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One Single Month

It’s been a month since my last post. You know, that one where I ranted for and against gun rights. That one where I stood with one foot on each side of the line.

You know, that one where I said we’d never ever come together to reach a mutually beneficial agreement.

Yeah, that one.

I stand by that post, still, but want to say a few things in follow up.

First off, thanks to those of you that shared the post around to others. It was a difficult post to share. Not just because I filled it with angry expletives, but because it’s a hard place to stand. We’re filled with extremists on both sides (I often go to extremes), and the common sense middle ground is pretty much a no fly zone.

About that, though…

A second thanks to everyone who reached out and had positive and negative things to say. As in, you agreed with some things, disagreed with others, but the bottom line is you started a dialogue with me, or made the offer to talk in the future. It’s what we need to do. It’s what we have to do.

And here’s the “about that” portion… why can’t we extrapolate that to the masses? Don’t get me wrong, I had a few nice messages telling me what a fucking idiot I was (from both sides of this coin, mind you), but nowhere near as many of those as I did people sharing, agreeing, and reaching out in a positive manner.

Just… I don’t know… why can’t we do that on a grander scale?

Anyway, Brownies, that’s all for now.

I’m from a shithole country, too!

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:

  1. That we believe our President is capable of using either word in an official immigration meeting
  2. 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.