Clowns & Jokers

Well I think I’m in a better place since my last post.  And  I have decided on two courses of action for the next four years of a Trump Presidency.  First and foremost I will laugh. I will watch every SNL skit, every irreverent video lambasting Washington politics that I can find and listen to the many standup comedians who are the voice and conscious of the American People.  Like Will Rogers in my parents’ generation, they speak to the absurdity of it all and help us laugh at ourselves and our predicament. Comedy, after all, is nothing more than seeing the contradictions in everything, observing and experiencing the unexpected, the surprise, the slapstick.  How can you not laugh? We have Clowns and Jokers taking over Washington come January led by a larger than life Oompa-Loompa.

To start off the menagerie we have Vice President elect Mike Pence who believes the universe is only 7,000 years old and that homosexuals can be cured.  Then there’s  Steve Bannon, Trump’s White House chief strategist.   Bannon is known to be racist, anti-Semitic and a supporter of white supremacist groups.  He is the founder of the alt-right Breibart News, which is known for publishing misleading information or bold face lies. One headline read  ‘Ferguson Effect’: America’s New Crime Wave Is All Part of the Plan’  The story’s goes on  to villainize the victims of various police shootings, including Michael Brown, who died after being shot by  police in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014.

Trump’s pick for Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, a Goldman Sachs trader turned hedge fund manager, is hardly in keeping with his campaign promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington. It looks more like he’s stocking the swamp with alligators.

To make the Trump team even more entertaining, as if it could be, Sarah Palin is back. She may become the head of Veterans Affairs. What happened to Energy Secretary or Secretary of  the Interior?  Oh Lord Help us. This woman is not able to speak two coherent sentences in a row. Here’s a sample from a speech she gave in Iowa for the Trump campaign.

“Trump’s candidacy, it has exposed not just that tragic ramifications of that betrayal of the transformation of our country, but too, he has exposed the complicity on both sides of the aisle that has enabled it, okay? Well, Trump, what he’s been able to do, which is really ticking people off, which I’m glad about, he’s going rogue left and right, man, that’s why he’s doing so well.”

Oh, and who would have guessed that our next head of the EPA may be Myron Ebell, a man who does not even believe in science. He actually referred to climate scientists as “global warming alarmists” and suggested that climate research is in fact an arm of a coordinated political movement. And of course we have the bully of New Jersey, Chris Christie, securing the coveted role as leader of Trump’s transition team, only to be  booted when his past actions regarding the closing of a certain bridge in New Jersey came back to bite him in the ass.

But one of the most ludicrous picks is for Secretary of State. How can Trump actually think  former General David Petraeus is qualified to represent the United States around the world? This is a man who will need to notify his probation officer before he can take Trump up on his offer.  He was sentenced on April 23, 2015, to serve two years of probation and pay a $100,000 fine for sharing classified information with his biographer and lover, Paula Broadwell. And by the way, he was married at the time.  This makes no sense on any level. Can a man who betrayed his country be trusted to represent the US to foreign leaders? And how can Trump, who was unmerciful toward Hillary’s email indiscretions during his campaign, chanting “Lock her up! Lock her up!” put forth such a candidate with a straight face. A man who actually betrayed his country because he couldn’t keep his penis in his pants.  What an insane hypocrite Trump is!

If that’s not enough to get you laughing, just look at all the Republican politicians who refused to align themselves with the evil Trump during the campaign, but now are his BFFs, sucking up to the billionaire narcissist in hopes of getting  high appointments in plush offices in Washington. Mitt Romney, who I actually thought had integrity, is selling his Mormon soul to the Devil in hopes of securing a cabinet position in the Trump Administration. Romney’s previous comments about the man he now wants to work for, show the depth of his hypocrisy.  He said, “[Trump’s]  promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing the American people for suckers. He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat.” And to make matters worse, I’m not sure Romney will fit in the Trump menagerie since he’s not that funny.  But Rudy Giuliani sure is.  This ex New York Mayor has a shit load of baggage, but that doesn’t stop him from being Trumps’ lap dog, hoping to become part of the inner sanctum of Trump elite. The funniest thing about Mr. Giuliani is that he does not fit the right wing conservative positions of most of the Republican party. His past record shows he supported Gay rights, a woman’s right to chose and he favored gun control.  WTF?  And what makes him even remotely qualified to be Secretary of State?

But the most recent insanity to come out of Trump’s mouth is his statement that he won the popular vote if you take away all the millions of illegal votes cast. This trumps all the lies thus far. (pun intended).  He won the f#@%$&n election.  Hillary lost.  Why would he try to taint the results. Does he really want to throw out the whole election and start over?

What galls me the most, is Mitch Mc Connell, that snail faced  f@#$&*r from my home state, who is walking around the Capital grinning like the Cheshire Cat. There is now an unholy combination for the evil empire to rule this country for the next four years since, the Republicans have the majority in both the House and Senate. To quote author Dorothy Parker “What fresh hell is this?”

So I have to laugh to keep from crying. I will laugh to keep my sanity. I will laugh for my health.  To do otherwise will be my undoing.  I know just what I can stand and how much and for how long.  And I know I cannot stand to stay angry.  I cannot stand to live in fear.  And I will not give in to depression.  This leads me to my second course of action.

I  vow to remain diligent and active for the duration. I will make every effort to know what is going on in Washington; what legislation is in the works, who is trying to pass what, what policies are being put forward by whom and what will be their affect.  Basically “How will the few affect the many?”  I will pick and chose my battles. I will write letters, send emails and make phone calls. I know I’m not a political sufficianado so I don’t always have a handle on the ins and outs of what’s going on in the hallowed halls of the Capital, but I can decipher enough to know what I think and feel about an issue.  And when I feel strongly about something I will write what I know and share information that will help others know too. And I will be active, not complacent.

There are already several issues I know that I will not keep silent about.  One is the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.  If this campaign promise becomes a reality over 20 million Americans will again be without health insurance. And I am one of them.  Another big issue is the promise to rescind regulations on industry that protect our environment.  We will have a president and vice president and over half the lawmakers in Washington who do not believe in science.  They cannot comprehend the concept of global warming, therefore they believe that anything we as humans do to this planet is OK.  After all the whole universe is only seven thousand years old and probably  in our lifetime we will experience the Second Coming and the whole thing won’t matter a bit, since we’ll all be taken up to a heavenly city in the clouds, or be cast into a lake of fire for eternity.  So why bother with something as trivial as global warming?
There are many more issues that rile me; mistreatment of immigrants, passing laws that discriminate against the LGTBQ community, passing laws to limit a woman’s right to her own body and health care, gun control, and discriminating against Moslems. (If there is to be a national register for those of the Moslem faith, I am going to register).

And lastly, I am not waiting for the inauguration. I am starting now. This weekend my husband and I will participate in our first ever protest march.  We will walk through the streets of Covington, Kentucky  with a group called NKY Unites!, marching to protest racism, bigotry, homophobia, sexism, xenophobia, and class discrimination. Basically we are marching FOR  HUMAN DIGNITY, which is all any of us wants and needs.

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