Hands Down One of the Best and Most Accurate Articles I’ve Read in a Looong Time. Period. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ’™πŸ›

What the f😑ck is wrong with you America? Long Island? New York? 😀 This is not the America I once knew and loved. πŸ’” They say ignorance is bliss but I’ve come to realize knowledge is power. πŸ’ͺ🏽 When you know better you do better. I’m gonna step on my soapbox so brace for it.😯 I know life gets busy…driving carpools, making play dates, worrying if your kids will be included in things, working, not working, paying bills, dealing with health issues…ya ya I know everyone’s busy. But have you ever really dug down and questioned yourself about what’s going on in the State of Our Union and questioned what you politically believe in? What do you REALLY believe in? Or is it easier just to stick your head in the sand and keep the status quo and watch Bravo instead of the News. I’m telling you this is more thrilling, sad, exciting, entertaining, infuriating, then any reality show or tv show ever written. I can’t even imagine when I’m older telling my grandchildren what it was like living in the Trump presidency days.

“It’s not polite to talk politics” I just threw up in my mouth. Why not? Convenient excuse right. You don’t want to “offend” someone…how sweet and kind. Sounds like a good excuse just not to rock the boat, I think it’s time to save the pleasantries. I would argue that one of the best ways to learn and grow as a person is by being challenged by someone who doesn’t agree with you. Then you have to dig down and really think about why you feel so passionately about a topic, and perhaps that’s when you realize maybe you don’t care as much as you thought you did, or maybe you realized your thoughts have evolved or changed. We can learn a lot from conversations where we don’t see eye to eye β€” if we can listen and talk rationally, that is…

This is not THE ARTICLE I was talking about but it’s a good article on why “Embracing disagreement is a valuable way of learning new ideas and tempering your own ideas into workable outcomes…

Sometimes disagreement can lead to conflict, but it can also lead to discussion and learning. Provided you’re willing to engage in discussion, it is likely that learning about an opinion or perspective different from your own will broaden your understanding of an issue.

Being open-minded means allowing yourself to listen to and accept ideas or beliefs that are different from your own. There are many benefits to having an open mind, including having fewer prejudices, being a better problem-solver, and being more interesting. And, since open-minded people are more receptive to change, they also suffer from less stress.”

With that said, I’ve run out on patience…can someone please explain to me what is it about the Republican Party that those find so enticing? If you are a Republcian reading right now what is it about their ideals that really speak to you!? Which of their ideals are you most proud of? And if so can someone explain why people around here are not openly admitting that they support Trump. I know half of you out there do…so why the secret? I can be open minded all day till the cows come home but I JUST. DONT. GET. IT. I don’t know how many different ways I can ask people to fill me in… what am I missing?  😀😠😀😠😰

I read this following article and it TOOK. MY. BREATH. AWAY!!! This is it!!! He neatly summarized all (or most) of what the GOP stands for in my eyes. My question to you is…do you agree? If you’re a Republican do these represent your values and if so, do you really feel good about this. I don’t get it. Here’s some of the lines that stood out to me…

Why I left the GOP (Republican Party):
Hate and paranoia have become an ideological principle in the GOP. The common view is the poor are thieves and stealing taxpayer’s money. They point to social programs as having failed to end poverty. Social programs are not designed to end poverty. They are designed to keep you alive while an individual tries to find another pathway in life.

They hate education. Their steadfast crusade to end public education, to deny it money is an attack on our future. I went to public schools, including a public university. I received a good education, from dedicated teachers and professors. That should be preserved and not torn to shreds.

They are trade protectionists and isolationists. This is the final betrayal of Ronald Reagan.

They blame the victims. In fact, they have a false victimhood that they are actually the victims of the poor. They point to a mother on food stamps with an iPhone in her hand as “evidence” of theft. Did they ever stop to think that maybe a family member in better circumstances gave her that iPhone?

With competition, which the GOP claims is a very conservative idea, the prices on smartphones have dropped dramatically along with the cost of service. Why shouldn’t a poor person have access to the rest of the world? Their view that I’ve read a hundred times if I have read it once. The resentment of the poor only continues the poverty and despair of the poor.

The GOP hates the poor. They are only interested in self. Everything with the GOP today is “I.” There is no “we” in their dialogue. In the GOP rant about the poor, they go out of their way to admonish the poor for being poor. They treat them without dignity and try to destroy all hope for the poor.

The GOP is xenophobic. The day we lose the melting pot is the day we lose America. I wrote about that yesterday which you can read by clicking here.

Education is the key to ending poverty. See my comment above about the GOP views on education.

The GOP is overtly racist and unapologetic for it. They can talk about how much they love Israel but that doesn’t stop them from being anti-semitic. They love the Jews “over there,” but the Jews under their very noses? Not so much. This week, I have been told I am a kike which is not a term of endearment and told there is an oven with my name on it. I belong in an oven because I don’t agree with conservatives. That sums up today’s GOP.
Why I’m joining the Democratic Party:

I am opposed to racism. I abhor racism, bigotry, and antisemitism. It is not “just an opinion” by “average citizens.” It is a vile practice that is to be stood against whenever, and wherever it happens. The GOP is giving safe haven to the racists who flocked to the party after President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. Based on a principle of human dignity, the Democratic Party said goodbye to the racists and they ran into the outstretched arms of the GOP.

The Democratic Party may not agree, but they listen. The far left is rigid and dogmatic but the average Democrat may not agree with you but they will listen to what you have to say. I am pro business, and so is the Democratic Party. It is now the home of Free Trade. The GOP is now the home of trade protectionism.

The Democratic Party does not hate science. They recognize throwing what we throw in the air and water will kill us all eventually. Richard Nixon knew that too which is why he pushed for and signed into law the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. As a result, the Great Lakes are no longer in danger of catching on fire as they were in the 60s and 70s. There are no more killer smogs that took lives. For younger Republicans google killer smog and see what we used to contend with. It was a problem Richard Nixon fixed, and now you are trying to break it again.

The Democratic Party supports collective bargaining. I can’t say I am in love with Unions, I am not in love with them. However, I am in love with the Constitution of the USA and collective bargaining is a right under the First Amendment of the Constitution. I support that right for the same reason I support the right to own a firearm under the Second Amendment of the Constitution. If we find a way of end running any Amendment then we have just made the Constitution a meaningless document.

The Democratic Party believes everyone is entitled to dignity.The GOP is wrong on Healthcare along with nearly all social issues. Their proposals strip the poor, the elderly, and minorities of basic human dignity.

It has no compassion, it has no empathy, it is just a collection of self-centered individuals who care about nothing outside of their own lives. There is not a bigger picture, there is only self-absorption with the GOP.”

I think this article very much sums up what a lot of us are thinking. It’s really unthinkable how anyone who is educated, mentally stable and not racist can still go along and support this hateful, cruel, deceptive, divisive, and criminal administration. The only possible reason would be selfishness, caring more about ones self then the greater good of humankind or of neighbors. I understand that some people are a single issue voter and their lives outweigh the lives of others. But to what end? The GOPs new healthcare plan will LITERALLY KILL PEOPLE, under this administration we are LITERALLY KILLING OUR ENVIRONMENT, with Trumps wall and Muslim Ban the country is LITERALLY TURNING turning a cheek on desperate humans that their only chance at life and death is the ability to come to America. It’s sickening.

How did we get to this place? According to this NY Times article

“Trump is president by a combination of the most despicable factors: a Russian cyberattack, voter suppression, racial anxiety and rampant sexism. People will struggle to explain it in other terms, and some will do so with dazzling language that apes the tone and tenor of intellectualism, but at its base an explanation that ignores those factors is a lie. It is a lie that covers a cyst. It is a lie that shields a sickness. It is a lie that excuses the inexcusable….And now that man and his spawn β€” born into nefariousness and groomed by nepotism β€” are waging an all-out war on the country he is supposed to lead…
Trump has attacked every traditional institution in this country, from the judiciary to the press. But possibly the most dangerous and destructive has been his assault on the truth itself.”

Are you seriously ok this?

“Everything in that tweet is not only a lie, but it is in diametrical opposition to the truth. But that is Trump’s tactic: Don’t shade the truth with a little lie; destroy the truth with an enormous lie. Consider the truth and then say the exact opposite is true. It is so disconcerting that it must be entertained and investigated because it is so foreign to honest people.”

Are you seriously ok with this?

I guess the bottom line is, you cant force people to care if they just DONT CARE! Another amazing article I read on Huffpost called “I Don’t Know How To Explain To You That You Should Care About Other People“…everything the author said I couldn’t agree more I could have wrote the article…😐

“I cannot have political debates with these people. Our disagreement is not merely political, but a fundamental divide on what it means to live in a society, how to be a good person, and why any of that matters.
But if making sure your fellow citizens can afford to eat, get an education, and go to the doctor isn’t enough of a reason to fund those things, I have nothing left to say to you.
“I can’t debate someone into caring about what happens to their fellow human beings. The fact that such detached cruelty is so normalized in a certain party’s political discourse is at once infuriating and terrifying. The β€œI’ve got mine, so screw you,” attitude has been oozing from the American right wing for decades, but this gleeful exuberance in pushing legislation that will immediately hurt the most vulnerable among us is chilling.”
I’ll leave it at that 😐

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