Beginning in 2011, Wisconsin, where I live, has been on the front lines of the reactionary conservative movement’s conquest of both the Republican Party and 33 out of out of 50 states, which are now led by Republican governors. In many of those states, both houses of the legislature have red majorities. The result is extreme tax-cutting combined with often disastrous public health and environmental policies. While Republican politicians pass boilerplate legislation concocted by ALEC and introduced as bills written by them, conservatives distract the public with extremist and often blatantly anti-woman, anti-LBGT, and anti-immigrant rhetoric. None of this could have come about without a concerted effort on the part of right-wing media, think tanks, and especially, money.
Many people are angry that the United States now has a Republican president who is inexperienced, incompetent, and, increasingly, ridiculous, but who apparently believes that his voters will stick behind him no matter what and who appears to practice a consumerist brand of Fascism. It seems that the right has been victorious over truth, justice, and common sense.
But ever since the Women’s March, it’s been like the cavalry showed up. Democrats, liberals, and progressives are still in a battle, but at least now it’s not a beat-down. And this old soldier is grateful. This blog is dedicated to the battle and to all those who have decided, on so many different fronts, to fight.