Rejecting Trump is Rejecting God?! WTF!!

gty_donald_trump_hillary_clinton_sk_150619_16x9_992No matter how much a person would like to stay out of it, this election just refuses to allow that. I don’t even remember Americans being this polarized since Barak Obama first got elected.

It is no big secret that I didn’t want Trump for president. Being a voting American, I’m allowed to have a differing opinion, and to vote my conscience. That being said, I feel all the other voters in this country had the same right, and I don’t feel any bad feelings towards those people who felt he was the right choice.

But what the hell with the rest of it, people? I’m offended by pretty much all the rest of this shit!!

picmonkey-sampleI can’t believe some of the nonsense I’m seeing and reading on Facebook. Are you seriously telling me that because I am not a Trump supporter, I’ve rejected God! Seriously, where do YOU GET OFF?

God did not tell me I had to vote for Trump!! Maybe He got busy with EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE WHOLE WORLD and forgot to clue me in. My guess is, He didn’t need my vote all that much.

And the signs saying Trump isn’t their president? Really, guys? That shit didn’t work when protesters held up those signs when Obama was elected. It ain’t going to work now either.

trump-signs starbucks We have half the country convinced that the other half are complete idiots….That’s so idiotic?! Half of the people in this country are NOT morons just because they voted a different way than you did! The odds are just not there!! And you can hold up a sign that says Trump isn’t your president, but seriously… yeah. He is. He won, and by our own rules, he’s president for 4 years.

Even better. Why would we vindictively hope our president fails? How does that benefit any of us, other than to sit in a casual conversation somewhere in the future and say, “Well, I didn’t vote for him!”. That’s short-sighted. I don’t like this man personally, but I hope I’m wrong. I hope he doesn’t make a big mess, or build border walls, or any of the the other things I feel divide human beings. BUT…..I believe our government has enough checks and balances in place to stop some of the stuff that could really hurt us, and if they don’t, we’ll endure. If he messes up big time, we’ll elect someone else next time.

All is not lost on Planet Earth because of this election. My salvation is not tittering on the edge of destruction because I didn’t vote for Trump, NOR is it effected AT ALL because of politics in general. My IQ is not diminished, my lifespan has not been cut short, my family isn’t on the verge of destruction…. Everyone just needs to chill out.

161109221457-11-trump-protest-1109-super-169I’m disappointed in a lot of the Christian Right who plaster judgemental verdicts on the status of other people’s salvation based on this nonsense. I’m ashamed of the people who used their disappointment in the decision to wreck other people with their words, or to physically loot businesses during protests. I’m sad that we as a people would wish to be found “right” rather than to have a tiny bit of hope that our God knew what He was doing when He allowed this leader to rise.

“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” Romans 13:1

I believe wholeheartedly that we should pay attention to what our government is doing, including all of our leaders, protest peacefully when we disagree, and respect one another. But this election has gone over the rails with the hatred, bitterness, accusations, and judgements. We need to rein in the emotions, calm down, and start mending bridges with one another again.

~ Bird

A Choice Between Schmucks Isn’t Much of a Choice

gty_donald_trump_hillary_clinton_sk_150619_16x9_992So, we have a presidential election coming up, and I for one, am dreading the outcome.

Anyone with a television set or a Facebook account knows, we’ve got ourselves a real scummy, dirty, lowdown, hit-below-the-belt contest here. I myself set off a controversy on Facebook about Donald Trump yesterday and that sh*t storm is still raging strong even at this moment.

One thing I noticed right away from enraged commentators was the assumption that because I think Trump is a sexist wart on America’s ass, I’m naturally a Hillary supporter. Let’s be clear. I am not. To me, Hillary is the same kind of politician we’ve been stocking our government with for decades – deceitful, manipulative, and elitist-like. She’s got people telling her what our issues are, but while she knows it, she doesn’t understand it. The middle class is disappearing – that’s us, not her. And it shows her lack of understanding every time she attempts to make a connection with us, the voters. She’s parroting what she has heard; she’s never lived it though.

I haven’t even once been surprised that she has leaked damaging videos about her opponent, hidden emails from the public eye, and lied, lied, lied about anything and everything. To me, she’s politics as usual. For the record, I hate her politics.

I’m not genuinely surprised by Trump’s ability to have caught our attention, either. My opinion, for the little it’s worth, is that Donald Trump has some experiences in his life that make me think he speaks our language. By we, I mean the normal, middle to lower middle classes of America. He’s a shitty businessman, so he does actually know how it feels to have something repossessed. He has had to defend himself in court numerous times against people who want to take what belongs to him. He’s a card carrying pro-gun, pro meat eating, pro beautiful women, red blooded American man. He feels like one of us; not one of them.

What has surprised me is the vehemence of the Trump supporters. I’ve long been a people watcher, and one thing I do know. When you are determined to be loyal to someone who keeps f**king up, you end up getting angry, frustrated, and defensive when people keep pointing to some things you yourself don’t feel comfortable about. You make excuses, or try to give reasonable explanations for bad behavior. I know. I was married to a meth addict.

I like that Trump has been able to pinpoint some of our frustrations, but I don’t find his proposed solutions comforting. A lot of them don’t seem realistic, and some of them are downright alarming. I’m not saying that this guy is the devil. I’m saying I don’t think his world view is large enough to make good decisions.

What I don’t like is that somehow, we Americans are losing our ability to allow each other to disagree with each other civilly and gracefully. My very best friend here in Austin, Exodus, doesn’t agree with me politically, and it doesn’t matter to either of us at all. Audra and I don’t agree religiously, but we still love each other.

Humans rarely examine the pathways that led to an opinion in themselves, but I have. I found that our brains process so much intricate information in seconds. Over time, we accumulate information that enables us to form an opinion about something, and we usually just go with it. The truth is, we should be respectful with other people’s viewpoints, especially if we disagree. No one can learn anything from each other if defenses are up, information is not delivered politely, or an attitude is copped that says you are stupid because you don’t agree with me. We all have something to learn from one another.

We’re going to end up with a shitty president. That’s clear. Let’s not end up with less friends, less sharing of information, or less tolerance, too.