In 2002 we ran away from Illinois where we were born and raised, and started a new life in SW Florida. This blog is about me (an eccentric old artist), ROM (my Real Old Man), Isabella (our neurotic Standard Poodle) and Emmy (our crazy snake killing Jack Russell Terrier). Oh- and the neighborhood old people. Life is good in Florida!


Friday, November 11, 2016

Who's To Blame? The Deplorables

There are a lot of fingers pointing at the Democrats right now. Apparently some blame the Dems for America electing The King of Deplorables as the next President of our country.  So it's the Democrats fault that the Republicans chose Trump as their candidate for president? And it’s also the Democrats fault that people found his hate fueled campaign appealing? I keep hearing if the Democrats ran Bernie instead of Hillary that Trump would have been defeated. I find that hard to believe. How could anyone who believed in Bernie and what he represented vote for Trump out of anger and spite? Trump and Bernie's platforms and ideology couldn't be farther apart.
Some are blaming the press for Trump’s win.  Yes, they were hard on Hillary and yes they did air excessive coverage of Trump.  But I would think that anyone of average intelligence and just a smidgen of morals would have been thoroughly disgusted with what we were shown.  We saw him publicly mock and ridicule a man with a disability. Can you imagine being singled out in a large public crowd and openly mocked? And to hear the crowd laugh as you were being humiliated?  If you weren’t horrified and angered by that act of cruelty you truly are deplorable.

We can’t forget Trump’s ugly comment about John McCain. Though he never served one minute in the military, he smugly said he didn’t consider McCain a war hero because he got captured and he only liked people who didn’t get captured.  If you think it’s okay to demean a man who suffered such horrific torture while serving our country you truly are deplorable.
We had the tape of a conversation between Trump and Billy Bush where he openly bragged about grabbing women by the pussy and kissing them without their consent.  And don’t forget his penchant for rating women strictly on their physical looks and publicly demeaning women with cruel name calling. He dismissed women who have come forward and accused him sexual assault by insinuating it couldn’t be true because he found them unattractive.  If you think all this is okay, you truly are deplorable.

I don’t think we’ll ever forget Trump addressing the size of his penis during a national debate. And yes, Rubio started that tawdry exchange, but Trump felt so threatened he needed to publicly tell us that his penis size was "bigly". If you want a president who publicly discusses his penis size, you truly are deplorable.

And then there’s his wall… that he will make Mexico pay for it (if you believe that you’re an idiot).  Because we all know that Mexicans only come here to sell drugs and rape American women. I guarantee you the majority of rapes in America are being committed by home grown violent deviant men- you know, the one’s that feel entitled to grab women by the pussy. In addition to the wall he also said he would round up all the undocumented people and deport them with no exceptions.  Of course reasonable people know this would be an impossible task, but let’s consider for a moment it was possible. Do you have any idea how the cost of groceries would skyrocket without the cheap labor undocumented workers now provide?  (The morality of paying any worker, whether documented or not, such meager wages and no benefits is a worthy topic for another post).  How do we ignore the fact that families would be ripped apart with a mass deportation of people? If you think it’s okay to separate parents from their children, you truly are deplorable.

I could write for hours specifying every disgusting thing Trump has said and done. Ain’t nobody got time for that! The list is so long one could make it their life’s work.  So who is to blame for Trump being elected President of the United States? Every one of you deplorable people who voted for him is to blame.  He’s your President, not mine. He’s now the President of The Deplorables.  Damn pity we can’t keep the Mexicans and deport all The Deplorables.  I think the Mexicans love America more than The Deplorables do.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Ugly Underbelly of America Has Risen...

Usually when I begin to write a blog post I already know what I'm going to write about and have come up with a title. But not today. I'm still reeling from the election results and my thoughts are jumbled.  My rational mind knew that the Bloated Orange One could win, but my heart rejected such a reality. Surely America would never elect such a hateful entitled buffoon? What I didn't realize is how little some   Americans care about women and minorities, the poor, LBGTQ, disabled, immigrants and non-Christians. 

For years we've been warned about the dumbing down of America and now we see how prophetic those warnings were. Years of watching Bravo Real Housewives, FOX News, Breitbart and cable networks pretending to be news groomed us for this debacle. 

America elected a rich privileged elderly orange man- a pussy grabbing, climate change denying, immigrant hating, KKK endorsed, narcissistic sociopath to lead our country. And gave him control of Congress and Senate just to sweeten the pot. 

David Duke is just giddy with the election results:

And it isn't just the KKK we have to thank for the Bloated Orange One. Bible thumping evangelicals did their part. Evidently they're okay with rich powerful men grabbing women by the pussy, as long as women aren't given the right to make decisions regarding birth control/abortion and 
LBGTQ are denied the same rights as heterosexual god fearing people.

As for the white women voters, I can't come up with any reasonable explanation.  

My heart broke when I listened to Van Jones. His words were the last ones I heard before I turned the TV off. 

I'm white, a natural born citizen, heterosexual and in the last chapter of my life so I don't have that much to fear. I'll be dead before the long term repercussions of this election are felt. When I cast my vote it wasn't so much for me, but for the younger generations and the Colombian couple down the street who are struggling to learn English and share cheerful smiles and their delicious sweet desserts with us, the lesbian Latino friends we play Spades with on the weekends, my widowed neighbors who rely on SS and Medicare just to exist, my gay neighbor who shared his red pineapple plant with me and campaigned tirelessly for Hillary and equality, the spirited Black women I've had the privilege of knowing over the years and all the people who are different from me but have greatly enriched my life by knowing them. 

All my life I've often felt out of step with the majority, but never as much as I did last night. The ugly underbelly of America has risen up and cast a shadow over us all.