There’s a sickness on the land. You know the facts: Millions of Americans lives in poverty. The number of Americans in the workforce remains low. Wages are stagnating and inequality is growing. “Deaths of despair” from alcoholism, opioid overdose, and suicide are on the rise.
But it’s not just the inequality, or the poverty, or the despair, that wounds us. It’s the fact that so many Republican leaders and voters find ways to justify living with these injustices, and are now making them worse.
There’s no polite way to say it: they suffer from a sickness of the soul.
That kind of talk upsets the delicate feelings of conservatives like Tucker Carlson, who recently complained about
“the unreasonableness… (the) assumption — and it’s held by a lot of people I live around — that you’re on God’s side … and by calling them names you’re doing the Lord’s work. I just don’t think that’s admirable, and I’m not impressed by that.”
With apologies to Tucker and other conservative snowflakes: When your party is calling for the starvation and mistreatment of large groups of people, it’s reasonable to describe you in less than flattering terms.
Sometimes people look at the cruelties in Republican policies and ask, “How can these people live with themselves?” Here’s how: By telling elaborate lies and fictions so you don’t have to face the cruelty and consequences of your own deeds every time you look in the mirror.
It’s also how you win elections. It’s easier to blame the victims of your policies for their misery than it is to tell voters you just don’t give a damn about them.