I've been trying to write
something about the election. It's so disturbing and depressing I haven't been
able to pull it together. So, I'll just post the soundbites.
Are we mentally
prepared to accept the word c*nt as a part of our national dialogue?
Participating in the
political process as a candidate at whatever level is a very eye-opening
experience. For me it was the sobering realization that if elected one
represented all, not just kindred spirits, but also those repellent. It
challenges one's self-assessment of one's empathy bone.
In college I became
struck hard by and fascinated with Native American history, theology and
mysticism. I naturally romanticized the Native American experience -- It was
such a shame that they didn't still live in tepees, eat pemmican and wash in a
cool mountain stream. I rendered them a caricature, a fiction. To advocate for
voting for a third party or not voting is socially and morally irresponsible?
Now is not the time to render real people a caricature, a fiction: if Trump
were to be elected neighbors, children, grandmothers are going to get hurt;
they will inevitably suffer. Anyone calling themselves a Liberal or a
Progressive that is approving of the suffering of others is a fraud?
We have never, at least
in my lifetime, had a presidential candidate of a major party as unpredictable,
intellectually lazy and potentially globally dangerous as Trump. Donald Trump
is an unstable, mentally juvenile, relentlessly combative, profoundly
dishonest, borderline-personality wracked, accidentally fascist, monosyllabic
demagogue with the tendencies of a fraternity house rapist. He potentially is
as dangerous as any psychopath or despot living or dead.
Is the argument for not
voting or voting for a failed third party an act of cowardice and surrender? Is
it the sports equivalent of a pitcher in the bottom of the ninth, behind by
five runs, deciding to become a bowler and roll the ball up to the plate. Is it
existential surrender? Does it howl of self-loathing, a form of psychic
suicide saying, "I have no power, I will toil desperately in the present
moment because the future is dead."
We can all continue to
write stuff and pirouette into the blogosphere, ideologically pure -- sure of
winning the first ever "Che Guevara Driving to Bolivia Award" or we
can cut the bullshit and do the right thing? Advocate Voting for Hillary? Our future and the future of the planet
really could depend on it. Simply read the articles here about the Native
Americans and others putting themselves on the line to stop the pipeline in North Dakota -- are we
really so intellectually selfish that we would council making their sacrifices
Are those advocating for not voting for the lesser of two evils like spectators
of a real fat guy stuck in a cardboard box with a rattlesnake, tossing him a
beer instead of a pistol?
Last night I had a conversation with a local
Trumpist about the election. His final
statement was "We gotta get rid of that wood-shed ni**er. Hillary is gonna be run by him." Interestingly there is a wee bit of truth in
there -- she will continue many of Obama's policies -- the fellow could not
articulate intelligently any policy, left or right. Contained in that gentleman's
statement above is the trail of the whole stinking, rank enchilada --
dangerous, willful ignorance empowered
by racism and very parochial nativisim,
manipulated and validated by the powerful and simply waiting to be turned
loose. These folks are not going away, but we don't need them to have a
champion in the White House.
The right-wing establishment may now be
disavowing Trump. Watch what happens
when he becomes President. He is so very
shallow and so desperate for praise and approval. Trump waking up in the White House will be an
intellectually lonely moment for him -- will the right-wing power brokers make him their barking dog?
The currently empowered right is an American terrorist agency.
If allowed to hold the reins of power they will systematically destroy
with impunity. There is no doubt that
they are dangerous. They have already vandalized Christianity and waged war on
women and the environment. They are not
a political party -- they are a cult of destruction dressed in a desperate amalgamation
of Leave it to Beaver, the Spanish Inquisition, The Gong Show and a saluting
Barber at Nuremberg: the most terrifying clown suit imaginable.
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Kevin is (writing about yourself in the third person (illeism) is a trip) an artist/writer/carpenter and frustrated songwriter living in Johnson City, Texas. His latest frustrating songwriting attempt is titled, "I Touched the Hand That Touched (more...)
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