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The Politicization of Decency

Once upon a time, I was largely apolitical. I was, and will always be, above all else, a humanist. But somewhere along the way, I became a Democrat by default. I never formally decided to choose one party over another. I just knew that anything that helped people have a better, easier life was good and that people who hid behind rhetoric were bad. And obviously, that last line could apply to both parties. But, in this day and age, of the two political parties, only one seems to care at all about the sanctity of human life.


What saddens me is that it has reached a point of normalization where we discuss human lives as though they are like chips in a card game. Last spring, as the pandemic began to take a toll on the world, Republican politicians argued that, given that the virus more easily took out the elderly, that we should consider sacrificing our elderly citizens for the sake of the economy. It was at that point that the GOP, to me, was unabashedly a death cult.


And before I continue, I want to make it clear that I don’t want this to sound like a liberal bashing a conservative party. Lords knows that there’s plenty of that out there. But, from the dawn of the Reagan era to now, politics has taken a dark turn where the social programs that made this country work better than ever during the 20th century have been slowly stripped away, leaving the working class to be a distant memory for most. And in its place is a post-modern form of serfdom known as the working poor.


And with that came the dividing and conquering of the lower classes. Where all were told lies, and more and more began to believe them. We are now an era where No Child Left Behind has grown up. Where, even in our mid-30s, we are still treated as children by retirement age Boomer parents who refuse to retire. Where shoving a 75-year-old man is an act of honorable police, yet protesting the death of someone murdered in their bed threatens to shake the foundations of democracy. Where paying everyday people a living wage is considered a pipe dream, yet paying the heads of major corporations more money than they’ll ever need is just par for the course. Where knowing the actual words of Christ is met with rolled eyes, yet using him in the name of every act of bigotry one can think of somehow equates to religious righteousness.


When it still comes down to it, I am still very much a humanist. And I will never stop believing in the potential of humanity. Even if humanity repeatedly breaks my heart. I will never stop believing in a brighter tomorrow because we have it in us to make it happen. And if that makes me a leftist, a liberal, ANTIFA, or any other political synonym you can think of, well, then so be it. I’d rather be part of the solution.

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