I’m not bi-partisan and here is why…

“In the end we will remember not the words or our enemies but the silence of our friends” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

In these times, it would not be right for even a tiny blog with almost no readership to remain silent.

When life here in the U.S. regains some measure of sanity, then I’ll go back to talking about Reiki, Taoism, Brewer’s Yeast and making your own beach wave hairspray.

In the meantime, there are some things I am compelled to scream into the void, simply because it serves no purpose NOT to scream them. I don’t know if any of this will do anything, except maybe document a certain (I believe widely shared) point of view of the current zeitgeist, but I have to try. If I can change one mind, or move one person to action then the effort was more than worth it.

I like calling it a zeitgeist. German seems appropriate as we are being overrun with fascists. Seriously. No exaggeration, no hyperbole, I am for real and properly afraid that a coup may well be in progress, and if you voted for Donald Trump it is your fault. If the worst happens, the blood of Americans is on your hands as much as the buffoon you helped put into office. The only way  Trump voters have to redeem themselves is to resist the changes, and do everything a private citizen can do  to oppose every single thing he does. No matter how you voted, now patriotism calls you to oppose Republican and ineffectual Democrats in Congress, and vote for more compassionate, inclusive replacements as soon as possible, including off year Congressional, local and state offices.

Yes, it does sound partisan. Yes I AM partisan-sort of. Partisans are technically enthusiastic about some party or another. Living in a closed primary state, I’m only registered Democrat in order to be allowed to vote in state level primaries.  Except for primary “super-delegates” and their tendency toward a certain general spinelessness in congress, I generally agree with Democrats, especially the more progressive wing such as that represented by Senator Sanders’ platform. I started my adult voting life as an Independent and am about a hair from re-re-registering back to Independent. I AM highly partisan for a defacto “party” of independent thinkers in favor of reason, science, compassion and basic human decency.

Yes, the Democrats fucked up big time when they had a thumb, four fingers and an asscheek on the scales for Clinton against all comers before Sanders even declared his candidacy.

Yes, the Russians hacked e-mails and used leaks to weaponize our domestic stupid against us.

Yes, I just called half of America stupid. They are gullible too. Unless they are evil. Or some combination of all three. You’ll have to decide which for yourself if that is how you voted.

But the first are just symptoms, an actual vote for Trump was the root cause. Here is how you connect the two.

I’ve been watching politics since Carter, voting regularly since Regan….

Who has always favored the rich and a”trickle down” economic policy that in decade after decade of has yet to trickle anywhere? Republicans.

Who has manipulated a large, gullible, vulnerable evangelical christian population by manipulating their innate, native biases (against reproductive privacy,  against separation of church and state, & and against marriage equality) again and again for decade upon decade? Republicans.

Who has touted populist economic change and/or possibly manipulated oil policy / oil supply to win popular favor? Repulblicans.

Who has been militaristic and quick to go to war? Republicans.

Who has been obstructionist, failed to serve the American people (government shut-down)? Republicans.

Who tacitly, through their silence, supported Tea Party racist & “birther” rhetoric since 2008? Republicans.

See a pattern?

The only thing to clean the American landscape of the Republican shit stain is

  1. Support the removal of Donald Trump from office, be it by impeachment proceedings or by 25th Amendment mechanisms. Encourage those in power who represent you and have the power to enact these things to do so.
  2. Hold your representatives responsible. They work for you. YOU elected them. If they don’t actively advocate for the good of the nation now, when will they? VOTE out any Republicans or ineffective Democrats at every level of government at the very next election. Now is the time. We can’t afford to “give it a chance”. We can’t afford second chances. It’s do it right, right now, or get out of the way for someone who will.
  3. Do your part to resist no matter how you voted in November. Indivisible Guide is a good resource to learn HOW to do this if you have never been involved in politics before now. If you have the means, donate to organizations who are actually doing something to change things. I joined the ACLU.
  4. Pay attention to the man behind the curtain. . Don’t be fooled again, even if you were the first time. Follow objective, professional journalists and ignore the truckloads of bullshit that is out there…which is doubly true of white house and other “official” sources now. Daily Kos was especially helpful in THIS article.
  5. Support the people…all people…even the ones you disagree with IF they are trying to fix this mess. Together we really are stronger. We can argue about the small stuff again later, when we are out of danger.
  6. Motivate your resistance through causes you truly believe in. If your thing is trees, join with feminists, scientists, journalists, atheists and the pro marajuana lobby and anyone else who is trying to protect the EPA. Stuff like that. The assaults from this regime are so wide-ranging they offend everyone except maybe the KKK and Neo-Nazis. Choose your cause, but cooperate with all causes at the same time.

“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing” – Edmund Burke

Gift in a Big Gold Bow

More opinion….just so you know

When are we all going to learn?

Maybe this is why older people are less flexible in their opinions: we’ve been around this block. A bunch of times.

Personally I’ve had it, and I’m not willing to make another lap. I’ve listened to the right wing ad nauseam. I’ve tried every way I can muster to hear them and look at their view with fairness and compassion. Hell, I’m related to them. All of my blood relative are conservative christian right wing republicans….every. last.  one. I have a real motivation to be careful, kind, and tolerant – in spite of their narrow, often bigoted, often racist, theocratic point of view.

The problem dealing with fundamentalist christians and other such conservatives is the way they are…to a person…utterly unable to separate themselves from abstract ideology. I’ve been around these people for over 50 years now. It isn’t just that one uncle at Thanksgiving. It’s all of my family, all of the time. Trust me, they think that if you disagree with their right wing politics, then you disagree with their total individual person. If you disagree with their religion, then you are a bad person whether they say it to your face or not. If you reject their views, then you reject them individually, as a person, and they take offense at that – no matter how kind and rational you state your different point of view. No matter how calm and rational you are, no matter how logical your argument may be, no matter how much you reassure them it isn’t personal, they go into some iteration of apeshit over anyone who doesn’t think like them no matter how kind or or calm or reasonable you may be.

I know. I’ve tried. For decades.

Lately, when it comes to national events, I try to fit what is being said into the biggest picture I can. Fitting all the pieces together helps me see when a fair point is being made, which I’m more than willing to acknowledge when it happens. Big pictures help us consider other perspectives a little easier than narrow views in my experience.

My big picture looks like this:

I’ve been watching American politics and political news (via a high school civics class) since the Carter administration, voting regularly since Reagan.

Donald Trump is the Republican wet dream. Donald Trump is every single Republican rooster rolled into one and coming home to roost. Donald Trump is the Republican’s gift to America wrapped up in a big gold bow.

There have been insidious threads of theocracy, of civil rights violations based on religious beliefs (anti-reproductive rights, anti-lgbtq rights, anti-science, anti-intellectul) ever since Jerry Falwell crawled out of the slime, maybe earlier.

Trump parrots all the (now proven to be baseless) claims against the Clintons and against Democrats that all the right wing Republicans spewed in the 1990s.

Trump explicitly and openly speaks all the racist, bigoted ideas that the Tea Party and their ilk implied in the 2008 race and since.

Remember the signs portraying President as an African “witch doctor”?

WV voted almost unanimously for Trump. Remember WV? They are the same good folks who voted for Clinton almost unanimously in 2008, with little old ladies railing against “the Hussein” who was “a Muslim” (I grew up in WV, and still visit family there frequently. I’m here to tell you the Daily Show with Jon Stewert captured the situation better than any of us would like to admit. The women in his clip could blend in to the family reunion un-notied. Hell, we could be related for all I know)

If one were to think of the Trump administration as being a mindless puppet of both Russia but more so of the far right, all the pieces still fit seamlessly together. Remember, it was Mitch McConnel who said their top political priority “should be to deny President Obama a second term” before leading that party to obstruct Congress from doing the people’s work for 8 years.

When are we going to learn? Time and time and time again there have been calls for bipartisan cooperation. Time and time and time again the Republicans have punched us in the face. Time and time and time again the right wing base has been nothing but obstructionist. Time and time and time again the Republicans have punched goodwill in the face.

How many bloody noses do we have to endure before we begin to protect ourselves from a skull fracture?

#WagePeace #FierceCompassion

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The Buck Stops at the Ballot Box

Mature Audiences only

What follows is an honest, unvarnished, curse filled, first amendment protected personal opinion. If it angers or offends you, GOOD.

Come back another day and we’ll get back to the usual topics. TODAY IS NOT NORMAL. Today is a day to speak for greater purposes. I hope you will do the same.

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Harry Truman was wrong.

The buck doesn’t stop in the oval office.  In America the buck stops at the ballot box.

If you voted for Hillary Clinton, thank you. We are the raw majority of Americans who voted. Don’t ever forget that. Don’t let bullshit spin about the Electoral College distract you from the fact that the majority of people who cast a ballot voted for the most qualified candidate. I like to think that means most voting Americans are intelligent, decent people.

If you voted for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein, nice try. I’m sure your heart was in the right place.

If you are eligible and able, yet still didn’t vote….fuck you, you lazy self-absorbed dumbass. How dare you leave the rest of us out here twisting in the wind while we do the one thing most people can do to keep the country sane for both of us? You should be ashamed. I want to say keep your pathetic mouth shut because you have no right to complain, but truth is we need you, even now. It’s never to late to speak up for peace and justice, even if your lazy ass didn’t vote.

If you voted for Donald Trump you are either deeply evil, profoundly gullible or both. I won’t “unite” with you or any other stupid, fascist, racist bigot. If you voted for him, you voted for all those things right along with whatever flimsy nonsense excuse you give for doing what you did.

No decent person would allow the things he said to exist in their brain long enough for the words to even cross their lips. This wasn’t a movie. He wasn’t pretending. The campaign was real life. He really said those vile things over and over and over and over and over again. He obviously meant them. The neurons fired in his so-called brain to make the words. And if you voted for him – you mean those things he said too.

Actions speak much louder than words. When you voted for Trump you deliberately, knowingly and of your own free will stood up to be counted right next to  neo-Nazis, fascists, racists, religious bigots and people who don’t care that he sexually assaulted women. When you voted for Trump, you had their back. He’s a package deal. You can’t cherry pick this. You can’t un-ring the bell of what YOU DID. No one agrees 100% with any candidate, but we’re not talking about policy minutiae, we are talking basic human decency. Some things are too big, too important, too ingrained, too woven into to the fabric of the person to be teased out of a decision by some little economic perk or passing platitude. Trump, his cabinet picks and a large number of his supporters are all, at their core, a moral and ethical travesty. Mrs. Clinton was being kind in using the adjective deplorable.

And YOU stood up and ACTED in a definitive way to SUPPORT them. There is no excuse. There are no words that can minimize or justify or excuse what you DID. Your ACTION has put the rest of us at risk. You may not think you are a bad person…you may not be…but when you pushed the button for Trump you did a very bad thing.

You might be a good person, but if you were careless in traffic and killed a pedestrian, being a generally good person doesn’t change the fact of what happened. It doesn’t change what you DID. Voting isn’t an accident. It is something you CHOSE and made an effort to DO. Your vote didn’t just happen out of inattention or carelessness. You went out of your way to DO it. Even if voting means just chucking an envelope in the mail…you still made a deliberate choice.

It doesn’t matter that the election results were determined by the Electoral College and not the popular vote. If it weren’t for the people who voted for Trump at all, anywhere, the EC would have no choice but go to Clinton. The problem isn’t that a minority of voters voted Trump, the problem is ANY damn body voted for him AT ALL.

The surprise isn’t that the polls were wrong. The surprise is there are nearly 63 million gullible bigoted idiots living and voting in America. The biggest mistake we all made was believing in the basic goodness of most people. Anyone surprised by the election results were simply wrong about the number of gullible and/or evil people were really out there. Humans might not be as good at heart as we would all like to think. Whoever wrote the movie “Men in Black” was precisely correct: “A person is smart. People are dumb panicky animals and you know it.” Any one person may be good-willed. Collectively…you all fucked up bad.

Don’t think your voice is being heard? Then stop saying stupid shit and do something nice for people instead of voting for assholes.

It doesn’t matter that the DNC screwed up.  It doesn’t matter that they had a thumb, four fingers and an asscheek on the scales against Bernie. That’s politics as usual. And it doesn’t change what you DID. It doesn’t change the fact that YOU VOTED for the most profoundly unqualified and unfit candidate in the history of the Republic.

It doesn’t matter what kind of computer Hillary has in her basement or whether or not she knows shit about email. You still voted for a racist, misogynistic pathological narcissist who will betray your economic needs faster than he can tweet about Saturday Night Live.  Even if you believe the absolute worst about Mrs. Clinton, added up together nothing she has said or done is anywhere near as bad as what Trump said when he announced his candidacy. Nothing she has said or done is nearly as bad as what he has said and done. Yet you VOTED for him. YOU voted for him. You voted for HIM.

It doesn’t matter what propaganda Russia might have hacked and released. YOU fell for it. You were the one who allowed yourself to be tricked by shit nothing “fake news”. You weren’t coerced. Your family wasn’t held hostage. You weren’t acting under threat of jail. No one was going to kill you based on your vote. Vladimir Putin didn’t come galloping into the booth, grab your hand and force you to push the button for Trump. YOU did that. You DID that.  All on your own. This is all your fault. Your. Goddamned. Fault.

Yes, all of this is exactly just that extreme. Yes, it really is life and death. YOU have put troops, citizens abroad, intelligence officers, people without health insurance, well meaning immigrants, people of color, the lgbt community, all sorts of our fellow citizens…real people…at real risks from real extremists (whether you are one or not.)

The shit that hits the fan today at noon is all your fault, Trump voter.

Your. Goddamned. Fault.

Sadly all of that is now officially water under the bridge. Now what? Unite?

HELL NO!

Now we have to clean up your goddamned mess, and people of love and compassion  will, eventually do just that. But don’t expect me to be happy about it while we do.

#WagePeace #FierceCompassion