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.

Why I’m Sickened By The Thought of Trump Being President

Donald_Trump_by_Gage_SkidmoreI hate election times. People get crazy when you talk about politics and religion. Religion can be skipped by pretty easily, but every four years, we parade out our political views for the world to see, and of course, to disparage, malign, attack, and deride.

I classify myself as nothing, nada, zip. I’m conservative in some respects, liberal in others. For me, I take the person campaigning as a whole, and decide if I like the person as a person first. The reality of life is, you’re never going to find a candidate that you are firmly, 100% in agreement with about everything. That is, if you have actually taken the time to find out enough about that person, anyways. Some people beat the supportive drum for the person of their political party without a second thought, but for most of the rest of us, we know…we have to find a person that MOSTLY is in line with our thinking. These days, that has gotten harder to do.

As a general rule, I tend to lean more Republican. Only this year, Republican is shaping up to look like it’s going to be Donald Trump, and hey babe, that ain’t at all what I want representing me. I’ve been attacked on Facebook, saying my dislike for him means I’m either a Muslim, an illegal immigrant, or I’m living off the government. None of these things are even in slightest way, true. It would be easy to attack people attacking me except why bother? I know exactly what troubles me about this candidate, and it isn’t anything to do with any of the reasons I’m attacked with.

First up, I’m a woman. Donald Trump calls women the most derogatory names, on his shows and even those unlucky women to cross himd8999c751aecf3a354efc28b385aa1b5 in his real life. He has called them fat pigs, slobs, disgusting animals, bimbos, and dogs. Anyone who remembers his unsettling number of public quarrels with Rosie O’Donnell, Cher, Bette Midler, and any number of other celebrities will remember just how course and vulgar he becomes when his opinion or his ego is crossed. He has said that Hillary Clinton couldn’t be a good president because she wasn’t able to keep Bill Clinton from straying, so clearly she wouldn’t be able to satisfy America. My very favorite though is that he says every woman on his show, The Apprentice, was flirting with him, whether they knew it themselves or not.

Oh please. Just how sexist does an idiot have to be before the women alone send him packing?

Do we really want to put a man in office who has such an easy time treating an entire half of the population like mindless eye candy, drones created to appease the men around them, who don’t know their own minds well enough to know if they are flirting with someone or not, and if they displease him, will be subjected to being called bimbos, dogs, fat pigs, slobs, disgusting animals, or any number of other very vulgar, hurtful names? Donald Trump likes women only is so far as they stroke his ego, don’t insist on half his estate when he divorces them for younger women, don’t disagree with him, embarrass him, or stand up to him. He likes his women silent, beautiful, and completely submissive to himself.

No. Trump is good for no woman, and I question the morals of any man who supports him without at least disavowing the part of supporting Trump that might be offensive to the women that share America with you men. This man has an anger management problem, hates women, and most importantly, has been unable to hide those facts about himself. Don’t give him MORE power!! And ladies, this is a good ole boy system coming back after we already sent it packing. Don’t give up what others gave so much to give you.

~ Bird

Donald Trump – On The Issues

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