No more words left…

So Donald Trump just posted (and presumably Tweeted) the following:

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This is just completely ridiculous, for a few reasons.

1. The DNA test showed she had Native American ancestry, albeit distant. Probably going back to the 1700’s.
2. If it’s a fraud, why continue with the racist “Pocahontas” stuff, continuing to be a vile, disgusting person?
3. Where is the outrage over this from those same people outraged over a video that a rapper made 48 hours ago?

We’ve officially hit a point in our democracy where one side is saying the other is being out of line, violent, etc., while they REFUSE to police their own and openly allow this sort of a double standard.  I remember a few short months ago when the Democrats were being called snowflakes and told they were being pussies who wouldn’t fight back.  Now that the GOP continues to escalate their attacks, their power grab, etc. and some are finally standing up to such tactics, they’re being accused of the same things the GOP has been doing for over 2 years now.

I am completely without words.  This nation is going down a dark path, with Donald Trump leading it there.

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Let’s still have some dignity left…

I was reading an article in GQ (linked here) about how the GOP is throwing their political tantrum over the Kavanaugh business, conveniently forgetting the political obstruction show they gave us with 10 months left of the Obama term that the people chose for him to have…  you know, since it was up to the voters.  A line, however, stuck out:
“But the outright gall of Graham’s claim is remarkable because it’s word-for-word the playbook that his party used to steal a Court seat from Barack Obama’s nominee.”
 
That line says it all. If this were TRULY about politics, and truly a smear campaign, as the GOP wants you to believe, then you would have seen this happen with Neil Gorsuch, back when the Democrats truly had a reason to be angry.
 
Don’t believe the victim card these filthy humans are trying to play. Don’t think for a second that Kavanaugh is the victim of anything here.
 
Even without the sexual assault accusations against Kavanaugh, have we seen a SCOTUS nominee act so damn entitled in our lifetime? Kavanaugh yelled and screamed about this as if he that position was already his, and somebody was taking it away from him. That is not very becoming of a Supreme Court Justice. It is clear that we have no morality left in the Legislative Branch and the Executive Branch, but for crying out loud, we still need to have some dignity left in the Judicial Branch.

My thoughts on Post-Trump “Republicans”

I’ve noticed in the post Trump world that there are two types of Republicans.  The first type, is the kind we see every day, out in the open.  They defend Trump.  They defend the ridiculous decisions this administration makes (caging children, building a wall, the Space Force, etc.).  They also buy into all the lies that Trump & Co. spread.

The 2nd type of Post-Trump Republican, however, is the more dangerous type.  These are the Republicans who now use the the lines, “Both parties are just as bad” or “Government is just bad” rather than taking ownership that their party elected Donald Trump.

Since Trump was elected, I’ve seen a rise in this second type.  Giving credit where credit is due, these are the Republicans who realize that Donald Trump is bad for America, that he lies on a near daily basis to the American people, and that he is ruining the reputation of the United States.  The thing about them that is just so bad, and truly makes the worse, however, is that rather than just denounce Donald Trump and his supporters, they’d rather take the whole ship down.  These are the kids who got picked last for the kickball game, and rather than being a good sport about it and playing, they take the ball and toss it over the fence so nobody can have fun.

We see a lot of these Republicans in Congress, too.  These are the ones who stand by silently, while Trump spouts off on whatever bullshit tale of the week he is on, because they also know that he’ll sign whatever bill they send his way.  Is it worth it, however?  Sure, they’re getting their tax cuts for the wealthy, dismantling the EPA (allowing corporations to do whatever they want to the environment in the name of profit), allowing Christianity to take control in government, etc.  They don’t mind that Donald Trump is discrediting the FBI and the CIA.  They don’t mind that Donald Trump is ruining our relationship with allied countries, such as France, Germany, and Canada.

Going back to the voters though, the common folk.  Why is it so hard for them to say, “Yes, I disagree with the policies of the Democrats, but at least right now their heart is in the right place, and they’re doing what they feel is best for workers, for minorities, and for America.  The Donald Trump Republicans, however, are not.”  Republicans and Democrats used to not have this huge disconnect.

Those same voters fail to realize (or admit) that Hillary Clinton 2016 had more experience to help her be a successful POTUS than Barack Obama 2008.  Hillary had been investigated to the bone and found of zero wrong-doing, yet is continually said to be crooked as hell.  Yes, as a Democrat, I can admit that the DNC shot their foot by essentially giving Hillary the nomination.  The fact that there wasn’t much competition during the primaries wasn’t good for the Democrat party.  I also still voted for Hillary, despite her not being my first choice.  I wasn’t going to pout and cry because my guy (Bernie) didn’t get the nomination.

So in conclusion, I’d like to please ask you Non-Trump supporting Republicans to own your shit.  Speak out against your party.  Realize that there is something BIGGER at stake here!  Don’t put party above country!

Thoughts?

Trump’s Newest Lie

So first Trump denies that a meeting with Russians to get damaging information on Clinton happened. Then he says it happened, but that he had no idea it took place. Now he admits it took place, he knew about it, but says there is nothing wrong with such a thing.

Let me put this into perspective. First off, it is illegal to work with (also known as conspire with) foreign governments to influence our elections. Secondly, Trump has shown numerous times that he is willing to lie, then get caught, then he changes the story.

How is this acceptable conduct by the President of the United States? If this were Hillary Clinton, the GOP Congress would be filing impeachment papers yesterday, and rightfully so.

This is illegal. This man AND his campaign ACTIVELY worked with and sought help from a foreign government and their agents to win an election. There is literally no other way of explaining it.

The entire Trump administration needs to be shut down. We need a special election for POTUS. Every single judge that Trump has given a lifetime appointment to, needs to be removed from their position. Trump has now, literally, admitted to working with Russians to win the election. Everything about this current administration is illegitimate.

 

My thoughts on Atheism

Please don’t assume that atheists, such as myself, are bad people. Just because we don’t believe in your god, doesn’t mean we don’t believe in things and are empty vessels.

Over the years I’ve had many conversations with friends, relatives, and strangers about atheism and have found many misconceptions.

We don’t believe in God, yes. We also don’t believe in Satan. We don’t believe in sin, but that doesn’t mean we try to be bad people. Personally, I believe in kindness. I strive to show that cashier at the grocery store the same exact respect I would show a student in my classroom, a family member, or a kind stranger on the street. We don’t NEED a God, or a book, to tell us right from wrong. I don’t wrong others because I know how bad it feels to be wronged. That’s just called human compassion.

We believe in science. We’re able to admit to ourselves that we don’t have all the answers, nor could there every be one person or one being with all the answers, but collectively we can find the answers, which leads me to…

We believe in humanity. We don’t think we’re better than you. We don’t want to “convert” you, so please don’t try to “convert” us. I promise, many of us came from religious families. I was baptized Catholic. It was in-part due to a Catholic priest that I am an atheist, if you ever want to hear that store I would be more than happy to share it. Many of us are actually extremely educated about religion, and it is because of this knowledge that we are atheists.

Please stop misunderstanding us. Please stop assuming the worst in us.

Thank you.

My Thoughts on Transgender

In nature in the human species there are genetic mutations that cause various things to occur.  We see people born with both male/female genitalia.  We see conjoined twins.  We see people born with third nipples.  We even see people who [essentially] grow an antler/horn.

Aside from all of those visible mutations, there are even invisible mutations that we socially accept and don’t deny the existence of.  Some people are genetically predisposed to cancer, MS, or Huntington’s, yet we don’t claim it is impossible, doesn’t exist, or is all in their head.  It isn’t “taboo” or “gross”, it just exists and we know it.  We eventually see the side effects of it.

This leads me to my next question.  Why is it so hard to accept that there is, perhaps, a genetic mutation in our DNA that causes somebody to be born into the wrong body?  Just because it is invisible to us, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, yet some short-sighted individuals want to deny that it happens.  If you can be born with both male/female genitalia yet still feel like a “male” or a “female”, is it so far-fetched to believe that somebody can be born with a penis, despite their brain saying they’re a woman?  Why must we stay so close minded as a society and insist we stay within a binary system?

Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Three Quick Points on Trump Recently

So Trump has openly said he is against providing due process for those seeking asylum in the USA, and that he would rather just imprison or ship them back without so much as a court hearing even. This is dangerous territory. This would give ICE unlimited power with zero over-sight. How is this much different that Hitler’s Gestapo?
 
Also, please keep in mind that no country is sending anybody here. It’s not like Mexico or Honduras have a group of government officials going around and recruiting citizens to be “shipped” over to the USA. People come here on their own volition. People also leave here on their own volition.
 
Another thing to keep in mind. A wall would be pointless and solve perhaps 10% of the problem. Most people/drugs that get here illegally come here by legal methods. Most people come here with a legal visa via plane/train/automobile and just don’t leave once their work/student/tourism visa says they need to. Most drugs come here via legal shipping methods or plane/train/automobile. The whole concept of people sneaking across the Rio Grande under the cover of night is farcical. Does it happen? Yes, absolutely. Does it happen to the extent that Trump/GOP want you to believe it happens? Not even close. A wall would cost the USA billions of dollars and only solve a small fraction of a larger problem. That money would essentially be as useful as the millions of dollars Trump wants to spend on a parade. If you don’t understand what I mean by this, I’ll lay it out. Trump just wants to waste taxpayer money to tickle his ego and leave a lasting monument to put him in the history books.