If you’re a Trump fan you’d probably like to skip this. Come to think of it, if you’re a Clinton fan you may want to skip this as well. If you think independently and realize we are currently living in “The Real United States” reality TV series then you may want to read. If not, no hard feelings.
I’ve calmed down now. So I’ll try to keep some level of humor but I can’t promise anything. As a matter of fact, I outright doubt I have humor left on this topic. I’ll try again in the next post.
I have a pet peeve. It’s simple. Keep it real. Vegetarians claiming they’re eating chicken salad but in reality it’s tofu. Stop it; you’re eating tofu salad. If you’re saying you love all women yet use terminology like what has recently been upended in the media, I will personally correct you. You don’t love women. You objectify them. Love and objectification are not the same thing. A twitter user put forth the mission to unearth the first sexual misappropriation women had encountered. An avalanche ensued resulting in an average response rate of two tweets per second of women outpouring their experiences. Sexual misconduct does not necessarily mean rape.
Don’t say you we’re stronger together when under the blanket of a charitable foundation, you and your husband have made in excess of 200 million dollars but you want to relate to the common core. And finally don’t say you’re sorry when you clearly are only sorry you got caught. And yes I’m leveling both parties on this. I’m also bitching up a dust cloud that we did this. We allowed the left to get more left, the right to get more right and declare war on each other and all the while we’re sitting here wondering why we’re tearing each other apart over the dregs of freaking humanity who just so happen to be running for the office of president. In our Kardashian/NakedandAfraid/Survivor/CelebutanteDemolitionoftheDay world we have immersed ourselves into scum and lo and behold, this is what we have leading us.
I am personally grateful for one thing in Trumpland. One. Finally…finally it has unearthed the level of misogyny and blatant racism at the core of politics. So now what are we going to do about it?
Are we that afraid of diversity? Are we that afraid of women coming into power? An hour before I wrote this I saw an article published by NBC that one of Putin’s cronies would assure that an outright war would be declared if Clinton won.
Personally I received a text message from someone who shall go unnamed of Clinton, laughing loudly only to turn her face as a giant penis was stuck into her mouth. Really? This is humor? Because from where I’m sitting, this is the only way you can think of to shut a woman up. Wrong! Try chocolate next time. When I stated, don’t ever send something like this to me again, I received an onslaught of pro-Trump items….like I would change my mind if the option were presented to me enough. For the record, I’ve despised Trump since his Howard Stern interview years ago, and I’ve loathed Clinton since Benghazi. But this is because they are reprehensible people. Not because one is a woman. I’m pretty sure if I sent a picture of Trump being sodomized by Putin it wouldn’t have been received very well. What???? You make a penis joke, I make a penis joke. It’s funny right? No? Then knock it the hell off. But that’s not a popular sentiment.
To this I simply say, don’t expect my husband to fight my battles for me. I can do that my damn self. Apparently we’ve not met. I’m the bitch with the mouth. How do you do? You won’t forget me after this my dear. Today Trump’s son put forth the theory that his father would win if only men were allowed to vote. So here’s my question….make America great again….
Great when exactly? Before the 13th amendment? Before the 19th amendment? Shall I fetch my husband’s slippers and pipe? He doesn’t use either? So now what? Great again in terms of the thriving years after World War II that set up the Civil Rights movement of the next generation? The Reagan years…when AIDS was blatantly ignored? Which period was so great? Every generation has been fraught with issues. We are a work in progress. Now having said that, I will also say this. I love my country. For all of the politically correct nonsense, we have the freedom to live our lives. You don’t like Kaepernick kneeling? Great. You have the right to call him every name in the book and post daily “Share if you think you should stand during the National Anthem” on Facebook but so does he have the right to protest something that quite simply must be addressed in this nation. It may not be popular, but it is in fact his absolute law of the land right. My father fought for that right. My father in law did as well and while I personally find it disrespectful…I also find a blanket targeting of an entire race of people being jailed systematically offensive as well. That is the beauty of our great nation. Make America great again? We live in the greatest nation in this world. Don’t kid yourself. We can disagree and fight and scream our opinions and still not be jailed because we disagree. We have liberties that we take very much for granted. What we need is to protect those liberties. What we need is to make the most of the checks and balances that should in theory prevent the abuse of power.
I put forth a theory to my husband that pissed him off a bit until he thought about it with a measure of regret. A common sentiment that I hear in my circles is a lament in the unravelling of race relations which is often blamed on President Obama. My counter was simply this, “Has it occurred to you that for the first time since the inception of our country, that the balance of power is shifting from white men to others….women, African-Americans, Latinos and it doesn’t sit well?”
We have so much to learn from each other, so much to gain from each other, so much we can embrace and enjoy and enlighten each other with. Idealistic? Sure. Impossible? No. Never. No.
What I hear most often is now a variation of….if you like this you must be this
If you are pro Trump, you hate women. You must believe it’s okay to sexually assault them at will
If you are pro Clinton you must believe that Benghazi didn’t matter
If you are pro-choice you must want everyone to have an abortion
If you support BLM you must hate police
If you say BLM you must not value any other life
If you are pro-police you must be a racist
If you have a dog you must hate cats
If you have a gay friend you don’t believe in the sanctity of marriage
If you are married lady you must hate single women
If you are a man you must want women under your thumb
When the hell did everything become either/or?
Have we lost our kindness in our need to flex our muscles? Ellen DeGeneres posted a meme of how she would run errands and was called a racist. This is a woman that lost everything because she dared to come out before it was considered acceptable. She was socially shunned. She lost her job, her lover, and I’m sure a shit-ton of money. Am I expected to believe she meant to demean another human being after what she’s been through? Does everyone need validation? Does everyone need the trophy for waking up that day? Ohhhh look at you, you’re awake and a woman/man/child/gay/straight/black/white…GOD DAMN HUMAN………..
If we do need this kind of back patting, it’s gonna be a long damn life. Every conservative does not need to wage war on those who are not white males and every liberal does not need to make up for the ills of the world. Middle ground….it’s nice there. MIDDLE GROUND. Common, centrist, responsible; really it’s not much to ask. Borderline facism nor Kumbaya are really effective, but common sense works like a charm. ALSO……..TERM LIMITS FOR SENATE AND CONGRESS. There! I said it. Sweet Jesus. Is it so hard to figure out?
As a country we are not this simple. We never were. We were born from turmoil. Maybe that is our nature; but we are complex and brash and strong and resiliant and diverse and beautiful and damn it………..we are Americans. We are a descriptor all unto itself. We can make that more beautiful or we can relegate ourselves into believing we should rip ourselves apart like a pack of dogs. Presidents come and presidents go, but we will still be here. Do we want to be standing? Or kneeling?