While you were gone

“I can’t help it
When you fall apart
And I can’t help it
Guess you better start.” — Ric Ocasek

Stuff always seems to happen while I am away, so today you get two posts for the price of one. Everyone is reeling by the loss of women’s rights following the reversal of Roe v. Wade. Conservatives have already targeted gay marriage and other rights. Then, there is this.

Cornyn hasn’t publicly commented on this tweet and hasn’t even been confronted for this. Maybe he will claim his account was hacked. Surely that was it. No sane American politician would argue for segregation would they? Surely, that has to be true.

However, I am going to assume that this opinion is what many GOP members are secretly thinking. The fact that at least one of them is willing to speak it out loud shows you how bulletproof they feel right now. The fact that you have heard them talk about overturning gay marriage rights and even interracial marriage rights shows you where these people are.

This is where numerous forces descend on us and tell us their feelings on the matter. You will see lots of tweets about how both sides have failed us. You will see lots of voices talk about how both parties have brought us here. They will tell you that there is plenty of blame to go around.

Mr. Yang has quit the Democratic party. If you peruse his twitter feed it is full of statements about how the two party system sucks. Great. He isn’t alone. Other celebrities champion third party candidates and speak longingly of a system where their specific brand of politics is represented. If ifs and buts were all candy and nuts we’d all have a Merry Christmas.

The so-called search for “balanced media” has brought us to this point. One party wants to move us to the 19th century. One party wants to roll back rights. One party wants our nation flush with guns. One party wants the one percenters to have even more than they do. One party wants to remove all of those protections that we have worked over a century to build. That includes environmental protections. That includes workplace protections. That includes civil right protections. That includes protections for women and children. One party wants to return us to the state of nature where Thomas Hobbes said that “life outside society would be ‘solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.”

Sure, you could claim Democrats have been ineffective in stopping that. That is likely for two reasons. First, they cannot get everyone on board to do what needs to be done. Secondly, too many Democrats are committed to politics as usual. This is blood sport now. We are playing for keeps as the other side wants to bring us back to the 1890s.

That is not an opinion. Those are the facts of the situation. An opinion would be to call that evil, depraved, draconian, or any other adjective you could think of. I’m not going to call it anything. You can decide for yourself. That’s what one party wants. To stop it you must support the other party. Sure, a system with more than two choices would be great. That’s not what we have. You vote Democratic or you usher in the Handmaiden’s Tale. The choice is yours.

Author: sbarzilla

I have written three books about baseball including The Hall of Fame Index. I also write for thefantatasyfix.com. You can follow me on twitter @sbarzilla.

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