I wonder why the phrase ‘den of iniquity’ keeps coming to mind when I think of the White House these days? Could it be because it seems that everyone who works or resides there has some form of sexual perversion in their past, and maybe even in their present? And yet, those evangelical Christians, the very same ones who are dead set against a woman’s right to choose whether to have a child or not, the ones who would smite those who love a person of their own gender … those very same people are applauding the perverts who have taken over the White House and are turning it into a cesspool. Think about that one for a few minutes.
Thinking that surely Trump’s approval rating must have dipped after this week, his defense of his aides who were found to have abused their wives, his rants and tirades, not to mention the instability of the stock market, I headed over to FiveThirtyEight to check the aggregation of polls. Imagine my shock when I see that his average approval rating is actually up from about 38% a week ago to 40.8% this weened. Somebody needs to find that big stash of Kool-Aid and destroy it! So much for my good humour.The pseudo-drama of a government shutdown every month is getting old, people. It has become a tool of manipulation between Trump, the republicans in Congress, and the democrats in Congress. It is a game for them, and we are quickly becoming immune to the drama, shrugging our shoulders and saying, “whatever”. The last one lasted five hours and those were while we were sleeping, so nobody really noticed. If most of us did our jobs as poorly as members of Congress and the ‘man’ in the Oval Office do, we would be fired. A government shut-down is not a toy to play with. We truly must be the laughingstock of the world.Trump got part of his wish, an additional $500 billion in military spending, about which he tweeted …
“Just signed Bill. Our Military will now be stronger than ever before. We love and need our Military and gave them everything — and more. First time this has happened in a long time. Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!” – 8:39 AM – Feb 9, 2018
With unemployment at only 4.1%, and some portion of those being people who either cannot work, or have retired, and with the plan to deport a portion of the work force soon, I’m not sure who will take all those “JOBS”. And, I have no idea why we needed to increase military spending while allowing people in this country to go without affordable healthcare. Perhaps some republican can explain this to me?Why does it have to be ‘them’ vs ‘us’? Is not the purpose of every government to see to the best interests of the nation as a whole, and its people? Why is compromise so very difficult for those we hired to do this job? Perhaps it is because we are not holding them accountable for doing their job, but instead are cheering and applauding their grandstanding, their showmanship. The ‘Great Divide’ is only worsening, and as I predicted two years ago, the chasm is so wide now that the people of this country may never again be unified. The name of this nation, the United States of America, is truly a misnomer these days, for there is nothing united about us.Does anybody in the U.S. know or care about the water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa? As of February 1st, new water restrictions limit households to 13 gallons of water per person per day, and even at that, they are likely to be further reduced. In fact, people in Cape Town are anticipating ‘Day Zero’, when the government will turn off the taps to homes and businesses to ensure that hospitals have water. Residents will then be issued 6.6 gallons at communal water distribution points. I can and likely will write a post about this grim situation, but for this morning, suffice it to say that I am disturbed that there is little, if any, concern among the people of the U.S. over the water crisis in Cape Town. First of all, the people affected are our brothers and sisters, a part of the human race, so how can we not care? And second, as a result of climate change, this situation is going to spread and even the U.S. at some point will begin to face water shortages. Take the blinders off and stop drinking the Kool-Aid, folks … climate change is real, is being exacerbated by humans, and has very real-world consequences.The 2018 Olympic Winter Games have begun in Pyeongchang. Typically, the winter Olympics excite me, though I am not a sports enthusiast, but this year I am decidedly ‘meh’ and have not even tuned in yet. Why? Partly because I am a glum person these days, but also because the U.S. has succeeded in putting politics over teamwork, over sportsmanship. The U.S. is not capable of setting aside differences for a few days in order to support young athletes from all over the world who have worked so hard to get to the Olympics, to realize their dreams. On Friday, at the opening ceremonies, Mike Pence refused to stand for any country except the U.S. In a historic moment, North and South Korea joined together, putting differences aside for this moment, and marched under a common flag in the opening ceremonies. The moment was emotional and was greeted with great enthusiasm and a standing ovation. By all except Mike Pence and his wife. They alone remained stony-faced and seated. What a message we are sending the world, eh?
Clive Bundy and his sons are out of prison and back on the streets, and nothing has changed. They are planning more mayhem in the near future, and ol’ Clive is already encouraging his fellow ranchers and other followers to disregard any laws they don’t agree with. Stay tuned for more on the Bundy clan who are apparently stuck in the days of the old West and haven’t yet entered the 21st century, nor even the 20th.And finally, here’s something to make you shake your head and say, wtf??? I was Googling for a website that a friend had asked me to check out, and I accidentally happened on this pen …The price? Hold on to your jaw .. $17,800.00! GULP. And they don’t even offer free shipping!