The analysis I’ve read of the BCRA in the intervening days since it was decloaked are uniformly damning. Higher premiums, less coverage, and the wanton destruction of Medicaid. From my perspective as a parent of disabled kids, this bill is evidence of moral and ethical impoverishment and eugenicist intent. It directly contravenes promises made by POTUS during his campaign. Republican Senators have flat out lied about its effects.
I am an independent. None of the parties really represent me. One, however, has become something so dangerous and intolerable that I must change the way I vote. The party of the Southern Strategy, voter suppression, post-truth, and Medicaid destruction will not get any support from me. Instead, I will vote straight ticket Democrat in an effort to defend democracy from white supremacy, kleptocracy, autocracy, obstruction, and probable treason (quacks like a duck). The Democratic Party, with all its faults, cannot do worse than the intellectual, moral, and ethical bankruptcy–near enough to round down–of Trumpism.
In my family and circles, the GOP has lost support. To be with the GOP is to keep company with dedicated racists and post-truthers who have poisoned themselves heart, mind, and soul with grievance, supremacy, and the Southern Strategy.
It breaks my heart to see what some family members have become. The media they consume is an authoritarian diet of fear. Younger generations of white Americans mourn the loss of elders who have forsaken the expansive wisdom of years for narrow hate. Many of us have witnessed parents and grandparents become bitter, resentful, and incapable of civility. Instead of experiencing the world in its diversity and wonder, they experienced cable news and lost themselves in a false narrative of grievance and fear.
This is the legacy of the GOP. Poisoned generations of white folks are destroying the systems, institutions, and planet that support succeeding generations of all folks.