This is an unusual step for me.
I’ve decided to stop complaining and vote in the 2022 midterms. Normally, I am deeply cynical about politics, but I have changed my mind over the past two years. I’m a swing voter. Occasionally, I will vote for Republicans like Donald Trump or Jeff Sessions, but I generally sit out elections.
Here are the issues that moved me off the fence:
Donald Trump Is No Longer President
I was blackpilled throughout the entire Trump presidency.
The fact that Trump is gone and is not on the ballot in 2022 cannot be underestimated. After Trump left office in January 2021, the average Republican voter became much more radicalized. I’ve spent the last two years documenting this positive shift in public opinion polls. Trump was a lightning rod who annoyed millions of rightwing voters, but he ceased to be the center of attention two years ago. Joe Biden has spent the last two years aggravating rightwing swing voters while Trump has been out of the picture on Truth Social and holding rallies on Newsmax. Insofar as he has been in the news, it is largely because the Biden administration is trying to destroy him, which if anything makes him look sympathetic.
Joe Biden’s Abuse of Civil Liberties
As I have explained, I was much more critical of Trump and Republicans than Joe Biden and Democrats until around February 2021. The crackdown on civil liberties which began early in the Biden administration is the single most important reason why I decided to vote in the 2022 midterms. Joe Biden and the Democrats have weaponized the DOJ and FBI against local police departments and their political opposition. This has gone far beyond threatening to indict, arrest and prosecute Trump. Everyone in Trump’s inner circle has also been punished by vindictive Democrats while the January 6 protesters have been largely thrown in an American gulag. The “rule of law” is now completely partisan.
In spite of all this, I was still on the fence about voting until the Dark Brandon speech in which Joe Biden explicitly moved beyond describing Trump and his associates and the January 6th protesters as “Enemies of Democracy” and extended his rhetoric to “MAGA Republicans” who are “semi-fascists.” In the eyes of the Biden administration, anyone who Democrats classify as “far right” or a “domestic extremist” or a “MAGA Republican” is a “fascist” who deserves to be crushed by the government. This is a net which is broad enough to include millions of people who despise Trump and don’t even vote for Republicans.
It is now commonplace to hear Democrat court historians like Michael Beschloss compare Joe Biden to Lincoln and Reconstruction on MSNBC. Lincoln and the Radical Republicans created a police state and gulaged their political opposition in states like Missouri. Southerners were driven out of Missouri after the War Between the States. The fact that these people are talking like this about MAGA and invoking the example set by Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant should alarm you.
The bottom line: if you oppose the Democrats, you are an “Enemy of Our Democracy,” even if you don’t even support Trump or Republicans. This is why I would rather not have them in power.
The War In Ukraine
Donald Trump was impeached by Democrats for hesitating to arm Zelensky.
In retrospect, I regret not taking seriously enough the possibility that Joe Biden and the Russiagaters in his base who were foaming at the mouth and who were out for blood after the defeat of Hillary Clinton would start a war with Russia. I didn’t pay enough attention to what was going on in Ukraine while Trump was president. I didn’t care about the Hunter Biden laptop or his corruption. Instead, I was angry about Trump’s failure to withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan, which is small potatoes compared to what Joe Biden has done and how much the war in Ukraine has already cost us and threatens to cost us.
Every single Democrat in Congress has voted to spend tens of billions of dollars in Ukraine. Republican opposition to funding Ukraine has been growing since March. To his credit, Sen. Tommy Tuberville voted against the $40 billion for Ukraine in May and Katie Britt has also criticized the same Ukraine spending package. The only way to defund Zelensky and to stop the war in Ukraine is for Russiagaters to lose power in the House and Senate which is why I am voting for their demise.
So far, it is only Russia’s patience which has stopped the war in Ukraine from spiraling into World War III. This is probably unsustainable due to the Pentagon’s “boiling the frog” strategy. Again, the Democrats have started a war with Russia, which might have been avoided under a Trump second term. This is a compelling reason to not want them to remain in power.
The January 6 Committee Show Trial
I’m sick of hearing about 1/6.
If Democrats lose the House, it will be the end of the 1/6 Committee. Instead, House Republicans will focus on something else like impeaching Joe Biden, which will at least be better television than this droning on for two more years.
Usually, we vote for Republicans and nothing happens, but to my astonishment the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade. Alabama Republicans ENDED a woman’s right to choose in Alabama. This was a bold step forward in reclaiming state sovereignty. They delivered a big victory for their voters. This is a major reason why I am happy with them and will vote in all the state races in November.
I got a ton of shit in the comments over COVID.
This was in large part due to our experience with COVID in Alabama. Life simply wasn’t disrupted in rural Alabama like it was elsewhere. If you live in a state like New York or Michigan or California, it felt like the world had been turned upside down, but none of that shit really happened here.
We have Gov. Kay Ivey to thank for it. COVID was one thing that illustrated just how important it is to not have a Democratic governor. It could have been a hell of a lot worse. In other states, The Science was invoked to justify vaccine mandates to fire thousands of people from their jobs.
The George Floyd Riots
I learned my lesson in Charlottesville.
I went to Charlottesville thinking there isn’t much of a difference between the two parties. When it comes to a willingness to maintain law and order, however, it turns out that there is a major difference. This is why I supported Glenn Youngkin over Terry McAuliffe and was happy when McAuliffe was defeated. Youngkin really has been a major improvement over McAuliffe in Virginia.
Look at what happened in Portland, Seattle, Richmond and Minneapolis. Look at what happened to Kyle Rittenhouse in Wisconsin. It was the same thing that happened in Charlottesville. Democratic governors are willing to bend to the mob and allow BLM and Antifa to riot and cause chaos.
Yeah, I would much rather have Kay Ivey or Brian Kemp than go through something like that.
I don’t have to look far from home to see how Democrats handle this issue. The Gump is on my doorstep.
Montgomery is now overrun by homeless people and beggars who are strategically positioned at nearly every major intersection. The murder of Thomas Hand, Jr. in Montgomery is what immediately comes to mind when I think about how Democrats manage crime. There is a reason why White people are fleeing Montgomery in droves: homelessness, drug addicts and crime are what flourishes with Democratic mayors. Fortunately, it hasn’t gotten San Francisco level bad, but we have some the same issues here.
The Gump is showcasing how Democratic mayors typically operate across the country.
Highest gas prices ever?
What’s not to like about that in rural America?
It just happened to coincide with our trip out West. I remember filling up at $7 a gallon in California. It is still insane out there. The only reason that gas prices have dropped is because so many people were crushed that demand was destroyed. Trump era gas prices were a lot better.
Where do I even start?
The stuff about the peasants cutting back on meat to fight climate change for Nanny Bloomberg was all too real. The standard of living of the working class and middle class has DECLINED under Joe Biden who has focused his attention on … what else … Ukraine.
The price of everything has gone up over the past two years because of the way Joe Biden has mismanaged the economy. A Spiderman ball for my son at Target costs $25.
Oh, I have been completely banned from all payment processors and social media platforms with the exception of Gab and Telegram. So there is that too. Florida and Texas have passed laws to try do something about this. Those cases are winding their way through the courts. Democrats banned everyone from the president to COVID critics to MAGA normies on social media for spreading “misinformation.” They will decide what is true for us.
Joe Biden has exceeded our worst expectations on this issue with over three million illegal aliens crossing the border. It took Donald Trump years to get illegal immigration under control, but it was under control when he left. Trump could at least say he was blocked by Congress and the federal courts whereas Joe Biden is trying to speed up the Great Replacement.
Here in Alabama, the Alabama state legislature passed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill and a bunch of other “trans” related bills. Once again, Alabama Republicans are not really the problem.
There is, of course, the ongoing issue of our monuments which continue to be torn down by Democratic mayors in the South. Virginia Democrats wielded power in Richmond to destroy our monuments. Empowering them in the Virginia state legislature had disastrous results.
Once again, I don’t have a reason to be angry with Alabama Republicans who have been sound on this issue. My own congressman voted against the gun control bill that passed Congress after the Uvalde shooting.
I guess that is what we are calling it now.
The Democratic Party is explicitly anti-White. In contrast, anti-Whiteism has at least become an issue in the MAGA wing of the Republican Party. As a rule, Republicans never used to talk about White people, but this has become much more common over the past two years since the Great Replacement has gone mainstream. It is now mainstream to oppose “Wokeism” which means anti-Whites.
For all of these reasons, I would rather just not have the Democrats in power in 2023:
- Kay Ivey is vastly preferable to a Democrat governor
- The Alabama state legislature banned abortion and passed “anti-trans” laws
- My congressman voted against the gay marriage bill and the “right to contraception” bill and the gun control bill
- Tuberville and Britt have been critical of Ukraine spending.
In general, I don’t have much to complain about at the state level, so I plan on voting in this election.
Democracy is on the ballot.
If you oppose Joe Biden, the White House Press Secretary will call for you to be censored on the internet. You can be fired from your job because of his COVID policies. The FBI might show up at your house to ask you questions. Challenge him and everyone you know can be sued, indicted, arrested and imprisoned by his police state. You will be labeled an “authoritarian” and a “semi-fascist” and an “Enemy of Democracy” for voting the wrong way by this tyrant.
Note: I will probably be back to my usual cynicism next year. I swing back and forth. The Democrats really are asking to get thrown out of office.