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Texas mayor Tim Boyd: Pull yourself up by your bootstraps, you lazy people. The GOP is dead.

Texas mayor Tim Boyd: Pull yourself up by your bootstraps, you lazy people. The GOP is dead.Texas mayor Tim Boyd: Pull yourself up by your bootstraps, you lazy people. The GOP is dead.

Texas mayor Tim Boyd: Pull yourself up by your bootstraps, you lazy people. The GOP is dead.Most of the time, I believe that we are more alike than different, that we can move past the darkness and into the light, and that people are inherently good. Whenever I feel despair over the future of our planet, I look at my children and see loving, kind, and all around good humans. Other times, I share my disillusionment with those working in emerging technology, including VR, AR, and medicine, only to be reminded that the world can and will be a better place because millions of people are working to do just that.

This week, however, my beliefs have been tested. I have watched in horror as Texans are freezing to death without much help from their elected officials. Reading what Tim Boyd, Mayor of Colorado City — who has since resigned — wrote to the residents of his town has made me question people’s inherent goodness. Boyd’s statement was downright mean and sociopathic. When I first read it, I thought it couldn’t be real. You can read what he said here, but the gist is this: pull yourself up by your bootstraps, you lazy people, and stop asking for a handout. As a reminder, this was in response to residents who had simply asked where they could get help during the storm. People are dying, and the first response from Republican lawmakers was that you’re lazy and to figure it out for yourself? Nice.

Conservatives are now trying to blame wind turbines for the massive outage. This is patently untrue. “The lost wind power makes up only a fraction of the reduction in power-generating capacity that has brought outages to millions of Texans across the state during a major winter storm,” according to the Texas Tribune. So no, you can’t blame the Green New Deal since it’s not a deal and hasn’t even been voted on yet, let alone implemented. Nice try!

What’s happening in Texas is a result of a lack of planning and a complete lack of empathy for the people who live there. Texans are suffering. Many have no access to food, water, and heat. Meanwhile, what are some of their elected officials doing? Blaming everyone except themselves for their inability to respond to an unfolding disaster. The state’s failure to have a clear and coherent plan is costing people their lives. Texas is now yet another unfortunate case of how deregulation doesn’t work.

The Republican Party as we know it is dead. This new gang on Capitol hill is filled with a bunch of thugs and malignant narcissists who care for one thing and one thing only: power. Kindness, empathy, and healing do not exist in their lexicon.

Are we experiencing the end of democracy in real time? I don’t know. I do know, however, that despite the darkness, we have to find a way out. Americans must have the courage to continue speaking out and bring these right-wing traitors to justice. We can’t let these gangsters get away with stealing our government away from us. President Biden is right: we need to move forward and stop talking about Trump. We have to Build Back Better as a nation. There’s no other way.

For the time being, here is a link for how you can help residents of Texas.

We will get through this together.

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