A Shred of Hope

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving. Appreciate all things, big and small. True, it could always be better, but never forget that it could be worse. Much, much worse.

You sitting in an abode with heat, power, and running water? Life is good. You got a little food somewhere in the house, enough to fill your belly? Your family and friends alive and well? Does your health still allow you to get out of bed in the morning and put one foot in front of the other? Then it’s a good day. Consider it such.

Trump and the Trumpanzees….

I don’t know if they’ll win the day, but I know they’ll lose the war, eventually. Nothing built on that stack of dishonesty and ineptitude can last for long. It’s doomed to implode at some point. The only problem is, it can’t come soon enough, although a lot of innocent people will probably get hurt in the process.

Anyway…the Trump phenomenon, his cult of personality, seems to have taken on a life of its own and about all we can do is wait for the storm to pass. At this point in time, there is absolutely nothing that anyone can say or do to convince a Trump supporter that their leader is a dangerous, dishonest, and incompetent dictator wannabe.

A Trumpanzee will never change his mind about Trump until, at some point, they are personally impacted by Trump’s duplicity and avarice. A lot of dumb-ass farmers and small business folks–former staunch conservative Republicans–are suddenly realizing how dangerous Trump is now that they’re being subjected to the president’s tariff policies. There was a time in my life when I might have felt sorry for them, but now I have to laugh. Some of them might expect people like me to welcome them back into the fold of sanity with open arms. Think again, shithead.

If left unchecked, every American who isn’t a rich man will eventually be negatively impacted by Trump’s dystopian rule. It’s only a matter of time.

But I am seeing indications that the tide is turning, however slowly.

In an unprecedented move, CNN recently had an hour-long television special that listed Trump’s lies and tried to analyze his motivation for doing so. It was a good step in the right direction. That the president lies constantly is not even up for debate: it’s a given. It’s documented. Trump is known to lie about things even when there is no apparent reason to do so.

What’s needed next is a real-time debunking of the man’s lies every single time his fat orange face is speaking to a television camera. Whether or not CNN, or MSNBC does it…or even better if one of the mainstream networks like ABC or CBS does it…remains to be seen. But they should, and they should start right now.

I think that those news networks have come to realize that if they don’t do it now, the time may come when they are forbidden from doing it at all, by edict.

Don’t laugh. Anybody who knows anything about dictatorial power–which is exactly what Trump is striving to create–knows that subjugation of the “free press” is probably among the top ten items on every despots to-do list.

So sit back, stay out of the way, and enjoy the show, because this is history in the making. Don’t expose yourself to harm just yet, unless you know you can make a difference. For now, the leviathans are fighting it out.

As the Koreans said long ago, when their country was the ad hoc battle ground for wars between China and Japan: “When whales fight, only the shrimp get hurt.”

With Friends Like These….

“The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.” – former president Obama

Yeah, well President Obama, I guess that whole “Hope & Change” thing doesn’t fly so much now that you’re a very rich man.

“The truth of the matter is, there’s not nearly been enough evidence that has been acquired as to whether or not it is a gateway drug,” Biden said. “It’s a debate, and I want a lot more before I legalize it nationally. I want to make sure we know a lot more about the science behind it.” – former vice president Biden

Mr. Biden – stupid is as stupid does. There have been more than enough studies to show that marijuana in and of itself is not a gateway drug. It could be considered a gateway drug only because of its illegal status, because when they were out of pot, dealers were known to offer other alternatives. That won’t happen in a legalized pot shop.

American Liberals have not moved “too far to the left” as these two entrenched members of the establishment want us to think.

The Democratic Party has moved too far to the right.

Legalized Weed May Save Us

Laugh if you want. But I think about the 1960’s, which was the decade of change, and I remember that among the most significant features regarding that turbulent era was how college kids started smoking more marijuana.

Opponents of marijuana like to imply that pot smokers are dumb, but my experience has proven the exact opposite to be true. Pot smokers are more aware and “awake” than non-pot smokers. Pot smokers better understand the value of honesty and karmic retribution. They can literally see things that the non-pot smokers can’t—things that are essentially invisible, but real, like systems of politics, economics, finance, and war.

It didn’t take long for the pot smokers to realize that the Vietnam War was a bunch of bullshit. The non-pot smokers, however, thought it was a war worth fighting, and many believe so to this very day. Can you imagine how stupid, blind, or deluded a person has to be in order to believe that now?

Cops are usually among the most hostile critics of legalized weed, which unfortunately gives us another reason to lose respect for cops. And among the most paranoid of the critics of legalized weed, I sometimes hear “You know what? They can lace that weed with funny stuff.”

To which I say, “Oh really? Like they did with beer and booze and cigarettes and prescription drugs?” The “they” that we have to worry about is not so much the government as the unregulated industries who treat humans like cattle. Sugars, salts, and fats are hands-down the worst forms of “funny stuff” that are being injected into our diets, and done so on a daily basis.

I’m not saying that I’m 100% sure that some kind of “mind control” thing can’t happen. I mean who can? Isn’t that what television was for?

But I do know that weed has a signature taste and a unique quality all its own, and any deviation from that would probably be found out rather quickly. Just as there are professionals who can tell you a hundred things about a glass of wine, there are similar professionals in the pot world who can tell you all about a given sample of weed after one toke. And those people will know if it has been adulterated.

Add to the fact that, if so inclined, you could grow a plant of your own and smoke both the leaves and buds of that plant exclusively, then you would know with 100% certainty that it was not contaminated by any outside agents.

Legalized weed might be the lifesaving force our world needs so desperately now. Look how crazy things have become! Trump has almost single-handedly turned the world upside down. This can not be emphasized enough.

We have people like Nikki Haley telling us that she thinks Trump is an honest man after he has been documented with over thirteen thousand lies since his election. We see a White House constantly obstructing justice and withholding witnesses without consequence. We have 600 billionaires bellyaching about a two-cent tax on every dollar they get over $50 million. We’ve got Fox News and dozens of right-wing “news” outlets telling lies and conspiracy theories to millions of people every stinking day of the week. We’ve got a Republican party that has more in common with a bunch of mobsters than it does with duly elected representatives.

The GOP is literally arguing that it is their Constitutional right to spread lies on Facebook!

We’re standing at a tipping point in history, and the odds are 50-50 we’ll get out of this for the better. Again, I couldn’t be more serious. It’s out of my hands, so I’ve shifted into the detached perspective of survival mode, because the shit’s going to go down one way or the other and there ain’t nothing I can do to stop it.

No amount of money in the world is going to change that for now. No amount of education or disinformation will sway one side to the other.

About the only thing we can hope for is that some diehard Trump supporters start smoking marijuana. They’ll start smoking out of curiosity, since it’s legal, and maybe one night they’ll be sitting in front of their television sets, naturally watching Fox News, having a smoke, and with a Zen-like flash of insight, they’ll finally wake up and realize “Wow! That’s bullshit!”

Take It Like a Man

Nationalist troops escorting a group of captured Republican troops on the Samosierra front during the Spanish Civil War. Most of those men were tortured & murdered.

Been having a rough time of it lately, for about three weeks now. This goes wrong, that goes wrong. A $200 bill pops up, followed by a $95 bill, followed by $271.

I can live with that, mostly, when I see the bills coming. When they pop up out of nowhere, and you have to fight like a dog to either fix them or at least figure out what’s going on, that takes a toll on me.

Pretty much all of America is like that, pretty much all the time.

scAmerica.

Under the guidance of conman Donald Trump and his greedy, sycophantic echo chamber otherwise known as the GOP, the United States has devolved in what can truly be described as a state of proto-fascism.

All of the hallmarks are there, and I am seriously worried, as every run of the mill working class man and woman should be.

If the GOP gets voted out in 2020, simple votes alone may not be enough to remove them from office.

If by some miracle, Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren wins the 2020 election, I think there is a serious possibility that the GOP and all of the extremists therein will launch a coup in order to “save the country.”

Once they reach that point, there’s no turning back. The GOP will start arresting people, torturing opponents, and killing opposition leaders. And the average Trump supporter won’t lose a minute of sleep over it.

We’ve seen it happen too many times, in just this century alone. Hitler, Franco, Mussolini, Pinochet…and at least a dozen times by lesser despots from smaller countries all over Africa and Central & South America.

I wish I could do something to fix it, but the dumbass Trump supporters—the 40% of our country who are perfect idiots—don’t foresee it as a problem.

Hell…they may even want it to happen.