The Face of Ugly

I generally try to avoid ranting.  As a rule, my ‘snarky snippets’ are enough to release the pressure that builds as a result of the chaos and corruption of our government and the idiocy of our society, and then I can go back to breathing and writing more well-reasoned pieces.  But sometimes a number of issues converge, and it is blowup time.  I can either blow up at my family, who do not deserve to be the brunt of my temper, or I can let the steam off here on my blog in an all-out rant.  I choose the latter, so please bear with me.

There are two professions that should be above politics, though there is a necessary correlation:  Teaching and Medicine.  There is only one valid reason to enter into either of these fields, and that is a genuine desire to help people, to make a difference in this world, to be a humanitarian.  Anybody who enters either of these professions for any other reason … well, they ought to get out.  If you have any other motive, then I do not want you teaching my grandkids and I don’t want you being responsible for my life or that of a loved one.

Of late, it seems that some in the medical profession have decided they only want to treat people of one sort, while excluding some of the people who may need their services most.  They are bigots and homophobes, and they ought to go work in an auto plant or a bank, for they are not humanitarians.  I am talking, of course, about the recent push by some to allow health care workers to legally discriminate against the LGBT community.

Discrimination is against the law, just in case anybody has any doubts.  We have something called ‘civil rights’ in this country, or at least we did until just over two years ago.  I would also remind you that this is a secular nation, meaning our government is not tied to any specific religion and does not make laws that discriminate pro or con any specific religion.  Until, that is, the evangelical Christians and Donald Trump came together.  Suddenly, under the Reign of Trump, it is said to be okay to refuse health care to LGBT people.

Why, you ask?  Because the bulk of those who support Trump are these evangelicals and Trump believes he only needs to serve his supporters, not the majority of us who cannot stand the ‘man’!  So, along come the ‘evangelicals’ and they say to Trump, “Hey, Don, our bible says that sex between two men or two women is a sin, and so we want to have nothing to do with those gay and transgender people.  Can you help us out here?”  And so Don helps them out.

From the New York Times

President Trump on Thursday announced an expanded “conscience rule” to protect health care workers who oppose abortion, sterilization, assisted suicide and other medical procedures on religious or moral grounds.

The rule establishes guidelines for punishing health care institutions with the loss of federal funds if they fail to respect the rights of such workers.

“Just today, we finalized new protections of conscience rights for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, teachers, students and faith-based charities,” Mr. Trump said in a Rose Garden event for the National Day of Prayer. “They’ve been wanting to do that for a long time.”

The ‘rights of such workers’???  What about the rights of a sick person or a child???  What about the human rights to an education and health care?  What about civil rights???  Only about 25% of the population of this nation identify as evangelical, and yet that 25% … that minority … now gets to decide on the laws of the land for us all?

As those of you who have followed this blog for a time are aware, I am not religious, but I respect the religious views of all others, including Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Jains, and all others.  I shy away from discussing religion on this blog for that very reason … I recognize that there are many different sets of beliefs out there and I would never willingly offend any.  That said, there is only one qualifier:  don’t shove your religion on others, including myself!  This latest move by King Trump is doing just that.  It is saying that a nurse can refuse to take the blood pressure of a gay person, an ambulance driver can refuse to transport an accident victim who happens to be transgender and instead may leave him by the side of the road to die.Helping othersThis nation was founded in part on religious freedom, and yet now, some 230 years later, the current regime is attempting to force this entire nation to believe as a mere 25% of the population believe.  What is wrong with this picture???

I want you to think about a question:  What’s next?  Yes, what’s next … we know there will be a ‘next’, for when Trump gets his way once, it emboldens him to go on and push for more.  So, by autumn will he sign a new rule saying it’s okay to deny an education or medical treatment to African-Americans?  Far-fetched, you say? I think not.  The bulk of his supporters are evangelicals, and they got what they wanted.  The bulk of his supporters are also white and believe that this nation should favour Caucasians.  Will they get their way also?

Bigotry takes on many forms from homophobia to misogyny to Islamophobia to racism and in every instance it is a result of fear … in every instance it is the face of ugly.  I look around this country … a country I’ve lived in all my life, a country I thought I knew … and more and more I see the face of bigotry, the face of ugly.  I see the arrogance of those who think they are somehow superior based on the colour of their skin, or their religion, or even their gender.  I don’t like what I see, do you?  Think about it.

63 thoughts on “The Face of Ugly

  1. Sadly, I know a couple of teachers who are probably in it for reasons other than altruism. I am sure the same can be said for the health profession.
    You are right though, both career paths should attract only those with the ‘highest intentions.’ Sadly, the people with less than ideal goals are easily misled by bigotry. 😣

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    • The teachers I know are all there for the right reasons … considering they are overworked and underpaid. Most spend some of their own money on their students when state funding won’t cover much-needed tools. I’ve even known of them bringing clothing and food to their less fortuitous students. But yes, I’m sure there are some out there who have other motives. Sigh.

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  2. Jill, I watched excerpts of his address and just hearing him invoke the word God turns my stomach. I also am not religious. I believe organized religion has hindered mankind’s spiritual quest more than any other worldly institution. The Dalai Lama quote says it all. 🙏

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    • Thanks Mary! I had seen that post some time ago, but it was well worth reading again! He is spot on, I think, but I’m not sure how we go about changing people’s attitudes. I might ordinarily say this will be the end of one era in history and the beginning of another, but today I cannot say that, for if we don’t get off our collective bums and seriously address the effects of climate change, there will be no new era. Thanks again for sharing that!

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  3. If you go into Public Service you take on board the fact that you don’t get to discriminate, at least that’s how I was taught, even signed a form to that extent.
    No excuses or grounds of conscience or ‘it doesn’t make any difference they are all the same’ not to vote in 2020.

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    • Remember the Bob Dylan song, “The Times They Are A Changin'”” That was in 1964 and yes, they were a-changin’ then, but I think even more so today. I agree … anybody who fails to vote next year will earn my scorn and wrath.

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      • At this juncture in time coping out is not a moral option in the USA.
        I can just about ‘get’ why some folks decided not to vote in Thursday’s ‘Local Elections’ in the UK….Supposed to be about who your town is run, but always ends up as a comment about how folk think about the Government and/or Opposition. It’s getting even more complicated here and there are wise heads who are pondering on whether this marks the end of the two major parties. Who knows?
        But back to the USA. The divides are growing starker and sharper. It is getting to be ‘If you are not with us. You are against us’
        Anyone trying to show off by making public pronouncements about how it doesn’t matter or pretending they ‘know’ every politician is the same is simply a de facto help to the Trump manufacturers and consumers… there’s no way they can wriggle out of it.

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        • Local elections here do not garner a strong turnout, either. Basically the local politicians have very little power, they decide things like how long a stoplight will last before it turns green, which sidewalks will get repaired, etc., and in the grand scheme of things, nobody really much cares.

          Yes, the divisiveness has escalated to the point that … everything seems to boil down to “them” vs “us”, and that is not conducive to meaningful conversations. And it’s both sides, not just one, but … one of those sides is supporting a ‘man’ who is single-handedly wreaking havoc. I simply no longer see an end in sight … at least not in my lifetime. The issues are many, the solutions are going unheard and unheeded.

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            • And the people, at least some 40% of them, are in the hands of the likes of Fox News. I don’t understand the lack of caring enough to verify facts, to do one’s own digging, to listen to experts, but rather to take the word of others who are political pawns. But then … I don’t understand a lot these days. Being a wolf is sounding better with each passing day. 🐺

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                • You’ve pretty much nailed it there. People are selfish and shallow … not all, but far too many. It does, though, seem worse here in the U.S. than in other countries like your own. I think we have an extra dose of arrogance here.

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                    • You’re right, of course, and every time I do read the news from afar I am left with a feeling of dread, for what is happening here is only a magnification of what is happening in many other nations as well. And while I ‘know’ some of the causes, I still don’t understand why people think they were given brains, if not to use them.

                      Please tell your lovely wife that I have not forgotten her … just had a bit of a rough week and am behind on correspondence (yeah, I know … what’s new?)

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  4. Jill, during my 45+ years in the nursing profession it never once occurred to me to refuse to care for any person for any reason. I find this particular atrocity by Trump to be particularly abhorrent. It goes against the most basic principles that I was taught during my first year of training 54 years ago. Tomorrow, May 6th, is the annual celebration of National Nurses Day. The beginning of Nurses Week that culminates on May 12th, that also marks the anniversary of the birthday of the founder of professional nursing, Florence Nightingale. I can not help but think of what her opinion of this law would be. Throughout my career I always said that being a nurse is not just what I do, it is who I am…Mr.Trump, this is neither what I did, nor who I was! Thank-you!

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    • That was almost word-for-word what daughter Chris, an RN, said when I told her of this abominable ruling. She said she went into nursing to help people … ALL people. She has since become somewhat burned out by the greed that is rampant in the medical “industry” these days, but she would never refuse care to anyone.

      I had forgotten about Nurses Day tomorrow! I usually have flowers sent to her at work, but I’ve waited too late this year, for I truly forgot. Sigh.

      Happy Nurses Day tomorrow, dear Ellen!

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  5. Jill, what is lost on too many, is the subtle point there is a difference between being protected against discrimination and protecting your right to discriminate.

    Reversing the example can shed light. What if a progressive Christian decided not to serve an evangelical Christian or NRA member because of an offensive t-shirt message? What if a gay designer refused to design a wedding gown for a straight couple? What if a Muslim American organ donor said his organs could not be used with Christians?

    Giving the ability to discriminate is a slippery slope. Keith

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    • Your point is well-taken! Why anybody thinks it is ‘okay’ to discriminate against another has always been beyond me, but this new trend … it’s frightening that one group of people can decide who lives or dies. You’re right … it’s a very slippery slope. As I said, ‘what (or who) is next?’ Do we ultimately come to the point that health care is only available to white people, or to white males? Yes, I know that is far-fetched, but then ten years ago we would have thought this was far-fetched.

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  6. As I have said before, Donald Trump is nothing more than a arrogant individual on a ego trip and like a child, he does whatever to get attention without even thinking about the consequences … he is only as powerful as those he has around him and those that support him are just fueling his ego in order to get what they want… 🙂

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    • Ah yes, you are quire right but … how many lives will be lost due to his ignominious actions? This simply cannot be allowed to continue, and it disgusts me to realize that those ‘evangelicals’ are actually fighting for the right to hurt innocent people.

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      • Again, concentrating on Trump is exactly what his ego wants, attention… 🙂 as any firefighter will tell you the best way to put out a fire is to eliminate the fuel source so to stop Trump one needs to concentrate on the voters, etc not Trump… as for the evangelicals (and others) all they are interested in is themselves caring little about others, innocent or otherwise… 🙂

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    THE FACE OF UGLY … remember the Ugly American? … Thanks so much for this post!! In a nutshell, I must quote … ‘Discrimination is against the law, just in case anybody has any doubts. We have something called ‘civil rights’ in this country, or at least we did until just over two years ago. I would also remind you that this is a secular nation, meaning our government is not tied to any specific religion and does not make laws that discriminate pro or con any specific religion. Until, that is, the evangelical Christians and Drumpf came together. Suddenly, under the Reign of Trump, it is said to be okay to refuse health care to LGBT people.’

    I also thought I knew this country. I had an ardent desire to live here … now, I do not!!

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    • Thank you so much for sharing this, my friend. There have been many abominations caused by Trump, but frankly this is second only to throwing kids in cages and forgetting who they are. Sigh. What in heck is our world becoming? Hugs to you, dear one.

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    • I’d tell every young person with the means and education to work overseas, who is not a trumpet and is not apathetic to what we all see happening here, to get out now, while the going is still possible…if I was young, that’s what I’d do…

      I know a couple whose daughter is a lawyer and perhaps gay (not sure about that) and she moved to Switzerland a few years back . She became a citizen and told her folks no way would she ever live in the US again….many reasons besides politics and bigotry…but I’m sure it was high on her list.
      Religion, especially the far right variety, has ruined this country and totally control the Republican Party.

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    • Oh, I have no doubt that it will be tied up in the courts, likely until Trump himself is gone (if he ever goes), but when it works its way to the Supreme Court, which is not a political arm, I’m not sure justice will be served.

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  8. It is so sad. It feels similar in the UK. Both main parties happy to turn a blind eye to extremism and intolerance when it suits them. The only difference is that the media tell you about the failings of one side but often actively fuel the hatred on the other side. Part of me did hope the likes of Trump and May would be largely harmless as they would be so incompetent that nothing would get done, just have to shut out the unsavoury noise. Unfortunately I was wrong. The language has been even more unpleasant than imagined and the words are having a big detrimental impact. Plus I didn’t expect the ruling elite to actually allow the incompetence and bigotry to start forming national policy.

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    • Yes, like you, at first I thought the damage would be reparable once we got him out of office, but every day he stays, there is a new abomination, and already some of the damage he has done cannot be undone. I’m sure you feel the same about Ms. May, as Brexit has turned into a bloody mess. And it mostly all boils down to greed and bigotry. I’m to the point where I almost think we should have a rule that nobody who has more than, say, a half-million dollars, can run for any state or federal office. Perhaps then we would get some politicians who do the right thing? Probably not … they would be corrupted by the big corporations offering them money to do their bidding. Sigh.

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  9. Seeing as the Evangelicals are driving the Trumpbus these days–taking part in politics–the churches that represent them should have to start paying taxes. That tax break is a privilege, not a right. The evangelicals want their cake, and to eat it too. They should have to pay to take part in the government.
    Meanwhile, it was only a matter of time that allowing bakers to refuse to sell their products to gay couples would spill over into different professions. But allowing medical personnel to refuse to help people in need, that is abomiable! These are not business people, they are paid professionals. If they can pick and choose who to help and who to refuse help to, they should be fired for deriliction of duty. Next thing you know patients will be allowed to refuse to have certain people work on them, and scream if they don’t get help right away. Patients will demand white ERs, or black ERs, or gay-free ERs, or christian ERs. Why stop there? ALL WOMAN ERs? All Blonde ERs… CHIPPENDALE ERs!
    Okay, I’m getting carried away. OR AM I???

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    • I fully agree that those churches that are becoming political arms should be paying taxes, but that is something else Trump is trying to do away with … the Johnson Amendment, that prohibits non-profits from endorsing or opposing political candidates. When you have evangelicals like Franklin Graham and all the rest saying that Trump was sent here by ‘God’, then to me that is an endorsement. Yet, they pay no taxes, live in million-dollar homes, own private jets. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

      I’m half tempted, next time I have to walk into a clinic or doctor’s office, to ask them if they treat LGBT people, and if they say ‘no’, to turn and walk out, then contact the AMA. I think this move by Trump will be challenged in the courts, but of course if it works its way up to the Supreme Court, Trump seems to have an unprecedented level of control there, so … ???

      I liked Keith’s point, that there is a “difference between being protected against discrimination and protecting your right to discriminate”. Seems to me the evangelicals want the right TO discriminate against the 75% of us who are not in their court.

      No, you’re not getting carried away … this is rant-worthy.

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        • Though I have no idea who Millie is and what it means, you have made me laugh! I hope that Millie isn’t your dog and didn’t really eat your grape, for grapes are toxic to dogs! LuL

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          • Millie is our 2 year-old kitten, otherwise know as Millicent. She has some very funny eating habits. She licks the meat of the grape down to the skin. She and her brother Halverstock (Havi for short) were born of feral parents, and rescued while babies. She has domesticated nicely, he is still not sure about living in a house. But we love them both, and they look up to our older cats. Tecumseh is a great big brother, continually washing them, and letting them sleep with him.

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            • Awwww … how special! I must ask, though … wherever did you come up with the name Halverstock? I was always more of a ‘dog person’ until 25 years ago when Chris, pregnant with Miss Goose, moved back home with her two cats. At the time, I had a dog, Gomer, a rottweiler-border collie mix, and while they got along fine, it’s been only cats from then on. Now, I’m rather glad, for I don’t have to get up and take them for a walk in the rain!

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              • When a new cat comes into our house, I let them tell me what their name is going to be. These two kittens, now siblings, were friends in a past life. They lived with siblings named Millicent and Haverstock in Jolly Olde England; they wanted to honour the previous people whom they lived with–or so they told me. When writing to you this morning I threw an “l” into Haverstock for some reason. Maybe we are spelling it wrong.
                I cannot believe you were not always a cat person, you understand them so well.

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                • I am similar, but not being a cat whisperer as you obviously are, I wait until their personality forms enough for me to know their name. Ahhh … the extra “L” explains it, for I kept thinking … “why not call him ‘Hal’?” It was either come to understand them, or be shredded. I decided to opt for understanding, and yet still I periodically get shredded.

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                  • Are your cars rescue cats, or do they come as kittens? We have both, but we seldom get shredded.
                    Halverstock would still be pronounced Haverstock, with the “l” being silent, as in you cut an apple into halves. But it is easier to leave the l out. Too many people would be tempted to pronounce it.(Funnily, I just noticed the silent l in the word would after Halverstock. How weird is that?)

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                    • They are all rescue kitties, some were only kittens and others were young, but not kittens. We only have one, Tiger, who is likely to shred us, and I have no idea what her problem is. All of them have physical and/or emotional issues, but Tiger seems to be just mean. I really think she would be much happier in a single-cat home, for jealousy is a big issue for her. She always has to be first … first one brushed, first at the food bowls, and definitely first for Miss Goose’s attention. We have one who is slowly dying … and that causes more stress among them all, too. Never a dull moment around here! I would be one of those who would try to pronounce the silent “L” 🤣

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                    • Our Smoky does not have to be first at food, but for brushing he does, and no one else should get brushed. And he charms all the girls into loving him, even if they hate him. He wasn’t really a rescue cat, we went to pick a rescue cat up and he just happened to be there. He fell in love with Gail at first sight, and has worshipped her ever since. I am just a slave. On the way home he peed on her leg, just to put his claim on her.

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                    • We used to have a Smoky … Smoky Joe he was. He died before reaching adulthood … just woke up dead one morning and we never knew why. I think that was the first one we lost after Miss Goose was born and she was so devastated. Yes, my friend, we are all just slaves! I have had to take my knives out of the knife rack and put them in a drawer, for we have a knife-throwing cat!!! But, I wouldn’t have it any other way … we love them, as I can tell you do too!

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  10. I think that Trump should no longer be known as POTUS. It would be better if a new sign appeared on his desk’
    President of Part of The United States, and he can now be known as POPOTUS. And maybe the vast majority of the US who are unrepresented by this man should just not follow his laws as none are meant to benefit them.
    Cwtch

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