#28 – Rules and Regulations

I guess I just don’t understand how you can’t see what’s happening.

But it doesn’t seem that anyone’s coming off their vote, or their ideals of what they think they voted for.

The yelling isn’t getting us anywhere, I suppose.  If anything, it’s serving to further entrench our positions.

My white hot, blinding rage is fading.  It’s more red now, burning.  I hope it’s becoming focused.

IF everything was on the level, the up and up, then so be it.  The rules say that the Orange-One will be the next President.

I’ve written and deleted a bunch of words trying to lay out what I think is happening already, and what will happen to this country if we’re not paying attention.  I deleted them because I don’t think you care, and I won’t sway you anyway.

I feel like what has happened, what is happening and what will happen is above our normal Republican v. Democratic squabbles.  It’s bigger than that.

So even though you’re wrong, I feel like you are so wrong, I don’t begrudge you what you think you voted for.

But in the coming day, week, month, years we’re all going to be in this together.  Please pay attention.

How long will you stay on your side?  Will you follow blindly no matter what?  Will you be so stubborn, because you do not like the other side, at the expense of what we all agree on?

IF everything was fair and balanced, then the rules say that the great Oompa-Loompa-Elect has won and will, with the help of the people he is surrounding himself with, be the most powerful person in the free world, as they say.

But we have another set of rules that we all, all of us believe in.  We have this thing called the constitution.  Will you be so stubborn that you won’t call them out when they subvert it?  When they break it?  We, all of us have not done such a good job safe guarding it against the regular politicians.  Shame on us.

Are we, we all of us, Americans, going to pay attention now?

I’m going to leave this here.  constitution

It’s the US Constitution.  When was the last time you looked at it?  Really read it?  Maybe middle school?  Maybe never?

I look at it from time to time.  Not all that often, but I do.  It’s not a very exciting read.  It’s not like reading a novel, or maybe watching a reality show.  Sometimes I don’t agree with all of the things it contains.

But they are the rules.  We all like to reference the ones we like, the hot button ones.  But if you get into it there’s stuff in there for all of us.

So maybe as you see things come up, today and tomorrow and next week, take a look at it. You don’t have to look at all of it all at once.  You could even print it out.  No one will know.  Match it up to what is going on.  No news, real or fake, to sway you on what it says.

If I’m wrong about what’s happening, what has happened, what will happen, then it’s not really a big deal.  I’ll be wrong, and look stupid, and have to admit it.  That’s fine, I’m used to looking stupid.  I can deal with that.  If I’m wrong, it means they are following the rules.

But if you are wrong.  Wow, if you are wrong, we’re all fucked.  If you are wrong, the words contained in the Constitution, the words of the Founding Fathers that you like to refer to so much, will be meaningless.  We can all print the words out together and have a big bonfire.

You don’t have to change the reasons you voted the way you did, even if I think you are wrong.  All I’m saying is to be aware and to pay attention.  And to decide what it means to be American.  You, we are all going to have to decide what it is we really believe in, and not just pay lip service to it.  Or we may as be Russia.

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#27 – Steal this Blog

One year to the day I started this blog.  

What a shitshow.

We done fucked up ‘Murica.

Seriously, we fucked up.  

No really, don’t you people understand what we’ve done?

I fucked up.  I always thought I was engaged, that my words here, or to people, all the years of debating and arguing for the great liberal way.  But I’ve never really done anything of any substance, really, to help.  Smug in my righteousness and my belief that people are good.

But any substantive change, or any sustained change in this stolen country of ours has never been given.  It’s had to be taken from those who don’t want it to change, who never meant to give it to you in the first place.  And when change is affected, when people who don’t want to change feel pushed around, there is always a backlash.  How could we be so blind and complacent to not see it coming?  

It was funny, right?  The Orange Menace was a cartoon.  I’m admitting I didn’t take him or his chances very seriously, right up to last Tuesday.

But my smugness and my overestimation of the people of this country is inexcusable.  I wish apologising would be anything other than hollow words, as hollow as these words I’m typing now.  

I really haven’t done anything still, except to swear and badger people on the internet.  

These words are nothing – words are nothing, except when they’re backed up by action, especially in situations like these.

But the only action I want to take right now is to punch someone in the face.  I’ll admit I’m not thinking straight.

Or maybe I am.  Maybe the high road is not the right road anymore.  We’ve been taking, or have been thinking we’ve been taking the high road all this time.  And they went low, lower than any candidate since George Wallace.  They don’t care about our supposed niceties.  

What did you think was going to happen? Did you think people wouldn’t be pissed? And now, after 8 years of obstructing and shitty snide ass remarks (thanks Obama) you all what – you want us to all reconcile?  Get along?  Hold hands and sing folk songs?  The line is so firmly and deeply drawn in the sand it’s going to be a fucking moat.  

So you’re not racist, sexist, or any “ist”.  Maybe your President-Erect isn’t either.  But his words and your vote has enabled and given voice to those who are.  They think it’s ok.  They don’t have to hide.  They don’t have to use code words anymore.  They’ve been legitimised, or feel like they have been.  Did you think about that?  Did you care?  Or were you just naive?

Or worse, you are racist.  So there’s that.

I was a kid during Reagan.  I was smug and righteous and slept walked through Bush and Clinton and Bush again.  

See, it never really affected me.  I’m a regular old white guy.  I’m usually going to be ok.  

But now you’re fucking with my family.  I have a transgender niece.  My nieces and nephew are of African heritage.  My aunt is a lesbian.  And President-Elect Reality Show has talked shit about all of them, and given a voice to people that hate them.

I have a daughter.  You may too.  Look your daughter in the eye and tell her how you voted the way you did.  How he said he grabbed or can grab pussy.  Or how he taunted women because they menstruate.  Or how he assaults women, but got elected anyway.  Or etc etc etc.  

I had to lie to mine and tell her it’s going to be ok.  So fuck you very much for that.

The hardest things part has been knowing that people I’m related to voted this way.  People who I share genetics with.  People I’m friends, or friendly with.  I know I’ve “offended” some of them.  I don’t want to yell at them.  But I’m really really really angry with them.  And I’m not sure how that’s going to work.  Really, I’m not sure.  

We’re all to blame.  We didn’t take it seriously enough.  We’re at worst overt, at best complicit. 

So what can I do?  I’m not sure yet I’ve never done anything before except pay lip service to my so called ideals.  All I’ve done so far is be super angry and listen to angry punk rock songs at work so I don’t get into any arguments.  I have to find a way to be constructive.  Or maybe destructive, too.  

Listen, this isn’t funny anymore.  He’s not funny.  And the people he’s surrounding himself with are awful awful people.  It’s been one week and we’re at each other’s throats.  Don’t you see?  Hillary would have just been regular old corrupt.  You could have obstructed her just fine.  This is not good.  This is so altogether different.  How can you not see that?

Jesus, what have we done?

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