This is where reasonable people give up on you

If you weren’t convinced by the horrid treatment of refugees seeking asylum (or erroneously claimed that Obama’s treatment, while not great, was equivalent) …

If you weren’t convinced when Donald Trump called our dead troops “losers” and mocked John McCain for getting captured in Vietnam …

If you weren’t convinced when Trump let Puerto Rico drown …

If you weren’t convinced when the Republicans said, in the words of lone dissenter Mitt Romney, that it was OK to withhold vital military funds from an ally to get them to investigate a political rival …

Mitch McConnell photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)

If you weren’t convinced when the Republicans said there was no need to punish a president who was not exonerated in a report on his ties to Russia for which many in his inner circle have been convicted …

If you weren’t convinced when Trump said there were good people on both sides in Charlottesville …

If you weren’t convinced when the procession of climate change became abundantly real this year, even moreso than in past years …

If you weren’t convinced when Republicans aided and abetted the ignorance and negligence that have made us the worst Western country in dealing with COVID-19 even though we had more time to prepare than many of our European peers …

If you weren’t convinced when the “left” wing denounced violence in protests but the right wing embraced a kid with a big weapon who went to Kenosha looking for a fight and got one, leaving two people dead …

Then I’m guessing you’re not convinced when a Senate candidate from my home state and the Senate Majority Leader dance on the graves of a great American who hasn’t even been buried yet.

And you are a horrible human being.

We can talk about differences.

We can talk about what a safety net should look like.

We can talk about whether “liberals” and “progressives” pay enough attention to the concerns of farmers and the working class, and “liberals” and “progressives” should absolutely listen.

We can even talk about abortion. It took me a long period of thinking about theology and biology to reach my current position. It took me considerably less time to realize the people who have never won the popular vote in this country are going to go against the will of the general population, as shown in every poll for the last couple of decades, to make it difficult to obtain an abortion — unless, of course, you have to means to fly your mistress somewhere to “take care of it.”

We cannot compromise on basic human decency.

We cannot compromise on the notion that expertise and experience matter more than whims and vanity.

We cannot elect anyone who thinks what’s going on in this country is OK.

We cannot elect people who pay lip service to the sacrifices our forefathers made on Omaha Beach, only to turn around and build a country that’s less democratic than Germany is today and refuse to make the “sacrifice” of wearing a fucking mask for the safety of other people.

And we will never be silenced.

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