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Confessions of a Former Democrat

Updated on July 25, 2017
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I have a B.A. in English with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. I've been a Goth since age fourteen, and a Pagan since age fifteen.

Before Bernie, I thought that being Democrat meant fighting for equal rights. Before Bernie, I thought that Republicans were the enemy.

In my political articles, I’ve made a habit of mentioning the assignment that I had in high school to research both political parties. In that research, I found that the goals of each party were essentially the same. When committed Democrats are certain that there is no reason for anyone to vote Republican, they should look into it. Republicans are told the same things as Democrats, but the pretty picture is left out. Some people prefer it that way.

At the end of that assignment, however, I drew the conclusion that what separated the parties was that Democrats were creating ways to further those rights, while Republicans took them away. I was sure of myself. Sadly, today, I realize that it’s not so black and white.

As I said, a “pretty picture.”

Take, for example, Obamacare. I’m covered. At first, it was a relief to know that everything would be taken care of: doctor visits, hospital visits, testing, and prescriptions—or so I was told. Then, I learned that my covered prescriptions are really the generic versions. Sometimes, generic versions are perfectly fine, but not in all cases.

Some will argue until they’re blue in the face that generics are the exact same as the brand name, sort of like buying a knockoff handbag; however, that’s a lie. It’s more complicated. Due to it being a generic, it won’t always be the exact same amount of active and inactive ingredients, every time. Plus, pharmacists don’t always know where the medication is coming from; therefore, there isn’t a way to find out. That’s why there are cases of people changing insurance, like I did, who think that switching from a brand name to a generic will be like a gift because it’s supposed to be the same stuff with an added bonus of being less expensive, only to end up in the hospital after a bad round, even if they previously had no problem with the brand name.

The most comprehensive article I’ve found on the complex topic has been “Why Pharmacists Are Wrong About Generic Drugs” by Joe Graedon. He compares the ingredients of prescriptions to cars leaving and arriving at the same places and times. One follows the route with consistent speed. The other goes faster at first, but takes a lengthy rest stop before continuing. Graedon uses a great example, here. If this were medication, this would be terrible; unfortunately, this is what happens with generics’ active and inactive ingredients. You wouldn’t want too much or too little of what you need when it comes to something that goes in your body.

While Obamacare is the best that America has seen so far, it isn’t the best that the world has seen: Single-payer is far more realistic, and covers everyone.

Obama was for single-payer during his original campaign.

So, what happened?

Donors.

Obama’s donors, the same as those of Republicans, are the reason why beloved Democrat presidents like him refuse to do the simple task of giving America the same healthcare system that has proven to work in other countries, like Canada. He gave us a Republican healthcare system, renamed after himself, so that we think more highly of it.

Likewise, we could have brand name prescriptions for the same price as generic, if we imported from Canada. It sounds insane because we aren’t used to that being the way things are. It has been purposely kept from us. In America, everything has been overpriced for so long that it's normalized. Only until we look to other countries do we see the game.

Now, those hanging onto the dream that Democrat politicians are the ones who really care, ignore two things: One, Democrats have nothing better to offer America except Obamacare, so they urge everyone to hold on. Two, they continue to push the idea that Republicans are the enemy because they want to eliminate Obamacare without a replacement. This means that Americans have a choice between the same healthcare that hasn’t covered everyone, when we know exactly which one would, or having no healthcare at all. So, we’re supposed to be more afraid of Republicans with their lack of healthcare than the people who refuse to give us the healthcare that we all know would work.

We keep taking the crumbs because we need something, expecting better luck next time. That’s how we ended up here in the first place. Don’t fall for it. By believing in the fear, they’ll give us nothing. Then, they’ll do it again and again.

Both sides are evil. The only difference between Republicans and Democrats is that the Republicans don’t hide it. They’ll tell you, “We aren’t giving you anything.” Dems tell you, “Fear the other guy because they’re the problem—but we have nothing to offer, either.”

It’s amazing how biased everything is. Obama was and is publicly worshiped. I loved him. Then, I learned how corrupt he was/is. So, when he was about to leave office, and most were crying, I was angry at him for screwing us all over. He was a lie. He pretended to give us better healthcare by giving us a flawed one, stand up for immigrants while deporting them, helping people by torturing them in Cuba—at least he admitted it in a vague manner as if it were in the past-tense, and more. For almost eight full years, he was a lie that I fell for. Most realized the con after four.

These days, Obama blames us for not voting for Hillary. We're sorry that so few felt compelled to vote at all, when pretty much everyone who originally voted for him wanted Bernie. Meanwhile, he takes $400,000 for Wall Street speeches. In addition, pseudo-liberal comedians have nothing better to say about it than that he's the first black president, so it's okay that he follows the disgusting trend.

Thanks. I’ll go throw up, now!

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I registered Green shortly before the general election. I found out about Jill Stein after Bernie “lost,” or rather was cheated out of winning the primary. I debated for a while as to whether or not I should write him in or vote Green. I chose Green because Jill was actually on the ballot. I thought it a better use of my energy and vote to give the Greens more power. I felt the write in was too much of a risk. I thought it’d be a long-shot, even if every Bernie supporter wrote him in. He probably still wouldn’t win because they won’t let him, despite the fact that he was clearly supposed to be the next president. I have nothing against those who chose to. They exercised their voice, so good for them!

Changing from a Democrat to a Green has been quite a journey. If interested, please, check out my article on the social pros and cons: “The Unexpected Conflicts of Going Green Party

As for the uncompromising Democrats who still believe that we live in a country filled with Democrat citizens, I hate to break it to you, but every day more people are registering as Independents after the so-called progressive President Obama.

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    social thoughts 28 hours ago from New Jersey

    I'm glad that things are going well in your part of the world.

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    Lawrence Hebb 33 hours ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

    Social Thoughts

    We've got a general election coming up in a few weeks. Thankfully it's restricted (by law) to only six weeks of campaigning, so there won't be the constant bickering the politicians do, but then again we've had the same kind of health system Canada has for over seventy years and it works!!

    Everyone gets what they need when they need it.

    If the government can't afford the 'name brand' treatment then a generic is found, or the best of the generics, that way, no one is left out.

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    social thoughts 4 weeks ago from New Jersey

    Thank you for reading and sharing, Bill. I agree with you. I wish that there were more that we could do directly on a national level.

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    Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I'm done with national politics....concentrating on the local scene, something I actually have some control over. :) Hopefully enough people will concentrate locally, and that will have an impact nationally.