Friday, January 13, 2017
Thursday, January 5, 2017
I know that when you look at that map that lit up red for you on November 8th it made you feel loved. It made you feel like people preferred you over Hillary Clinton. It doesn't mean that. Please do not be confused by the red color of a state on the map. Just because the state was red on the map, that does not mean that no one voted blue in that state. Those blue votes in the red states are part of the popular vote that spanned however dense or sparse across the country. There are only a few blue spots on the Tennessee map, mind you, but I know numerous people who chose Hillary right here where it lit up red. There just wasn't enough of those blue votes to stop that red stamp.
So let's break that down.
- 2.8 million more people who voted chose Hillary over you
- The current US population is roughly ))(a good portion of these people are not eligible to vote (not all people counted in the population are old enough to vote 24.0% of them are under 18 (78,078,603)
- You got 62,979,879
- This brings the number of people who voted to 128,824,833
- That leaves 118,424,079 people who didn't vote
|greatest # "possibly" eligible||247,248,912|
So, 62,979,879 people voted for you. That leaves 184,269,033 people who did or could potentially in the future (if they ever decide that voting makes a difference) prefer someone other than you. Not to mention that the people who voted for you based on promises you made could change their minds too. You have the potential to be the most hated man in America if you are not already.
Do you know how you might gain the love of the American people? You could try to out Obama, Obama. He already has a great approval rating. Had it not been for ALEC and the Republican party blocking President Obama in every way, no one would be able to out Obama him. People who do not educate themselves on what is going on in this world were told he was taking their guns and let's also not forget that some of those people thought he was either Muslim or the antichrist. If not for all that people would have cleared the pathway to heaven for him. One big difference in you and Obama is that he would love it if you out Obama-ed him. He wants all of America to succeed.
You could also try to out Bernie, Bernie. You already know that most informed people prefer Bernie over you. They also prefer Obama over you. Do you only want the folks who fall for anything or would prefer that more people in the United States approve of you than HATE you? Even the people who normally do not use hate speech are speaking that way about you. The bleeding hearts are hardening.
You could try to out Bush, Bush but most people wouldn't give you love for that. People have only tried to forget the problems his being president brought. Well, come to think of it though, people have begun to prefer George W over you. You are the one person that has made people feel like they'd love to bring him out of his art studio for another spin.
Oh, you could follow along with your billionaire club like it appears you will do. And you could follow along with your Republican party by gutting every system set up to help people in need. And with them you could continue funneling up money to the already wealthy while making the little people think that welfare is a bigger issue. They will fall for it. They always do. You can do all of that and you will never win the respect and love of the American people. Bernie is a perfect example of winning the love and respect of the American people. Bernie is the only presidential candidate to finally tell people the real truth and he is loved for it. He has rockstar status.
I know it is hard for you to empathize with people you have never had anything in common with. It is probably hard to understand what it is like when the world does not bend to kiss your feet and polish your spoon. There is so much strength in not needing that and so much weakness in needing it. That is another thing you probably are blind to. If you ever truly had to need for something necessary to survive you would be a different person. All of this is sad for you really.
Looking back over all the presidencies during my life I cannot remember a time when the American public seemed to already be preparing themselves for a president that they feel might cause irreparable harm to this country even before you take oath. That is how most of us feel. The ones still unafraid are also uninformed just like the miners you promised jobs you know you will never be able to produce. We know it will not happen and we know why but they believe in you.
You will not find your presidency to be like your rallies. The people in your rallies came because they all love you. I know there were a few that made it in that did not love you but of course you had them thrown out. The difference in being president and rallying to be president is that we will all be showing up and you cannot throw us all out.
You have a choice. Be the man that most people need and make people love you or maybe next year you can wish a Happy New Year to even more enemies. It's your ball.
Sunday, December 4, 2016
When we woke after election day our house was a quiet calmness like you get after you are in a violent car accident that finally stopped. When the motion of the accident finally ends you have a moment when you have to survey the damage and it is that moment where you still have a second before you know if there is any blood, any bones sticking out or if you are in fact still alive. I know so many of you know exactly what I’m talking about but still many of you just think I should get over it. I don’t think any of us is wrong. I think we are all just programmed. Obviously not all us run off the same program. We may take our code from different places but when compared they are indistinguishable.
I don’t know when it all started or who started it but it is obvious that we are kept in line by the ideas we are drawn to. I call myself a liberal and you may call yourself a conservative. With only that noted we are separated. There is a line drawn. You are on your side unable to see the world from my perspective and I am on my side unable to see your perspective as well. Who gains from this? The people who have the money to rule the world and though we think we have some control when we march to the poll and cast our ballets neither of us wins. How? How does this always happen?
Abortion will not be overturned, no guns will be taken away, jobs will not be brought back, coal mining will still be over, new wars will not bring us safety, new gun laws will not be enacted, women will still not be equal, police will still be allowed to murder in the streets and live the rest of their lives free, pipelines will still go into the ground at the risk of clean water and earth, war will never end and peace will never prevail.
What will happen is that we will keep fighting about it while thinking that our side is right. We will still be confused at who the true enemy is, thinking that it is each other. Do you ever wonder why that is?
Our life is filled with programming everywhere we look. It is all over the web, the TV, the newsstands, going in our eyes, ears and coming out our mouths. I mean where did we get the idea that abortion should be mandated by politics? Well, they told us it should. I’ve got news for ya, if you think it will ever be outlawed you are probably wrong. It has been decided and that probably will not change. It’s your programming that makes you believe this should be something you weigh when you vote. It is also my programming that makes me believe that women have the right to choice because my politicians tell me this should be something I use to weigh a candidate’s ability to satisfy what I believe. If they do something about abortion, then we might finally get on the same side and no one wants that. Same with guns. If they really do something about guns, again we might get on the same side.
So this is how they do it. We think we have 2 choices. We think these things matter because we are programmed that way because of the choices we make regarding what we want to hear. The internet is made to accommodate your choices. It literally picks up what you are interested in hearing and it keeps feeding you more of it. It is almost impossible to get another perspective other than your own. I can look for queen-sized headboard once and the right side of my screen will begin to show me queen-sized headboards from every store on the web until I start searching for something else and then that thing will take over. Surely you’ve noticed this.
There have been movies and TV shows made to paint the picture of these smoke and mirrors. A couple of examples are The Matrix and currently the show Westworld on HBO. We are like machines being programmed to do the bidding of those who want to remain in charge.
So what can we do about all this? We could start to look at the ways we are programmed by society and realize we are all the same. We are not enemies. We need to find a way to hold each other up and come together with love and compassion. I’m not sure I know anything after that but if we do all come together we can figure it out together.
Sunday, November 6, 2016
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Sunday, October 30, 2016
Back in the summer we decided to take home a pretty little puppy. I'm allergic and have to wash up after every time I pet him but I have to say, we are in love with this crazy guy. His name is Merle Haggard and he was born in June. He has made a hole in near every hoodie B has. It's his way of kissing. He is a tiny, and I mean tiny, bit better with me maybe because he can see how frantic I look when he comes at me. He means well. Never thought I love the little dude like I do. Just wanted to share him with you.