Since the 1992 Clinton/Gore campaign, I’ve been a true yellow dog Democrat.
At the time, my Daddy worked every other week in Arkansas and I had him bringing me back all kinds of campaign gear, several years before I was old enough to vote.
He said I’d be more conservative when I got older – but, much to his chagrin, it went completely the other way. 😉
Still, I can honestly say I do like and respect the previous Republican presidents, even if I disagreed with their policies. George W. Bush tickles me to death now.
BUT. . . the situation we find ourselves in at the moment is something else entirely. And, honestly? It’s gotten SO damn bad that I couldn’t even put my finger on why – despite paying close attention to the news and probably driving my poor husband crazy with my daily commentary – I haven’t been saying much publicly. Almost like it has gotten so freaking bad that it didn’t even seem necessary at this point?
And then I read this post from a married gay father right after the Trump election:
The whole post is so moving and I encourage everyone to read it.
One thing Michael Anderson says in this post really expresses EXACTLY how I was feeling after the election – and the feeling has only worsened with each blow from this administration (and we’ll get to that in a minute):
People aren’t whining about losing; they are deeply mourning the loss of hope.
I have been feeling hopeless about so much of this.
BUT NOW. . .
During my quiet times and as I’ve been working on some different pieces to send out, I keep thinking over and over, “You have your words.”
And this silly little thing popped up in my Facebook memories a few days ago:
A friend tagged me in one of those fill in the blank things one year. And what was my dream job? Writer. And, though I HATED giving up nursing, God answered my prayers with my dream “job” through my blog and in that my work is starting to be published in different places and more opportunities are coming up. I am thrilled.
And I have hope – again – for myself to be of service with my words.
And I intend to now – as we are at a critical juncture.
And there is so damn much to say that it certainly can’t all be said in one post – but I’ll at least begin at the beginning.
Yesterday, precious Matthew Shepard was finally laid to rest in the National Cathedral:
Such a fitting and beautiful place for an Episcopal acolyte. I cannot imagine the pain of his parents to lose him in such a horrific way and to wait so long for this day.
The words said in his eulogy were so perfect and just heart-wrenching:
I pray this gives his family some measure of peace.
Unfortunately, this comes as we are dealing with a president who has made it abundantly clear that he is not concerned about the rights of the LGBTQ community – and, in fact, is taking them away:
And, in his latest move, seems to think that, against the advice of the medical community, he can just remove the very definition of transgender:
Of course, apart from the horror of what he is trying to do to transgender people – and I will stand with you always – there is the bigger picture of an American president trying, in his own way, to “stamp out” a people group.
What does that smack of? Hold that thought.
Of course, Trump supporters won’t believe the above link about transgender persons because it’s from CNN. And he has vilified CNN and the rest of the free press, particularly at his rallies.
And, if they only get their get their information from him and his chosen sources, instead of say, CNN or NPR, they will buy whatever he is selling. . .
And he is selling some serious bullshit.
A Canadian newspaper made this artwork out of the lies he told BEFORE he was sworn in:
And now? As of August 1st, he had made 4,229 false or misleading claims since taking office – so I’m sure the number is closer to 5,000 now.
And let’s not forget this past week, when he claimed to “seldom use” his cell phone – from his damn iPhone. What the actual hell? I guess all those tweets are tweeting themselves?
But, let’s set that aside for now – because we ALL knew he was a liar. It’s true. His opponents did. His supporters did as well – they just didn’t care. Hell, a one-eyed, tone deaf monkey can figure out that he’s a liar. So we’ll move on to the other issues – FOR NOW.
These rallies are one of the other issues for sure. I get that he is campaigning right now – but he holds them when he isn’t. And American presidents don’t do that. But there are other types of leaders that certainly do. And they are the same types of leaders that vilify the press:
It’s no longer being paranoid to say these things. It’s getting scary.
This looks all too familiar. And, if you don’t believe me, here is what Ken Burns has to say about it. Ken Burns, the PBS guy. . .
And, you know, he’s not wrong.
THIS was outside a Trump rally in Pennsylvania:
I don’t even have words for this.
I did read an article making some excellent points as to why we should all be listening to what Trump is saying at these rallies, no matter how much it hurts our brains.
If you aren’t going to read the entire article, just read this excerpt:
The headlines from these events are by now familiar: Trump’s celebration of his victimized but ultimately confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh; Trump’s mocking of Kavanaugh’s female accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, after he initially called her “very credible”; Trump’s escalating rhetoric, about “wacko” Democrats as an “angry mob” that would destroy due process, even as the angry mob listening to him chanted “lock her up” at the mere mention of Dianne Feinstein, a senator not accused of any crime.
That leaves a lot of what would be considered news in any other moment. Among the things I heard the President of the United States do: make fun of a female candidate in Iowa by giving her a derogatory nickname. Accuse a U.S. senator of being a “drunk.” Claim that Hillary Clinton engaged in a conspiracy with Russia to rig the election (which she lost). He called the European Union a “brutal” alliance “formed to take advantage of us.” He attacked American libel laws and the World Trade Organization.
Many of the statements are not only untrue but are repeated from event to event, despite the industry of real-time Trump fact-checking and truth-squadding that now exists. This summer, the Washington Post’s Fact Checker looked at all the statements in one rally and determined that seventy-six per cent of the ninety-eight factual assertions Trump made were untrue, misleading, or baseless. Since then, Trump seems not only undeterred but to be stepping up his pace. He claimed that Justice Kavanaugh was No. 1 in his class at Yale and Yale Law School in at least three of his events over the past week, despite Yale not even calculating class rankings. On Wednesday, Trump repeated several of his greatest-hits fallacies, such as asserting that fifty-two per cent of women supported him in 2016 (that number was forty-two per cent), that seven new U.S. Steel manufacturing plants are being opened (none are; two are being expanded), and that “clean, beautiful coal” is coming back (it isn’t).
Still, fact-checking is far too narrow a lens through which to view the rallies. Certainly, Trump pours out untruths and whoppers at these events; the more defensive he is, the more he seems to unleash them. But I found myself reeling most at the end of my rally-watching marathon not from the lying but from the bleak and threatening world view offered by a President who is claiming credit for making America great, strong, and respected again, while terrifying his fans with the grim spectre of the scary enemies he is fending off. Even more than they did in 2016, these threats come accompanied by an increasingly grandiose rewriting of history. What’s happened since his election, Trump said in Pennsylvania, “has been the greatest revolution ever to take place in our country,” or maybe even anywhere in the world. His victory “superseded even Andrew Jackson.” “America,” he said, “is winning like never before.”
Touting his record, surprisingly, is not necessarily at the heart of Trump’s speeches, as it might be for a more conventional politician. “The biggest tax cut in history,” which Republican leaders once wanted to make the centerpiece of their 2018 campaigns, is generally mentioned close to the one-hour mark by Trump. He brags of blowing up NAFTA and replacing it with the “brand-new” U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, though experts say the agreement represents more of an update to the free-trade pact than a destruction of it. He invariably mentions withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. But other accomplishments are aspirational, as when he talks about proposing a new Space Force branch of the military or promises to start “building the wall” with Mexico. Given two full years of the Trump Administration and Republican control over all three branches of government, there is remarkably little policy wonkery here.
Some of Trump’s comments, while overheated, are standard-issue partisan rhetoric. There are ritual denunciations of socialist-leaning Democrats who want to raise taxes while Republicans crack down on crime and spend more money on defense. Every Republican President in my lifetime has uttered a version of those words during election season. Where Trump differs starkly is in his insistence—made at an increasingly high pitch as the week went on—that Democrats not only want to legislate their way to socialism but that they are an actual clear and present danger to Americans.
We are in serious trouble.
As we all know, bombs were sent to the Clintons, the Obamas, the CNN offices, and several high profile liberals this week.
I have been just sick.
Immediately, the Trumpers came up with theories that it was somehow a “liberal conspiracy” – of course – bringing to mind that “some men you just can’t reach.”
Regardless, ultimately, the terrorist’s van looked like this:
And, so far, this morning on Twitter, the list of targets that we are aware of is:
It’s just sickening.
Of course, Trump issued a half-assed statement calling for “unity” after the first bombs were discovered. But it is too little too late. His language and behavior have contributed to this.
I am so thankful that President Obama, having been a target himself, came out swinging:
Enough is enough.
Uncle Dan has been the town cryer in this mess – and God knows he has seen his share of modern history:
If you don’t follow him on Twitter, I suggest you start now.
I know this has been a long post. In the future, I’ll be focusing on one issue at a time with political posts more than likely. This one was really just to say, “I’m back.” If that’s a problem for you, unfollow, unfriend, block, all that good stuff. It’s okay.
You do what you need to do and I’ll do the same.
This is the time to stand up, speak up, be loud.
Enough is enough.
Be well, everybody.
Grace and Blessings.