Let me get this straight…

Just so I understand things, please stop me when I’m wrong about something. Truthfully, I’m old enough to be corrected, but not old enough to be so entrenched in my views to shun change.

Rich, white men in North America gathered and defeated the territorial master called King George. Yay.

In 1861, the Confederacy decided to leave the union because their economy was unsustainable if they were forced to abandoned the abhorrent practice of slavery. They lost and resents it to this day. Boo.

In 1964, what should have been simple logic was forced to actually be written into law. Stop discrimination. Yay.

Enter the modern Republican Party. Believe it or not, that party used to BE the progressive party. Hell, Lincoln himself was a Republican. But something happened. They lost their way. They lost some elections, and instead of pushing forward into the modern society in which they live, they retreated into the past. Boo.

The modern Republican Party looks to cater to those who openly speak against the values this nation has accumulated along the way. Discrimination and prejudice now defines them. They abhor anything that is non-white, whether it be from the right to vote (as now, even Lindsey Graham is seeking to eliminate votes from populations made up of minorities), to even questioning the birth certificate of the nation’s first black president. Boo.

The Democrats have their problems, too. They look to put so many regulations into place that regular commerce is so expensive that businesses have no choice but to seek a workforce elsewhere. Boo.

But now, we have a man who would be King. A man, who is so egomaniacal and such a despot wannabe, that he is torching everything in his wake. That man is Donald Trump. Because people of the Republican Party see an ‘R’ after his name, they feel they have no choice but to support him. Families have been torn apart. People of honor have had that honor tarnished or removed entirely having supported this man. Why?

The answer to this question is not because of his beliefs. He doesn’t have any. He is the modern day Niccolo Machiavelli. The ends justifies the means. He never actually expected to win. But he did. And he grew so powerful that he viewed himself as untouchable.

We all know how he ignored the pandemic. No one with an ounce of sense can defend that stance. But he waited…and watched. He studied the effect the pandemic had on the populous. He lucked into seeing a vocal minority stand up and say ludicrous things like masks prohibited freedom. And there, like a remora to a shaft, he attached.

He found that he had a great deal to gain from the the part of the populous that didn’t have the intelligence to understand true medical science, and he rallied to their cause. He all but adopted those groups who argued that racism was okay. Again and again he failed to denounce groups such as the Proud Boys, and they gathered behind him.

But he also had the rich behind him. Why?, Well, he’s rich, and the party for whom he had been nominated is historically more affluent than the rest of society. And he had the Republican Party by the balls because they couldn’t contradict him because their individual constituencies believed in the economic policies touted by historical Republican values. But they now share the same bed with the racist groups that are historically pro-gun and anti-anything else.

So where does that leave us? There will be Trumpers after this is over. They will continue to infest and take over the Party unless something is done to ostracize them. So the question is what will the modern Republican Party really look like over the next four years? I have no idea.

I have a degree in Government and Politics. I’ve studied all the philosophers of every style of governance. Every one of them is flawed. Every one of them looks fantastic on paper, but doesn’t work out when human beings are actually taken into account. Every single one of them has a method of destroying them. Either through logic or force, there’s a kill-switch in there somewhere. Monarchy and Despotism has tyrannicide. Oligarchy and Theocracy has revolution.

Is Trump the kill-switch of the Republic?


Tooth Delay

I have to admit something to you…I’m not really a great practitioner of dental hygiene.

To be honest, I expect divorce papers to be served upon me by my teeth, especially my left molar, which never really liked me anyway. So I finally went to the dentist today for a cleaning. I’ve got some thoughts…

I think its really great that dentist now have television sets you can watch while you are in the torture…er…dentist chair. I just would like to know if they are physically capable of having anything on said television set EXCEPT the Property Brothers. I don’t have anything against them personally, but they really make me look bad in just about every category. They keep themselves fit, they have great teeth, and are infinitely better with tools than myself, who views tools as something that should only be present on a menu bar of a computer screen…well I’ll be damned, there’s one now. Hi Tools menu, you look great today.

Before I left for the dentist, I did what every hot blooded American male does…I brushed my teeth to fool the dentist into thinking that I’ve been adept at brushing and to fool myself into thinking that years of outright dental neglect could be remedied by a REALLY good scrubbing. I failed on both counts.

As I was sitting there while this nice lady was cleaning my teeth like a veterinarian would be cleaning a chimp’s mouth, I began to realize that I was a suction tool (there’s that word again) away from being waterboarded. Is that even legal? She kept asking me questions as she gleefully sprayed more and more water into my mouth. Three tooth scalings in, I was ready to admit that I do indeed leave the toilet seat up when I use it or that it made more sense to have the toilet paper roll from the bottom rather than from the top (which is definitely an outright lie).

But my ordeal is nearly done. Once the filth coming out of my mouth exceeds the amount of filth residing in my mouth, I’ll be ready to resume my strenuous disregard for oral hygiene.

What do you think, am I aiming too low? And I mean in my thoughts about dental health…not in the whole leaving the toilet seat up thing.

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