There are two serious problems with this image posted by Darcie Johnston of Vermonters for Health Care Freedom on her facebook page.
Here’s the despicable image:
And here’s what’s wrong with it:
1) It implies that people in different states are fundamentally different. This is untrue – humans are humans. There are people with varied beliefs everywhere you go. There is no such thing as a blue or red state – all states are purple. This is a method of dividing people, instead of uniting them (I guess she mustn’t like being part of the UNITED States).
2) It furthers the derogatory dog whistles of bigots who believe the following, and who want you to believe these things, too:
(A) People who join the armed forces are automatically better than others.
(B) People who join the armed forces are more patriotic than other people.
(D) People who join the armed forces are never gay.
(E) People who are gay are automatically lesser than others.
(F) People who live in states that tend to vote republican join the armed services, and people who live in states that don’t vote republican never join the armed services.
(G) People who live in states that vote democratic are unserious, immoral, partiers who don’t care about their country.
It’s nice to see that at least one person called her on this sad display bigotry.
It’s sad she is so ignorant of the proud military heritage of Vermont. This is not to say that militarism is automatically good or bad, but the state’s participation shows that military participation and respect for people in all their diverse beauty are not mutually exclusive.
She also denigrates the memories of all the Vermonters who have died in the ongoing wars in the Middle East. Perhaps she is unaware that Vermont has the highest per-capita casualty rate in the country?
It’s not surprising to see her comment about how she wishes she lived in another state. Clearly, she doesn’t know or care about the state in which she lives.
But I guess we could have guessed that by the fact that she is fighting to prevent Vermonters from getting equal, affordable access to quality medical care.