Thursday, November 10, 2016

Dear Trump Voter,

If, like me, you woke this morning with a twisted, acidic, contempt-filled knot in your stomach and a head that feels like it’s caught in a vice, don’t panic. It’s called common sense. You obviously have the foresight to recognize what we’re in for, for at least the next four years, if not much, much longer. If, on the other hand, you woke feeling euphoric, with a false sense of the security and prosperity you think you’re about to experience just around the corner, this letter is for you.
I barely got any sleep last night. It wasn’t because the outcome of this election made me realize how many morons populate this country, I already knew that. It’s that trying to come to grips with the fact that a good portion of you, the people I know and like and respect, some of whom I even love, and whom I consider of above average intelligence, just shocked the shit out of me. Bottom line, I had no idea you were that selfish. No idea you were/are that stubborn, obtuse and so apathetic you’d happily sacrifice what’s left of our respect for each other, and our nation, just to prove a point. I’m literally speechless.
Unlike elections past, there’s nothing to feel good about today, as more than a few of you, my friends and relatives, cast your vote for a man who’s made clear his first order of business is to kick half his country’s citizens to the curb. This was not a win based on “Democrat” or “Republican.” This was a win based on hatred, discrimination and division. You just helped put in the highest office in the land, a man who’s been endorsed by members of the KKK, a man who’s demonstrated every trait we’ve been taught to despise since kindergarten ― lying, cheating, hatefulness, pettiness, name-calling, selfishness, bigotry, bravado, etc., etc. ― and a man who cares about nothing but himself. Basically, the exact opposite of what we’re taught a president should be, let alone a human being.
You just helped to put in the highest office in the land a man who’s been endorsed by members of the KKK...
And, why? For my part, the only conclusion I can draw, when you get right down to it, is you, too, only care about yourselves. You only care about your taxes being lowered and/or your business saving a few bucks on health insurance ― if that’s even going to be possible at this point. What other reason is there?
Believe me, I’m no fan of Hillary, either. I, too, feel that 90 percent of our current politicians/leaders are corrupt and/or incompetent ― just look at what a power-hungry dipshit James Comey turned out to be, and this guy runs one of the most powerful agencies on earth. I get it. But, if you think your voting for Trump did anything to improve your quality of life, or, more importantly, your children’s quality of life, going forward, I feel sorry for you.
Do you really think that by casting your vote for Trump you’ve made anything better? Aren’t you the least bit concerned you just helped elect a man to the Presidency, whom, aside from being void of basic class and decency, seeks to abolish a woman’s right to choose? Maybe you don’t give a shit about gay/lesbian rights, either? Perhaps you’re willing to look the other way when it comes to civil rights and the rights of naturalized citizens? Maybe you have no interest in the preservation of our planet and its lands? How about a desire to move away from fossil fuels and towards clean/green natural resources? Do you not believe in climate change and global warming?
Are you seriously ― and it’s horrific if you are ― looking forward to another ”Scalia” sitting on the Supreme Court? Do you agree with Citizens United and corporations being treated as individuals? Do you support putting more guns in the hands of out-of-control psychopaths? Do you believe that spending $80 billion dollars on a few more F-15’s is how to defeat an ideology as determined as ISIS? Do you not think that that money would be better spent strengthening our schools? Do you want your children to grow up in a country that considers every person of color a “suspect?” Well, you must. Because, if you have any concept of what a Republican president ― especially this guy ― with a republican-controlled House and Senate means in this day and age, you just signed your name - and mine - to a contract there’s no going back on. And for what? Lower taxes?
If you think voting for Trump did anything to improve your quality of life, or better still, your children’s quality of life, I feel sorry for you.
These are not the days of the Reagan republicans. There’s about as much chance of the Reagan-era republican making a comeback as Elvis. The last thing republicans represent these days is you and me. Rather, they seek simply to maintain the status quo on behalf of industry while proudly wearing the moniker of spiteful, back-stabbing, hypocritical, petty infants who would rather see this country involved in another civil war than be a part of real change. If you think otherwise, why are we even friends?
My friends know the difference between right and wrong. They have the capacity to reason. They know facts when they see them. They definitely don’t believe in using The Bible as an excuse to exclude and discriminate. And, unlike our new president, they believe in helping their fellow man, not kicking him when he’s down. If you’re willing to ignore all this, and look the other way, simply for the mere possibility of increasing your portfolio, again, why are we friends? It’s amazing the difference one day makes.
And, FYI, for those of you who cast your vote for Trump because you wanted to “send a message,” because you believe our current leaders don’t give a shit about me or you, I hope you see the irony in electing the one guy whose sense of self-importance and ego dwarfs that of even the most selfish politicians. You really believe a guy who buys things for himself, using money taken from his own charity, is going to do something for you? I’m sorry, but that’s just laughable.
Trust me, I want to shake up the system as badly as you. But at what cost? We just handed The Philistines the keys to the kingdom. The inevitable trade-offs and setbacks we’re now going to be forced to suffer as a nation, in so many sensitive areas and on so many critical fronts, just to demonstrate our dissatisfaction with the way things are, is epically disproportionate to the reward.
Unless you’re currently a white, ultra-conservative multi-millionaire, you just fucked yourself, along with the rest of us, for some time to come.
Granted, we’ve been through plenty of tough times as a nation; The Civil War, Vietnam, etc. But, correct me if I’m wrong, we’ve never seen anything like what we’re currently experiencing. Abroad (and here), religious zealots seek to wreak havoc on us at any expense. And, if the last fifteen years has taught us anything, it’s that more bombs won’t solve the problem. Yet, our new president thinks it will. Our new President thinks closing our borders and expelling undesirables, will stopterrorism. And, what about here?
At home, our streets, shopping malls and schools are filled, not with Islamist extremists, but with thousands of despondent, disgruntled citizens, so bent on ending their own miserable suffering, and causing as much chaos in the process, they have no problem opening fire on a group of children. Our new President thinks more guns is the answer. Do you?
But, okay, fine. It’s done. Now, you say, we need to “come together” and “heal” this utterly divided nation, blah, blah, blah, etc. etc. But, here’s the $99k Question: How, exactly, do we do that?
Speaking just for myself, my respect for those around me has now dropped to an all-time low, and I’m not sure how to get it back. It’s quite possible you feel the same towards me? How will we react towards each other going forward if respect for those we actually know is all but gone? Magnify this feeling a few hundred million times and perhaps you see the problem. Maybe it will dissipate with time? I hope it does. For, if it gets worse, we’re really in for it.
United We Stand... is not just a catchy saying. When we are this far apart in our beliefs/ideologies, we lose and our enemies win. It’s exactly what they hoped for, and, with each passing day, we seem to be more and more hell bent on handing it to them on a silver platter.
We are heading further and further down the rabbit hole, folks, and the only ones we have to blame are ourselves. So, congratulations. Unless you’re currently a white, ultra-conservative multi-millionaire, you just fucked yourself, along with the rest of us, for some time to come.
We now have a megalomaniacal reality show star as president. Life is about to imitate art right before our eyes, and we ― correction, you ― asked for it.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Faced with a Russian backed, neo-Nazi supported openly racist 70 year old out of control toddler who spoke sweet nothings to a very loud minority of lower educated whites, radical alt-right bomb throwers and the usual suspects of scared paranoid elderly whites, America spoke. We spoke loudly and with conviction. We not only spoke, we roared. We roared that we do NOT buy the constant whining, the never-ending bullshit parade of fake 'scandals' the right manufactures and beats until beyond dead. We roared that we don't think that Hillary Clinton is the devil or any of the other juvenile, idiotic names she's been called by people who've NEVER achieved half of what she has accomplished in her lifetime.
Now, do I expect the right to suddenly do the right thing and try to work with our duly elected new President? Not a chance. I have no delusions that the right is even capable of being patriotic Americans. No, instead they've proven that they are willing to destroy the nation rather than reach across the aisle and work with a Democrat. At this point, I don't even give a damn anymore. Who needs them? Not us. Not the majority who worked to restore the economy after the last president they elected crashed and burned not only our reputation around the globe but also the economy of the planet.
After they elected W. Bush TWICE, they tried to convince America that the most simple-minded half term quitter from Alaska would make a wonderful Vice President. Yikes. They'd rightfully hang their heads in shame and finally just shut the Hell up after those two horrible decisions and after every decision they wanted was proven to be terrible for America. Trickle down, wars of choice based on lies, uncontrolled spending on the military and a thirst for untruths (lies) without remorse. But no. They had to find someone even more unprepared and more unqualified to back. Not only that, but they found the guy with a horrible business record, more scandals than they even wet-dreamed of for the Clintons, and an actual sexual predator (rather than just the usual ankle-biting rumors from the right about President Bill Clinton). They twisted and contorted themselves into human pretzels to justify backing Trump. They excused each and every outrageous thing he said and did and refused to believe anything negative about their would-be dictator.
Now, to my fellow Democrats; We have two years before we stand a good chance of losing the Senate and we can NOT waste time trying to work with a group that shows no interest in working with us. We need to fill the Supreme Court ASAP. Much as we love Ginsberg, she needs to retire now and let Hillary and a Democratic Senate fill her slot with someone much younger. We need to fix the ACA and get rid of Citizens United and all the big government intrusions the right has affixed to a woman's right to chose and we MUST make sensible gun control legislation a priority. Large percentages of the population of the nation back these things - even people who consider themselves to be right of center.

So please right wingers, take your little Putin's butt boy and your long list of lies about Hillary and SHOVE THEM UP YOUR ASSES!!!!!!!!!

Go cry in your fake orange hair you nasty old conman.

Okay, so that's what I'd planned to post, but it appears my country has gone nuts and elected the most disgusting, unstable person ever to run for the office. It was a good run, America. Sorry you chose to destroy our nation.
I'm tired. I need a drink or five and some time to myself. I'm unplugging the phone, the computer and shutting down for a few days. Now, remind me why I wore the uniform and bled for this country for so many years? I seem to have forgotten.........

Sunday, November 6, 2016

I really tried to give Melania the benefit of the doubt as I find attacking the family members of candidates to usually be distasteful. In this case, however, now that she's thrust herself forward into the spotlight and made several really stupid statements and appears to have no ability whatsoever to sense hypocrisy, then all is fair. 

We now have proof that she worked as an undocumented person (Illegal alien as the Trumpanzees have long argued they should be called - or maybe that only works for brown skinned people?) for weeks before he work visa came through. For this, most people would be subject to penalties perhaps to the extent of having their citizenship revoked. That won't happen with Melania though, as those things really don't happen to rich white people. 

Anyway, the election is in a couple of days and I'm working on a very large post for the day after. I do hope you'll check back then, too.