We had the great honor and privilege to attend the wedding of two incredibly dear friends of ours. Peter and Simon have been together for over twelve years, and on Friday they tied the knot and got married. The celebration that followed I have jokingly referred to as their “big fat communist wedding” as dozens of the their friends all contributed to help throw what on Saturday evening, turned out to be an epically awesome party.
Today is the UK General Election, The election campaign here has been very sedate compared to what passes for normal in the US. It's safe to say compared to the current hype in the US over the 2016 Presidential race, the UK election seems comatose by comparison. I did have to hand it to Sky News, they came up the best TV ad in the election run up.
The conversation at the wedding party last weekend, occasionally turned to politics. A number of people knowing that I am American and therefore cannot vote today here in the UK, asked me who I would be supporting next year, in the 2016 US Presidential contest. Friends of mine here on this side of the Atlantic, ( including my husband), have often asked me why do I still care about American Politics?
After all, the eight years of insanity the world endured during the Bush-Cheney Administration were far worse for Americans than it was for Europeans. If next year the American electorate is stupid enough to vote against their own best interests and elect any of the current or potential GOP Clown car occupants, then let them. If Americans are truly gullible enough to swallow the steaming pile of BS that the GOP is going to serve up to protect the interests of the top one-tenth of one percent, all at the expense of everyone else, Well then, Americans deserve everything they get.
The GOP has made it clear they want to mortgage the lives of vast majority of the American people by turning the American health care system back into economic Darwinism - Survival of the Richest. While the rest of the world expands the boundaries of medical science and harness the potential of stem cell research, at the same time, addressing the issue of Abortion by dealing with the causes of it, rather than simply attacking women. Bush, Walker, Cruz, Huckabee, etc. will turn back the clock for American Women to the 19th Century.
Should my fellow Americans be so stupid as to forget the consequences of their choices in 2000 and 2004 2010, and 2014, rest assured Europe and Asia won't be following the U.S. off the cliffs of economic, social and cultural insanity that Jeb Bush, Scott Walker or Ted Cruz would go hurtling off at full speed.
While the United Kingdom and the rest of Western Europe, and Asia moves on to harness renewable energy and tackle the challenges of climate change, across the Atlantic, Sarah Palin, Ben Carson and Donald Trump want to hand over America's National Parks to Oil Companies, Timber Companies and Mining Corporations.
So why should I care? After all, there is no point in trying to reason with American Conservatives . Reason involves facts and reality. Two things the American Conservatives have learned to be quite comfortable living without.
Mexico, Japan and South Korea will quietly cheer as the talking heads on FOX News gleefully report on Scott Walker’s great achievement of the end of the rights of unionised workers. While at the same time, insisting that multi million dollar bonuses (at middle class taxpayer expense) for Wall Street executives are necessary to "keep America's Job Creators strong."
Why, one person asked, did I feel that I have to do my part to try to reason with people who rather than just come out and admit they just couldn't accept the fact the President of the United States was Black; instead have spent the last 8 years in a rabid rant and rave about a coming "UN Invasion" as Barack Obama's UN Storm troopers are going to come "for your guns".
Many of my friends both in Europe and Asia ask me; Why not leave the United States to the racist, homophobic misogynistic theo-facist nutjobs who believe it should be easier to buy an automatic weapon than it is to vote? Why not just let America go the way of the dinosaur, After all, the rest of the world will smile and thank the GOP for all they have done to eliminate their competition
I care, because I love my country and believe that even when we fail miserably to live up to our stated ideals, the United States of America remains far more potential than we have ever been actualized.
I care because the Republican Party has lost its mind, and sold its soul.
For the good of America, for the good of the rest of the world, the progress America has made over the past eight years under President Obama and the Democratic Party, needs to continue. The current crop of Republican Presidential hopefuls has made one thing painfully clear; the GOP is addicted to crazy, and like many addicts, the only way they will ever kick their destructive habit, is to finally hit rock bottom.
Oddly enough, this time. It's the truth. The United States is at a cultural and economic crossroads. Will we all move forward together, or will we sacrifice the future of the many, to subsidise the very few? Will the United States of America continue to more towards the future, or stumble backwards to a fearful, small minded past where the American Dream exists only for a select few?
I care because I want America to keep moving forward.