I am not sure where this came from, I found it in a comment section. Someone in the comments claimed it came from http://www.stonekettle.com/ but the poster did not acknowledge it. I thought it good enought o post and if it is from http://www.stonekettle.com/, thank you sir, you wrote a damn good editorial. Hugs
From Jim Wright
May 20 at 3:06 PM ·
Trump, like all autocratic authoritarians, knows he cannot win an election if everybody gets to vote.
Republicans know very well that their ideology of hate and fear is in the minority in America. Men like Mitch McConnell do not appeal to the majority, and they know it. They know they cannot win, if everybody gets to vote, if the playing field is level, if they have to run on who they actually are.
They know it in their bones.
They crave power, but the idea of changing, of becoming the sort of person, the sort of leader, who appeals to a broader range of Americans, becoming someone who leads by example from a position of compassion and understanding and wisdom, is utterly repulsive to them. Because giving up their violent warmongering xenophobia, their violent selfish religion, their violent racism, their violent gibbering fear of the other, is unimaginable.
They simply cannot imagine any road to power that does not involve the violence of hate and fear.
The Republican Party who follows Trump is not the Grand Old Party of Yore. These are not the Republicans who elected Abraham Lincoln or Dwight Eisenhower — or even Ronald Reagan. These Republicans do not believe in democracy unless the vote is restricted to only themselves.
Quod erat Demonstrandum.
I mean, at least Lee Atwater eventually admitted to himself that he was a racist and a bigot and that the platforms he built for Reagan and Bush were based on hate and fear. But unlike the “compassionate” conservatives (heh) of Reagan’s Day, those who follow Trump don’t even have that much self-awareness, let alone shame.
They’re not even trying to hide it. Trump is saying it out loud, either you vote for me, and you elect those who support me, and you keep my enemies away from the ballot box, or else.
It’s right there. Right out in the open. He’s not even trying to hide it and his cronies aren’t even trying to soften the fascism or explain it away.
You vote for us or else you don’t get to vote.
Republicans in the era of Trump do not believe in democracy.
Republicans do not believe in The Republic.
Every single Republican in office right now, today, this very moment, demonstrates this over and over.
They represent fanatical ideology.
They represent themselves.
They represent greed and power and selfishness.
Not their constituents, not the citizens, not America.
And you don’t have to go far to see explicit examples. I live in Florida District #1. My Congressman is Matt Gaetz, who hired armed bikers to keep his own constituents out of his town hall. Because he didn’t not want to face them. Because he doesn’t think he *has* to face them. Because he doesn’t represent them, the people of his own district. He represents only those who cheer him, and the money and power which keeps him in office.
No different than Donald Trump.
Mitch McConnell engages in open hypocrisy. McConnell would not allow the Senate to consider Obama’s SCOTUS pick during the last year of Obama’s term, but has openly stated that he will do so for Trump — because that’s different. And when pressed on the difference, McConnell smiled and said because the President is a Republican.
They’re not trying to hide it.
All you have to do is watch how Trump treats people of color or female reporters at his daily press conferences. He doesn’t see them as Citizens, as people, as anyone that he represents. All you have to do is look at Trump’s daily Twitter tirades. He attacks Americans with impunity. He attacks Americans and gives a pass to thugs and dictators and America’s enemies.
Trump knows how it looks. He knows you hate him for it. He doesn’t care. He thinks it’s funny. Owning the libs.
Republicans don’t care. They’re not trying to stop him, or change his behavior, they ENCOURAGE it. They think it’s funny. Trolling Americans they hate and fear.
They’re not trying to hide it, or temper it, or rationalize it.
Why? Because they do NOT care if you and I despise them.
They have power and they intend to hold onto it and never suffer the consequences for their betrayal of the Republic.
They have demonstrated that they will do whatever it takes to keep you from the ballot box. Here’s the president himself, OPENLY threatening extortion on the states if they allow you to vote.
What do you do about it?
Your duty, Citizen.
If your vote didn’t matter, then these dirty rotten greedy selfish motherfuckers wouldn’t be working so hard to take it away from you.
If it didn’t matter, then Trump wouldn’t be so damn terrified of you.
And he IS terrified. Yes, he is.
They all are.
If they won’t let you vote by mail, then you show up in person. Whatever it takes. You crawl over broken glass on your hands and knees if need be. Stomp a hole through the middle of them if need be and claim your place at the ballot box.
And you throw these bastards out of office. You take back your town. You take back your state. You take back your country. You take back the future and you resign these fascist sons of bitches to the trash heap of history.
You want a better nation, be better citizens.