Why I’ve Lost Hope

I’ve always thought of myself as a glass half full kind of guy. But I’m sorry to say that I no longer feel that way. Any optimism I have felt in the past has been displaced by an overwhelming sense of doom. I have lost hope for America.

Why? Well, while 85% of Democrats say what happened on January 6, 2021 was “an insurrection,” 56% of Republicans describe it as “defending freedom.” Basically, according to the Republican way of thinking these days, left-wing violence is anti-American terrorism, but right-wing violence is understandable, and even justified. It’s patriotic, they believe.

Yesterday I posted about how the Republican senators blocked the efforts by Democrats to pass legislation that would guarantee voting rights to all Americans. Not one Republican lawmaker in either house of Congress voted in favor of ensuring voting rights for all Americans.

Why else am I pessimistic? Republicans in red states spent much of 2021 hunting for the alleged widespread voter fraud that the former president told his supporters cost him the election. Of course, they never found any. Still, last year was characterized by a wave of Republican-led voting restrictions fueled by Trump’s Big Lie. As a result, 19 states, most of them controlled by Republicans, enacted 34 laws that made voting harder, while many blue states expanded access, particularly to mail voting. And with the federal voting rights legislation having been stymied by congressional Republicans, that trend is likely to continue — and maybe even accelerate — this year.

Additionally, at least 15 Republican candidates for secretary of state in 13 states have publicly gone on record questioning the legitimacy of Biden’s victory last November, despite no evidence of significant fraud. In all but one of those states, the secretaries of state oversees the electoral process.

And if all that’s not bad enough, at least 57 people who took some part in the January 6th attempt to overturn the election are currently running for elected office. This includes some candidates who breached the Capitol and face criminal charges. More than two dozen are running for Congress, state legislatures, or other statewide offices. At least five are running for governor in their states. Can you believe that?

So, sadly, I don’t see anything on the horizon that is going to bring our country back together.

The Headlines of the Day

I was reading the morning paper this morning and came across these three ominous headlines

Water-Use Limits Now Mandatory

The article warned that violations of the new state regulations could result in fines of up to $500 a day!

Holiday Infections Shatter Records

But the “good” news is that hospitalizations and death are far below last year’s highs.

Fewer Than Half of Republicans Say January 6th Was Very Violent

The above headline is the most disturbing of the three. According to the Associated Press, the fighting at the Capitol Building was so primitive and ferocious that one Capitol Police officer described it as “medieval” and another as a “trip to hell.” It left more than 100 law enforcement personnel injured, some beaten with their own weapons.

Video cameras captured the violence live, with rioters clubbing officers with flag polls and fire extinguishers, even squeezing one officer between doors as he begged for his life.

Yet nearly a year after the siege only about 4 in 10 Republicans recall the attack by supporters of the former president as very violent or extremely violent, according to a new poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. About 3 in 10 Republicans say the attack was not violent, and about another 3 in 10 say it was only somewhat violent.

Seriously? How could anyone have watched the siege that day or seen the video clips and come away saying that what happened was only somewhat violent or not violent at all? Are these Republicans so blinded by Trump’s Big Lie that they can’t see that they’re complicit in a plot to destroy democracy in America? When did the paradigm shift so far away from facts and truth that we can’t even agree to the verity of what we see with our own eyes?

This post includes E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (paradigm) and Your Daily Word Prompt (verity).

The Big Lie

You may think his motives are noble, but he’s just regurgitating the same old Big Lie over and over again in his ill-conceived attempt to bring about a false sense of euphoria among his mostly brain dead supporters about his returning to office.

The whole foundation of the Big Lie is gnarly and quite rickety, and yet the majority of Republicans continue to polish his clearly rotten apple of an ego.

It’s truly beyond comprehension that so many have been duped by this madman.

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (noble), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (regurgitate), Ragtag Daily Prompt (euphoria), Word of the Day Challenge (gnarl), Your Daily Word Prompt (rickety), and My Vivid Blog (apple).

Who Won the Week — 9/26/ 2021

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

My Who Won The Week pick for this week is comeuppance. In this case it’s the comeuppance of the Republican Party, in particular the GOP in Arizona.

You may recall that in April of this year, an audit of ballots cast in Maricopa County, Arizona during the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in which Joe Biden beat Donald Trump, was initiated by Arizona Senate Republicans and carried out by private firms, led by Cyber Ninjas, a company without experience reviewing elections.

The reason that the Republican-led Senate in Arizona conducted the audit was because they bought into Trump’s Big lie that the election was stolen from him due to widespread voter fraud and that Trump should have won the state.

The audit stirred controversy due to extensive previous efforts by Trump and his allies to overturn the election and due to assertions of rule violations and irregularities in the conduct of the count, leading to claims that the audit was essentially a disinformation campaign.

The final report of the spurious audit, which was originally suppose to take only three weeks to complete, was released on Friday. And guess what? The results of the “audit” — a haphazard GOP review of ballots in Arizona’s Maricopa County, with no legal force behind it — found the vote totals barely changed from the actual election results, which were certified by Arizona officials in November of last year. In fact, the hand recount of Maricopa County’s 2.1 million ballots says that Joe Biden won the state by 360 more votes than originally reported. Kind of ironic, huh?

One would think after suffering this comeuppance, Republicans would finally admit that Trump lost fair and square. Unfortunately, the GOP’s bogus effort in Arizona to overturn the 2020 election results is already serving as a model for Republicans looking to promulgate election fraud conspiracies. As of this week, Republican legislators in Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin have all embarked on a mission to implement recounts or investigations of their own, though the election is long over and certified.

When will this bullshit end? How sad is this?

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Share Your World — 07/19/21

Here are Melanie’s Share Your World questions for this week.

Are justice and the law necessarily the same thing?

This must be one of Melanie’s silly questions. If justice and the law were the same, then Donald Trump, his three adult children, Bill Barr, Rudy Giuliani, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, and a whole host of other Trump enablers and sycophants who have promoted Trump’s The Big Lie would be behind bars.

Which kitchen appliance do you use every day?

My grind and brew coffee maker, of course.

What is one thing you’ll never do again?

Probably fly. When I was working, I flew nearly three million miles for my job — and no, I wasn’t a pilot or a flight attendant. I haven’t set foot in a plane since I retired at the end of 2016, and as far as I’m concerned, if I never have to fly again, it will be too soon.

What event escalated very quickly?

The Donald Trump inspired January 6th insurrection attempt on the Capitol Building. I expected there to be protests from the MAGA mob, but I never expected the bloodthirsty violence and the attempt to lay siege to the seat of our country’s government.