Facebook Post: 2022-05-25T15:55:02

“So I ask you — Mitch McConnell, and all you senators who refuse to do anything about the violence and school shootings and supermarket shootings — I ask you, Are you going to put your own desire for power ahead of the lives of our children and our elderly and our churchgoers? Because that’s what it looks like.”

The answer is, as it has always been, is, “Yes, we will choose power over everything else.”

We’re talking about a political machine that has been working since the late 60’s to grab and hold power. From the deeply racist and cynical machinations that elected Reagan, courted the religious right, the formation of Fox News and, conservative talk radio all the way up to Trump and beyond. And what’s so horrible is that there is a section within the GOP that is firmly convinced they have not gone far enough, and that section is getting louder, more extreme and violent. When Roe Vs. Wade was announced as likely to be overturned, it took virtually no time at all before various conservatives were announcing their intention to ban all abortion, regardless of circumstance. And then came those calling for banning contraception. All in less than a week. It’s never enough. It will never, be enough. Ever.

Our politics have usually been brutal. As divided as we are as a nation right now, this is not the first time. Usually it takes a majority group of citizens to rise and up make change. Sometimes relatively peacefully, sometimes it’s a truly terrible fight. But it only comes when we recognize that there are sections of our society that are not interested in the common good, that have no concept of Left or Right, Progressive or Conservative. They pit Americans against each other, family against family, in an effort to keep us from seeing what they do.

It’s not a liberal or conservative issue, it’s not a right or left issue. It’s not about gun control, taxes, state’s rights or any other bullshit reason. And it’s never, ever, about patriotism and the love of one’s country.

For that small group of people, there’s only one thing that really matters.

The answer is power, always.

By Dan Granot

I chose the Shorter Whitman because of his work, "Song of Myself" and because of my self-deprecating sense of humor. I am under no illusion that I can write successful essays or poetry, but I have been known to write them anyway.

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