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KJ @kristincake
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You know what I'm tired of? The assumption that experience equals corruption. That public servants that have given their entire lives to fighting for others are automatically lesser than those who woke up in 2016 and noticed some work had to be done.
I'm tired of dismissing the hard work that others have done at great political and personal cost to get any amount of progress achieved. I'm tired of reading these gains were failures because it's not the outcome they'd prefer.
I'm tired of the false narrative that 2016 was the first time people were hearing about healthcare, and crippling debt, and corporate greed - like some big light was shone on a topic that was hidden away in a dark closet somewhere.
I'm tired of people not knowing the difference between universal coverage and single payer. I'm tired of people not bothering to understand that who pays the healthcare bill and how much is charged is not a magic bullet. Our healthcare crisis runs broader and deeper than that.
I'm tired of hearing that Democrats suck because their only message is anti-Trump, yet when a Democrat has a positive message about social progress outside the lines of an economic one their hand is slapped for focusing on "identity politics."
I'm tired of journalists acting like what works in one district should be the cure-all for an entire nation, and being shocked when it isn't - ignoring the fact that America is clearly not one large monolith of opinion.
I'm tired of reading the profiles of fresh faces like they're the second coming AND ALSO NOT reading the profiles of people who have been in the goddamn thankless trenches for years, before it was popular, before it was a national emergency. Balance, please.
I'm tired of noticing this weird phenomenon of candidates who have been very involved in gun control legislation as one of their key issues, for years, still being painted with the "establishment" brush. As if this isn't one of the largest public health crisis we're facing.
Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of people in politics whose retirement time is long past. There are plenty of people who should be questioned for their positions or inaction. There should be more room for fresh energy. That is a healthy part of civics.
I'm glad more people are picking up the slack - but that's what it is. A lot of people have been here fighting for these things when the word "liberal" was a kiss of death. When being a member of the ACLU was a career killer. When caring about women's rights made you a "feminazi"
When candidates had to put away their concern for the environment because it made them look soft and it was a matter of maintaining control of government or not.
Call these folks weak, or unprincipled, or corrupt. But they had their skin in the game when others just talked about the game. They got in there and fought to get every ounce of progress we have today anyway. Because people's lives have always been at stake.
So yeah. I'm tired of people who let others do the hard, dirty work being elevated to hero status while those who were always here - especially women and people of color - are treated with disdain because they did what needed to be done.
Everyone needs to do a lot better in the next 90 days coming onto the midterms. A win against the GOP is a win. A win against an illegitimate, corrupt regime is progress. Nothing else is going to matter if we don't get November right.
So thank you to everyone who has become more involved since 2016, especially the people who are running in local, smaller races because you will totally make a difference in the daily lives of the people in your communities.
Thank you to people who are now phone banking, marching, canvassing, donating money, and participating in any way they can to races that define the future course of history. It's encouraging to see the activism. It is the only thing that will literally save this country.
Just please, stop punching the people who are on your side in the face on your way in just because they have a different idea about healthcare or college tuition than you do, but the same goal more or less. And media, please stop glorifying it. Did you learn nothing from 2016?
And stop pretending that experience is liability. Our system is complex. Our problems are complex. The solutions don't need to be complex but they need to account for that complexity. Experience. Matters.
As a wise man once said, "Winning is easy, son. Governing is harder." Let's focus on doing both well, shall we?
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