White American Inferiority/Insecurity Complex (WAIC) is a problem for everyone because it keeps all people from reaching their potential. Fearful people whether they are Black or White are not able to reach their potential. People who externalize their negative emotions create victims and tragic headlines in random ways. Fear builds and spreads like a virus that weakens trust between people, but also in institutions. Building a more perfect union in our country will require confronting difficult truths like the systemic abuses of civil and human rights that the Woke movement addresses. America will either move to increase freedom or decrease it depending on the wisdom and knowledge of our citizens. Fear and hatred (for the self first and then others) pushes people toward foolish and destructive outcomes. It is frightening that the majority of whites voted for Trump, but more of this group moved away from this malevolent political force than any other group. There is hope in America. If Americans can identify and confront liars and lies consistently we will honor all of the sacrifices made for this republic.
News reports that Donald Trump fundraises off of lying about the 2020 election and tricks donors into giving money weekly instead of a one-time gift is not surprising to most people. The stunning truth is the millions of people who continue to believe Trump and have respect for him. Americans are not forced to listen to, or watch, particular sources of information; they choose outlets providing lies and and deception fitting their view of the world. The view of the world that is against increasing the number of citizens who vote, against equal rights for women, against civil rights, against social mobility. A large number of Americans don’t believe in democracy or equality; they want to be entitled and able to lie about opportunity for all. Americans who want an America that lives up to the social contract that rewards work and discipline with dignity and respect must be ready to vote and provide resources for it. The struggle between good and evil is never won by sitting around and waiting for someone else to provide it to you. Vote, contact your representatives, and donate to causes you care about.
The Republican Party has decided to come out of the closet as a fascist entity preferring support from Vladimir Putin to increasing democracy in the US. It is a problem for our country because it both emboldens oligarchs in Russia while alerting freedom loving Americans of a threat. Almost 75 million Americans voted for a clownish fascist named Trump after observing his insanity for four years, but over 81 million rose up to end the madness. We will go into 2022 with clear stakes for both sides and Republicans determined to remove the vote from Americans who oppose them. A destabilized America is the greatest wish of Putin and America’s enemies; it is an increasing possibility with Republican led attacks on our democratic systems. Americans must send a clear signal about who they are or we will find ourselves speeding towards the abyss. America is the last best hope of mankind and it is critical that we resume acting like it. Four years of Trump did not destroy the country, but our moves in the next four years are critical to its success. Reject pettiness, greed, and selfishness to stand up fo our republic and the civil rights of all Americans.
A perceived strength for America has been our justice system and the protection of civil rights, creation, and work. Today our justice system is being swamped by Republican dominated legislatures who seek to make cultural preferences legal while decency and fairness are criminalized. Examples of Republican misbehavior; 1) the Georgia bill to make it illegal to provide water to people waiting in line to vote 2) a proposal in Arizona to allow the legislature to overturn the will of the voters if they don’t like it 3) A judge overturning the Boulder City, Colorado code to make it illegal to carry assault rifles in public. These are examples of sick ideas that put decent people in jeopardy while feeding the criminality or corruption of the unstable and self-absorbed. The average American citizen will either rise or fall in stature based on what happens in the coming months. Bad actors can become legally untouchable while decent people are incarcerated if Americans do not vote and act to protect core American values. Contact your legislators using the 5 Calls app or other means and let them know what you expect.
The last four years of Trump and the spillover from the hatred and malevolence that flowed from it are an ongoing threat in our lives, but there are reasons for hope. The Biden/Harris Administration and the Democrats have the opportunity to build back a better United States with the following legislative actions: 1) The COVID response will lift potentially millions of children from poverty, 2) The For the People and John Lewis Acts will strengthen our democratic systems if passed, 3) Infrastructure legislation will lead to reduced carbon emissions, safer and more accessible transportation, a more robust and resilient transmission system, lower costs for citizens and business while producing high paying jobs for Americans. 4) Raising taxes on the wealthy while maintaining lower taxes on households making less than $400,000 per year. 5) A Healthcare bill could build a system worthy of the name that will be affordable to every citizen while providing support for mental and physical health. Mental health accessibility could reduce homicides , police killings, and societal stress. The possibilities for improved living while creating a sustainable world are real reasons for hope, but so are the good paying jobs that will be created building a healthier, resilient, socially mobile, and more fair society.
After four years of Trump we are deep in the sewer as a country, but trying to climb out. Numerous Trump officials likely committed multiple acts of corruption or criminality and have yet to face official accountability. We have numerous Republicans in the US Congress who will not say that an American election was free and fair; even though they cannot prove cheating that would have made a difference. State legislatures want to make it harder to vote, but have no evidence of a need for fewer voters beyond protecting their party. Asian Americans feel targeted by their countrymen as do many other ethnic groups after Trump’s assault on truth and decency. I have heard several people in media and elsewhere speak of being ready to fight to protect themselves. America is at a crossroads. If our leaders and representatives do not act decisively; the degeneration Trump and his followers started will metastasize into civil war. The rising insanity and evil that is perpetrated by those who feel entitled to act with impunity must be met with truth, compassion, and justice. Putin wanted Trump for president because he felt he was a tool for American decline and self-destruction in all areas. Putin has won all of the early rounds but the fight is not over. Research our history and current reality from verified sources. Be ready to make the important decisions made by citizens in a republic.
The Democrats have confronted COVID19 with vaccines, resources, and plans to put America back on a path to normalcy. Now the Biden Administration and Congressional democrats must confront more existential threats to the future of the United States as a republic. Republicans pursuing policies of white supremacy and voter disenfranchisement in states must be confronted by a strong voting expansion and protection measure. Currently we are nowhere near 100% participation by eligible citizens in our elections, although high turnout is a worthy goal that strengthens democracy and justice. Climate Chaos is a regular feature of life today with the Texas power grid fiasco being the latest manifestation of the danger to our civilization. An infrastructure bill that puts Americans to work strengthening our physical capacity to protect citizens and commerce from strengthening weather events is existentially important. Any failure to immediately begin development of a resilient society is to accept large-scale Climate Chaos death that will make the half-million souls lost to COVID19 look small in comparison. Joe Biden and the Democrats have to move mountains, and do it quickly, because Republicans just want to play politics with race and economics, they aren’t ready for this moment. America could not afford Trump and his wasted 4 years that damaged the country while morally bankrupting the Republicans. We are climbing out of another ditch as we did under President Obama (after the markets crashed), but this time we cannot afford to wait for, or count on, Republicans.
To protect the right to vote congress must take action with HR-1 and other legislation to expand access to the ballot for all citizens. Republican legislatures have declared war on high percentages of American citizens voting and that is intolerable. We should want more people voting and not fewer. Trump’s election proves that low percentages of Americans voting can be disastrous. Voting by mail should become the default way to cast a ballot with safeguards that have traditionally worked. Every state should race to increase participation and education among voters, with dark money in campaigns made illegal. Anyone with a viewpoint on an election should have to state who they are and what their interest is. We came close to losing our Republic on January 6, 2021 and before with Trump. America must make voting transparency, security, and participation high priorities to defend our republic.
Heather McGhee in her new book “The Sum of Us” says that white Americans have voted their race more than their class, which is why Republicans are where they are. I have observed this phenomena and not known what to call it. Republicans can behave badly, lie, be corrupt, and attack working people and still win. I knew that it was due to racism, but had never heard it put more concisely than Ms. McGhee put it. America is on the edge of choosing fascism over democracy as Republicans in state legislatures propose laws to restrict voting because they lost. Trump has spun his lie of the election being stolen into a movement to restrict voting access. Republicans believe they can destroy democratic norms and still win due to racism in the American electorate. The near future will tell us if America as the shining city on a hill is dead. The world sees us for who we are because it is so obvious. Trump is not hard to figure out. He is a corrupt, racist, sociopath for all who observe him without hoping he will damage their fellow humans of another race/class in America. For those wretched souls who believe he can help them he is reportedly a savior. There are sad days ahead unless Joe Biden can restore hope in America. Research, vote, and work to restore the American dream and republic!
Texas Governor Greg Abbott lifted mask restrictions after the CDC asked that everyone continue to mask up until we reach higher levels of vaccination. The Republican governor of Mississippi did the same after Florida governor DeSantis bragged at CPAC that his state was a bastion of freedom for defying the health experts. Greg Abbott has already been complicit while Texans died and suffered due to Republican leadership’s 20 plus year failure to prepare the power grid for cold weather conditions. Republicans in the Senate refuse to recognize the results of the 2020 elections except for their own victories. Republicans are becoming a divisive and malevolent force as they attack the republic for their failure to hold power. Our country could become increasingly destabilized if character does not become a descriptor of Republicans. Republicans have become too wed to racism hidden under the slogan that “Government is the problem” as Reagan said. Government is the problem when it attempts to guarantee the rights of citizens no matter their color apparently. Research and vote to hold politicians accountable for truth and policy. Fight against greed, lies, and fear to save our republic!