Kevin Schofield's writings, observations, and other pointless distractions
By all appearances, the Republicans are about to have a very good midterm election — including potentially taking control of the Senate. This baffles and depresses me for one simple reason: the Republicans are shameless, baldface liars, and voters are unwilling to call them on it.
Republicans are actively pushing through anti-abortion measures in many states, under the guise of “protecting the health of pregnant women.” This is bullshit, and we all know it. The laws will do absolutely nothing to protect the health of pregnant women; they simply put so many extreme and restrictive regulations on clinics and doctors that perform abortions that most of them will close. The only hope here is that a majority of the judges on the Supreme Court will continue to be willing to see and name this lie for what it is.
Republicans are pushing voter ID laws in many states, under the guide of “fighting voter fraud.” There is clear and compelling evidence that voter fraud, of the type that voter ID laws would combat, is negligible at best. The real effect of voter ID bills is to disenfranchise low income and minority voters who would tend to vote against Republican candidates.
Republicans continue to deny at every opportunity that anthropogenic climate change is real, is here, and is something we need to deal with now. Republican politicians are not stupid; they know it’s real, but continue to spout this incredibly dangerous lie because it plays well with their base and will get them votes. This one isn’t just bad for Democrats; this is bad for every single American, and for every person on the planet. It’s incredibly irresponsible.
At what point do we stop rewarding liars by voting them into office? What they’re doing isn’t leadership; it’s profit-taking at the expense of American citizens. Wouldn’t it be great if the worst label we could affix to a politician was “liar?” We should all be incredibly pissed off that the Republicans have the gall to stand up in front of us and tell us bald-faced lies. Where is the outrage?