Written by ‘OHMama’ via The Burning Platform blog,
I was born at the end of Generation X and the beginning of the Millennials, and I grew up in a middle class city. Life was good. Our house was modest but birthdays and Christmases were always generous, we went on vacation every year, had 2 cars and there was enough money for me to take dance lessons and art lessons and be in the Girl Scouts.
My father born in the 1940s raised me to be patriotic and proud, to love the warplanes of his day as much as he did, and to respect our flag and our country as a sacred thing. I grew up believing that being an American was the greatest gift anyone could have. I grew up thinking that our country was as strong, honest and true as my father. I grew up thinking I was free.
As an adult, I witnessed the world I grew up in in ruins. I have observed that our currency and our economy have been shamelessly corrupted beyond redemption. Since we got married my husband and I have TWICE seen our meager investment savings stifled by the market we have been told to invest in, now that pensions are no longer there and we are working alone. We will work until we die, because the social security we were forced to pay was also stolen under our orders.
I have seen our elected officials enter Congress like ordinary people and leave as multimillionaires. I saw my blue collar husband get up at an unholy hour every day and come home with a sore back that we pray it will last long enough to lead him to old age in one piece. Besides shoes, socks and underwear, almost everything my family wears has been bought second-hand. We have been on vacation for 12 years.
We don’t have cell phones, cables, or any kind of streaming service, just a landline and the Internet. We hardly ever eat. Our house is 1400 square feet, no air conditioning. I cook from scratch and I can and I garden and I raise chickens for eggs and meat and I sell things by moonlight on Etsy. Yet it is hardly enough to pay the bills which increase each year as the quality of service and the longevity of goods decline. What I just described is the life you can live on 60K a year without going into debt.
At the last count, if you consider all federal, state and local taxes plus registration and user fees, Medicare and SS payroll taxes, almost a third of what my family earns is stolen by government every year. What’s left doesn’t go far, just enough to cover the bases and save a bit for the moment the wolf howls at the door.
I have seen my family’s health insurance gutted and destroyed. Our private market insurance, which we needed to have because my husband’s employer is too small to have a group plan, became illegal. We ended up with the option of either buying an Obamacare plan with unaffordable deductibles and insanely ridiculous maximums, or paying the very government that destroyed our healthcare fined for not purchasing the government-mandated plan. that we cannot afford. We now have short term insurance which isn’t really insurance at all, and I live in fear that one of us will get hurt or get sick with anything that I can’t fix in the closet to pharmacy.
I saw that education, which was already sketchy when I was a kid, has turned into a total joke of totally non-math math, gold stars for all and disgusting anti-Americanism. My family has suffered a huge financial blow while I stay home to house school our child. At least she’ll be able to do some old school math well enough to see how hard they fuck her. A ray of hope for every cloud, I guess.
I sat down and held my tongue as I was called deplorable and a bitter cling and told her I hadn’t built this. I was called a racist and xenophobe, a moron and even a “bad people”. I was told that I have a privilege and that I have an inherent prejudice because of the color of my skin, and that my beloved husband and father are part of a horrible patriarchy. None of this is true, but if I dare say something about it, it will be used as proof of my racism and white fragility.
Raised to be a Republican, I held my nose and voted for Bush, the Connecticut blue blood that talks about Texas who lied to us in 2 wars and gave us the unpatriotic Patriot Act. I voted for McCain, the neoconservative, sociopathic “hero” of the songbirds who torpedoed the attempt to kill the Obamacare which is killing my family financially. I picked him up and voted for Romney, the vulture capitalist skunk who masquerades as a Republican while sliding into the Democratic camp as often as they will tolerate his oily and loathsome presence.
And I voted for Trump, who, if he did nothing else, at least gave a resounding cheer from the Bronx to the smug and richly deserving hypocrites in DC. Thank you for that, Mr. Chairman, on behalf of all of us. God bless you for this.
And now I have seen people who hate me and hate me and call for our destruction blatantly and openly, stole the election, then put us to the test and told us it was honest and fair . I watch like the GOP is not doing ANYTHING about it. They are probably relieved that upstart Trump has left so that they can resume their real job of pocket-stuffing and interference with their business leaders. I watch the media, in a way that would make Stalin blush, silence anyone who dares to question the legitimacy of this farce they call democracy. I know, it’s a republic, but I’m so tired of explaining to people that I might as well give in and join them in ignorance.
I will no longer vote; they made it clear that my voice didn’t matter. Whatever irrational suicidal insanity the nanny considers the best, this is what I will get. What he decided I needed was a geriatric pedophile who shouldn’t be accused of anything harsher than choosing between tapioca and rice pudding in the elderly, and a cast a skank who denounces racism while being a descendant of slave owners.
I am free to dismember a baby in my womb and kill it because “my body is my choice”, but God help me if I do not cover my face with a germ-laden Linus-like security blanket or that I refuse to let them inject genetically modified chemicals into my body or into my child. I can be doxed, fired, avoided and destroyed for daring to venture that there are only 2 genera as DNA proves, but a disease with a survival rate of 99 +% for most humans is a deadly pandemic worth killing an economy. Because science. Idiocracy is real and we live it. Dr. Lexus would be an improvement over Fauci.
I’m finished. Don’t ask me to swear an oath to the flag, salute the troops, or shoot fireworks on the 4th. It’s a sick, twisted, heart-wrenching joke, that swollen and unrecognizable corpse of a republic that was once ours .
I am not alone. I don’t know how things continue to work when millions of citizens no longer feel any loyalty to or to the society in which they live.
I was raised to be a woman, and women don’t curse, but fuck these motherfuckers in hell and back for what they did to me, and mine, and my country. All Americans Joe Blow wanted was a small patch of land to raise a family, a job to pay the bills, and at least an illusion of freedom, and even that was too much for these human parasites. They want it all, mind, body and soul. Damn it. Damn all.
The word transparency is often mentioned. But there is nothing transparent about the shameful 2020 electoral process that crushes the will of the American people.
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