Death in the News

October 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

I am angry today. I’m not sad, or frustrated. I am hopping mad.
Uber conservatives think they hold the patent to “our country,” and we let them. “Take back our country,” “make our country great again,” “get out of my country.” These are all sayings you expect to hear at a Trump rally.
But you know what, assholes? This is MY country. This country that was founded on the principles of sticking a big old middle finger up at the establishment. This band of flawed forward thinkers, who knew enough to know that they didn’t know everything. Who made their Constitution malleable in case our society evolved in ways they could never imagine.
This is MY country, home of Ellis Island, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, FDR. Home of “We the People,” and “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to break free.” Home of Medicare and Obamacare, and Gloria Steinem and Alan Ginsberg and Queen Beyoncé Knowles.
I am liberal because I care about people. I care about making our country greater and more inclusive than ever before. As Malcolm Gladwell says, by casting a wider net and giving opportunity to more people, we can only benefit.
So screw you paranoid establishment, afraid of upsetting the status quo. People die every day because our status quo sucks. I will see you at the polls next year and I am sick and tired of being “understanding.”
And if you don’t like it? Get out of my country.

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