I cannot pretend any longer.
The GOP cares nothing for decency, civil rights, nor anything else but their power, and that of their patrons. They are bought and paid for by oligarchs, and wish nothing more than to create in the United States a reprise of all the worst traits of the Persian Gulf states: Helotry and poverty for the masses, and massive wealth for the privileged few. They prioritize the profits of investors over the education of students. They prioritize a narrow religious intolerance over mercy. And they enshrine sexual abusers as being above the law.
I will no longer vote in any coming election for any candidate aligned with the Republican Party. Nor will any candidate on the Republican ticket be considered for an off-party vote here in NY state (i.e. Independence, Constitutional Party, or the like.)
In support of that I have sent two letters this morning:
To the campaign for Dr Maxwell here in my local US House race:
Dear Dr. Maxwell,
I am a veteran. I am an American. I am concerned about the direction this nation is taking. I'm also completely and utterly disgusted by the direction the GOP has chosen these past two years in particular.
You have made your campaign a quiet endorsement of the policies and behaviors of the blight currently infesting The People's House. By doing so you have shown me that you believe American Values include:
- Concentration Camps on the Border
- Removing Children From their Parents - With no Plan and Less Concern for their Reunification
- Attacking Sexual Assault Victims
- Prioritizing Profits Above Civil Rights
- Bankrupting the Federal Government in the Name of Rewarding Wealthy Donors
- Criminalizing Pregnancy Outcomes in Spite of Credible Medical Testimony that no Proof of Wrongdoing Exists
- Placing Artificial Barriers Against Voting for People in Poverty
- Mocking Allied Governments
- Admiring Dictators for their Wontan Use of Extra-Legal Killings as a Sign of Strength
I realize this is going to come as a shock to you, but none of these things are the American Values I signed up to defend when I put my life on the line in the US Navy. If you wish to claim that while I was in the Navy I saw no risk to my life because I never saw combat, I'd like to remind you of the casualties aboard the USS Dhalgren and the USS Iwo Jima that occurred without any enemy action, either. Steam plans are inherently dangerous environments, as are ships.
Your alignment with privilege and the shifting goalposts that Senator Mitch McConnell has chosen to embrace in his goal of remaking the United States into a Persian Gulf style oligarchy is absolutely disgusting to me. After this week's latest proof that the GOP, the part of Lincoln, no longer has any moral compass but privilege and wealth - I can no longer consider voting for anyone who feels that these are American Values.
It is my dearest hope that your campaign fails miserable and is part of many campaigns across these United States where the People speak up and tell you and your corporate masters what we think of your vision.
Wishing you all personal well-being and health, but absolutely no success, I remain:
Michael D. Taub, formerly MM3(SW)
And then to the author of this lickspittle OP-Ed piece in the local paper: https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/opinion/guest-column/2018/10/02/can-we-find-common-ground-kavanaugh/1499270002/