Friday, September 28, 2018

This Traumatized Nation


There are plenty of reasons why sexual assault victims stay silent about their abuse. But there's a catalyst that spurs many to come forward. 

When one person alleging sex assault faces the glare of the national spotlight, many more speak out in private.

That's what staffers keep noticing at RAINN -- the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. The nonprofit runs the National Sexual Assault Hotline, where calls have spiked since professor Christine Blasey Ford publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of assault. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the claim.

This is why people don't report sexual misconduct

On Thursday, the day Ford testified in front of senators and the whole country, the sex assault hotline saw a 201% increase in calls compared with a typical day, RAINN spokeswoman Sara McGovern said.

The country is suffering right now, all because one political party wants to see the other political party in tears. The violence and depravity of Trump has manifested itself into how we conduct our affairs now. Republicans fear the wrath of his base more than they fear the end of the country’s ability to exist and function.

I don’t understand the strategy at work here. In politics, you want to win, of course, but not so badly that it causes the other side to suffer so badly in defeat that they work themselves into a frenzy trying to even the score. You want your victories to look like delivering Obamacare—with compromise, with a close vote, and with enough for everyone to benefit from. If all of the red states that didn’t take the extra Federal funding had said, fine, we’ll eat this shit sandwich and join your exchanges, a lot more Americans would have health care. Instead, they cut off their noses to spite their faces in places and hurt their own citizens.

Every single day of Trump’s presidency has been catastrophic for decent people. Full stop. The reaction to this is a consensus understanding among everyone who cares about representative democracy that we have to destroy the Republican Party. You have people like me joined with former Republican operatives, Bill Kristol, the far left, the business-friendly elements in the middle, and whoever else and all of us know that the country is being pulled in the wrong direction.

November 2018 is just the start of what I believe will be a multi-generational collapse of Republican hopes for winning back the presidency. The demographic shift alone warrants a separate discussion. But if you’re 18-30 years old, and just now getting into the habit of voting, there isn’t anything that is going to convince you to pull the lever for any Republican ever again.

I mean, I remember when Michael Dukakis lost to George H. W. Bush. I remember that it was a chance to roll back the policies put in place by Reagan. I have been motivated to vote Democratic for the last 30 years because of that. For someone right now to be exposed to the Trump regime, and to care about human rights and dignity for all citizens, you have to believe that will never be a Republican who will appeal to them ever again.

Ever. the fuck. Again.

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