Politicians pretend to value life while voting to take away funds for food from struggling families and children.
I’ve known people where their families didn’t have a lot of money, or even a little. Their school lunches where their only meals in the day. Think about that. They voted to take away their only meal.
I have gone to a grocery store with my roommate and bought tons of pasta, peanut butter, bread, and ‘box meals’ the night before major school breaks, divided them into bags and boxes and then ‘casually’ asked kids throughout the day if they would mind taking them off my hands because I was going home for break and wanted to clean out my pantry.
Because I know that my babies LITERALLY depend on school for steady meals. One of the richest countries in the goddamn world and I’m sending peanut butter home with my students so they won’t go to bed hungry over Christmas break.
Fuck you, GOP.
I have never in my life been so disgusted.
The GOP has always made their politics quite clear; the party of slavery, of “pro-life” and death penalty supporters nestled cheek to jowl.
Nutritionists and paediatricians agree that a healthy breakfast (or hell, any mean), directly correlates to better learning potential and a higher focus—resulting, of course, in higher grades.
So in effect, the GOP Party is in favour economic and environmental catastrophes (subprime mortgages, oil spills in Gulf regions, union busting in the Rust Belt). Then, they tax the poor to bail out the rich.
They defund prenatal health clinics, legislate safe abortion to the breaking point, and then cut funding to schools and their services, including enrichment programmes that encourage children to take an interest in their education, and the nutrition programmes that give them the energy to do so.
Then they measure for prison attendance based on third grade test scores, create discriminatory judicial practices targeting poc, and then support long-term incarceration over community rehabilitation, and if you’re truly unlucky, they also support the death penalty… At which point they shove the cost onto the tax payer to restart the cycle.
I’m almost impressed at their level of audacity and disregard for the sanctity and quality of life.
I’m also deeply repulsed, and encourage everyone to flip their fucking shit.