For those few who may have wondered…no I am not dead or done or any of the other number of things that would cause me to stop writing indefinitely. I love to write. It has always been an outlet for me and over the years it has taken many forms, from the obscure to the sarcastic bitch, I have written.
When I began this blog I was in a state of complete and utter shock. I could not understand how it was possible for the people in this country to show support for the Tangerine and his disgusting ideals. How could anyone value that? What redeeming qualities could there possibly be in the venom he spewed? As someone who has the unfortunate situation of living in an area that is teeming with those individuals, I found myself in need of somewhere, anywhere, to stand and scream. This blog was and is my place.
All of this leads to the next most obvious question. If it was and still is my place, why have I not been writing? Truth…I am overwhelmed. It seems that there is not a moment without something that makes my head and heart hurt. I find that there is no time to breath, even the slightest gasp of air seems forced and hard to come by in today’s climate.
So what have I done instead? Loved my daughter, played video games, worked on other projects, and hoped that at some point there would be a moment…just one moment where I wouldn’t feel the urge to scream at people on the street for the pile of shit that we find ourselves currently wading through. While I have found much to smile about in my time, I still come back to this place. This realization that while I may be overwhelmed I have to continue to pick my battles. I have to continue to put it out there. This B!%@# is not done.
So with all of that said, let us look at today’s battle. What in the hell is going on in the state of Missouri? Since when did it become a cesspool of backwards morons? Of course, I am talking about the actions taken recently by the government officials. But if you think about it, what in the hell were people thinking when they elected these douche bags?
For years the Repugs have held this whole less government stance and they have sold it in all its polished turd form to a broad swath of voters in the state of Missouri. You can hear people talking about the need to reduce taxes and get rid of the “entitlements.” They stand around spewing the rhetoric. “Why should I have to pay for someone else’s… (insert item of your choice here)?” And while these voters have been spouting off the party lyrics, they seemed to have missed a note or two. They have missed the fact that Repugs have turned into the party of small government…when it benefits our benefactors.
Why do I make this claim? Case in point…the minimum wage increase in St. Louis. A while back the city of St. Louis decided that they would increase their minimum wage to better reflect their “big city” status and ensure that those who live in that city can actually afford to do things like eat. The city put this in place and then were promptly sued by businesses who did not want to meet that new minimum.
After the suit made its way through the court system it was finally allowed to take effect. Not wanting to fail their benefactors (read that as big businesses who pay for their shit), the representatives in the Missouri Senate decided to write a bill stating that no city in Missouri can pass a law to raise the minimum wage above the state level. It was then signed into law by the Greitens (who admittedly I normally refer to as the Cretin).
What is my point with this little story? Well hear me out…if they are for small government, how is this law following that supposed mantra? For years I have heard the party line from people about how it’s important for locals to take care of their own. The statement over and over again is that government should be localized and that people in a community should be able to ensure that their people have what they need. Yet, when it comes to a city recognizing a need to increase the wage for those who reside there…the repugs shout NO and strip that community of the right to see to their own needs.
Let’s be real here. The repugs are not really about “small government.” They are about government that benefits businesses. They support a government that tells people who to worship, what to do with their bodies (especially if they are women), and who to “hate.” While I recognize that many of these representatives do believe the shit that they shovel, I have also come to know that many of them have no real interest beyond their front porch and their wallet.