. I too want the elected officials of this country to work together. The difference being, I want them to unify and govern in the best interest of the people. Mitch McConnell has spent the past several years in control of the Senate. During that time, he has a crystal clear record of opposing unity or compromise. He even went so far as to publicly brag about how he would block everything not proposed by his own caucus. This is not unity, nor is this unique to only McConnell. The Republican Party has spent the last 40 years striving to ensure the government worked only for the wealthy and not the people. The legislative maneuver being demonized by the Republicans as it is used by the Democrats to move Covid relief legislation forward is the exact same method used in 2017 by McConnell to pass massive tax breaks for the wealthy elites. I am not a fan of the procedure, no matter who uses it. Still, if it is going to be used, I would much prefer it be used to help people who actually need help instead of helping somebody buy a third or fourth mansion. The simple fact is that the Republicans who are now whining about the lack of unity have had years to show a desire to work together. Instead, they showed the America they desire is one where a man's worth is based solely on his bank account. If they cared about unity and the people of this country, why did they spend so long collectively denying the threat of Covid? They delayed providing information to the public. When they finally did, it was only after giving them a chance to sell off stocks before the economy was hit. Legislation aimed at helping the public as a whole first had to be modified to protect the corporations. As the pandemic continued to destroy lives, McConnell chose to let relief packages sit and die on his desk rather than work with unity for the average American. As if this wasn’t immoral enough, the Republican Party decided to use the pandemic to sow seeds of doubt in the months leading up to the November election. Those seeds were then watered with countless lies about the results leading to an all-out attack on democracy. I have no problem lumping them all together in this. Even though not all of them pushed the lies aimed at destroying our country, those that still refuse to condemn such actions are no better. So, yes, I want unity. Please, show us some unity. That means starting from what should be an obvious common desire; to improve and move this country forward. Sadly, even that is hard to see from far too many on the right. Yet they whine about unity. When the Republican Party remembers that it is supposed to put the well being of the people first, then there can be unity. The past several decades have shown them acting like spoiled children. So, for now, let them sit in time out and think about their behavior. When they are ready to act like grown-ups dedicated to the protection and progress of the entire United States of America, there will be plenty of room for unity.