Welcome to the new baktun. While the hope of a new age beckons, our hopelessly broken society and political system aren’t equal to the task.
Representational government has become anything but, thanks to the great gerrymandering of 2010. Though Democratic votes for the U.S. House of Representatives outnumbered Republican by 1.1 million, Republicans manipulated a 33-seat majority.
If this isn’t chilling enough, Republicans are now conspiring to reform that nasty, antiquated, constitutionally established Electoral College to reflect the gerrymandered congressional district vote, rather than the state. If in effect this past presidential election, the Democratic vote majority of 5.5 million would have resulted in an Electoral College victory for Republicans. I guess, if you can’t suppress or steal enough votes, you need to find a different way to count them.
If scheming ways to steal elections weren’t bad enough, Republicans recently had to sell their soul to the devil to evade dealing with a plague bedeviling our society. Sen. McConnell pronounced, Republicans have no plans to deal with the gun epidemic, until pressing economic issues are first addressed. This, from the same man who neglected economic problems for 2 years, in hope of defeating the president.
Thus, Republicans repudiated their defining, core belief in the sanctity of life in favor of the sanctity of the dollar, which must be preserved at all cost, even of further loss of life. Sure is a sharp about-face from the 2 years yore, when Republicans focused solely on sanctity of life issues, the economy be doomed. They couldn’t even routinely extend the debt ceiling, without making such a three-ring circus out of it that we lost our AAA credit rating.
How ironic and embarrassing for Republicans to find themselves worshiping at the altar of guns and money, rather than God and the sacred life he breathed into us.