The Opinant

"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." – William Shakespeare

Boomer: The slur that isn’t.

Posted on October 30, 2019

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Not all mushrooms need to be grown in the dark, and fed poop. / photo by The Opinant

 

I was called a Boomer today. A comment I thought was a little strange. For one, I am a Baby Boomer. And two…it was used as an insult.

 

I wasn’t insulted.

 

Yet the person I was trying to have a discussion with on Twitter, about Socialism, called me a Boomer as an insult. I think they need to work on their repertoire of insults.

Insults are generally that last ditch effort to inject into a conversation a stinging blow, to silence the conversation, and thus, by it’s very nature, win the argument by ending it. That rarely works.

Others in the conversation admonished me (and my generation) for screwing up the world. We’ve caused more harm than Genghis Khan it seems. Baby Boomer have done nothing to help the planet but have grown rich and fat off of unfair capitalist practices.

We Boomers just don’t understand how unjust we are. How we have ravaged the earth for resources, enslaved millions for profit, and well, we just suck in general.

 

I blame education for this. And parents (and grandparents) not wanting to discuss their checkered past.

 

So, quick education for my socialist Millennials.

 

Baby Boomers are the generation following World War II. That is a war in which we fought to defeat Fascist Governments, that were Socialistic in nature. We are a long bunch. From 1946 to 1963 (and I am talking only my family, some boomers were born after 1963)

We were the clean cut kids of the 1950’s, that were not always clean cut. We were the Hippies of the 1960’s and 1970’s. And yes, the Yuppies of the 1980’s.

We fought in Vietnam, Grenada, and the Gulf War. Others conflicts in-between. Some of those conflicts were not as clear cut as the war our fathers fought in, and to say it didn’t jade us? That would be a lie. It did.

But through all this, we took what we learned from the previous generation and built upon it. We lived in fear, the USSR was a threat. Communism was a threat, Socialism was a threat. And those threats? They were real. You could feel it.

Despite this threat, or maybe because of this threat. We relished the American way of life. After Vietnam, we allowed many South Vietnamese to immigrate to America. We did the same years later when Yugoslavia fell. And in all that time? Soviets, Poles, Czechoslovakians, East Germans, and anyone under the Iron Curtain was welcomed. We welcomed them because like us? They yearned to be free.

We didn’t shun capitalism, because we knew what the alternative was. We saw it on TV, and read about it in the papers. And, if you were like me, heard stories of what went on behind the Iron Curtain from people who had lived there. Socialism drained the soul out of those under its tyranny. A drab world where the government told you where to live, where to work, and how much you were going to eat that day.

Boomers created a better world. The hippies? Well they became environmentalist. Doubt many of you remember the commercial of a Native American crying over garbage. America in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s was a dirty place. I know, growing up in Southern California and having to stay inside for recess, the air quality being too bad to go outside. While the Greatest Generation didn’t worry about it too much, my generation did. And in doing so, helped clean up hundreds of rivers and lakes.

Boomers are the generation that wanted to make life easier on their children, give them better opportunities, better education. To ask questions and not be told ‘Because I said so’. We valued education because it meant something. You didn’t need a four year degree to become a plumber, and plumbers made good money. Still do.

Almost all the technological marvels that Millennials take for granted? Boomers either created or had a hand in perfecting. Many major companies of today were small start ups, whose Boomer entrepreneurs risked all, because they had a dream. And those who succeeded? They got rich in the process. But most Boomers don’t mind that, they worked hard for it, they paid the price, and why shouldn’t they reap the benefits?

And hey, so they are rich. So what? Me? well I always have a calculator on me, much to the chagrin of my 3rd Grade teacher who told me otherwise.

 

Every generation laments the ease of the generation that follows. I am guilty of that. I have two Millennial daughters, and often tell them they have more opportunities than I did.

Every new generation likes to complain the former screw things up. They didn’t. They just worked with what they had. Building on previous generations to make life easier for themselves and their children.

 

Baby Boomers didn’t fail Millennials. Not in respects to ruining the world. You have a much safer, cleaner, ‘easier’ world than ours. It isn’t perfect, not even close. But we leave that to you to work on. We failed you in not telling you what we went through to achieve this way of life you now live in.

I’m lucky because I have two generations of kids. A set of Millennials, and a set of Gen Z. I get to watch the dynamics of their interactions. Having to listen to my eldest tell my youngest that she remembers when there wasn’t such a thing as WiFi. Something my son will never know, but his big sister remembers. Just as I remember phones being tied to a house or a pole outside a grocery store. And my father telling me of telegraphs.

 

So, calling me a Boomer? Sorry, not an insult. I relish the term.

Dear Democratic-Socialist, nothing is free, not even the air you breath.

Posted on October 25, 2019

This is a picture of a slug on a Hosta leaf. It has absolutely nothing to do with this article, but I thought it looked cool. / Photo by The Opinant.

 

I like free stuff, don’t you? If I am walking through a store and they are offering samples, I do sample. Especially cheese.

Seems that free stuff is the trend nowadays. Free Healthcare, free College, free housing, free…well about everything. It is the promise of the Democratic-Socialist and the Democratic candidates (barring a couple).

Of course they don’t really mean it is free, what they mean is they are going to take from others to make it free for you. You can go to college and get that degree in Holistic Underwater Basket Weaving and it will be paid for by those rich jerks. And as we all know, Holistic Underwater Basket Weavers are in high demand.

They want to make sure you are set in life. That you have no worries, that everything will be okay because they are going to take care of you. Screw the rich guys, they are evil and just want to use you. Corporations, those soulless entities that aren’t made up of people, just Boards of Directors…who must not be real people, or so I’ve heard.

Of course this free stuff comes with a small price to you. Choice. Because if we have free healthcare, you really aren’t going to be able to pick your own doctor, not even a PPO. You will be assigned a doctor, and a college, and housing. You may find out, down the road, that you will even be assigned an occupation, of the government’s choosing. Because the need for Holistic Underwater Basket Weavers is in demand, even if such an occupation doesn’t exist. No worries, they will create the job, Employment For All!, is their motto.

You see, that’s what socialist do. They assign people to things, to make it work. They don’t need the gears of capitalism to drive the economy or workforce, the government becomes the economy and your boss. You’ll have to play along, or you will find yourself on the outs. By outs I mean the American version of a Gulag.

Of course, they say socialism will work, take away the evils of a hard-hearten capitalistic society that held down women and minorities. A society that didn’t support your individualism. Because in a socialist society, individualism is key…as long as you fit into one of the government approved categories. And have the proper papers filled out in triplicate.

 

Free stuff sounds good. But nothing is free. Those samples of cheese I stuffed in my mouth? Well, I like it. So I bought a block for $5.99. Gift baskets, giveaways, keychains and all the little things you get for ‘free’ at Expos, County Fairs and hundreds of little events you may visit in you life? Marketing tools.

Those little bottles of shampoo you shove in your suitcase from the hotel? The cost of those are built in to your room bill. People offer you free things to get you to like their product, to hook you.

Kind of like the Democratic Candidates in this 2020 election. If you just elect them? You will get free stuff. The rich will pay for it. Well, till can’t pay anymore, because there aren’t any left. Remember they told us that Billionaires are bad. Those people who worked their proverbial butts off to achieve that level of success need to be scorned for their wealth. Because who deserves to be a Billionaire? Not sure, but I am sure it is not up to me to judge them, and definitely not up to me to take their hard earned money away.

 

Now about that air you breath, you know, that free stuff? It’s not. It is created by that tree in your backyard. Through the process of photosynthesis. Taking nutrients and that malicious CO2 with a dash of sunlight to create sugars, and expel O2. And yes, there is more to it than that, but it isn’t free.

 

Nor is the sunlight.

 

Some 93 million miles away is an average star that is eating itself alive. Converting hydrogen into helium. Eventually it is going to run out of hydrogen, and well, let’s hope we’ve moved on when that happens. But it isn’t free. Nothing is free.

Socialist will have you believe they can fix your problems. That they can give you free stuff, and life will be good. It won’t, it never has been a successful system, and their promises are always hollow.  They rob Peter to pay Paul, till Peter is broke. Then they start robbing Paul.

Democratic-Socialist are another thing. They ask that you vote them in first. That way it looks better when take your choices away, because you elected them to do just that, right? You said it was okay, because they offered you free stuff.

And everyone likes free stuff.

I have a serious problem with the Ukrainian President.

Posted on September 26, 2019

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Ben Shapiro said it best in a Tweet yesterday. It really depends on your political point of view that determines how you see the transcript of the phone conversation between President Trump, and President Zelensky of the Ukraine. (Why yes, yes I did paraphrase Ben.)

Well, that is if you see the transcript as what was actually said. Because, it wasn’t Verbatim.

 

Verbatim: in exactly the same words as were used originally.

 

See, everyone jumped all over that. It was in a tagline that was put on the copy of the transcript released. If you read the tagline in context, you would know it was an ‘out’ for the memo takers. Those four eyed pencil pushing translators that jot down every sigh the two Presidents gave. Those poor buggers who try to hear every little gasp, laugh, and cough. Those guys whom, that tagline? Saves their butts.

Calls, unless recorded (and even then) can never be verbatim. Things get missed by faulty connections, or low voices, or…well everything the tagline said.

But it was worth a few hours of ‘Gotcha!’ tweets.

Then came the nitpicking. Favor became the next hot topic. Because we all know what that means. It means Trump was channeling Vito Corleone, and while there was no mention of any horses head, it was implied of course. That was (and I think, still is) the trending damning confession from the Current Occupant of the White House.

 

All of these points, the language used, whether the transcript was accurate to the conversation, and the plethora of spins both right and left, left out one thing.

 

Push. That is the word everyone should have been focusing on. President Zelensky said at a sit down with President Trump at the UN, that there wasn’t any pressure exerted on him to investigate Hunter Biden’s business dealings in the Ukraine. Or, Push, was the word he used.

 

Why say that? There can’t be any doubt that President Trump is embattled. The news media howls about him every day, all day. He tweets his random thoughts, and has stepped in so much political dog doo that he probably isn’t allow to wear shoes in the White House.

They want to impeach him. Hordes of Democrats and NeverTrumpers just chomping at the bit to find one ‘Ah Ha!’ in his Administration…or tax returns when they finally get them. After a disappoint Russian Collusion Report, calling him a racist, and xenophobic. And lets not forget, Trump wants to watch the world burn as he mocks little Swedish girls. Nothing has stuck to him. People hate him. Probably because nothing is sticking.

 

We are talking, he stole your ice cream cone hatred. 

 

So, you are the newly elected President of Ukraine. You need aid, and badly. Russia is using you for a Weapons Testing Fire Range. You seriously don’t know who to trust in your government. Things could go south and quick.

Then the President of the United States, asks you to check into his political rival. Asks for a FAVOR. And you have seen the Godfather, both I and II (But skipped III) so you get what he is talking about. You are not going to say no to him. You need his help, and really? Is it a big deal to take a peek? Maybe ‘pretend’ to look into it? And hopefully get some really cool missile system out of it all? Sure, why not!

 

Flash forward a couple of months and suddenly this private conversation is going public. Crap! What to do? Well what can you do? Just go with it! Right?

 

Okay, but why? What political gain do you get from backing up an embattle President? I mean, the guy is probably going to lose in 2020. You know, if you follow everyone but Fox News. And if you back him up, and he loses, or is impeached, then what happens to Ukraine? Wait! What happens to you? Putin coming over with chocolates and flowers?

But, if you say nothing, maybe not back his fabricated story, maybe get ahead of it and give the Democrats what they are drooling over. You…oh well! You would be the favorite of the next Democratic President. You just handed them Trump’s head on a silver bedsheet. You, are the Man!

 

But instead of this, President Zelensky said he wasn’t Pushed.

 

So, stick it Favor and Verbatim. Pushed is the word of the day, and the real story behind all this farce.

 

 

 

[The opinions expressed in this blog come from the warped imagination of the author. Who is not Ukrainian. Nor a Russian Bot…well, I don’t think so. And if I am? I don’t know that I am. But if the Matrix is true…]
[Also, no horse was harmed in the writing of this blog. Nor was any President. I did pick on a couple of words, and I am truly sorry for that. Please don’t go back 8 years and check out my Twitter account. Thanks.]
Definition of Verbatim provide by Oxford, via Google.

 

Empathy for Greta Thunberg.

Posted on September 24, 2019

 

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This is our only home. / Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

 

I actually can have empathy for the Climate Strike, and its unlikely heroine. Unlike many of my generation who scoff at a “lowly” 16 year old girl who is crying out to her elders, to pay attention, to a pressing crisis. I am not scoffing. I know exactly how she feels.

Like Greta, I read all the articles, heard the news reports, saw the science. If things didn’t change soon, the world would end. Burnt to a cinder. Nothing would ever be the same, and life as we know it? Gone forever.

I read that whole ecosystems would collapse, even the sea would die. Mass extinctions would follow, humanity wouldn’t stand a chance. And in the end? The world would be one vast wasteland with no possibility of life.

My teachers, guarded in their words to be sure, ever fearful they would be called out by their superiors for indoctrinating us, talked to us about it. Told us that it was up to us, our generation to solve this problem. A problem, created by their generation. That voices of reason were lost, silenced by those in power. And that those in power? Were only concerned about profit, and the money to be made in industry hell bent on creating fear. So, it was up to us, the youth of today, only we could change our future for a better tomorrow.

I was a true believer. I had nightmares. I worried about it. A news program would come on telling me of the latest danger and I would stay up worrying over every minute detail of the newest information, or the latest scientific discover. My friends talked of it, they also had nightmares. We would watch TV. Go to movies. Hollywood was with us, they were our champions to the cause, to stop this madness that would destroy all life on earth.

This fear of the end. This knowledge of not ‘if’ but ‘when’ the end would come haunted me. I carried it with me, always in the back of my head. Knowledge that it was coming, and there wasn’t a damn thing I could do about. Even my protests, as weak as they were, fell on deaf ears. The older generation didn’t seem to care. Didn’t seem to take notice.

I watched my peers march in the streets, hold meeting with Congress, implore people not to ignore the threat. Yet they did, they ignored us. They ignored everyone. Telling us we didn’t understand the situation. That we can’t solve the problem the way we asked them to.

 

And in the end? They were right.

 

See, the end of the world for me was Nuclear War. I am a child of the Cold War, having grown up with the threat of Nuclear Annihilation, that had been told to me since I was little, shown to me on every news program, written in every magazine and newspaper. It was very real to me. It could happen. I almost did a couple of times. Nuclear Weapons, even now, are still a threat.

But the dynamics of it all, well that eluded me till I was older. Once the Soviet Union fell, and the United States became (for a brief time) the only major Nuclear Power in the world, I had to sit back and think of what my generation grew up with.

Greta Thunberg believes in the science, like I did. She believes in what her teachers told her, like I did. She believes in the media reports, like I did. She is a believer, and so was I.

For me, the end of the world never came. Instead the Soviet Flag was lowered, and a tri-colored flag was raised over Moscow. The Cold War was over, the looming threat of two Super Powers blowing up the world lessened.

What ended the threat was simple economics. The Soviet Union, a bastion of Socialism and Communist doctrine fell because they simply couldn’t afford it anymore. Capitalism, with all its pitfalls and faults, won the day. A generation would grow up never knowing the threat of a Nuclear Winter.

For me? It was wonderous, and anticlimactic. The solution to our problem was right in front of us. Yet we didn’t even see it. That a system that regulates what each loaf of bread costs, and how many you should get? That one that tells you where you should live, and if you really need that operation? Fell to the notion of a free market and belief in the individual, not the government.

We simply out did them with innovation and technological advancements. We could afford it, they couldn’t. They went broke trying to keep up.

 

You may think my comparison of Nuclear Annihilation to Climate Change naïve, but it isn’t. Both instill fear. Both are man made issues. Both had call to actions from the youth. Both worried millions and kept many awake at night. And I feel, personally, both will be solved the same way.

We are not going to stop Climate Change by resetting humanity by 300 years. Never, in human history, has going back to how things were done before made things better. New technology doesn’t crop up because you want it to. It crops up because you need it, or it improves lives. Taking tried and true methods and trashing them without a viable replacement? Not going to happen.

We had horses, they did everything for humanity for thousands of years. Yet horses were replaced in less than 50 years time by the automobile. Why? No one every asks why? Because the car was more practical than the horse. It could go farther without rest, and cost less to maintain. Simplicity is always the easiest route.

 

I do empathize with Greta Thunberg. I believe her concerns are real. Yet her solutions, and those offered by others with the same fear, are not real. Just fantasies like the ones told to me. That in the end, the solution will be the simplest one, the one we do not expect.

 

 

[Opinions expressed in this blog are from the fertile imagination of the author. Who, but by sheer luck, survived the Cold War without having to scavenge for food in the nuclear wastelands of Australia while being chased by mohawk haircuts wearing, leather chap pants donning, psychos. Although the author does feel he was cheated out of not being held captive by Tina Turner.]

 

 

 

 

 

That Pesky 2nd Amendment.

Posted on August 15, 2019

Have you noticed that much of the talk on gun violence in America centers around the 2nd Amendment? That if we just tweak it a bit, or maybe scrap it altogether the violence would just go away?

I mean, for Pete’s Sake we already have the means of a well regulated Militia. We call them the National Guard. Having 25 assault rifles and 10,000 rounds of ammo in your basement isn’t necessary, is it?  Zombies are not real folks, you don’t need all those guns.

 

What exactly were the Founders thinking when they proposed such an Amendment? 

 

Exactly the question that needs to be answered.

 

Historical context is the one thing Americans really suck at. Rarely do we look back at History and put it in the context of the times. We seem to have this nasty habit of transference, and place decisions made in the past, in present tense.

It is highly doubtful that anyone from the late 18th Century, or early 19th Century could have conceived of the weapons we have today. A few might have had an inkling of weapons to come, but tricked out semi-automatic rifles with laser sighted scopes and flash suppressors? Was probably not on their minds.

What was on their minds is what they had just gone through. A war with a larger enemy, a war of rebellion against a government they saw as unfair and unjust. Confiscation of property, imprisonment and execution without trial, quartering soldiers in houses, suppression of speech and peaceable gatherings, and outright theft of food and supplies without compensation. And yes, of course…

The confiscation of weapons, and of gunpowder.

These are the things that were on the minds of our Founders when they drafted the 2nd Amendment. They didn’t think of self-defense, nor of hostile natives, or even of a National Guard. Those thoughts didn’t come into play at the time. They were well aware of those issues. They were, of course, Colonist on the British Empires frontier.

Now, the British were fighting a rebellion on their frontier. They did what all Empires do, suppress the insurrectionist. By any means they could. Take away their weapons? Less chance of getting shot, or losing the war. Common sense actually.

A population without arms is easier to control, to bully, and to subdue. It was not lost on the Rebels that this, at the time, was their government.  That the people they were fighting against, the British Crown, had not too long ago been their protectors and deserved their loyalty. And that, now? Their own government had turned on them. Trust in a central government, had been lost in the Revolutionary War. Fear, that it could happen again, had been rooted in the consciousness of the Founders. They wanted to make sure, that the injustices heaped upon them, was never repeated in the new Nation they were forging.

This was the birth of the 2nd Amendment. As with all the Amendments in the Bill of Rights, reactions to their former allegiances to the Crown that betrayed their trust. Each and every point, to counter what the Crown was taking away from them. Including, the right to bear arms.

This Amendment wasn’t an afterthought, nor was it put in to mean a National Guard or an Army. Congress could raise an Army if they wanted to. Article I, Section VIII, 12 gives Congress the power to raise an Army.

Even if the word ‘Militia’ is construed to mean a National Guard, there is this little comma in the 2nd Amendment, one that states the true purpose for the Amendment, “…(,)the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” 

Because the Crown took that away, to prevent the people from ever challenging their authority. To subjugate the populace with their Arms, and deprive the people of a means of defense.

We do have serious issues with gun violence in this Nation. Things we need to address Nationally. In truth, you are more likely to take your own life with a gun, than be a victim of gun violence. That point alone, needs to be addressed.

Sane people do not solve their issues by killing random people. Mental illness is always the root cause behind these horrific acts. Yet we get lost in the definition of Legally Sane, and Mentally Incompetent. Stigmatizing those who have Mental Health issues, is unfair and unjust. Blaming outside influences, from Websites, to Political leaders, and even Video games is just ignoring the larger picture. Those few, who do these horrific acts, need to be addressed, stopped, and caught prior to their point of mental deterioration that gives them opportunity to commit these acts. We need to be proactive, and not reactive with those who are mentally fragile.

Yet, in this way forward, we don’t need to allow the government to take away our rights. To con us into believing that an object is at fault. For once we give up one right, it will be simple to ask us to give up another. And like the Crown of Great Britain all those years ago, the reason will be the same.

That the Government knows what is best for you, and will decide what is best for you, and you will comply…or else.

 

 

[The opinion expressed in this blog are the authors alone. While gun violence is no laughing matter, over the history of mankind, tragedies have been used to erode rights. Many governments have outlawed things for the ‘betterment of Society.’ Even the public chewing of bubble gum has been outlawed. It is Guaranteeing of Freedoms, and not the Regulation of Freedoms that define a society. And as always, We the People are the government, and get to decide.]

Tips for being a Modern Day Racist.

Posted on July 14, 2019

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Pigment color bars are very helpful to be a racist. If you can’t find an exact match? Well, you’re probably a racist.

 

1.) Everyone is a racist. They just haven’t accepted it yet.

2.) When you find you are losing the argument, call them a racists, they will settle down and leave the argument. You can claim victory over the racist jerk.

3.) All people that fall on the Right Hand of the above scale are inherently racists. They really can’t help it you know. It’s a genetic disorder that will most likely never be fixed.

4.) All people that fall on the Left Hand of the above scale can not be racist. They have the opposite genetic disorder. And yeah, it will most likely never be fixed.

5.) Political viewpoint is a determining factor in racism.

6.) When in doubt, call the other person a racist. It is just easier that way. Listening to other points of view will just cause you to think, possibly agree with them, possible unity, and will help smooth over problematic situations. We can’t have racist pretending they aren’t racist now can we?

7.) If you find yourself in the company of someone who differs in pigmentation from yourself, and you are enjoying their company. STOP! Because you may actually get along with them. Can’t have that, because deep down, however nice they are, they’re a racist.

8.) The best determining factor to detect a racist is to asked then if they completely agree with you. If they don’t? They are a racist.

9.) Never assume that people can change their opinions. That people raised a certain way may, after exposer to different cultures, different peoples, may learn something about themselves and others. If you think people can change, well then…you might be a racist.

10.) Above all else, never assume that people really break down into two categories. Nice People and Assholes. The former can be mean, even nasty. Yet tend to listen and have the ability to change their mind. They learn from their mistakes, have empathy for others, and can accept you as a person, not as a classification.

Assholes are just assholes. Most Racists are Assholes.

 

 

[The opinions expressed in this blog come from the vivid (and seriously warped) imagination of the author. Hey folks? Skin color means jack. Yet tossing the racist label about like it is candy at a parade does no one any favors. It demeans the word, and the impact the word has. Racism exists, it is real. And the best way to counter racism is to be Excellent to one another. ]

The Democrats Dilemma.

Posted on May 31, 2019

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Adopted in 2010, the Circle D is the official Democratic Party Logo. / Image from Wiki commons.

 

All is not well in the House of Representatives. Stirrings, murmurs, whispers are circulating the halls, the bathrooms, dare say I? The Gymnasium. The talk is whether to go ahead and Impeach the 45th President, Donald J. Trump for obstructing of justice. To do what is right for the American people, and ultimately, as their civic duty as Representatives.

Unfortunately, that is not how it is going, instead? Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and every Cable, Newspaper and News Media outlet is working overtime to shove the impeachment narrative down our throats. Either for or against.

And the outcome of this? Well as Democratic Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke said in his speech last night…wait? Did he give a speech last night? You know, I’m not sure. In fact, I haven’t heard much from the Democratic candidates. Oh, except whether they support impeachment or not, but their positions? What they plan to do? Not really out there is it?

Oh, trust me, they have positions. They have ideas, and have made a concerted effort to put them forth. Websites, Facebook Ads, YouTube videos, and as often as they can when the media pays attention to them. But the media is not paying attention to them. Instead? They are focused on Trump, and how to get rid of him.

It is the Democratic Litmus Test. Support impeachment? Or not? Oh? You have a solution to the Healthcare issue? That’s nice, but what is your position on impeachment?

While Republican pundits tease that impeachment will be boon to President Trumps re-election, because of its unpopularity in the public eye, the real problem is that impeachment is sucking all the oxygen away from Democratic candidates. Sapping their strength and leaving them little time to make their case before the American public.

In the Summer of 2020, it is very likely that the Democratic nominee will be confirmed at the convention and most American’s will be asking the same question. How did (s)he get chosen? Why wasn’t ‘such and such’ chosen?

The answer will be, they never had a chance to make their case. Impeachment dominated the Party’s platform and narrative, so they were lost in the shuffle. The selected candidate will then be at a disadvantage, the President will be seen as a victim of a Witch Hunt, and unlike his Democratic rival, will have other things to debate about other than impeachment.

By then, the fickled public will have grown weary of the impeachment proceedings, and will have gone back to worrying about their pocketbooks. The Democratic rival, still stuck with the albatross of the impeachment around their neck, will have to defend their party’s decision, and make a case for themselves. Not a good position to be in.

Right now, the Democratic Party has a dilemma. They don’t like Trump, that is certain. Yet their dilemma is how best to get him out of office, and their candidate in office. Impeachment seems to be the route they have taken. But impeachment has become the narrative and left little or no room for others.

It may rally the base, embolden younger voters, and give Representatives airtime on Media outlets, yet in the end, this narrative leaves the voters little substance.

So, he’s impeached in late 2019, what then? Removal from office by the Senate is unlikely. Trump goes into his re-election with the whole affair behind him. Bringing it up afterwards is not just beating a dead horse, but the horse’s grave. Pointless.

Impeachment in 2020 would tie up Representatives from their own re-election campaigns, not a good thing to do. It would likely lose favor very quickly by those Representatives who are in battleground districts.

Unfortunately, the time to drop the whole issue has come and gone. It has gone too far, for the Democrats to drop it now? Would give President Trump a win on that point alone. To wait until 2021 would be pointless, even if the Democrats picked up enough seats in the Senate for removal, this would only give President Mike Pence time to reshape the Republican party and make the boondoggle of the Clinton Impeachment fallout look like a firecracker next to a nuclear explosion.

The Democrats have a dilemma, they have boxed themselves into a corner with impeachment and have muted the voices of their candidates all in one fell swoop. Extraction from this dilemma, seems unlikely.

 

 

[Opinions expressed in the this blog are from the authors vivid imagination. And while he finds this impeachment stuff all good fun, along with the Mueller report, the investigating into who started this whole mess. Whether aliens are really visiting earth and why they stop by for a cup of coffee…He would really like it if the Congress just started to fix the problems we have. Healthcare, Infrastructure, Trade, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and mosquitos. Congress should get to work on mosquitos, they are annoying.]

 

Donald Trump…the guy at the end of the bar.

Posted on May 28, 2019

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Nighthawks by Edward Hopper (1942) This painting hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago, and is one of most copied paintings around. Many copies are satirical in nature, or commentary on society at large.

 

Donny sits at the end of the bar. I’ve seen Donny around for years, usually sipping on his soft drink, maybe ordering a burger, Donny always has something to say.

It’s best to ignore Donny, but he rarely ignores you. Some people like to argue with him, but those poor fools, well, Donny tends to get the better of them.

“Yeah, hey Don, what do you know about politics? Huh? You’re just a real estate guy!” One patron will chuckle at him. Donny bobs his head, finishes his bite of his burger and calmly says.

“You ever put up a garage at your house? Remember all the red tape you went though? Try putting up a hundred million dollar building in NYC, then come talk to me about politics. Politicians? I eat those guys for lunch, when I am not having them over for lunch at Trump Tower.” Donny rebuts. The heckler just waves his hand at Donny, goes back to sipping his jack and coke, nursing his bruised ego. Donny? He has a point.

“Hey Don, I hear you rip off your vendors!” A woman says from across the bar. Donny bristles at that. He hates to be called a cheat.

“Think so? So if I bought you a porterhouse steak here, at this pub, and the cook gives you a plain hamburger, you going to complain?” He says to her scornfully. “That’s what I do, I buy the deluxe, the guy gives me cheap, and I’m the bad guy for complaining?” Donny says. The woman frowns, turns away. Mutters she still thinks it wrong.

“Yeah, you and Putin put a fix in!” Another Patron says. Donny shakes his head, he had fries in his hands, drops them to look at the guy.

“Really? You think so? Did they find that? No? no right? Stick it.” Donny says going back to his fries.

“Well, you tried to stop it!” The guy fires back.

“I was pissed! I knew it was crap, they knew it was crap, and I wanted them to knock it off! And to stop what? I wanted them to stop investigating something that didn’t happen? So, I’m that bad guy for that? What if the cops kept asking you questions about that bank you robbed?” Donny asks the guy.

“I didn’t rob a bank, don’t be stupid!” The guy says.

“Yeah well I didn’t steal an election, don’t be stupid! But it took them two years to say that, how would you like it if they took two years to say you didn’t rob the bank?” Donny asks him. The guy waves a hand and goes back to his drink.

“Why don’t you show us your tax returns?” Another female patron asks.

“Why don’t you show everybody yours?” Donny says. “No, better yet, maybe Nancy should say that all tax returns should be in the public domain? Would you like that? The government can show the world your tax records?” Donny asks her, she frowns at this. Donny puts his arms out wide, looks down the bar at us.

“Come on, like you people don’t know me! Like you haven’t see me around? What? Did I come out of the woodwork or something? I’ve had people investigating me for years, for this, or that. My life has been on every tabloid paper you could buy.” He says, then shakes his head, as he goes back to his meal. The bar grows silent, people are thinking.

“Well, you are going to lose soon.” The first heckler mutters as he stirs his jack and coke.

“Think so? Nah, they’re losers.” Donny says. “You know why I won? I had nothing to lose. What? My political career would be over if I lost? You think so? Might be Mayor of NYC, maybe ran for Governor. Even if I didn’t? I would just fade away huh? Sell the business, go retire on a golf course? Think that would have happened? No, that was never going to happen. I wouldn’t fade into obscurity like the others. What are the other 2016 Republican presidential candidates up to these days? You know, the ones out of office? Oh sure, you see them on the news now and again. They do their things. But what about past contenders? Name me three contenders on the Republican side from 2008? No? 2012? Remember them? You don’t do you? Politicians? They fade away, because not winning? Is losing. I was never going to lose, so…I won.” Donny says. I frown at this, he made another good point actually.

“Racist.” The first heckler mutters.

“Why would a racist work to improve Black, Hispanic, and Asian employment rates? Or work at the unfair prison sentences policies from past administrations? Why was Katrina Pierson my spokesperson? would a racist do that? Would a misogynist do that? And yeah, speaking of misogyny, I am so anti-women that Kellyanne, the first woman to successfully run a presidential campaign mind you, is my counselor. So yeah, label me a bigot, and a misogynist.” Donny said shaking his head.

“Well, you said…” The woman heckler starts.

“Yes I did, I say lots of things. So do other.” Donny says cutting her short. I narrow my eyes at him. He sees this.

“What? Got something to add Jonny?” Donny says to me.

“Well, um, yeah. You say a lot of dumb stuff on twitter, on the news, even at rallies. You seem to pick a lot of fights that I feel aren’t necessary. I think you like doing this. Ginning people up, pissing them off. I’ve noticed you had many opportunities to take a victory lap for your successes, but instead say or do something stupid to get people angry and forget about your successes. Not sure why you do that, nor how I feel about it.” I say to Donny. He frowns, nods in thought.

“I’m a businessman, I keep them guessing, tell them what I want, how I want it, and then negotiate to get what I need. Didn’t you want a businessman to run the country? Yeah, well now you have one. I’m not worried about my political career, nor how to stay in power for 20 plus years. Them? The swamp as I call them. They worry about staying in power all the time. It keeps them up at night more than I do. Oh, and how’s your 401K doing Jonny?” He asks me.

“Good.” I say.

“And there you go.” Donny says.

“But what about…” I start. But he is getting up, putting down cash for his meal, looks at me and winks.

“There will always be a ‘But’. Business is my thing, trade is my thing, growing an economy is my thing. But? Well now, you have the get the other guys, them, to help me out for that. Without them? But is going to continue for a long time.” Donny says walking by me and patting my shoulder.

“What about the wall?” Another patron calls out as Donny heads for the door.

“Trying! See you guys tomorrow!” Donny says and heads out of the pub. Yes, we will see him tomorrow, and for quite a while I think.

 

 

[This satirical conversation is the product of the authors vivid imagination. At no time has the author met, nor conversed with President Donald J. Trump, or of anyone in the political arena except for a few snarky tweets and Facebook comments. I have been to a séance where President George Washington was conjured, but I feel the young woman running the séance was being a bit dramatic. This blog, along with this post, are for entertainment purposes only]

We need to impeach President Trump right now!…like today, maybe tomorrow.

Posted on May 22, 2019

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The marbles Congress has lost. / Photo by The Opinant.

 

We are wasting precious time here. President Trump must be impeached as soon as possible. If we don’t? We will never have enough time to see Mike Pence give the most boring speech telling us he is ascending to the Presidency with a Heavy Heart.

 

And that is just sad.

 

We really need to hear that speech. Then, we need now President Pence, to run for President in 2020 and just get his butt whooped. I am rubbing my hands in anticipation awaiting Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s announcement they are moving forward on Articles of Impeachment.

If this occurs, do you think Hillary Clinton will announce her candidacy? We can only hope.

Of course there is a slight problem with impeachment. It’s just a political formality, the real action happens in the Senate, where the President is put on trial, and if found guilty, removed from office. All hail President Clint…Pence!

The Senate is full of Republicans, and yeah, many don’t like Trump. Mitt Romney for instance. And let’s face it, Mitt should be President, because if anyone looks like a President? It is Mitt. Then again, President Obama looked like a President. And was one.

But unless the Republican Senators can be convinced that the world is going to end in 12 years due to Climate Change…and I have heard rumors they do have the intelligence of Sea Sponges, just the good sense not to talk like them…the chances of a guilty vote? Eh, not happening. Can we change the Electoral College or something? A voting app maybe?

 

But that shouldn’t be a reason not to impeach. Impeachments are a wonderful waste of Taxpayers monies, and they buy time for your parties candidates, when they really don’t have any new ideas to run on. So, we should start this ball rolling tomorrow.

In the past, impeachments have worked out so well, as in the case of Andrew Johnson which lead to his…okay, scratch that.

Then off course Bill Clinton who was tried in the Senate and…yeah, let’s pretend that didn’t happen, okay?

But now? We know it will work! Just like we know Socialism will work! (Ask Bernie)

This time? Impeachment is going to work!

So let’s give it a try! Get him out of office before he turns around the economy. Let’s not let him negotiate better trade deals from China…who, I think, sold me a defect phone, because my phone randomly keeps taking pictures of military installations I pass by them on the highway. And just think of all those wars he didn’t get us into! This guy? Yeah, he has got to go.

So, for the crime of not colluding with Russians, and not really obstructing an investigation into a crime he did not commit? Yeah, Impeach him now!

 

 

[The opinions expressed in this blog are from the authors vivid imagination. Which unfortunately tried to obstruct my original blog about Impeachment and were themselves, impeached. Now I have no recollection of the past three days, and am sure it was not alcohol related. Might have something to do with those brownies I ate. Or not, don’t know.]

Why the New Abortion Laws don’t bother the Sea Turtles.

Posted on May 16, 2019

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Not the least bit concerned about the New Laws. /Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

 

Normally, I tend to avoid discussions on abortion. Just bad form old boy, very bad form. The reason is rather simple, and I am sure you are used to them too.

Visceral Reactions, no matter what your take is on the subject. Nobody agrees, everyone has their own point of view. The Middle Ground? Is for whoosies.

But the subject has come to the forefront lately. With two States, Georgia and Alabama, enacting new laws that for all intents and purposes, outlaw abortion. Neither of these laws will survive for long, and both will die in the courts, to be ignored by the Supreme Court.

All of this is, of course, political posturing. Reactions from Republican lawmakers in response to Democratic lawmakers in response to Conservative picks for the Supreme Court in response to the election of Donald J. Trump who we must hate, because we lost. Did you get all that? Yeah, that is politics folks.

But Social Media has exploded with opinions, options as the where to go, and general nastiness, to tell you how mean and evil you are if you don’t agree with their opinion. All the while, Sea Turtles are snickering over the matter.

See, in the State of Georgia, who basically fired the first salvo on the Conservative side of the issue, it is illegal to disturb Sea Turtle eggs. You can get in a lot of trouble over that. Sea Turtles, like the Loggerhead one pictured above, are an endangered species. So, Georgia, along with the United States Government, protect them. You know, which they should.

Then of course, someone on twitter had to ask the question. Why are sea turtles protected more than human fetuses? (paraphrasing the tweet here). Yeah, that comment went over well.

Egg comparisons have gone wild, you know, why is okay to eat a chicken egg, but not okay to abort a fetus? Aren’t they the same? Maybe to cannibals, but no, not the same. Nor is the sea turtle, endangered or not.

The Conservative side of the issue is rather straightforward. It is immoral to abort an unborn child. That thing inside a pregnant woman? yeah, that is a human being. Toss in a little Biblical scripture, add some horrible pictures on posters and voila! You are an evil monster for wanting to kill a child!

On the Liberal side it gets a little more complicated. One, that thing inside a pregnant woman? Since it inhabits her body, she has the determining right to decide what to do with it. She shouldn’t be forced to carry, deliver, and raise that thing inside her. Self-determination is the cornerstone of the argument.

Obviously the issue is that Thing, and our inability to define it.

Like it or not, both sides have merit. A human being can only come from a female human being. Despite the endless parent jokes? Kids are not found under a rocks. Storks do not deliver babies, and the burden of the human species? Rests upon the female for 9 months. Then of course there is the whole nurturing aspect, but that is another subject.

Yet, nowhere else on the planet, are you going to find another place humans can come from, than from a woman. This single fact works in the favor of both sides, with Conservatives having a slight edge, because Humans beget Humans, Sea Turtles beget Sea Turtles. These are the facts of life folks.

Yet we currently protect the Sea Turtles more than we protect the Humans. That is a fact of society. We put a moral value on the sea turtle that we don’t necessarily apply to our own species. Even though our species? Will go out of its way to protect other species. Orca’s, Killer Whales, are a fairly intelligent marine mammals. Yet they really don’t care about Loggerhead sea turtles when it comes to their meals. They will eat them.

The Liberal side has a good argument on a woman’s right to self-determination of her body. Yet they back that argument up with somewhat idiotic facts.

Who will take care of the children if you make abortion illegal? Fine, fair point. Yet liberals have been telling conservatives they are immoral, unkind, and generally mean, for not allowing illegal immigrants from entering the United States. Some on the extreme left side of Liberalism are wanted borders to cease altogether.

Yet they don’t like answering the conservatives questions about: Who will take care of all these illegal immigrants you want to come here? Who will pay for their educations, their healthcare, their housing? At those questions, liberals tend to look down at their shoes and move their toe around a bit in a slow circle. Their only answer is to tax The Rich, other than that? They don’t have answers, but still tout that keeping people out, is immoral.

Conservatives argue that abortion is against God’s Will. I haven’t personally asked God this question. Maybe some have. An email would be nice. Yes I am being facetious…

And while yes, in several Great Religious Texts, various Deities talk about the sanctity of life, but choosing one Religious view for everyone is sort of frowned upon in the United States. And that is not taking into account the pregnant woman may be an Atheist. Unfortunately, those who take the Religious High ground feel a moral obligation. Without regards to other moral obligations. No looking at their feet for that lot.

The Liberal side also likes to tout that the Government should not dictate what a woman can, and cannot, do to their own bodies. Then they back silly laws like not being able to buy a Big Gulp in NYC. Or bans on cigarettes, trans fat, sugars, etc. Telling women (and well, the rest of us) what to eat, drink, and not to drive that CO2 producing car. Because if there is one thing the government does not do? Is being skimpy on regulating on how you should live your life. Time to look at your feet on this one.

Conservatives get a little lost on the whole preventing pregnancies. They tout abstinence. Which former TV Witch Alyssa Milano agrees with…talk about irony. Yet while abstinence will prevent pregnancies. It rarely works out the way conservatives think it should. Ignoring sex, and not promoting safe sex, is just dumb. Making birth control easily available and at extremely low cost, or free, just makes sense for both sides of the abortion argument. Less unwanted pregnancies, less abortions.

 

Overall it comes down to this. Neither side will agree. Neither side will find a common ground. Neither side has the moral authority. While they both claim they do.

Personally? I am Pro-choice. However I feel that while abortion should never be made illegal, nor access denied, we should strive to reduce the number to as to near zero as possible. There will always be a What If? or situations that will require a medical abortion. There are too many variables in a human’s life to say ‘no you can’t’. Nor should we, in a free society, take that option off the table for personal situations we just can’t predict.

We must also keep in mind those who prey upon these situations. Those who push women to choose one way or another.

Defending the right for a woman to have an abortion, just for your organizations betterment? Not good.

Nor should those who oppose abortion go to such extreme levels as bar women from access to local healthcare and the right of self-determination, while shaming them for a difficult choice.

Technology has advanced since Roe vs Wade. More premature babies are being born and surviving. Back then? Babies born at the 24 week mark rarely survived. Now? 66%-80% survive. At 26 weeks that rate goes up to 90%. Our technology is constantly evolving when it comes to prenatal care. It is not absurd to surmise that by the time Roe vs Wade turns 100? Artificial wombs may take the pregnancy from the woman’s body and help premature fetuses survive. All this is moving to become a moot point. And both sides of the argument know this, and are using this debate over abortion to further their political interests.

This little opinion piece of mine will not solve the issue. Nor will the countless others out there. Courts will decide, and in time, probably have to decide again as technology changes. Yet as we strive to figure out the most simplest of questions, when is a person a person? Sea Turtle eggs lay safely in their sandy nest, snickering at us humans, knowing we will protect them at all cost.

 

 

[The opinions expressed in this blog are strictly from the vivid imagination of the author. While not a woman, nor does he identify as a woman, and definitely does not identify as a pregnant woman, he is still a human and part of society when society allows him to play. The opinions expressed are the authors alone.]