I was homeless, on foot, and had just become employed after a long bout of unemployment. My wife had cheated and moved on. To keep a roof over my children’s heads and keep them from feeling the shock too much, she stayed in the home while I moved out. I was at rock bottom and was stuck there.
Bernie Sanders seemed to have all the answers. So when he ran, I thought “Now he can get America back on track.” I didn’t think much of either party. As far as I was concerned, Bernie was the one point of light.
Then I saw what the DNC, and by extension Hillary Clinton, did to him. The DNC was bankrupt, and threw their support for HRC in return for a donation to keep them afloat.
She was fed debate questions while Trump was not.
Then the e-mail scandal broke. HRC seemed to have a lot of baggage, deserved or not.
Then when the primaries hit, there were some states where Bernie clearly was the choice, but HRC got the nod. That’s when I started giving the Dems the stink-eye.
Still wasn’t a fan of Trump, but Bernie was out, and I couldn’t abide by Clinton any longer. So when the general election came along, I voted for Johnson.
In the meantime, I worked every hour I could, and put any social life on hold. I had to come up with a place of my own, my own car, furniture, dishes, towels, bedding, etc. I just couldn’t live with family any more. In other words, the government didn’t save me…my family and I saved me. Mostly me.
So Trump won. I was kind of “meh” about it and moved on. The economy rebounded, taxes went down, and my checks were bigger.
Still, Trump comes with a lot of baggage too. The claims against him made him seem to be a monster. So I did some digging.
He’s a frat boy in an old man’s body. He’s not a good speaker. He says dumb stuff. But something happened. Every time he said “we’re going to do this” and people said “that will never work”, IT DID.
Still, he’s a brute. So I researched both parties. The Republicans were closer to what I really wanted than the Democrats. Guess I changed my thinking when I realized that the government stepping back and letting me exercise my freedom of choice worked better than having the government help me could.
The Republicans weren’t ideal either, but their message was closer to home.
Then I researched the Democrats, and I didn’t like what I saw. I was a Democrat no more.
So what would it take to make me vote for a Democrat? A sincere apology from the party for the things it has done. Things it has never apologized for. Things that if you really look at history, show that the Democrats have a lot to answer for.
For you Democrats out there, be forewarned. You aren’t going to like what you hear. If you are easily offended, hate the truth, or just plain don’t want to know, go back now. Don’t go any farther. You’ve been given your trigger warning.
Here’s what they need to apologize for:
- When it came time to abolish slavery, the Republicans voted for it. The Democrats did not. Never apologized for that faux pas.
- Starting the Ku Klux Klan.
- Setting up Jim Crow laws.
- Voting against the amendments that gave full voting rights to blacks.
- Restarting the Ku Klux Klan.
- Letting their party head set up Japanese internment camps.
- Creating the welfare state.
- Forcing a Republican president to send in troops so black kids could go to the same schools as whites. (italics mine)
- Perpetuating the Great Switch myth.
- Lackluster support for civil rights legislation.
- Only supporting civil rights for votes from the black communities.
- Switching over to the racism of soft expectations.
- Sanctimonious virtue signalling.
- Trying to take away some of our most inalienable rights regarding speech and maintaining the security of a free state.
- Tearing down the reputations of people with no evidence.
- Urging people to harass people they don’t like while they are at home or in restaurants and stores.
- Blaming one group of people for all the problems our nation faces, then having the audacity to say that it isn’t racist or sexist.
Democrats have at times done good things for the working man. And some of our politicians of the Democratic bent have been good people. But the party itself is a broken, incoherent mess.
When a party demands that the whole populace really needs to give reparations for slavery, when it is they themselves that caused the problem in the first place, all I see is political hubris.
I’m still not a fan of Trump, but I’d still rather hold my nose and vote for him than vote for any of the looney toons in the Democratic party.
Trying to pick a Democratic candidate who is acceptable to me is like trying to find a tootsie roll in an outhouse.