I’ve left the Democratic party. I joined when Obama was running because I thought it was time to “grow up” politically. Now I think I was wrong.
Here are the words and phrases that made me leave. If they ever stop being endlessly repeated in Democratic party circles, I may consider joining again.
Speciesism, microaggressions, misogyny, mansplaining, progressive, bigotry, hate, proud, oppression, transphobia, ageism, ableism, cisgendered, privilege, etc.
As in, “Your stated desire to focus on climate change and global poverty rather than speciesism, transphobia, ableism, misogyny, and ageism is not just privileged, cisgendered mansplaining, but is in fact, microaggressive to a proud progressive like me!”
I’m back to the party of my youth, where people don’t believe that the CO2 gas in the atmosphere would calm down and stop threatening to heat us all to death if only it would take up yoga, go vegan, and make some LGBTQIA friends.
It’s not that I don’t think that these are serious issues. It’s that I can’t take seriously a party that thinks that one oughtn’t order a pizza because speciesism, or walk too fast down the street because ableism and ageism, or install solar panels because their male-biased rectilinear shape and the unavailability of non-plottable curved versions is a microaggression that smacks of so much latent misogyny in the world of green energy.