Saturday, August 12, 2017

Hey Whitey

White supremacists/nationalists (aka racist assholes) marching in Virginia. Unfuckingbelievable. This is the culture that Donald Trump inspires. This is the society his ilk, generally speaking, desires and/or tolerates. This is not what America is about. This is not what the vast majority of people in our country are like. 

 Free speech is one thing. Hateful, bigoted speech is another. 

The leaders of a people who seceded from our country because they wanted to enslave an entire race of people should not be memorialized in shrines and statues. While they are most certainly of historical significance/interest, they represent an era in our society that never should have happened. 

Claiming that these statues/shrines/memorials represent the heritage of today's Americans is disingenuous. They may be of interest to those whose ancestors they are, and that’s fine, but to insist that your ancestors’ bad decisions (i.e. slavery) be on display for everyone to see is presumptuous and offensive. I have German ancestors, some of whom may have been Nazis; I can’t imagine why I’d want a shrine in my public square memorializing them and their horrific deeds. Would it be interesting to me? Absolutely. Would I want to preserve it in my family history? Absolutely. But I wouldn’t for a second pretend to believe that anyone else besides genealogists, historians, and family would give a shit about it. 

Seriously – If you enjoy the history of our country, are sincerely interested in your heritage and ancestors, and want to make sure this history of our country is preserved, and not whitewashed, get involved in a historical society, a museum, your local libraries. 

I find our country’s history extremely interesting – The good and the bad, but I don’t glorify the enslavement of human beings and that it’s something everyone should see. 

 So snap the fuck out of it, and do something good for your country, your state, your city, your community, your neighborhood. Don’t be an uninvolved leech that thrives on conflict.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Sara Huckabee Sanders blatantly lied to the American public the other day by saying: "The President in no way form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence. If anything, quite the contrary."

Select Trump Quotes:

 “I’d like to punch him in the face.”

 “The audience swung back, and it was very appropriate. He was swinging, he was hitting people, and the audience hit back. That’s what we need a little bit more of.”

 “Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.”

“I don’t know if I’ll do the fighting myself, or if other people will.” “If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously, OK? Just knock the hell — I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. I promise. I promise. They won’t be so much, because the courts agree with us too — what’s going on in this country.”

 That our President encourages (probably orders) administration staff to lie to the American public is a disgrace to the office, to public service, and our country. It's downright pathetic.

 When it's all over and done with, Trump apologists and defenders will be recorded in history for what they are.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Greg Gianforte - Dumbass - God Level

Well, Greg Gianforte won his Montana house seat.  He also apologized.  I’m unimpressed.

“Sometimes, hard work is borne out of hard lessons.”
Sounds fancy, and may impress Gianforte’s base, but means nothing and makes absolutely no sense.  “Borne” is the past participle of “to bear,” (as in to give birth).  It should be the other way around.  The way he has it, it means that hard lessons result in hard work.  Anyway…sorry about that.  No matter what order Gianforte arranges his verbs – This doesn’t, by a longshot, make up for physically attacking someone who did nothing physical to him.

“Made a mistake.”
Right – but a 56-year-old, stable, sensible, educated adult doesn’t make these kinds of mistakes – Or shouldn’t.  Jacobs asked Gianforte a question that he himself promised to answer once the CBO report on the administration’s health care plan (AHCA) came out.  Instead of answering, Gianforte reacted like a giant, petulant two-year-old who doesn’t get his way.

“I should not have treated that reporter that way.”
He’s right. Now he should step down.

Whatever happened to honor in politics and public service?  Yeah, yeah – I get that there have been shitty people in politics for a couple of hundred years, but come on now – Political wannabes assaulting a member of the free press for asking a simple question is crossing the line in what’s supposed to be a civilized society and first-world country.  Hell, we demand more out of pop stars and collegiate/professional athletes!!!

Apologies shouldn’t be enough to atone for irresponsible, rash behavior like Gianforte’s.  At a minimum, people should be astonished that someone with as little self-control as Gianforte is now an elected member of the Congress of the United States.  Someone who makes these kinds of decisions as a result of simple questions should not be making political decisions at the national level.

If Gianforte had even a minimal sense of honor, shame, and responsibility he would decline to take office.  We all know that would never happen in today’s political climate but wouldn’t that be refreshing?  “Ladies and gentlemen – I acted irrationally and wholly inappropriately when I attacked Mr. Jacobs.  While I feel confident that I can execute the office to which I was elected I cannot, with clear conscience, take office while I have even the slightest worry that some of you lack confidence in me because of my actions.  The State of Montana and our country as a whole should, without fail, expect and demand their elected officials’ behavior be above reproach.  Breaching that trust and expectation, or even giving the appearance of having breached it should always be construed as reasonable cause to step down from office or to decline election/appointment.  Thank you very much.”

Okay.  I’m awake now.  Wow.  That was a weird dream. 

When do you suppose we’ll grow up and stop yelling at each other?
- When do you suppose thoughtful, respectful, and articulate disagreement will replace what we’re doing now?
-  When do you suppose we and our elected official will realize that compromise is critical to the maintenance of our democracy?
-  When do you suppose we’ll insist our public servants be honorable, intelligent, and interested in serving everyone, not just their particular party?

Make no mistake – Gianforte isn’t in this game for the sense of service to country – He’s in it for himself and anyone that can do something for him.