So now we have Presidential candidates comparing hand sizes as an indication of how large their dicks are? What? To put it mildly, if a bit crudely, they are total schmucks. We should not be surprised.
What had surprised me initially but now I have fallen to a state of dismay, is how many of my fellow citizens are so titillated by this entertainment they do not seem to remember that this contest is not for the biggest jerk in the country but for our President and representative to the rest of the world. When people say they support Trump because he tells it like it is, it is easy to remind them that they no longer speak to family members who have done the same thing for years. Why is speaking crudely an asset?
As more and more people climb on the Trump bandwagon I am still amazed at those that ignore the fact he has talked about how beautiful his daughter’s body is and he would “date” her….in other words, incest. I am amazed that the photos of his wife with her surgically enhanced breasts exhibited for all of us to see is not a matter of concern over the slutty nature of the woman who could become our First Lady but a gut reaction from men who drool over sexy broads. I would expect the constituency who cuts funding for women’s health clinics and does not want to teach sexual education to kids before their hormones lead them into activities with consequences, that that group of people would be making SOME comment about concern for the gutter level of the Trumps. (I think this is the same group that scorns the dress code of Muslim women to cover their head or even their entire body.)
But now, we have people who are not really thinking. Maybe this is a horribly true reflection of our education system which teaches for the test and not for the ability to reason. I suppose if you vote for the winner of a Presidential election you might think you won. You might think you passed the test. But in reality, you may have failed at an important life decision and the consequences of that support may really come back to bite you.
We need to look at those consequences.
For all of you who support Republican candidates who want to bomb the Middle East because of fear of terrorism, take a moment to think it through. No one seems to take a minute to think who might not like that idea, besides all the innocent people who live there. (I suspect many people here don’t care about them anyway, back to the prior adage that the only dead (fill in the blank) is a dead one.) But, no one is thinking that if we unleash the bombs, so might anyone else who dislikes us. No one is thinking about how WWIII will start.
For all of you who hate abortion, cutting off access to a legal procedure is not the right choice. Abortions have been going on for millennium. Backstreet procedures have ended up maiming and killing many women. Supporting a candidate who says he will stop all legal abortions is supporting someone who says they will change the law. You might support that, but realize you are about to kill your sisters. You can start counting dead bodies of adults, I suppose.
For all of you who hate people being on welfare and want to cut programs but look the other way when you notice the homeless in your town, be aware the problem will get worse. People who say we should have smaller government are usually not active in their communities to work social programs. If we are not going to work on this on a local level, each one of us, then we need some help and that is why the federal government stepped in.
For all of you who want change but never get off your butts to help make that possible, your comments are not helpful. Your actions show you really don’t care. You just want what YOU want and are little different from anyone else in that regard. Only if you help work it so the least of us can get more comfortable living and eating and working situation, your bitching and moaning does nothing to help.
For all of you who just buy another gun so you will be ready to join the fight, what are you fighting for? If you think you are going to protect your family, if your mottos include “out of my cold dead hands” then you are not working to building a nation for all of us, but part of what will tear us apart.
For all of you who want the illegals to go back home, go work in the farm fields for a season. Hell, work for a week…if you can handle the physical activity. And then live on only what you earned. And please, think back to your own family history and try to really understand the motivation for those ancestors who were willing to leave all that they knew in search of a better life. If your family does not know its history, perhaps it’s because there is something particularly unpleasant they were trying to forget. Or something that did not include an element of pride? But if you can not find the feeling within you to understand why people come here now, you are not reaching into your soul deeply.
One thing is abundantly clear. Over the past 7 years this nation has been whipped into divisions. Back in 2007 Obama was elected by most of us in the hope of “change”. His slogan, Be the Change you want to see obviously fell on deaf ears. I think people sat back expecting improvement and their choice of talking heads lead them to believe things like medical coverage for all is a horrible idea. Their choice of talking heads lead them to think things should have been fixed in the first year. Their choice of talking heads has helped them forget what caused the issues President Obama had to deal with.
Who benefits if we are divided? Do you know…or care? If you don;t, you probably are continuing to support their goal. Is that your goal?
So now, we have a clown show and the world is laughing. For all of you conservatives who believe that President Obama degraded America’s world image, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Worse, you will be contributing to it if you elect Trump or Cruz or Rubio. None are the leadership we need on a world stage let alone to bring our domestic situation to a healthier state. Several nations are considering banning Trump from ever visiting. From Mexico to Great Britain these are early warning signs that a Trump Presidency will not be respected by the world.
We have had a few great Presidents, many of whom were not very popular during their time in office because of the programs they started that affected people in power to help others. And we have had some that introduced programs that hurt many people living in this nation. Most Presidents were in the middle, not great statesmen but people who tried to at least do no damage.
This election we have choices to elect a person with strong ideas of what is right for this nation. So many are out of touch with what we, the people, really deal with. Oh, they learn snippets from those of us who shout the loudest and have a crowd following. But we, the people need to look at the whole picture not just our favorite issue. Who can lead us in our nation and in the world to bring us together in peace and prosperity? Think people…..use the space between your ears, not just your gut reactions. This is important. There are consequences.
March 21, 2016 at 8:23 am
Hey Beth – I’d love to illustrate this article as you did, but can’t get a handle on the illustrations. Help?????
March 6, 2016 at 8:13 pm
This is such a sad state of affairs, it speaks badly for America.
March 6, 2016 at 8:20 pm
This campaign is offering people who want to get away from the established political parties two options, but one takes some thinking and one is all raw emotion. In a society where education has been diminished, emotion is easier to reach. I agree, Charlie….election night will be a nail biter I think.
March 4, 2016 at 10:21 pm
Thank you Beth, well said! My neighbors here are asking me why Americans are so stupid. Even here in Croatia the many Republican candidates are not liked nor respected. Many are sincerely worried about the world should any of them are elected, not just their country but the entire world!
March 5, 2016 at 7:22 am
We are in for a bumpy ride, that;s for sure, Metaphorically but also actually, since no one but Bernie is talking about a program to fix the infrastructure.