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Stop scaring your children!

I can’t even begin to describe the drama that has been unfolding on Facebook these past couple of days! 

About half my friends are either Republican or Libertarian. The other half is either liberal or downright communist. Yes, I’m friends with all kinds of people, and generally we get along just fine despite our political differences. 

There are some who act like adults. No, they’re not happy with the election results, but they’re engaging with their conservative friends to understand why the results were what they were. They’re asking questions. They’re engaging in some introspection. They’re acting like adults. 

“Trump’s victory is proof that our election system is not rigged. He won fairly – and in spite of significant disadvantages,” said one friend. 

Another honestly wanted to know WHAT the appeal was, needing a way to see Trump as more than just “Hitler rising to power.” (And yes, I pointed out the errors in reasoning.)

I sat my folks down yesterday and explained to them that despite being unhappy with the election results, there will be times in their government careers when they will work for an administration whose head they did not vote for. I explained to them that they were the brightest, most dedicated group of professionals I have ever had the honor of working with and leading – that they care more about what they do and the future and security of our country than any government employees I’ve ever seen! I told them they were dedicated and brilliant, and that what they do when the transition team lands Monday will help set the tone for the relationship this administration has with our community for what could be as long as eight years. 

They took my speech to heart, because they’re adults. 

On the other side of the spectrum, we have the drama queens who sniveled and whined about the “dark times.”

“What will we tell our daughters?”

“My children are terrified!”

“My daughter spent the night in tears last night!”

“We are returning to an era of hate and racism!”

“Homophobia! My gay daughter cried all day!”

“My trans friend wants to commit suicide!”

They post photos of racist graffiti as a harbinger of things to come and blame their friends for casting a vote for someone they claim wants to take us back to the age of discrimination. 

They refuse to even consider that perhaps listening to the other side every once in a while is wise, and that maybe their friends aren’t the RACISTHOMOPHOBICMISOGYNIST monsters they believe all Trump supporters to be. 

There are calls for revolution (yeah, most of you assholes hate guns, so good luck with that), violence, assassinations, and murder.

Some are actually acting on it!

If you need proof of the burning stupid, read Wednesday night’s post

The most heartbreaking of the lot, however are the stories about the children.

And of course, the media is flogging those like a cheap dominatrix. 

With ardent support from hysterical parents, the narrative is now that Trump supporters hate Mexican children, and will send them back to Mexico in cattle cars. 

“What will I tell my children?”

“I’m scared for my children!”

“My children are frightened!”

You know why they’re frightened? 

Because in your froth-flecked zeal to paint Trump and his supporters as odious as possible, you’ve scared the shit out of them!

Because, some among you are so desperate to promote the “racism” message, you go as far as to file false reports to police about evil Trump supporters attacking your Muslimness!

A Muslim woman in Louisiana who told police she was attacked with a metal object and robbed of her headscarf and wallet by two men wearing Donald Trump clothing just hours after Trump was elected president admitted to police today that she made it up, Lafayette police told ABC News.

You tell them lies about your fellow Americans.

You whip them into a panic about their future. 

You froth and despair about the future of our nation because someone you don’t like got elected and tell your children how awful things are, instead of simply telling them that in their lifetimes there will be times when someone for whom they did not vote will become president. 

You irrationally demand impeachment and the end to the electoral college, because someone you did not support won the election!

You know why your children are scared, you whining ignorami? Because YOU are scaring them. Yes. You. 

It’s YOUR refusal to be a grownup and a parent and provide rational guidance rather than foolish histrionics that is scaring them, and will eventually facilitate their development into swooning members of participation trophy-hoarding Generation Cupcake!

It’s YOUR failure as a parent and as a role model that’s frightening them, and YOUR refusal to provide objective direction that’s giving them angst, because apparently you’d rather impose your irrational hatred of your fellow Americans on them than guide them through challenging times. 

It’s YOUR inability to provide impartial, balanced narrative, because you’re so busy projecting your utter hatred, that is scaring your gay kids, who thanks to your histrionics about Trump’s alleged “homophobia and transphobia,” don’t even know that despite Trump’s significant faults, he was vocal in his support of transgender individuals using whatever bathrooms they felt appropriate during a time when the issue was at its contentious height, and put his money where his mouth was. 

It’s YOUR inability to discuss real issues, rather than focus on vagina politics, it’s YOUR ineptitude at objectivity and failure to admit that it wasn’t sexism or misogyny that tanked Hillary Clinton, but rather the fact that she was a venal, corrupt, entitled, dishonest cheater who looked down her nose for years at the same people who handed Trump his victory.

If you want to know why your children are scared, upset, and angry, you have only to look in the mirror and your failure to adult as the reason. 

Trump is hardly the perfect candidate. He wasn’t even a good candidate! I will even go as far as to say that he was a terrible candidate, and I have said so often on this site. 

But you know what? He won. He will be President. And it’s your duty as a parent to make your kids understand what the duties and limitations of the office are, what they must do and learn to work hard and help a victory next time, if that’s what they want, and that there will be people in this country who have different opinions from you – and their voices count just as much as yours. Teach them how government works to allay their irrational fears – after you learn it yourselves. 

Acting like a petulant child in front of your kids breeds just the type of screeching, entitled, safe-space seeking Snowflakes whose mercenary attempts to shut down and destroy the opposition’s right to a voice, instead of engaging them (ostensibly because life is hard when you’re offended by everything) ensured the backlash that resulted in a Trump presidency. 

As Barack Obama told Republicans a few years back, he won. “Deal with it.”

And stop scaring your kids!

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Think your side is any better?

I’m anxiously waiting for this clown show of an election to be over.

I know I’ve written about clickbait before – about waiting to find out facts before screeching, and about not getting your news from Internet memes. Yesterday’s debacle at a Trump rally was a perfect example of the kind of stupid that epitomizes this election season.

If you haven’t heard, there was a commotion at a Trump rally yesterday. A commotion. We’ve seen protesters at those events before. Many of them – as revealed in multiple reports and leaks – were instigated by the Clinton camp. This is nothing new.

scavinoTrump was rushed off the stage, because a disturbance broke out. You know what numerous sub-morons in some “media” outlets reported? An assassination attempt.

You know what the Trump campaign immediately touted, because its candidate is oh-so-victimized, and subsequently oh-so-courageous to get right back in the game? An assassination attempt.

You know what it really was? Some guy with a sign that said, “REPUBLICANS AGAINST TRUMP.”

The man who caused a commotion at a Donald Trump rally Saturday said he’s a registered Republican who wanted only to show his displeasure with his party’s nominee.

Members of the audience at the event for the GOP presidential nominee tackled Austyn Crites, 33, of Reno after someone yelled “gun” while others were trying to rip away his anti-Trump sign.

“I just went with sign that said ‘Republicans Against Trump,’ ” Crites said. “It’s a sign that you can find online. I held up the sign and initially people around me were just booing me telling me to get out of there. Then a couple of these guys tried grabbing the sign out of my hands.”

Crites had no weapon. Secret Service agents later released a statement to that effect and let him go without charges.

assassinationBut I guess it’s too much to ask for the obvious clickbaiters to actually wait for the facts to come out. My social media timeline was immediately filled with “ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT!” stories.

At least the morons at IJR had the good sense to modify the headline.

I’m also amazed that – once again – so many otherwise intelligent people refuse to fact check before posting outrageous crap, because drama for their candidate is a selling point.

Oh, he’s so brave for continuing the speech even after an “assassination attempt!” See what a courageous President he’ll make?

Look how reviled he is merely for speaking truth to power! The Democrats are scared of him! That’s why they’re trying to intimidate him!

Look how committed he is to his supporters, coming back to speak after an attack!

Fact is, this guy showed up as a protester, peaceably protested, was booed by Trump supporters, and then “someone” screamed that he had a gun (which was absolutely false), and the chimps dogpiled him. Hard.

And without knowing all the facts, the die hard lunatics proceeded to advance the “assassination attempt” narrative.

Much like with any shooting, people are desperate for the incident to fit the narrative. It’s been proven time and time again, that the media jumps in face first into a story without getting all the facts, and is forced to retract and update in order to get the story right.

Shouldn’t we be better than this?

And this?

But no. Because it doesn’t fit the narrative. It’s just not dramatic enough to just have a protester at a rally.

This is not about whose candidate is better, although, I’m fully expecting a bunch of comments about how Hillary supporters are so much worse, without acknowledging that this kind of ignorance happens on both sides.

The desperation on both sides is palpable!

It seems the closer we get to Election Day, the more garbage the Internet spews out, and the more people immediately grab the first story they see that fits their preconceived notions and promote it as fact.

I would submit to you that most people have made up their minds about their vote (or non-vote) in this election, and acting like an ignorant shit weasel about others’ choices by refusing to do your research and spreading the first fucktastic clickbait trash you see that supports your view in this impossibly awful election will not endear you to anyone, and will likely result in people you ostensibly respect turning away from you, thinking you’re a shit-flinging moron.

If you’re OK with this, go ahead and continue trying to convince your friends and family with Internet memes, erroneous “news” stories, and downright false clickbait garbage about how much better your candidate is than theirs. The only person you will be embarrassing is yourself, and the only result will be the loss of relationships with friends and loved ones, because you’re acting like a moron.

The bottom line is, stop letting the age of infotainment control your common sense! Wait for the facts. Stop jumping to conclusions without having accurate information. Read primary sources when possible. Get corroborative reporting. Ensure your initial source is one that’s reliable, not something that screams, “BREAKING NEWS! FBI Shocking Evidence…” or “Was The Protester Who Forced Trump Off NV Stage A Hillary Provocateur?”

(Trumpanzees screeching it’s all Hillary’s minions trying to destroy Trump, as if Republicans who wouldn’t cast a vote in his direction if he was running against Satan himself don’t exist, in 3…2…1… Go ahead. Get it out of your systems now, boys and girls.)

And most of all, try not to act like a paranoid, barely educated shit weasel.

No, seriously – WHAT THE FUCK?

So apparently, this really horrible comedienne (I’ve seen “Trainwreck.” I didn’t find it funny.) Amy Schumer, who was accused of stealing other comics’ material, did some kind of stand-up show at Madison Square Garden, and had Madonna as her opening act.

madonna-youngNow, those of us who grew up in the 80s remember Madonna as a not halfway horrible pop singer that had awful fashion sense, wore a lot of cheap rubber jewelry, and sang about being a virgin or some shit. We also remember that the older she got, the more desperate for attention she became, publishing a coffee table book in 1992 that talked about sex and that included erotic photographs of her and essays she wrote about… oh fuck, I don’t even! I mean, really. She had Vanilla Ice in that book, ferfuckssake!

I also remember her being a decent dancer and choreographer, but with costume tastes that were about as awful as Lady Gaga’s. Meh.

In more recent years, she came out with some kind of skin care line, and basically faded into obscurity…

Until yesterday.

The Material Girl took the stage as the opening standup act for Amy Schumer at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, and joked about a proposition to people who cast their ballot for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“One more thing before I introduce this genius of comedy: If you vote for Hillary Clinton, I will give you a b–job — and I am good,” she said to the crowd.

The 58-year-old singer went on to detail her qualifications for the position.

“I take my time, I have… eye contact and I do swallow,” she added, giving a thumbs up.

madonna_old-451x250Yeah. If you vote for someone who routinely violated diplomatic protocol, spilled classified information, lied about it, and whom diplomatic security agents apparently avoided like a flaming case of the herp, to run this country, you will get a blow job from a 58-year-old, dried up hooker. Oh, and she’ll swallow! There’s incentive for you!

Anyone else want to vomit in their own mouths?

Seriously, do you want to look down and see THAT with your trouser snake in its mouth? She’s past cougar and into perhaps vulture. She’ll swallow, alright. And later she’ll vomit your giblets back up to feed her offspring in their nest!

Realistically, I don’t care what that ancient whore does with her mouth, as long as it doesn’t come anywhere near me. I realize it’s a joke. But let’s get real here. Other than for freak points – are there really guys out there who would allow this tramp, whose mouth has probably seen more dick than a urinal. At Grand Central Station. During tourist season. To tongue tickle their  pickle?

And really… this is what this election has descended into? A desiccated hag, who is quickly approaching 60, offering to fellate any guy stupid enough to vote for the vagoo as President of the United States, and 1992 reports of a current Presidential candidate lasciviously telling 14-year-old kids in a youth group choir that he would date them in a couple of years?

This election can’t end fast enough!

Informed voting

I read an article this morning that detailed Mike Rowe’s response to one of his fans who wrote to him requesting that Rowe encourage his fans to go out and vote.

Can you please encourage your huge following to go out and vote this election? I would never impose on you by asking you to advocate one politician over another, but I do feel this election could really use your help. I know that there are many people out there who feel like there is nothing they can do. Please try to use your gifts to make them see that they can do something – that their vote counts.”

cartoonMike Rowe’s response was unusual – and one with which I agree 100 percent. Anyone who has read my rants about Generation Stupid and political ignorance knows I am a big advocate of being informed, doing one’s research, and analyzing the information one receives.

Voting is not a “civic duty,” although some have tried to couch it as such. You have no duty to cast a vote for someone whose positions you may know nothing about, or whom you wouldn’t trust to lead this country, merely because that’s whom the major political parties of this nation have put forth. You have no obligation to help elect someone to lead this nation, in whom you have no confidence, but whom some celebrity, who has no understanding of economics, foreign policy, national security, or the military, has encouraged you to oppose or support.

Your only obligation is to exercise your rights responsibly, because your vote does matter, and it does affect everyone around you.

A few weeks ago, during the first presidential debate, I lost my shit on social media after hearing one of the candidates claim that we pay 73 percent of NATO.

WE. DO. NOT. PAY. 73. PERCENT. OF. FUCKING. NATO. If you don’t know how NATO fucking works, shut your stupid fucking face up! OMG!!!

I can’t watch this. Seriously. It’s making my head explode.

natoNow, I didn’t watch the rest of the debate. I merely walked in from dinner and heard that portion. However, several of my friends tried to justify the comment – one with “But… but… but… Hillary lies more,” and the other with a graphic that details our total defense spending compared to that of the other NATO allies combined.

I had to patiently explain that this has nothing to do with our contribution to the alliance. This is a comparison of our own defense budget compared to the other NATO nations. It’s what we spend on our OWN defense, and it should be a lot. We’re much bigger than our NATO allies.

Now, there is a NATO defense spending benchmark that the alliance encourages each member to reach – that’s 2 percent of their Gross National Product. Most members don’t come close to spending that much on their own defenses, and ostensibly it’s correct that they would rely on the strongest, biggest alliance member – the United States – to defend them should the shit hit the fan. That’s a valid concern, given that we are under an obligation to abide by the treaty and the collective security guarantee. But to claim we contribute 73 percent to NATO is ludicrous!

It’s an indication of just how ignorant the candidate is on issues pertaining to our most significant alliance, but it’s also an indication of just how ignorant some voters are about those same issues. A simple Google search isn’t enough. The Internet doesn’t always provide the correct answer to your question. Further research is needed.

And in a world made up of memes, the commitment to doing that research and being fully informed on issues of importance in this election is critical.

That was essentially Mike Rowe’s reply.

I also share your concern for our country, and agree wholeheartedly that every vote counts. However, I’m afraid I can’t encourage millions of people whom I’ve never met to just run out and cast a ballot, simply because they have the right to vote. That would be like encouraging everyone to buy an AR-15, simply because they have the right to bear arms. I would need to know a few things about them before offering that kind of encouragement. For instance, do they know how to care for a weapon? Can they afford the cost of the weapon? Do they have a history of violence? Are they mentally stable? In short, are they responsible citizens?

Casting a ballot is not so different. It’s an important right that we all share, and one that impacts our society in dramatic fashion. But it’s one thing to respect and acknowledge our collective rights, and quite another thing to affirmatively encourage people I’ve never met to exercise them. And yet, my friends in Hollywood do that very thing, and they’re at it again.

Every four years, celebrities and movie stars look earnestly into the camera and tell the country to “get out and vote.” They tell us it’s our “most important civic duty,” and they speak as if the very act of casting a ballot is more important than the outcome of the election. This strikes me as somewhat hysterical. Does anyone actually believe that Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen DeGeneres, and Ed Norton would encourage the “masses” to vote, if they believed the “masses” would elect Donald Trump?

Regardless of their political agenda, my celebrity pals are fundamentally mistaken about our “civic duty” to vote. There is simply no such thing. Voting is a right, not a duty, and not a moral obligation. Like all rights, the right to vote comes with some responsibilities, but lets face it – the bar is not set very high. If you believe aliens from another planet walk among us, you are welcome at the polls. If you believe the world is flat, and the moon landing was completely staged, you are invited to cast a ballot. Astrologists, racists, ghost-hunters, sexists, and people who rely upon a Magic 8 Ball to determine their daily wardrobe are all allowed to participate. In fact, and to your point, they’re encouraged.

Some of my friends took issue with some of what Mike Rowe said. According to my friend, the idea of not encouraging everyone to vote because they aren’t smart or informed enough is elitist snobbery at its finest. This friend, then, somehow decided from Rowe’s words that it’s a Republican versus Democrat issue, and pointed to the fact that Republican celebrities are also engaged in “get out the vote” campaigns as well.

My friend also agrees with the responsibly exercising one’s gun rights idea, but claims that this contradicts Mike Rowe’s logical, principled stance of not encouraging those who are ignorant about guns to own one without training to refusing to encourage more liberals to vote. I find that, in and of itself, to be interesting projection. Rowe didn’t mention anything about not encouraging liberals to vote. My friend merely took it as such.

Fact is that Mike Rowe didn’t mention for whom he was voting, didn’t focus on the liberal/Democrat side as being more guilty than the Republican/conservative side (although, he mentioned more liberal celebrities, probably because there is a much greater number of liberals in Hollywood than there is conservatives), and didn’t advocate depriving ignorant people of their rights.

He merely said that he refuses to encourage people who barely know how our government functions to cast uninformed ballots, because everyone’s vote counts. Everyone’s. Republican, Democrat, informed, and barely intellectually functioning.

Rowe doesn’t encourage one side of the political aisle over another, but rather advocates that every single voter get informed by reading a variety of sources to inform their worldview.

“Spend a few hours every week studying American history, human nature, and economic theory. Start with “Economics in One Lesson.” Then try Keynes. Then Hayek. Then Marx. Then Hegel. Develop a worldview that you can articulate as well as defend. Test your theory with people who disagree with you. Debate. Argue. Adjust your philosophy as necessary. Then, when the next election comes around, cast a vote for the candidate whose worldview seems most in line with your own.”

Since when is being informed about something as important as deciding the future of our country “elitist snobbery?”

Since when is encouraging a well-rounded education and responsible exercise of a right a “personal intelligence test?”

No. Voting is a right, and every right needs to be practiced in a responsible manner. Rowe does compare such responsibility to gun ownership. He doesn’t advocate depriving people of their right to keep and bear arms if they’re not well versed in firearms and their safe usage, but he rightfully says that he refuses to encourage such behavior.

We all should.

Voting is similar. Encouraging people who can’t name the current Vice President of the United States to cast a vote for the future President is ridiculous.

The future of our nation is too important to trust to people who will vote for a candidate because it’s a vaginal American’s turn in the White House, or because “LOCK HER UP!” or because “THIS IS MY PROTEST VOTE!” This is how we wound up with the current crop of candidates whom very few Americans like, but are too afraid to shun, because the other person might win.

Steer clear of those who encourage you to cast an uninformed vote. Chances are they’re hoping to scare you into voting for their choice, because they’re a celebrity… because they made a glossy, inventive PSA… because they have a neat slogan. Unless they’re also encouraging you to get informed about the issues, instead of just trying to scare you because “that evil, murdering bitch” or that “boorish, racist, misogynist swine” could get into the White House, back away. Slowly.

So, no. I don’t encourage everyone to vote. I refuse to scare people into casting a ballot without understanding the issues at hand, because SHE might win.

Voting is too important a right to be practiced without personal responsibility.

Your ballot is your vote of confidence that the person you choose to lead this country will do his or her job, will respect the Constitution and faithfully execute the laws of this land, and understands his or her role in the leadership of the biggest, most significant, most powerful country in the world.

If you cannot or will not understand the issues at stake and are merely planning to cast your vote because some celebutard scared you into irrational terror of the other side winning, I would encourage you to get informed via something other than Internet memes and two-minute TV commercials, or stay the hell home!

A couple of non-partisan election thoughts

I’ve made the decision recently that I’m not voting for President this year. For the first time in my adult life, I do not feel any of the candidates deserve my vote. I know one of them will be President, but that does not mean I have to participate in the process that puts that person in the White House. It doesn’t mean I have to contribute to the clown show. Let it go on without me.

That said, I’d like to remind folks of something. The vast majority of issues that Americans wring their hands about, the President can’t do anything about – and shouldn’t – not without Congress. New taxes? Congress. Gun control legislation? Congress. Budget? Congress. Police abuses? None of his business. Marriage equality? How is that the job of the President?

You know what the President can do something about? You know what his primary function is? Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Also, he can make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, Supreme Court justices, and his Cabinet members.

National security and foreign policy. Those are the biggies.

So here’s what you have as your choices.

One of them, despite having been a classification authority as SECSTATE and having a daily PDB, claims she couldn’t figure out that (C) is a classification portion marking. Either that, or she hopes that most people are stupid enough to believe that. Either way, it’s unacceptable. She is also much more hawkish, and has no problem involving the US in foreign conflicts. Not good.

The second one doesn’t understand how our biggest and most important alliance works, thinks he can force military commanders to murder civilian family members of terrorists (hint: he can’t, because members of the military have an obligation to disobey illegal orders), and has so little understanding of macroeconomics and foreign policy, that he thinks he can use a trade deficit to pay for a wall and trade wars to bring jobs back to the United States.

gary-johnson-meme-300x198The third one can’t name a foreign leader he admires. Actually he can’t name a foreign leader at all. And sorry, libertarians, but this meme is beyond stupid. Just because he may not like or admire any foreign leader doesn’t absolve him of the responsibility of knowing who they are and understanding global issues and the world leaders who are a part of them.

One is bought and paid for by the Russians, the other one is bought and paid for by the Saudis, and the third one doesn’t know enough to be bought.

Two want to deprive Americans of their Second Amendment rights without due process. (See: the alleged terror watchlist on which nearly half the people have no terrorist ties whatsoever, but both candidates want to use to forbid citizens to purchase guns.) The third chose a running mate who compared an AR-15 to a weapon of mass destruction.

In other words, you can pick your poison with this election. And each of them would be poison in slightly different ways, but poison nonetheless.

This is why Trump’s latest “scandal” doesn’t surprise me. Ultimately, it has very little to do with being President – other than the fact that the world would see this country elect a boorish, tasteless, gaudy shitbag. I already knew he’s a dick. I already knew he is a classless bag of . This is no shock, and I don’t know why everyone is clutching their pearls at the conversation between Trump and Billy Bush (whoever that is) over a decade ago about women and how he acts around them. This shouldn’t be a shock to anyone.

There’s a case to be made that this is locker room talk. This is how guys banter among one another. I’ve hung out with enough infantry guys to not let that bother me. He’s disrespectful. We already knew that.

But here’s what does bother me. I can’t tell whether he’s just bragging like a teenager going through puberty about his sexual conquests, or whether he’s actually assaulted women.

Trump: Yeah, that’s her. With the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.

Bush: Whatever you want.

Trump: Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.

What he’s saying there is that he randomly sticks his mouth on women and grabs them by the genitals, because dammit the bitch wants it. Because he’s rich. And he’s a star. He doesn’t ask them. He just grabs their crotch. Right?

Is he just bragging here about being so YUGELY famous, or did he actually grab women by their crotches and assume he could because he’s rich and famous?

If he did, that’s called sexual assault, boys and girls. And that makes him a sexual predator.

That does bother me.

And no. “But Bill Clinton sexually assaulted XX amount of women” will not mitigate this.

No, “But Hillary Clinton helped him cover it up” will not make this any more acceptable.

No, “But BENGHAZIIII!” is not an answer.

If he sexually assaulted women, he does not belong in the White House.

It is not acceptable.

I understand men talk all kinds of shit in the locker room. But if he has actually done what he says…

…he belongs in PMITA prison.

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