Or is it a shithouse country? Does it even matter? One is an entire building dedicated to shitting, the other is the actual spot where one deposits their shit. One is only slightly grander than the other, but let’s face it, they both smell pretty bad.
If you aren’t aware (and really, how could you not be?), our ever-eloquent president Trump called some other countries shitholes–or, depending on what defense you want to use, shithouses–recently. If you didn’t know this… read this or this or this…
Granted, that last one is the Secretary of Homeland Security stating she didn’t hear el presidento use that “vulgar” word. Seriously, Brownies, we have a problem here. Whether he said shithouse or shithole is irrelevant. Whether he said nothing at all is pretty much irrelevant, too. And this is kind of what I want to bitch about. You’ll have to read the whole thing to understand (probably), because I’m simply not that organized this morning.
As I see it, there are two issues at stake in this:
- That we believe our President is capable of using either word in an official immigration meeting
- That we have no idea, honestly, who to believe on the matter
Both of those ideas are rather scary, aren’t they? We can’t really trust our president to be, well, presidential. Or compassionate for that matter. Both of these traits are keys to being a good president. You may have hated Obama’s skin color or his policies or his super white teeth, but you never once had to worry he was going to tweet or use vulgar language or otherwise engage in activity that was contrary to being a respectable human fucking being.
And no, I don’t buy the whole “he tells it like it is” as a viable defense of this. There are ways to “tell it like it is” without using vulgar language or tweeting out personal insults to foreign leaders, entire countries, or our own leaders. A man i charge of a nuclear arsenal needs to behave more like an adult than a whiny little bitch-child whose schoolmate got a better grade than he did.
Yes, I can say it just like that and not be a hypocrite. You see, I’m not a world leader where the wrong language can plunge the world into eternal darkness and utter chaos. If I were el presidential, I couldn’t say that. Even a dipshit like me understands that.
My second point from above ties in very closely to the first. One year after Trump took office, we’re already questioning our own media. And while that should always be done to a degree, it’s at a breaking point now. The FAKE NEWS rally cry is pervasive and, unfortunately, it’s working. I mean, I don’t like Trump as our leader and I didn’t vote for him, but as I type this, I’m asking myself if la presidenta called other countries shithouses or shitholes. The answer to that question is “I don’t know.”
I don’t know if he did or not… some say he did, some say he didn’t, some can’t agree on the word used… and not even audio would help. Just look at the fiasco over the Kim Jong Un relationship statement. I don’t fully believe anyone in this situation, and I believe that we’re running out of unbiased news sources and, most certainly, honest men and women in Washington.
But I believe Trump could have said it, would have said it, and probably did say it. I mean, this is the guy who told us he could walk down the street, shoot a motherfucker, and still get votes. I know he said that because I heard him say that in a debate, and therefore I know it’s true.
That tells us a lot about the country we live in. Way too much, actually. It just proves that I live in a shithole country, too. We may have better transportation and communication, we may have an actual economy that produces millionaires, but we still suck ass. We really do. I could go on about the ways we suck (Flint, Puerto Rico, healthcare, homelessness, college tuition, minimum wage barriers…) but we all know this, even if we deflect it.
All that said, it’s horrifying we can’t trust our news nor our president. But we can trust each other and what we hear, see, and feel. Our emotions, whether we’re republican or democrat or something else, are valid. And we need to talk to each other, as much as we can, to continue moving this country forward in a positive way.
As long as we’re talking to each other, we can get through it, we can. But we’re trending toward an untenable dichotomy.