492 Days … 🙄

There is a slow burn starting somewhere in my gut tonight, and I think it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a full-blown rage.  Thus, this morning’s post is a rant, complete with, in all likelihood, a few words not fit for the children’s ears.  Why is Filosofa angry?  Because, there are more than 16 months until election day 2020, and already the bullshit, the ugliness, the utter nastiness has started.  I. Am. Sick. Of. It.  Already … and there are still 492 days (that’s 11,808 hours) to have to listen to the trash talk.  So far, it’s all on the republican side, but soon enough it will be on both, no doubt.  Two episodes in yesterday’s news stand out and set my hair on edge.

The Trumps are really nasty people, y’know?  When I was a child, the grown-ups always cautioned, “If you can’t say anything nice about somebody, then say nothing at all”.  Apparently, nobody bothered to say that to any of the Trump clan, for they are the filthiest people I know.  So, it started yesterday morning with Junior, who is a chip off the block of ugly, when he re-tweeted a tweet by a right-wing commentator …

“Kamala Harris is implying she is descended from American Black Slaves. She’s not. She comes from Jamaican Slave Owners. That’s fine. She’s not an American Black. Period.”

Who the Sam Hell died and left Junior in charge of authenticating the ethnicity of anybody, let alone a woman who is far more intelligent and honest than he???

It is heartening, though, to see fellow-democrats, those against whom she is competing, come to the defense of one of their own …

“Donald Trump Jr. is a racist too. Shocker.” – Senator Bernie Sanders

“The presidential competitive field is stronger because Kamala Harris has been powerfully voicing her Black American experience. Her first-generation story embodies the American dream. It’s long past time to end these racist, birther-style attacks.” – South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg

“The attacks against @KamalaHarris are racist and ugly. We all have an obligation to speak out and say so. And it’s within the power and obligation of tech companies to stop these vile lies dead in their tracks.” – Senator Elizabeth Warren

“@KamalaHarris doesn’t have shit to prove” – Senator Cory Booker

“The coordinated smear campaign on Senator @KamalaHarris is racist and vile. The Trump family is peddling birtherism again and it’s incumbent on all of us to speak out against it.” – Washington Governor Jay Inslee

“These troll-fueled racist attacks on Senator @KamalaHarris are unacceptable. We are better than this (Russia is not) and stand united against this type of vile behavior.” – Senator Amy Klobuchar

Perhaps Junior unwittingly did the Democratic Party a favour, for this pulling together, this unity, is what we must have in order to effect change in 2020.  It doesn’t, however, make me inclined to forgive him for being every bit as much of a scumbag as his father and the rest of his family.  Frankly, I would ask him which side of his family was related to Adolph Hitler.

Patrick Mauldin … remember that name.  He and his brother Ryan are techno-geeks working on Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.  I don’t know what rubbish heap Trump found them in, but they fit perfectly with the rest of his cadre of deplorables.Patrick-MauldinMr. Mauldin makes videos and other digital content for President Trump’s re-election campaign, and along with his brother, they run a Republican political consulting firm in Austin whose website opens with the line “We Kick” followed by the image of a donkey — the Democratic Party symbol often called an ass.kick-ass.pngMauldin created a fake Joe Biden website that looks at a glance like the real deal, but is, in fact, laden with disinformation and outright lies.  In addition to some doctored photos and videos, the site proclaims Biden to be …

  • Against same-sex marriage
  • For mass incarceration
  • Against abortion rights
  • Against school busing
  • For the Iraq war
  • For the death penalty and harsh drug sentences

At the very bottom, barely noticeable, in grey-on-grey lettering, is the disclaimer …

This site is political commentary and parody of Joe Biden’s Presidential campaign website. This is not Joe Biden’s actual website.

It is intended for entertainment and political commentary only and is therefore protected under fair use.

It is not paid for by any candidate, committee, organization, or PAC. It is a project BY AN American citizen FOR American citizens. Self-Funded.

Trouble is, see, it is set up in such a way as to look like a legitimate site for Joe Biden, and the address, joebiden.info, would sound legit to those who may not be tech-savvy.  And, despite the disclaimer, despite the obvious bullshit, there are those who aren’t going to question, who will blindly believe whatever they read, regardless of source.  This is the danger.  This was the same sort of tactics used by the Trump campaign in collusion with the Russians to trash Hillary Clinton in 2016.  It is the ONLY damn reason we have a loony bird in the Oval Office today!  I will not take another 4 years of Bozo the Maniacal Clown!!!

More than 16 months of this, and I am already tired … exhausted, actually.  If wishes could only come true, I would ask for …

  • A shortened election season … no more than four months prior to the election. Until that time, no advertisements, no debates, no campaign rallies … NOTHING!
  • Platform-based campaigns. No, “Build that wall” and “Lock her up” do not constitute a political platform.  Proposals for feeding the poor, health care, foreign policy, social issues such as discrimination in housing and employment, etc. are what comprise a political platform.  I want to hear what the candidates believe, how they think, how they view We the People.
  • No mention of “the other side” in any advertisements … save it for the rallies. I refuse to view any political ads for that very reason.  The candidates waste a golden opportunity to promote themselves, but instead they spend their time and money slamming their opponents with lies and rhetoric.

We the People includes every man, woman and child in this nation, citizen and non-citizen, white and black, Latino, Muslim, Christian, gay and straight, male and female, republican or democrat or neither.  We the People deserve much better than we are getting from either side.  The democratic debates this past week were, in my book, garbage.  Make them worthwhile, or don’t have them at all.  And yes, I have better ideas for how to conduct meaningful, enlightening debates, but that is a subject for another day.

Every adult in this nation should sit down tonight and write their will.  And in that document, they should write that if they die of any stress-related illness between now and 03 November 2020, their estate may and will file suit in federal court against either or both political parties for wrongful and untimely death, to the tune of $5 million.  I think most of us with an ounce of intelligence, thinkers who understand what is happening to the political process in this nation, can feel the heart attack, stroke, or bleeding ulcers just waiting to strike.  It isn’t fun anymore, folks … it’s dirty, it’s disgusting, and it is literally sickening.  Bah Humbug.  End of rant.

24 thoughts on “492 Days … 🙄

  1. Hello Jill. I agree with you that four years of non-stop campaigning to be followed by another four years of it is stupid. Some politicians are in constant campaign mode and never try to do their jobs. Many countries have very short campaign time frames for elections and strict financial laws. So no big money problems and no run away endless media lies. I think that if we ever get progressives in charge of the government one of the first things we need to do is move to protect democracy by getting the big money out of elections and putting in place very strict laws about what is permissible for candidates and their surrogates to do. Hugs


  2. Jill, you are right about Junior doing a favor to the Democrats. Nothing will galvanize folks like a common enemy. It is also one thing to criticize policy or inaccurate or inappropriate behavior or words, but to attack someone’s heritage is poor form.

    As for Senior, I was once again reminded, when Trump is criticized, he usually attacks the critic not the criticism. Former President Jimmy Carter noted an obvious concern, yet Trump attacked Carter not what he said. To me, that means he has a hard time refuting the argument. For what it’s worth, I agree with Carter’s point. Keith

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  3. I was listening to the news of Trump’s meet today with Kim in the demilatarized zone between North and South Korea. As Mr blow away hair was invited momentarily onto North Korean soil (perhaps Kim wants a return State visit to the US for that little concession), I was thinking what a shame that they didn’t keep him there as a toy for Kim.
    Trump constantly stages pr opportunities, but the real people who govern don’t play such silly games and photo ops. Politics has lost its meaning and so has government. Voters might as well listen to reruns of ‘Looney Tunes Cartoons,’ as listen to the campaign speeches in the run up to the 2020 election. Wiley Coyote and Road Runner come to mind!

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  4. My dearest friend ever … wish you were here with me!! 💞🇵🇷💞 … been here since last Tuesday … without TV, cable, internet, PC … only my phone and slow, slow speed … a balm for a sore soul!! Yet, the withdrawals are real …

    You’ve seen the pics on my FB timeline? Come join me! Lol …

    Getting cable/WiFi tomorrow morning hopefully!!

    Tight hugs from a Boricua who will be home for a while!! 🤗

    PS. I agree w/ your thoughts!! Arrgghh …


  5. FYI …. Got this off a blog

    So, back to this Jamaican “heritage-thingey”! A quick check with google produced the followin’: Most Jamaicans are of full or partial Black African descent. The first Africans that were brought to Jamaica in the 16th-century from the Iberian peninsula, after Christopher Columbus made his discoveries earlier. Hey, the Iberian peninsula is not in Africa — but, as it turns out, when the Spanish came to settle in Jamaica — they brought along their “African slaves”. So, WALLA!! That’s the answer to my puzzle. Kamala Harris can claim that “she is an African-American” — a proud member of that community in these United States.

    You know trump and gang are going to play dirty dirty with all the rabid foaming at mouth base playing right along.

    I try to take the long view at times, though not usually successful. It’s a turning point for America and all nations have their peak and then they begin to crumble. It comes from within. We’ve discussed the whys for quite awhile here and the degradations in our society…racism, religious, bigotry, greed etc. they are not going away anytime soon. It crumbles slowly at first and then begins to pick up speed like a runaway train. That is what we are seeing now.

    The long view would be, we will fall. Other countries will emerge as leaders. Human rights and climate change solutions will hopefully occur in time, long after we are gone, if it’s not too late on the climate. Religious fanaticism will fade and if anything, a more spiritual all inclusive view world view will emerge for those who need some sort of religion. The population may get thinned out at first, through disease and starvation, but if man begins to find and enact real solutions, it will balance again. Of course a nuclear war would change all this for a very very long time.

    All this moves slowly and we will only see the “fall.” We can only hope the generations to come will do better. But I do think we lived during the “peak” and for that, I’m grateful. The next few generations will never know that.

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    • Yes Mary, all of today’s African American ancestors came from Africa. In fact we all have ancestry that goes back to Africa. It is where humans first walked the earth.

      Trump Junior is as uneducated as his father… Any sort of education was wasted upon that family. They have what we might have termed in the Victoria age, as abnormal brains. 🧠 🧠 Certainly, there is some arrested development there, or they wouldn’t keep opening their mouths and ‘remove all doubt.’

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      • Love your last line, but I find it insulting to anyone born with development problems. My little brother was born with Down Syndrome, and he was way more humane than any Trump. If he had been a world leader, this world would have been a much friendlier place to live in. He loved everyone, and wanted everyone to be happy.


  6. Here in the UK, we followed the US elections closely – even more closely than usual, because a reality TV “star” has never run for office in our collective lifetimes that we’re aware of. For many of us Brexit is bad enough – and then we found out that the US was now being governed by a giant orange toddler!

    These are certainly strange times that we find ourselves in: if I ever manage to flag down a TARDIS, I’ll make sure we swing by and pick you up on our way to somewhere awesome!

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    • I often have a desire to sell my home, buy an RV and just take off in the US and Canada….a permanent gypsy.
      But then at 72, a widow with no children, I think, a woman alone, crazy drivers, weird stalkers and serial killers and no one to share with…. if the world was only safer…

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      • I do wonder how dangerous that really is (not that I’m endorsing any sort of escapist shenanigans, of course!). We hear a lot about how dangerous it is to let your children out in the streets over here in the UK, but when we were children it was safe to play in the streets and woods and come home late at night, but I suspect the difference is in reportage and social media. Is it really more dangerous? I suspect it probably isn’t, just that we all hear about anything that happens anywhere through social media and TV and newspapers, so all those incidents that wouldn’t have hit the headlines 50 years ago, are now known everywhere. Certainly, things like abuse of children was probably worse then.

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      • Hello Mary. Ron and I lived in our RV for a couple years. We have many friends that still do. The other side of our mobile home park is an RV park. Many older people live year round in their RV’s. In older couples with Class A motor homes it is common for the woman to do all the driving. I have seen many people older than you doing it. I would have kept living in the RV as it is cheaper and you can be mobile but Ron wanted a home. Often times you can work a few hours a week for the camp ground and get a much reduced rent for your RV space. There are plenty of magazines devoted to the subject if you are really interested. Hugs


      • I am sure there are some men out there who would love to join you, Mary, and probably a lot of women, seeing as women live longer than men–on average. It sounds like a wonderful life to me. I love to travel, but I despise tourist traps. With an RV you go where you choose, when you choose. Hmmmm, seems a lot like my hippie life in the 60s, although the price of gasoline is just a mite more unaffordable. I would actually love to see safe hitchhiking come back into style… for seniors.


  7. Dirty politics is the “in thing” these days thanks to Trumpelstiltskin. He didn’t invent it, or even start it, but he used it to win an election. As long as he is in power it will be impossible to stop.
    Running a clean campaign will be newsworthy these days. America is about to burn, and the Trump clan will play their diddles while it does. Why will that not surprise anyone?

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