republican sympathies

I don’t know how to explain to someone why they should care about other people.

Personally, I’m happy to pay an extra 4.3 percent for my fast food burger if it means the person making it for me can afford to feed their own family. If you aren’t willing to fork over an extra 17 cents for a Big Mac, you’re a fundamentally different person than I am.

I’m perfectly content to pay taxes that go toward public schools, even though I’m childless and intend to stay that way, because all children deserve a quality, free education. If this seems unfair or unreasonable to you, we are never going to see eye to eye.

If I have to pay a little more with each paycheck to ensure my fellow Americans can access health care? SIGN ME UP. Poverty should not be a death sentence in the richest country in the world. If you’re okay with thousands of people dying of treatable diseases just so the wealthiest among us can hoard still more wealth, there is a divide between our worldviews that can never be bridged.

I don’t know how to convince someone how to experience the basic human emotion of empathy. I cannot have one more conversation with someone who is content to see millions of people suffer needlessly in exchange for a tax cut that statistically they’ll never see (do you make anywhere close to the median American salary? Less? Congrats, this tax break is not for you).

I cannot have political debates with these people. Our disagreement is not merely political, but a fundamental divide on what it means to live in a society, how to be a good person, and why any of that matters.

There are all kinds of practical, self-serving reasons to raise the minimum wage (fairly compensated workers typically do better work), fund public schools (everyone’s safer when the general public can read and use critical thinking), and make sure every American can access health care (outbreaks of preventable diseases being generally undesirable).

But if making sure your fellow citizens can afford to eat, get an education, and go to the doctor isn’t enough of a reason to fund those things, I have nothing left to say to you.

I can’t debate someone into caring about what happens to their fellow human beings. The fact that such detached cruelty is so normalized in a certain party’s political discourse is at once infuriating and terrifying.

The “I’ve got mine, so screw you,” attitude has been oozing from the American right wing for decades, but this gleeful exuberance in pushing legislation that will immediately hurt the most vulnerable among us is chilling.


| Kayla Chadwick, I Don’t Know How To Explain To You That You Should Care About Other People

If making sure your fellow citizens can afford to eat, get an education, and go to the doctor isn’t enough of a reason to fund those things, I have nothing left to say to you.

tbh???? it’s Fucked Up that we live in a country where proponents of so-called “family values” have zero problem with families watching baseball games together during which there are commercials for cialis and viagra that advise us to “seek medical attention for an erection lasting more than four hours,” but think the entire goddamn world is gonna burn to the ground if women have discreet access to crucial medical support for the myriad of issues that come with being a person with a particular reproductive system, or that their shitty kids will somehow be bothered if two people of the same gender decide they’re in love and want to be married. how do you sleep at night knowing the people you stand with are willing to financially support the functional arousal of old rich dudes and don’t remotely care about rape victims who need medical care or grieving people who, because of paperwork, are not able to spend their partners’ last moments together with them? this is why i have no patience or sympathy for republicans. maybe at one time the GOP stood for something worth preserving but at this point if you’re a republican it’s bc you’re a racist, misogynistic, homophobic white supremacist piece of shit, and i have less than zero interest in “coming together as one country” with you
These coal country voters backed Trump. Now they’re worried about losing Obamacare.
If poor white voters who lose Obamacare feel betrayed, they're right.

  And yet, they voted for the person who said he would dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Hang on, let me see if I can find some sympathy for you.

  The ability of the Republican Party to convince people to vote against their own self-interest is fraking genius!