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"Why did you leave Boise?"

"Why are you living in such a conservative town?"

"Why don't you and your partner move to a more liberal city/state?"

Well, fuck me! I had never even thought of that!

How about this instead, my sweet, gay-loving, corporation-hating, non-voting friends?

Instead of me leaving, why don't I stay here and YOU fucking vote?

You see the injustice of me being denied the same basic rights that you have and you think it's fucking ridiculous. You think it's bullshit that our CEO pays less taxes than we do. You think it is absolutely horrific that our state's incarceration rate has skyrocketed since being privatized. How fucking inhumane do you have to be to make a profit of putting people in prison?

You hate that we have nowhere to go to just walk or ride a bike. That the roads aren't plowed when it snows six inches overnight and we all slide all over the place, certain that at least one of us will show up to work late due to a wreck that hopefully doesn't directly involve one of us.

We can't buy liquor on holidays and have only one place to purchase some vodka on Sundays? WTF? We always have to be careful what we say because most of our superiors are Mormon and we must respect that shit?

And we do all know that it is bullshit.

And it really, really pisses all of you off that in this lonely, desolate, Southern Idaho shithole, if you are not upper-middle class your life is paycheck to paycheck and we all hold our breath when we know there is a new pay grade policy that's about to be announced.

Because we're not idiots, are we? No. We know that if anything happens, anything at all, that might ding us financially, we are going to fall of the fucking cliff.

You know what pisses me off the most? That every single one of you is a Democrat and you don't even know it.

You don't vote, you don't pay attention, most of you hate President Obama and Nancy Pelosi and every other Democrat you've ever heard of because you are ignorant. I LOVE you, but you're ignorant as fuck.

You know I am a political junkie and you know that you're going to lose every argument you may start with me. And you agree with me on everything.

But the "news" is telling you something different and you can't wrap your head around why I am such a threat while also being a very cherished friend.

This is why red states stay red.

And this is why I shouldn't have to fucking move back to Boise in order to just be happy.

You should all wake up sad like I do that we are prisoners ourselves and someone is making a really awesome profit off of it.

You should all go out and vote what you believe in instead of staying home because it's just too much.

Instead you beg me not to leave while not understanding why I stay.

Originally posted to Le Bois de Bleu on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM PDT.

Also republished by Kitchen Table Kibitzing.

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