Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Christmas is not my favorite holiday. I have always loved Thanksgiving, though it also is getting grossly commercialized. Christmas has gone the way of Sunday, which was lost to all rational people a long time ago. It used to be, and you can't talk me out of it, crassness was a sin, and now it has become a virtue. Walk into any Trump hotel. What about the wave of nausea you get walking in? Playing games with the rules has become a virtue. Life is to be lived on the edge of lawlessness. Then you are being smart. A smart businessman is a fellow who is as close to being a criminal as possible, and virtue is the knack of not getting caught. I will tell you right now, anybody who is making a lot of money is playing games with the law. Wealth is not about happiness or righteousness but keeping the nest of lawyers like hornets around you happy. Our politicians and businessmen and some of the businesswomen are actually proud of their "business acumen", which means how well they play games with the rules. Bruce Poliquin, Maine rep to the U.S. House, even seems quite proud of how his lawyers fix it so he does not pay taxes, and he runs on that ticket and he wins!  He even admits it, and his tax dodging has been documented again and again, and yet he won his seat this year handily. To put it mildly lawyers are not observant of ethics, they must not teach it in school anymore. I will not even talk about the chest beating Trumpy the Pig does about all his bankruptcies and his "secret" non-payment of taxes—"They would just waste the money anyway."  You can't really believe that bankruptcy is "just business" can you?  I am absolutely astonished that a many times bankrupt is now president of the United States. What lunacy elected him?  Probably the same lunacy that turned Christmas from a sacred day to another business day.

How did it happen that the inhabitants of a "Christian" nation have come to acting thus that they have seemed to lose track of what is just?  Over the past ten years especially I have noticed it. They were years of war. In the early seventies I remember at the end of and following another wartime disaster Americans in general seemed to lose their orientation. Now it looks like wartime is normal. We don't want to get out, and while American youngsters die, we are horrified to discover that maybe we can't get out. So now we are nervous and the stress has led us to a phony businessman who happens to be in fact a racist and a many times bankrupt. It looks like we are facing several years at least of government by the 1 percent. What does that do for you, who voted for him?  What were his promises?  He promised everything, and he and his billionaire cohorts are not going to do anything but rape you. There is not going to be a wall, the swamp won't be drained, a pathetic few hundred dollars per person in tax cuts will end up being paid for by the suckers many times over. Obviously it is fortunate that the military did not do the dirty deed, as has happened in many other countries suffering from fractured persona, but the generals have been kept busy with other projects. So we have a bankrupt for President Christmas 2016.

As you can see I am struggling for an answer why this has happened. Here's another attempt. Also in the early '70's the abortion issue came up. I happened to be in academia as a student at the time and everybody was warning about it, how it would become a major issue and might even change history. Trumpy's absurd and inaccurate description of abortion law in the third debate, for instance, is another one of his numerous lies. I think he has it mixed up with something else. That the cognizant and feeling baby is ripped out of the mother by the throat in the ninth month by cold and ignorant people and put into a bottle to be studied by medical students is farfetched to put it mildly. This election was not about change, as the kids in the press have said a thousand times, it is about the blacks and browns who are taking over and about babies being ripped out of the womb. This election was about these two issues not about change; it is about going backwards, cancelling human progress and returning, if possible, to pre-Gettysburg. And the forces who are obsessed by these two issues chose a bankrupt and a liar as their champion. These two issues created their state of mind, which no amount of reason could deflect. Merry Christmas!

Here is another clumsy attempt to explain this new year, another among a plethora. OMG, V. Putin is a strong leader worthy of admiration. All the jerks and murderers in the Kremlin for the last century are what they are. And you can take that to the bank. America, you have lost your mind.

There are many others, the most important of all being gender bias. America was not ready to move on in gender.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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