I have come to believe that people pray to God not because One exists, but because our Ego does. I believe Prayer works because it takes our most naturally destructive energies (intention, will, hope, judgement, etc.) and channels them outward, rather than back toward ourselves where they do the most damage.
Here is why so many people in the Republican party are willing to set aside solid evidence, and instead believe what Donald Trump tells them. The far-right movement of conservatives that has been living on a diet of straight-up conspiracies and lies for so long, that it is second nature to them now. As evidenced by your average conversation these days.
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Bubba Q. Public: “Obama is secretly from Kenya”
Normal Brain Brian: “Seriously, there’s a public records trail a mile wide that refutes all of that.
“Bubba Q. Public: “Planted years ago. Them there Muslins think in decades, not days.
“Normal Brain Brian: “Did you get upset at some of the stuff his church minister said? That Jeremy Wright guy… You know, from Trinity Church?”
“Bubba Q. Public: “Oh sure. You know that guy was part of the human trafficking syndicate. See, there’s this pizza place in Warshington…”
“Normal Brain Brian: “Wait! What? I thought you guys said that was a Hillary thing?”
“Bubba Q. Public: “CROOKED HILLARY!!!!! BLAAAAARGBLBLBLBPPPPFFFF!”
**(about 20 minutes of swearing, and breaking things, and a whole lot of babble about emails, and shills, and back braces, and uranium, and pizza shops, and foundations, and Benghazi, and emails, and Benghazi, and emails…)
“Normal Brain Brian: “Are you okay? It sounds like we might have hit a nerve and…”
“Bubba Q. Public: “LOCK HER UP! LOCK HER UP!!”
“Normal Brain Brian: “There’s no one else around us. Why do you keep chanting and looking around for people to join you? It’s only you and me.”
**(another 20 minutes of ranting and yelling at the salt and pepper shakers on the table…)
“Normal Brain Brian: (to self) “Maybe it’s time to lighten up the mood) — “So, how about this weather lately?”
“Bubba Q. Public: “You fucking snowflake! Oooh noooo! The world is gonna end because it’s raining out! It’s the big bad global warming! What’s that?? Oh, we had record snowfall this year. BOOM! Take that! You fucking shill.”
“Normal Brain Brian: (pauses to come up with something, anything to talk about that doesn’t involve a conspiracy…) — “How about we put all this aside and go grab a cup of coffee?”
“Bubba Q. Public: “Coffee?! HAHAHA!!! Suuuure! Yeah, let’s go get some mocha choka burnt crap from Charbucks so we can fund more terrorists coming over the border, I can see right through you and your Commie crap.”
“Normal Brain Brian: (Walks away shaking his head, as Bubba screams about winning the argument because of his superior ‘free thinking’ American logic, and telling everyone to ‘Do your homework people!’)
Yes the president is a Russian stooge. Yes he just showed the whole world how much he loves smooching Putin’s ass today.
No one looks good with brown lipstick Donald.
Meanwhile, a real live Russian agent with solid ties to the Republican party and the NRA. was actually actually arrested in the United States on charges of being a witch.
“At the behest of a senior Russian government official, the woman, Mariia Butina, made connections through the National Rifle Association, religious organizations and the National Prayer Breakfast to try to steer the Republican Party toward more pro-Russia policies, court records show. Privately comparing herself to a Soviet Cold War propagandist, she worked to infiltrate American organizations and establish “back channel” lines of communication with American politicians.”
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2018/07/16/us/politics/trump-russia-indictment.html
So, news reports have said that members of the Trump administration have been denied service in, and chased out of, businesses they thought they had the right to frequent as a normal customer. It’s completely unfair.
And I hear they’re also having trouble finding dates, or keeping them when they do. People are just walking out in the middle of dates when they find out someone works for the administration. It’s just rude.
No one likes to be judged by others. Especially not before they even get a chance to know you. And something personal, like where you work or what you believe in, shouldn’t affect what restaurant you’re allowed to eat in… Right?
Okay, seriously… What the hell the is going on in this world?
The news media are the real enemy of the people?!
The United States is forcibly separating parents from their children at our borders?!
Canada is getting accused of being a national security threat?!
Putin admits in an interview, that he talks to Donald Trump “all the time”?!
Donald Trump had a propaganda film created, and then showed it to Kim Jong-un at their summit. North Korea then walked away with endless video material to snip, recombine, and loop endlessly. The resulting videos will show the moment that North Korea became a dominant force on the world’s stage, just like the United States.
Being an American does not mean you should or shouldn’t possess a gun, but we should respect each other’s right to choose either. It’s a gun, it’s designed to kill people. You should be glad not everyone wants to do that.
Being an American does not depend on where you were born. We are all a mix, and we always have been. No one likes to be the last one picked for a team, so don’t be a jerk.
Being an American does not mean you need to speak a particular dialect, and we have never had an official language. Don’t be so self-centered, you look and sound different to other people too.
Being an American does not mean we must obey a particular religion or God, but we sure do know enough to keep them all out of our laws. If everyone doesn’t believe in something, then there’s no way you can rule with it. Ignoring this always leads to uprisings.
Being an American means you don’t need to know the words to our national anthem, or even to stand up during it. There’s people who think you should, and others who think you shouldn’t. The wonderful thing about freedom is when you get to exercise it.
Being an American does not mean you have to submit to an arranged marriage, or any marriage for that matter. And if you do want to marry someone else, we are finally beginning to realize that it’s no one’s business who you fall in love with. No matter how closed-minded people can be, no one like’s to be told what to do.
Being an American does not mean you have to fit in one of the predetermined parties that we group people by in politics. In fact, most of us rarely like everything that comes bundled up by a single political group. It’s almost as if people are actually different. That’s a good thing.
Being an American does not mean you have to like your president. In fact, we have always believed that a peaceful protest to can help right the wrongs we sometimes make. America has always tried to assure that the minority opinion gets heard. And when it doesn’t, it is our right to engage in constructive dissent to see that it does.
Being an American means that we recognize the world is bigger than us, most people are different from us, nothing is forever, a majority does not equal harmony, we don’t like bullies and monarchs, and we prefer to change our public servants often.
Being an American means that we take the good with the bad, and strive to be better next time. It means that you shouldn’t insult others for protesting during an anthem, especially if you can’t remember the words to our other national ballads.
Being an American means that we do believe, we do care, and we are united. But what we care about, what we believe in, and what we unite over, is different for each of us.
We are strong because we are different. We are special because we are equal. The most aggressive are the most afraid. And what looks like the end always brings a new beginning.
This guy has every intention of stoking a fucking civil war!
He really has no problem if people go to war and die over what comes out of his fucking mouth. All the better reason to suspend elections.
Donald Trump has decided to blame democrats for Attorney General Jeff Sessions ‘zero tolerance’ approach to illegal border crossings. Even though Sessions himself said, “If you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law.”
My guess is, because Trump knows that his base would never read a single news source that would contradict the
Mango Mussolini Orange Ogre.
Jeff Sessions, a lifelong member of “The Republican Party of Family Values” somehow convinced himself that somehow this stupid-ass idea will deter people who are trying to escape gangs, drugs, murder, violence, and corruption, to not take their chances with the United States Border Patrol.
Well Donald, you live to ignore laws and norms… maybe you should step in and stop it, if it’s keeping you up at night.
Have you noticed that no one has actually defined what exactly defines the “Deep State”?
Fear of a thing is usually worse than the thing itself.
Fear of the unknown is a biggee too.
Keep it vague. Keep it ominous. Sow doubt and distrust.
A Mexican wrestling team made up of Joseph McCarthy and Richard Nixon, both wearing Voldemort masks, couldn’t have cooked up a darker threat.
Let’s say that the entire Russia thing turns out to be a big misunderstanding. And, let’s assume then that Donald Trump gets re-elected and serves two full terms, resigning peacefully after a normal, democratic election. mmmmmmkay?
So at some point during those years there will have been midterm elections that likely flip the House and the Senate, since that isn’t entirely unlikely in American politics.
Still with me?
Now, during the last year of Trump’s presidency a Supreme Court justice dies suddenly. What would happen if Democrats decided to not even hold a vote on a Supreme Court appointee? Even if Trump decided to put forth a candidate that both parties could agree on. Someone like Merrick Garland. And what happens if the Democrats in charge said ‘no’, and dug in their heels further?
And what if, let’s say, a Bernie Sanders type candidate is elected as President after Donald Trump. Let’s call him Barney Summers.
Suddenly Barney begins to rapidly use Executive Orders to do things like: “Once a year we will now have an “Open Border Day” along our southern border. And during that day, anyone who shows up with the all of their paperwork filled out, gets instant status as a United States citizen.
Also, President Barney Summers begins to appoint every progressive activist he knows. People who have longed to get on the inside to regulate and straighten out all of the government programs that they’ve been protesting against for decades. Suddenly coal companies are required to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and upgrades if they want to remain in business. Corporate executives who had previously taken golden parachutes after tanking their company, and fleecing American consumers, are retroactively prosecuted, fined, and jailed for their crimes.
The military is suddenly required to justify every purchase they want to make…And to do so, must get three separate quotes from different vendors, all to be reviewed by the citizens. Meanwhile, public education finally gets an unfettered budget, allowing the entire system to be rebuilt in the image of far more successful European educational models, which would now include funding every citizen being allowed to obtain a 4 year degree at a community college. All of this would be paid for by the taxes that the Defense Department were not able to justify needing anymore.
Or, what if they Defense Department gets quietly defunded and dismantled, in much the same way the State Department is currently being subjected to?
Police in various states begin to pull over, arrest, and abuse, primarily white men who are identified as posing a threat to our nation’s security. The evidence used to justify these threats is based on superficial things like, gun racks in their vehicles, and various bumper stickers that identify them by their political leanings.
Also, during this time, legislation is passed that bans any and all Americans from purchasing, or possessing, all forms of assault weapons. The President begins to label that entire industry as “The Lying Gun Lobby”, and drives changes that make it legal to sue the weapons dealers and manufacturers, on behalf of anyone killed or harmed by their products.
I think you can see where I am going with this, so here are my questions:
Just exactly how loud do you think the voices would be in the Republican party then?
Would people like Paul Ryan be okay if the new Speaker of the House refused to listen to the opposition, or even allow any dissenting ideas onto The Floor for a vote?
Do you think they would be able to recognize even a little bit of the irony that they were suffering through?
Just a thought experiment for you, on this beautiful May weekend.