What to make of 2016.  It started with Bowie who grabbed Glenn Frey in order to catch a ride to a party at Vanity’s palace in the sky.  But it wasn’t so much the celebrity deaths that got us.  No it was the election fatigue.  The U.S. Presidential campaign seems to start earlier and earlier each cycle and frankly it is exhausting.  I honestly believe we need to switch to a Hunger Games format and just be done with it.

And a good majority of Americans have found themselves upset at the results of an Electoral College that merely did it’s job as outlined in The Constitution.  And then the slow decent into Dante’s Many Circles of Hell has begun.

I am stuck in a post-election haze of despair–sometimes depressed, sometimes embarassed, often nauseated and, and frequently terrified.  And I’m a straight cis white old male who isn’t too bad off!

Trump is such a base, horrible human being, and he has, in my view, such shallow ideas about pretty much everything that I am truly sickened by the idea that people I went to school with have chosen him.

They didn’t vote for racism! They voted to make America great again!

“If Trump’s administration indulges in the racism, sexism and religious and other bigotries that Trump and his people have already promised to engage in, we can assume it’s because his voters are just fine with that racism, sexism and religious and other bigotries — even if they claim to have voted for him for other reasons entirely. After all, Trump didn’t hide these things about himself, or try to sneak these plans in by a side door. They were in full view this entire time. If you vote for a bigot who has bigoted plans, you need to be aware of what that says about you, and your complicity in those plans.”  — John Salzi.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

 

Free Fun Friday is where I like to feature a video that has gone viral or is otherwise interesting. It started as a way to make a quick blog entry so that I wouldn’t go too long between post for my readers. Now it’s sort of evolved as a way to stretch my writing muscles and flex my creativity neural pathways.

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