The state religion is powerful, isn’t it?
Powerful enough that Our Moment PAC, which describes itself as being “committed to
getting BIPOC and LGBTQ+ candidates into elected office” actually endorsed Democratic candidate Eli Rivera over me, the actual, literal LGBTQ+ candidate in the race. Although I have reached out to the PAC–as have at least two others–to find out why, there has been no response from them. However, we already know why, don’t we?
They, like everyone else, don’t do their research. I hope the people who support Our Moment PAC understand that the PAC just declined to endorse a trans candidate in favor of a straight cis man. I would speculate that not many people simply use Our Moment PAC as a “guide to the candidates,” but those who do were just severely misinformed.
I want to be clear, though, that I don’t think Our Moment PAC made the conscious and deliberate decision to endorse Rivera over me. If they had, they would have responded with their reasons. Instead, they just endorsed the Democratic candidate, assuming blindly and ignorantly that the Democratic candidate was more in-line with their mission than the Republican one.
This ignorance exists in every direction. When I was nominated as the Republican candidate for Cheshire County Sheriff, my response was a bit more scathing and vicious than I intended. Yet here we have a PAC who is pretending to be LGBTQ+ friendly, and what are they doing? They are just blindly picking Democrats in races, without any research whatsoever.
To be honest, I don’t want their endorsement. Not if they would so ignorantly give their endorsement to a straight cis man, when the straight cis male Democrat’s candidate is literally a trans woman. I don’t want their support. What I want is for you to be aware that most of the PACs and organizations you are trusting to provide you with information about candidates are not doing so. They are taking the same, insane bipartisanship lines that led me to be the sheriff candidate in the first place.
It’s not about what you stand for. It’s about what letter is next to your name.
It’s not about how well you play. It’s about what team you play for.
One of the greatest heresies in the state religion is to betray the Democrats by voting for a Republican, or to betray the Republicans by voting for a Democrat. It’s written into the bylaws of Republican and Democratic parties that, if leaders in these parties support a candidate from another party, they cannot speak of it. Why? Because tribalism, that’s why. Because the New England Patriots, that’s why. Because we like Team Red more than we like Team Blue.
Humans are tribal creatures. We want to be liked. We want to get along with people. We want others to support us and accept us, but that support and acceptance clearly doesn’t come to us because we are individuals, does it? No, the support of fellow progressives is contingent upon the fact that you do not vote for a Republican, and the support of fellow conservatives is contingent upon the fact that you do not vote for a Democrat. These people do not accept you. To them, you are a pawn on the chessboard, to be moved at their whim. When you are no longer useful, they will discard you in the hopes of capturing a piece.
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. — Friedrich Nietzsche
When I began my foray into content creation, one of the most popular videos I did was a criticism of the Liberal Redneck. In his video, he criticized the woman and her kids who marched through a Target screaming about the Bible in response to Target’s transgender bathroom policy. In this video, he also accused the woman and her kids of being racist, although there was absolutely no reason to believe that was the case. This was my criticism.
In droves, people came out to attack me. These are not direct quotes, but these are the sorts of comments I received en masse on my video:
He’s speaking up FOR YOU! Why are you criticizing him?
How dare you? He’s trying to help you!
It remains the only content I’ve ever pulled down because I wasn’t able to deal with the constant influx of negativity. I tried explaining to people that I was speaking for me, and that I did not need the Liberal Redneck to speak for me. I firmly stand against assuming people are racist just because they are of a certain race. I don’t know why I’d ever have to argue that position.
It taught me something invaluable, though… In the religion of the state, I had committed heresy. How could I, as a trans person, argue with a progressive Democrat? How dare I speak up on behalf of my trans self when this straight, cis, white man was speaking for me? My rebuttals fell on deaf ears. It didn’t matter what I, a literal trans person, had to say, because a straight, cis white male was speaking “for me,” and what he had to say in response to blatant transphobia was far more important than anything an actual trans person would have to say.
It was because I didn’t toe the line. I dared to think for myself. I dared to call something right when it was right, and wrong when it was wrong, despite who was a liberal and who was a conservative. If you want to criticize that woman for being transphobic, I won’t stand in your way. But if, in your tirade, you extend that to baseless allegations of racism, I will point out that the allegation is baseless, and that it is, in fact, stereotyping on your part to make that assumption.
In the religion of the state, the ultimate heresy is thinking independently. I urge you to avoid anyone and everyone who does not want you to think for yourself. When Democrats tell you “Vote blue, no matter who,” I want you to understand that they are blatantly telling you not to think. They are blatantly telling you not to research candidates. “Just trust us,” they promise. “We’ll make sure no one bad gets in.”
I trusted you assholes when you presented me with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Barack Obama, who went on to start several new wars, and is the only Nobel Peace Prize winner in history to drop bombs on weddings and a Doctors Without Borders hospital. If you idiots think I’m going to ever trust you again, you have another thing coming, because you lie.
You are a den of thieves and vipers.
I will never trust them. My nomination as the Republican Sheriff of Cheshire County, with Eli Rivera being endorsed over an actual trans person, equally serves as evidence that you should not trust them, either. They are lying to you. They are playing you to get your votes. But the only thing they care about is that you join their team. I don’t want you to join a team.
I want you to be free to be you. Think for yourself. Question authority.
Throughout human history, as our species has faced the frightening, terrorizing fact that we do not know who we are, or where we are going in this ocean of chaos, it has been the authorities — the political, the religious, the educational authorities — who attempted to comfort us by giving us order, rules, regulations, informing — forming in our minds — their view of reality. To think for yourself you must question authority and learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable open-mindedness, chaotic, confused vulnerability to inform yourself. — Timothy Leary
Maybe they don’t know what they’re talking about. Maybe they don’t know what they’re doing. They’re just trying to convince you to trust them so that they can continue blundering around.
Stop granting them that license. Stop following with the demands of teams and groups, and start thinking. This world can be anything you want it to be, but you must stop trusting people when they say they only want what’s best for you, … as long as you want what’s best for them.