Post election day, everyone is telling me that the blue wave happened, the House of Representatives will save us all from tyranny, and many other things. I’m glad Rauner is no longer going to be governor of Illinois as he was a nightmare person, and I’m glad that the house flipped, but I’m still disappointed.
I’m disappointed that of all of the registered voters who actually voted that Bost had 17,024 more people than Kelly. Yes, I get that normally he runs unopposed because in the past the Dems figured this area was just a loss (thanks for that, btw, there may be a reason people in Southern IL don’t vote blue when they are told they don’t even matter) and the fact that Bost had to have Trump come to this region to have two rallies – one in Granite City and one at the Carbondale airport – in order to bolster his flagging numbers, but still.
17,024 more people in this area are ok with children being put into camps. They are ok with tax cuts for billionaires that will end up losing them their Social Security if Bost has his way. They are fine with a man who doesn’t think about their needs as constituents and is too cowardly to even meet with them. Bost has been a coward about town halls ever since he voted to gut the ACA repeatedly, because he knows that people will be upset. He just doesn’t give a shit because he got his.
Bost doesn’t give a damn about anything other than retaining power and his party. If his constituents die because of lack of healthcare, he is fine with it and 17,024 more people in this area voted that they are ok with it, too.
A vote for the Republican party in this day and age is a vote saying that you not only are fine with Trump being president, with him saying he is a nationalist (this means white supremacist), fine with him demonizing his political opponents to the extent that his whackadoo followers have sent bombs and death threats to his political opponents, and fine with him trying to rob any marginalized group of their protections. When voting for Bost, they vote that all of this is ok. Most of them seem to think it is preferable. The underlying racism of Republicans has been breathtaking and heartbreaking to see exposed. We always knew, but it’s never been so blatant. They literally don’t care about anyone seeking asylum except to spit on them. You know, unless those asylum seekers are white.
Being in an area where the white supremacists greatly outnumber those who believe in civil rights is jarring. It’s more than a little bit upsetting. Before Trump came to the area, during the planning of a protest against him, the Bost voters and Trump supporters threatened the protesters on their facebook event page with violence, they posted graphically violent imagery and said they would do this to the protesters, they crowed about “snowflakes” and basically were just psychos in general.
I’ve never seen such sore “winners” as the GOP followers of today, and there are 17,024 more of them voting than there are of people like me who are disgusted with the blatant threats and lies and general insanity that is today’s GOP.
Furthermore, finding out the House has been flipped to Democratic control isn’t the win we want it to be when Pelosi is announcing how she will be “reaching across the aisle” for bipartisanship. Are you fucking kidding me???? The GOP has obstructed every single thing the Dems have tried for over a decade now, but keep kicking Lucy’s football, Pelosi, I’m sure THIS time she won’t yank it out from underneath you. I mean, after all, Chuck Schumer got all of those great things he wanted when he approved of the conservative judges the GOP wanted – he wanted nothing but scorn, right? It’s like these moderates enjoy being screwed and it’s damning the rest of us, too.
What this Blue Wave/puddle has proven is that the Democratic party needs to stop acting “moderate” because those that won didn’t win by catering to the conservative crowd, they won by appealing to the far left. They didn’t win by appealing to moderate Americans, or by being Republican-lite. They won on campaigns being extremely liberal and they won by huge margins because of it. The Democrats in power need to stop doing the same things they’ve always done because those things no longer work. I don’t want bipartisanship, I want the Republicans to stop screwing everyone over while denying climate change, something bipartisanship isn’t going to get done.
So while I understand that there was some good coming out of the election, and I’m so thrilled that women of color and women in general are going to be in the House in droves, I’m still not in the mood to celebrate. Not until they show that they will obstruct Trump’s agenda of hate as strongly and as viciously as the Republicans – who put a known sexual predator and drunk on the Supreme Court – did to Obama. Obstruct, obstruct, obstruct and fight, fight, fight is what we need, not some namby-pamby bipartisanship where we get fucked over once again.
You know why Ocasio-Cortez is so beloved? Because she campaigned for what the people want. She certainly came into her campaign swinging against the garbage party that is the GOP these days, and she brings hope to many. I only hope she runs for presidential office sometime soon, because she embodies what the Democrats need to be in order to stop Trump from turning us into a fascist state.