The Fly

This blog is not a reaction to the debate, but rather a reaction to the reaction to the debate. Due to a combination of time zones +disinterest, I did not watch the vice-presidential debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence.
But, it doesn’t seem as if many policy positions or matters of import discussed because, outside of a handful of comments talking about how Mike Pence tended to go overtime, and both of them evaded giving answers to the actual questions asked, all of the talk was about the fly, death’s ghoulish mascot, who used Mike Pence as a helipad for, what I can only assume, was the majority of the proceedings.
My initial thought was “How shallow of Biden supporters to read so much into so little, to be so easily sidetracked from issues like saving the environment, avoiding civil war, and hey, how come Trump gets away with paying no taxes?”
Then I remembered how giddy I felt that time a pigeon pooped on Tom Perez’ head, as he was leaving one of those ‘unity rallies’ with Bernie Sanders and, yes, those quote marks are intentional.
So, have your moment, Biden people. Make memes. Go nuts. It might be a winning strategy. What the hell do I know?

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Listening to the Other Side

I just read a medium-long screed on Facebook from a Trump supporter, and it was surprisingly grammatical and coherent. Not everybody supporting Trump is a complete illiterate even if most, and certainly the most vocal of them, are.
His (or her) basic point was that love of Trump is not so much their guiding motivation. Hatred for ‘the Democrats’ is. Now, I’m not sure I buy that 100%, from listening to them it’s obvious a lot of them think Trump is really great. But, there was something else.
He (or she) talked about black lives matter in terms of law and order, and about gay rights as an attack on that picket fence village lifestyle which never really existed, but definitely didn’t include gay people, and so on.
But what he (or she) saw as attacks on a pure America, I saw as just PC showboating.
If Democrats had truly taken BLM seriously and tried to stop the police murders, that would no longer be a problem and people would not be marching in the streets.
If Democrats had worked hard to get everybody health care, and jobs, then people would not feel so threatened.
If the Democrats had actually done some of the things Republicans accuse them of doing, the country would be better off and Trump may never have even been a factor in the first place.
But the Democrats, over the last 40 years or so, have not done shit for working class America. Trump people may not exactly have their reasons right. They are reactionary, they think with their serpent brains and lash out at anything they perceive as a threat.
But the Democrats have never been their saviors. So, it’s fairly easy to portray them as a threat.
I know my words will have little impact on this election. But, maybe the Democrats should consider this in the lead up to 2024.

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How Does it Work?

With this monster called social media, which has the power to improve civilization and enhance our interpersonal relationships at the same time, but contrariwise can also turn us into mindless, self-isolated zombies, I am at a distinct disadvantage – a fish out of water, an old man floundering in a young people’s world, a technophobe who has, nonetheless, become extremely dependent on this technology.
In other words, I have no fucking clue how Facebook works.
I know you’re supposed to be able to block messages you don’t want to see and people you don’t want to deal with, but they don’t always make it easy. Oh, sure, if it’s just some rando in your friends list, easy peasy. Today, though, I tried to block MoveOn.org because I don’t want to argue with them anymore. I’ve already voted, I voted Green, and I don’t need the harassment and abuse.
It took quite a while, and I had to do it more than once, and I’m still not sure I won’t get any more messages from them. We will see.
Contrariwise, I hear from so many friends that they’ve been banned from Facebook for this or that, and I think “Dayum. I say fuck all the time, and have strong political opinions which I’m sure are radically different from Mark Zuckerberg’s, and I’ve never been banned. Not completely, anyway. I’ve been turfed out of a few sites, and once barred from adding new friends for a week, but a flat out ban, never.
I’m not saying I would LIKE to be banned, but I do feel a teensy bit unrecognized.
For good or bad, I do not understand their algorithms.

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A Needed Amendment

Of course, it is damnably difficult to change anything in the U.S. constitution, it involves larger than majority votes in both houses, which has been near impossible to get for decades now since the parties have both houses so neatly divided, nearly 50/50, and then it requires acceptance by more than 2/3rds of the states (i.e. 34 states), so what I’m suggesting will probably not be implemented any time soon.
That said, there is something clearly wrong. While there may be a strong democratic (small d) sentiment expressed, the requirements for the U.S. presidency are woefully inadequate: a natural born citizen of the United States, a resident for 14 years, and 35 years of age or older. That’s it. (it doesn’t say white, or male, because in 1783 those were assumptions, they didn’t even feel the need to spell it out. So, we were spared that.)
Still, this allows even a buffoon like Trump, and even a corrupt, racist, sexist, classist old bastard like Joe Biden to become president. Not good enough.
I would suggest the following: “The president of the United States must be a U.S. citizen over the age of 30, who has been confirmed as having paid their taxes honestly for the last ten years, who has been certified by a board of psychiatrists (selected by their peers) to be free of megalomania, schizophrenia, paranoia and any other delusion or neurosis which could inhibit them in the conduct of their duties, and that further they are required to successfully pass (with a score of 90% or higher) a series of tests designed by teachers (selected by their peers), and including science, math, economics, history, and current world events, at a 12th grade level.
The job is just too important to not have these kind of limitations.

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If He Dies, He Dies

So, Trump has the virus, if he’s not lying, which he might be. But, let’s assume he’s not, because that leads to more interesting possibilities.
I’ve seen a lot of people on-line saying it’s not nice to wish death on anybody, but isn’t this an exception? I mean, he basically told a racist group of gun fanatics to stand by. Stand by means to be ready (which for these guys means armed) to take action (to shoot people) He said afterward that he didn’t mean it that way, but he did, and the Proud Boys sure took it that way. Added it to their logo and all.
Then there’s his taxes, and before that his lack of a response to the virus and before that kids in cages and before that…well, you know.
In many ways the world would be made a better place by him and his creepy wife dropping dead.
And, in this case, I am unmoved by the ‘think about his loved ones’ argument. His sons shoot elephants for sport. His daughter is a bimbo who thinks she’s a designer. His son in law is knee deep in all this shit.
So, I don’t care too much if they grieve. I don’t care too much if they die along with him.
But, he could just be lying. I guess we will know soon.

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