After a few more people recently revealed their presidential choices to me, and I have come to realize that Obama is not the shoe-in I’ve imagined, a scary thought occurred to me: If the Republicans win, this will be 12 straight years of our country being run by a single party. And I couldn’t help be feel chilled to the bone. What happens when one party has too much control? What happens when the two-party system loses its balance and one party takes over? I fear the interests and moralities of one party will completely displace the rest of us. I fear a country that becomes run by a single class–the rich, conservative, upper class.
People in the winning party like to shout at me, “Majority rules! Majority rules!” I think the days of a clear majority are over. Every election since 2000 has been won by just a hair. The majority is on both sides and won by technicality (or electoral vote–majority rules? not hardly!). Also, sometimes the majority is not right; sometimes, the majority mindset excludes the minorities to a degree that it oppresses. When a group is oppressed, they are not on the same playing field as the supposed majority and therefore do not have the ability to work themselves to the top as the Republicans love to use in defense of ever needing to send their precious tax money to help the less fortunate. A lot of Republicans–especially those of the white male type–will ignore this fact and claim there is no racism and no gender or sexual discrimination. They live in a dream world dominated by a romantic vision of history and the future as they want to see it.
So what happens to a supposed democratic country when it becomes ruled by its more successful, richer class? What will happen to people like me who strive to fight discrimination, racism, and misogyny? Will the fundamentalist right force everyone to have their unwanted babies, even to the point of where the completion of a pregnancy risks the life of the mother? Will the gay minority be forced to hide their sexuality, their love for their partner, and forfeit their accompanying financial and legal rights to joint property? Will big corporations rule everything, reaping profits after profits, squeezing the middle class into poverty, and, worst yet, allowing the environment of this planet to become so mucked up that we will not be able to prevent its slide away from supporting human life?
I know, I know. My Republican friends will tell me that I’m spouting a lot of liberal rhetoric/talking-points. But at the bottom of every talking point is a kernel of truth (or it would never have become a talking point in the first place). You can say that Roe v. Wade will never be overturned, that no one person in office can change that, but look at how close we’ve come since Bush II took office. He single-handedly stopped the progress of science by denying stem cell research legislation at every turn. He refused to give governmental funds to organizations in the world who provided abortion and birth control services and supported only those who advocated the completely fruitless abstinence-only education. (Abstinence-only is a hopeful dream. Never in the history of man, before the time of birth control when all sexual activity could result in pregnancy, has abstinence been faithfully practiced by anyone, aside from a monk or priest. Not when hormones come into play. That’s how the word “bastard” got invented.)
Is this a nation that any liberal is going to want to live in? Isn’t this how Rome fell? The democracy crumbled as the powerful just took over and corruption rotted the country out from the inside. Not to be Chicken Little, but sometimes I feel like I’m witnessing the end. Maybe it’s the end to sanity and the ability to listen to people. Everyone is so heated and angry. You can’t cut the tension with a chainsaw.
A country run by a big corporation is not the American Dream. Sure, it’s everyone’s right to work hard and build something of themselves. However, by the time something becomes a huge corporation, it has lost its ability to see its employees as anything but a number. You can lay some off and go hire cheaper labor in India or China. How do you think it views other things, such as the environment of the planet? Forget about it when it comes to the mighty dollar. A few polar bears die in Alaska for the dollars generated from oil–who cares? Suck the planet dry of resources and allow pollution to invade our atmosphere so that we’re living like the post-modern humans in some sci-fi movie, dying slowly from the poison pumped into our atmosphere.
The conservatives–those attached to big corporations–will already have you believing that global warming/climate change is a myth. We’re too busy debating whether or not it is truth to spend the time to observe some common restraint on ourselves–restraint we should take anyway because too much of anything is bad. If there is a God, do you think he’s happy about the kind of stewards we are to the planet he has given us? What if we have to pay for the crimes against the planet we’ve committed? I sure wish Jesus had said something about the environment and the care of it to motivate the Religious Right.
Everyone always likes to say that nothing will change no matter who you will vote for. Hell, I used to say this. However, a lot has changed in our lifestyle since Bush II has been in office:
We’re in an endless war that has no real point and for which the purpose has been muddled so badly no one is quite sure of its reasons.
Our economy is in the toilet.
We are in a deficit when we had a surplus during the Clinton administration.
We’ve pissed off our supporting countries and neighbors.
Gas is $3.50+/gallon.
Unemployment is rising due to outsourcing (and some of those jobs are white collar and for those with college degrees).
The Religious Right has come out of the closet to suffocate us with their restrictive morals.
Our borders are being flooded by illegal immigrants who also take jobs from the blue collar worker because they will work more hours for less pay.
A lot of scary things have already happened. How much scarier can it get? I shudder to imagine a country where only the fortunate can exist comfortably while the lower and middle classes struggle and oppression continues to prevail. I hope we can restore some balance to our country. It’s never good when one group has all the power for too long.