Stupidity, Greed, and Apathy

These three things have plagued civilized man since the days when we were constructing simple, igloo shaped mud huts out of wattle and reed, tens of thousands of years ago. They have been a constant impediment to peace and progress, and someday they may well serve as our demise.

The stupidity side of life needs no explaining. You can’t go out into the world and not see it. Probably the worst thing about stupid people is that they either don’t know that they’re stupid, or they kind of know but just don’t care. They’re smart in other ways, they tell themselves, which is probably true but not very comforting.

I submit that the fundamental stupidity of the working class is the biggest problem of all.

Second to stupidity is the flagrant, self-righteous, and rapacious greed inherent in the upper classes, in particular the richest one-tenth of one percent. This is a class of people wherein a few thousand families have as much wealth and power as the rest of the world combined. A few thousand people literally control the destiny of billions.

Their greed is one thing, but their lust for power and control that goes hand in hand with their great wealth is kind of like a ticking time bomb that only a hero can defuse.

Take this to heart, because it’s the God’s truth: if the rich are ever on the verge of losing control of this country, they’ll burn the place to the ground before letting us have it.

Last but not least is the pervasive apathy of knowing all of this, yet being unable to do anything about it, so you just stop caring. I think there are different degrees of apathy, ranging from a person not caring because they’re too self-absorbed, to a person not knowing enough to care, and finally to a person like me and millions of others who know all too well what the problems are and yet, we’re utterly helpless to effect change.

And that’s kind of where I am at, right now.

There’s still a huge “Trump/Pence” sign on some shithead’s yard in Roswell. It’s in a fortress-like section of land, all fenced off from the hoi polloi. The family living there obviously has money, more than the average Roswellian, but they’re not rich. They just think they are.

Five months after Trump lost the election, his cult is as strong as ever.

While I was gassing my car, I saw this clap-trap, rusty old pickup truck with a Trump/Pence sticker on its badly deteriorated bumper.

Oh, yeah, Trump really cares about those guys, and don’t tell them any differently.

By rights, after fomenting an insurrection on January 6th, Trump should have been detained and on trial by now, but what’s he doing instead? Playing golf on his over-rated Mara Largo resort and raising millions of dollars of campaign donations that he can spend any way he likes. And he likes to spend it on himself.

We’re probably going to have to deal with Trump and his coterie of ignorant assholes again in 2024…and currently, I’m at a complete loss as to what to do about it, so for now…I just don’t care.

Our Health Care Emergency

Make no mistake about it: every one of us is likely to spend the last miserable moments of our lives in a hospital room. It’s not pretty. It ain’t fun. And it sure as hell isn’t cheap.

While there are a lot of good things about the American health care system, let’s not kid ourselves: there’s ample room for improvement.

The list is too long to review in detail, but this is the one thing that I think could be fixed this year, with relative ease, and it would improve our system tremendously: onsite pharmacies where the first prescriptions are included in the general cost of care.

This way, when the patient is discharged, they have at least one cycle of medicine they need to recuperate (be it for a day, a week, or even a month…longer preferably).

Long story short: my mom went to the emergency room, and they kept her overnight for observation. Late the next evening, out of the blue, the nurse walks in and tells her she can go home. So they give her a list of medications to buy…all of them abominably expensive for a retired beautician…and send her on her merry way.

Now she has to drive clear the fuck across town, late at night, to try to buy life preserving prescriptions. And to make matters worse, the pharmacy would not be able to fill the order until noon of the next day.

And here’s a kicker: she was supposed to take one of those drugs that very night upon release, per the doctor’s specific instructions. But she didn’t, because she couldn’t.

This is horseshit. This has to be one of the god-damned dumbest things I’ve ever seen, and I know it’s been going on forever.

Also, “Part D Medicare” is a fucking crime against humanity. I can’t think of any logical reason to break those payments off into separate payment plans other than it somehow benefits Big Pharma.

We pay into Medicare all of our fucking lives, yet once we retire and start receiving our Social Security checks, the fuckers deduct Medicare from the benefits.

What the fucking hell?

I’m so mad…it would probably constitute a crime if I wrote just how fucking mad I am, but suffice it to say, I am mad. Seeing red.

The time for change is now.

Fascists, Filibusters, and Floyd

Mandatory Credit: Photo by STEPHANIE LECOCQ/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10669441e) A view of a graffito produced by painter Fouad Hachmi and his crew ‘CNN199’ paying homage to George Floyd and all the victims of police blunders in Grimbergen, Belgium, 04 June 2020. The artist names of the crew members are EXOM, HMI, AZE, MESK, DOUÉ. Fresco paying tribute to George Floyd, Brussels, Belgium – 04 Jun 2020

Quick post. A “proof of life” screed from the master of ceremonies, me.

Fascists:

Make no mistake about it, the Republican party is fascist. They aren’t drifting toward fascism; they’re already there.

Filibuster:

It’s comforting to know, and to see, every opinion writer with a pulse is urging President Biden and the Democrats to end the filibuster and pass the latest voting rights bill.

Maybe the Dems are holding off to build up the drama, or maybe a few Dems (Manchen & Sinema) are paying lip-service to their base, or maybe a few congressional Democrats are too butt-stupid to see the urgency of the moment….

But it has become abundantly clear that the Republicans do not give a rat’s ass about democracy, or equal representation by way of free and fair voting, and we have to do something about it, now.

If we don’t legislatively punch those fuckers in the nose right now and make sure everybody who wants to vote, can vote…we may never get another chance.

And there is absolutely zero hyperbole in that assessment.

Floyd:

If one lone, lunatic, imbecilic juror decides to rule that Officer Derek Chauvin is innocent of the murder that he committed with a smile on his face for the camera, then a significant area of Minneapolis is going to go up in flames and every Molotov cocktail will be justified.

If Chauvin gets anything less than ten years (he should get forty) then there is no justice in Minneapolis, and all bets are off.