Change.org is a website that allows you to petition for just about anything that you want, from telling the President to not bomb Syria, to telling your local pound to release your beloved dog. Recently I’ve been getting emails from change.org about firefighters wanting Congress to restore funding that has been cut from wildfire budgets. I was curious, so I went to the website; I found hundreds of petitions about all kinds of issues, but those calling for Congress or local governments to restore funding to fire and police departments, reinstating laid off teachers, etc, etc, seemed to dominate. I’ve also been following local stories about the state of Texas and city governments slashing funding, shutting down fire stations, and laying off public servants all over the state. The uproar over these cuts has been impressive.
As I’ve followed these stories where Republican politicians have been gleefully slashing spending on services, infrastructure, health care, food stamps, and vital public services, I’ve wondered how many of these public servants and recipients of these services actually voted for the very politicians who are now so negatively affecting their lives. Texas is known as a “conservative” state, and and “fiscal conservatism” just rolls off the tongues of millions of Texans including firefighters, police officers, teachers, and even union members as they vote for “fiscal conservatives” in their local governments. At the very same time, they are fighting to keep their jobs that these very same politicians are taking away from them.
You only need watch Fox News (the official network of the GOP) for 3 or 4 minutes to know exactly what every Republican politician believes, and what they will do when they are in office. The GOP has been taken over by the Tea Party, and radical gerrymandering has put many otherwise unelectable people in the US Congress and state houses all over the country. Since then, these extremists have done what the Tea Party is dedicated to doing: destroying functional government, vilifying teachers and other public services, and slashing already historically low taxes.
So, here’s some advice: If you are a public servant, and you voted for any Republican in the last 15 years, you have only yourself to blame for your plight. Republicans are very transparent in communicating their plan, and the party’s upside-down dogma now pervades “conservative” thinking. They all believe that slashing spending improves the economy and lowers unemployment when the opposite is true. They believe that slashing taxes reduces deficits when the opposite is true. They believe that more guns equals more safety when the opposite is true. They believe that individuals don’t deserve decent healthcare, safe food, reasonably priced electricity, water, or transportation. They believe that the health insurance industry is “free market”, when it’s not, not even close. They favor privatizing the military, aviation safety, and vital services like performing security background checks for federal contractors (USIS, the company that gave Aaron Alexis his security clearance just before he killed 12 people at the Navy Yard also gave NSA leaker Edward Snowden his clearance). The GOP has turned into a weird cult where clowns like Ted Cruz, Michele Bachmann, Louis Gohmert, and Allen West are actually considered to be something more than just the hateful screwballs they are, and who would be laughing stocks anywhere else other than the US Congress.
As long as people continue to habitually push the Republican button in the voting booth, our society will continue to deteriorate. You always get what you vote for.