Man. It’s so tough sometimes. Mouths to feed, bills to pay. And it doesn’t matter if the job market’s good or bad. You just know it’s going to be tough finding another job, let alone a better one. Which, almost always, leads to the thought, “What I’ll do to keep my job”.
I had this thought too many times over my working career. Often times, the jobs themselves weren’t all that bad. It was the people or the environment that created the stress.
I worked for and with bad people. Bad as in corrupt. Bad as in immoral. I worked for some bad companies. See above. And for most of those stress points, those points of inflection and potential life-enhancing decisions, I buckled. Blinked. Folded.
Because, I had bills to pay (though no mouths to feed). It was a matter of survival, so I made trade-offs, selling tiny bits of my soul in hopes I could retain the bulk of it before I left the job.
Of course, I’ve also been fired from just about every “career” I’ve worked at, so that might mean I was able to stand up for my principles once in a while. Or I didn’t have a good poker face. Probably, though, I just couldn’t keep my mouth shut.
But, I think I did manage to escape with most of my morals (and moral outrage) intact. Still, it’s given me the perspective to understand what appears to be the indefensible nature of today’s Republican party.
Let me illustrate what I mean in three simple pieces:
What I’ll do to keep my job as a Trump supporter
You don’t have to be an evangelical to be a decent person. Or a Republican and Trump supporter. Heck, plenty of decent people exist across all religions and levels of worship.
But, there was always a component of morality brought to the table by evangelicals in their support of their beliefs. And a feeling of persecution on their part because of their conviction in their beliefs.
So, I can see, with perspective, their commitment to Donald Trump. He offered them something they hadn’t heard in years: a religious agenda.
They and other conservative voters sign on to Mr. Trump hoping their issue(s) will finally be front and center.
And then they sold off bits of their souls to keep their jobs as supporters.
The name callings. The foul language. Numerous indications of infidelity. Multiple indications of unethical business practices. The promises broken. And, finally, the seeding of hatred and division.
I’m not as well versed in religious doctrines, but I think those are generally considered bad things no matter the religion (i.e., they’re not Christian values, they’re not Judaic values, etc.).
But, babies needs saving. And prayer needs saving. And guns need saving, too. Well, looking the other way on immoral behavior is just what I’ll do to keep my job as a Trump supporter.
What I’ll do to keep my job as a Republican legislator
A job working in one of the three branches of government for the greatest nation on earth is a rare and wonderful thing.
Even in Congress, there are only 535 jobs as legislators. Representing a country of 327 million people.
So, I can see, with perspective, how much these people want to hold onto their jobs.
Of course, there’s those lifetime benefits. And the near impossibility of being fired. Plus, other forms of remuneration and rewards not necessarily known to the 327 million people they represent.
That means they need to toe the line, both with the previously loyal Trump supporters and the money that keeps them in office, that is, corporate contributions.
The party of Lincoln? The current Republican party is so slavish to Trump that they condone more divisiveness and class separation than any Republican group in modern history.
So, they enact tax cuts that mostly benefit their benefactors (not their voters). And then they deconstruct an attempt to give the 327 million health care rather than tackling big pharmaceutical companies (who donate campaign money). Finally, they refuse to call out improper and destructive behavior by the party leader.
Because, they tell themselves, that’s what I’ll do to keep my job as a Republican legislator.
What I’ll do to keep my job as President
The greatest nation on earth. That’s how I view America.
I guess that show my bias. I guess that makes me a “nationalist”. But I also like to play well with others. I guess that makes me a “globalist”.
In either case, being president of this great country is not just an honor, it’s a responsibility. To all 327 million people. Not just a section of them.
But, when you’re fighting the “liberal media” and the “deep state” and you’re deeply insecure, you start crafting a narrative.
A narrative built on fear and deception. And possibly a hint of self-delusion.
So, you can’t admit Russians penetrated our voting process and used propaganda to manipulate the elections because some people might say you weren’t fairly elected. And that means you must not do anything to protect America, because that would be an admission of truth.
So, you’re so insecure about your position that anyone, from news organizations to celebrities, that criticizes you must immediately be attacked ten-fold in retaliation. Never mind that you actually are the president. You need to keep pointing that out to others (yourself),
And, you’re so nervous about polls and bad headlines that, rather than risk rejection, you try to run the country for just that thin slice of people who voted for you. And while that group deserves their agenda and pleas to be heard, as president you are responsible for 327 million people, not 130 million.
But, you say to yourself, 2020 is closer than it looks and this is what I’ll do to keep my job as president.
Hey, I’ve been there. Most of us have. Probably most of us still are there. But, using that same perspective, most of us are only responsible for a dozen or fewer people. Our choices are both limited and clear-cut.
Voting for and supporting immorality for an entire nation just to get one or two issues (possibly) addressed? Caving to big money interests and surrendering your party to cling to power for a few years more? Kowtowing to special interests and degrading the dignity of the most important job in the world out of fear and insecurity?
There are far more worthy ways to spend your time on earth. And there are far better reasons for any of you to give up those bits of your soul when you decide “what I’ll do to keep my job”.