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And Now It Hits Home

And Now It Hits Home

And now it hits home. A racist piece of shit stabbed three valiant heroes who tried to protect two girls riding on a MAX train in Portland. Two have died and one is still in the hospital. One girl evidently wore a hijab and the other was African American which was justification enough in this racist shitheel’s mind to begin hurling racial slurs and threats to both girls.

Ben Jacobs, a reporter from The Guardian, was assaulted by an asshole running for office in Montana. Of course the fuckwad won and rumor has it he included an interesting “apology” when giving his acceptance speech. But even if he goes to jail, the governor of Texas was heard talking about shooting journalists, so it’s all good. Not to worry, unless you’re a journalist, that is.

Trump rallies are famous for violence erupting against anyone who they decide is against their guy with Trump himself egging his supporters on. And it doesn’t make any difference if it’s voters or journalists, the response is the same. People get hurt.

No one is safe in this country. No one. Not as long as the so-called commander in chief gives cover to this violence. But then we can’t expect him to have the sort of integrity that Barack Obama had. He would have never put up with this crap from anyone. Even when supporters booed at a campaign rally, he would respond with, don’t boo, vote.

Decorum and civility has vanished, replaced with hate and vitriol with some violence thrown in for good measure. I don’t even recognize this country anymore. I’ve never seen a group of people so intent upon destroying the lives of so many. Everything they are doing is either destroying our social safety net or giving away classified secrets as bragging rights.

But to not be able to ride a MAX train in Portland without fear of assault as well as death? That’s just fucked up. Those girls were minding their own business when the worst thing happened and the lives of everyone involved will never be the same again. Portland’s diversity is one of the reasons it’s a beautiful place to be. This level of hatred that would cause a man to stab these saviors who were only protecting the innocent does not reflect who any of us are. Our country will never be what it can be as long as we see others as the enemy, this truth made all the more evident when a killer was willing to take a life or two on a MAX train all to protect his racist views.

Years ago when my husband and I had our karate school, one of our students was in a bad accident and he ultimately lost one of his legs below the knee. He was flown to Portland to a trauma center for the surgery and we drove down to see him while he was recovering. But at the time, there was a sniper who was shooting at random cars on the Banfield freeway, so we had to take a different route to the hospital. Our kids were with us and it was frightening.

So it’s not that Portland doesn’t have its problems but since the campaign more and more violence is happening and it’s hard to believe that it’s not related to the so-called new guy, particularly when he continues to hold campaign rallies where more nonsense occurs. He’s keeping it all going with no regard for those who are hurt.

Even in our area, would-be bikers hung out in front of our congressman’s office while little old ladies stood outside exercising their Constitutional right to protest peacefully. We can all draw whatever conclusions we want to about all of that, but I view it as harassment. The protesting seniors took it all in stride and resolved to return again and again. But I still think it’s shameful.

This us versus them mentality never leads anywhere positive. As long as we continue to view others who think or look differently as the enemy, the violence will continue.

I remember reading an article a few months back about an official following a woman back to her office and putting his hands on her. After all, if it was good enough for Trump, then it was good for him. He got in some trouble for that, and with luck the new guy in Montana who was charged with assaulting Ben Jacobs will do some time and lose his seat. But I’m not holding my breath.

Evidently, this is how Republicans now roll.

I became a Democrat in 2008 so that I could vote in the Democratic primary. I had always been registered as No Party Affiliation, but I had always voted for Democrats, so I felt comfortable making that commitment. I’m not saying that was a mistake necessarily, but if I had it to do over, I think I would have stayed neutral.

I don’t like the infighting. And I didn’t appreciate the division and vitriol between Bernie’s and Hillary’s supporters. Invariably someone on social media would try to pull me into their drama if I posted something about either one of them. I liked them both, but ultimately I voted for Hillary, telling because I’m basically a Democratic Socialist at heart. But I didn’t like the bullshit then and I don’t like it now.

Mr. Trump, you need to resign. And take that ridiculous Mike Pence with you. Odds are, if the charges stack up, you’ll both be doing time anyway, so I would suggest that you both spend what little time left you have left somewhere else. I’d suggest spending time with your families, but it looks like Jared might need a cellmate, so it might make for difficult dinner conversation. And with your wife reluctant to even hold your hand in public, she’s probably washed her hands of your sorry ass.

And Mr. Trump, as far as I’m concerned, whether the killer voted for you or not, you caused those deaths, you unhinged overgrown man-child, egging your supporters on like you do. You have no clue about how to govern and you can’t keep your mouth shut. You’re a braggart and a fool and that’s the last thing our country needs.

Mr Trump, our home is all we have so leave now, before you destroy anything else. The leaders of the world see you for the fool that you are and one can only imagine the number who are lining up behind Putin to manipulate your puppet ass. How much are you into Vlad for? That you won’t release your tax returns gives us all the answers we need until Mueller completes his investigation. Or maybe will it be the possible RICO charges in New York that sends you off to prison. Either way, it’ll be just desserts.

Not of the chocolate cake variety, but just desserts nonetheless.

 

 

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Donald Likens Himself To Andrew Jackson, A President Who Owned Slaves

Donald Likens Himself To Andrew Jackson, A President Who Owned Slaves

No, Donald, Andrew Jackson wouldn’t have done a deal to prevent Civil War given that he owned slaves.¹ Why would he ever want to end what served him so well? Do you believe in the keeping of slaves? With what Chinese workers are paid to produce his daughter’s clothing line, I have to wonder. He says he was told that he was similar to Jackson even visiting the First Lady’s grave when in Tennessee. On top of that, Jackson founded the Democratic Party, so has Donald returned to that as well?

A friend on Facebook reminded me that Jackson was responsible for the Trail of Tears, the senseless relocation of the Cherokee nation to Oklahoma and one would think something like that would give the new guy pause. But then we learned how he feels about Native Americans when he signed off on the pipeline project continuing through sacred land. It’s business, after all. And as we all know by now business deals are more important than clean water or the dignity of the water protectors who stood in defense of the land.

He said that he didn’t know if Lil Un is sane or not, but remarked in an interview that he’s a smart cookie.² And continuing his fascination with the dictatorial types, he’s invited the Duterte ³ fellow to the White House. Never mind the death squads. Just a nice dinner at Maralago amongst business associates, no doubt including his daughter.

The new guy is intent upon remaking the country in a way that hurts people. He takes the worst, most destructive positions possible giving the impression when interviewed that he doesn’t actually know any of the details. His inartful and inarticulate expressions make one wonder if he actually received any education at all or was it as valueless as his university turned out to be?

Our boys finished their primary education at home. They both went on to attend and graduate from college so it’s not that I’m opposed to alternative forms of education because, in the case of my kids, that format served them well. One of the history texts they used while homeschooling was Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States (4), a text I viewed as a more accurate version of history. Perhaps the new guy should read that before opening his mouth any further because the private schools he attended apparently didn’t share any of these facts. It tells the story of our country from the perspective of those not in power, not that he shows any capacity to care about that.

His focus has been on self-aggrandizement in blissful denial of the basic needs of society and his policies reflect that stance. Bush seemed to be unaware of the world-at-large as well, but he pales in comparison to the new guy who potentially changes his mind with every new encounter, seems easily led by anyone with an agenda, and still, he shows no ability to effectively lead.

A lifetime of self-absorption gives us what we see now: a man-child unable to make it through the day without a rally filled with adoring crowds or a golf game to play. It makes no sense to interview him because he clearly cannot answer the questions asked without appearing incoherent. Instead, he holds up executive orders that he claims he doesn’t read, appearing delighted that he can sign his name.

It’s sad, really, to live one’s life this way. To have so much wealth without any awareness of or concern for the average person’s way of life doesn’t qualify someone to be the leader of the free world. He’s out of his league, this ego-driven man-child, his lack of impulse control the new normal.

Maybe voters should send him some history books, Zinn’s in particular. Throw in a geography text or two as well for balance. He’s realizing that he likes his old life better which gives us at least something to work with. But until he goes, could he please do us all a favor and  just stop speaking?

References:

  1. Oh, Inae. Donald Trump Questions Why the Civil War Happened. Mother Jones. May 1, 2017.
  2. Alana Horowitz Satlin.  Donald Trump Calls Kim Jong Un A ‘Smart Cookie’. Huffington Post. May 1, 2017.
  3. Cullinane, Susannah.  Trump invites Philippines’ Duterte to the White House. CNN.com. May 1, 2017.
  4. Zinn, Howard. A People’s History of the United States. Amazon.com.
  5. Hannon, Elliot.  Ivanka Trump’s Clothing Line Is Made in a Chinese Factory Where Workers Earn $1 an Hour. Slate. April 25, 2017.
  6. Andrew Jackson. Wikipedia. (photo)