Torn To Pieces

This country, the United States, is being torn into pieces.  I have never actually despised as many people as I do today, and I know that I am not alone.  We cannot seem to agree on anything, not even the safety of the nation’s children.  We cannot agree on whether or not to be vaccinated against a deadly disease, or whether to wear a mask for protection against that deadly disease.  We cannot agree on whether money should be spent to repair our crumbling physical infrastructure, and we certainly cannot agree that in this, the time of a massive, wide-spread pandemic, people should be helped.

I laugh when I think of the name of this country:  The UNITED States.  There is no unity left today … and why?  Political posturing.  There are two distinct sides with little in the middle and that’s just how the politicians want it.  It’s a power play that is costing us our lives.

One of the most blatant examples of the divisiveness in this nation is the Big Lie being perpetuated by men of greed, power-hungry men who are very well aware that the former guy did NOT win the 2020 election but will cross their fingers behind their back while spending millions of taxpayer dollars to claim that he did win.  Now, if President Biden had won by only a narrow margin, say 250 or even 1,000 votes, then I could see the rationale in challenging the results.  However, he won by more than 7 million votes … ain’t no way in hell that is not a legitimate win, folks!

President Joseph Biden has been in office for seven months now.  For the entirety of those seven months, and the two-and-a-half months before the inauguration, the former guy and his unconscionable minions have been spending time and our money attempting to prove their guy won.  He didn’t, but here’s the point:  We the People pay these representatives to work … to do the work of the people.  Pandering to Donald Trump is NOT the work of the people, it is a waste of time and money … time and money that belong to US.

After the circus in Arizona which, I understand, is still ongoing but not a legitimate audit by any stretch of the imagination, now Wisconsin is spending beaucoup taxpayer dollars to do an audit … 9 months after the election, after nearly 100 lawsuits that proved nothing, and after countless recounts and audits!  Does the state of Wisconsin really have nothing better on which to waste taxpayer dollars??? Wisconsin state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos announced that the ‘audit’ would cost several hundred thousand dollars … I wonder how the people of Wisconsin feel about their hard-earned money being thrown away in such an irresponsible manner?

The lead investigator in the Wisconsin ‘audit’ is Michael Gableman, a hardcore Trumpeter who has spoken at Trump rallies and who attended the pillow dude’s laughable cyber-symposium in which, allegedly, proof of widespread election fraud would be presented. (It, um, wasn’t.)  Now, do you really think Gableman is a ‘neutral’ party who will oversee a fair, honest audit of the election results?  Actually back in November, a full recount of the votes was done and there was no evidence whatsoever of any unusual activity or fraud.  Should that not suffice … people, let’s move on with our lives here!  President Joe Biden won the damned election … put it to bed!

I don’t know what hold the former guy has over the GOP, for he is no longer in power, no longer has power except as they choose to allow him to make their decisions for them. We voted Trump OUT of office because we no longer wanted him controlling our government, making piss poor decisions, and destroying our nation, so why would we want our elected representatives to force his ideas on us?  There’s something here I’m not seeing, frankly.  But this slavish devotion to the former guy is a large part of what is tearing this country apart.

If We the People don’t find some common ground soon and hold our elected officials accountable for their actions, or lack thereof, I fear for the fate of this Divided States of America.

57 thoughts on “Torn To Pieces

  1. You know well I’m no fan of the QAnon mob and their crazy Conspiracy Theories, well I have one. I think there’s a marriage that one partner wants to leave but since there are laws about their Union they want the stronger partner to get so frustrated they’ll order them from he house so they can claim more of the pot. The Politicians of the South want to go it alone again but any break by them would be rejected. The people (the children of the marriage) may reject it out of hand so they don’t want to ask them to vote on it. But waste all this money waste all this time, create all these problems and maybe the Democrats may say, Go, have your King Trump in the South. Just leave us alone, Hey, you’ve left behind all the States that bring nothing to the party, but vote your way. And the Republicans were heard to laugh and say So long suckers. Now if I add in that Charles Koch is an alien and he’s gone too, do you think I’ve done enough?
    Cwtch

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    • Hmmmm … like you, I’m not into conspiracy theories, but yours actually makes some sense. Rather like the woman who wants to leave her other half, but wants alimony that she can’t get if she leaves, so she becomes the worst wife until finally he is disgusted enough to leave, and she gets him on ‘abandonment’ and he has to pay alimony & child support. It all makes a certain kind of sense now! Maybe it’s a good thing we all still remember where the Mason-Dixon line is. I think the part about Charles Koch may be just a bit of a stretch, though. 😉
      Cwtch

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  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    United? Not for long … so very well said!! … “If We the People don’t find some common ground soon and hold our elected officials accountable for their actions, or lack thereof, I fear for the fate of this Divided States of America.”

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  3. The part about not liking people anymore Jill? I’m with you. Dogs are much better!!!! The ignorance of some of these folks is astounding. COVID is still raging out here. People on ventilators, nurses, yes nurses, protesting vaccine requirements. How did these people ever get a degree and become nurses? What, did the degree come from Trump University? I can’t…I just can’t…

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    • Dogs, cats, hamsters, rats, even snakes!!! Yes, I read about a group of nurses — I think it was somewhere in California — who are suing the hospital for trying to insist they be vaccinated! My daughter, who like your wife is an RN, was astounded. I know, my friend … I can’t either, but we will because we must. What’s that quote by I think MLK: “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” So, you and I? We’ll keep on doing what we do, keep on trying to make our voices heard in the hopes that somebody is listening.

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    • He may be paying them some, but not big money, for a) he doesn’t have that much money, and b) he’s a cheapskate! But, he’s promising them power if they help him ascend the throne … power is as big of a motivator as money. Sigh.

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          • The most frightening thing is I held no delusions that these things happened behind closed doors in certain circles but the unabashed brazenness of their lunacy is beyond reprehensible. I kept telling people the moment he was elected that He-Whose-Name-I-Refuse-To-Utter would open a Pandora’s box of insanity in this country. No one ever even acknowledged my words. 😔

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            • Well I will certainly acknowledge your words, for they were spot-on accurate. He said, in essence, “it’s okay to be racist, it’s okay to be xenophobic, it’s okay to be white supremacist.” And then, he turned to the wealthy and said, “Hey guys, don’t hide your wealth, flaunt it! I’ve got your back!” The worst of it is, though, that he is still an influencer among the Republican Party, still has a voice that he should never have had. No other president has tried so hard as he to stay in the spotlight after losing his re-election upon being impeached not once, but twice! And yet, he continues to dominate and strike fear in the GOP AND their voters.

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  4. Jill, your final paragraph beseeches us to look for common ground. I agree 100%. We have to look for even small things to agree on. We have to stop looking at news coverage of who wins or loses, which tends to make complex decisions into zero-sum games. That may be the major bias in the media rather than focusing on the more boring real news.

    For example, we have had series of presidents who have screwed up Afghanistan. Both parties have let the US debt spiral. Neither party has done a good job of addressing illegal immigration. And, if we don’t get off our duff and address climate change in a more concerted way, then we have much bigger problems to deal with.

    We debate in our country over things we are told to debate to distract us from real problems. We cannot solve real problems unless we start discussing them with real facts and data. Keith

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    • Thank you, Keith! It would also help if we stopped making everything a political hot button! The Covid vaccine should not be a political issue, nor should masks be! People’s lives are at stake, but we’re allowing politicians to turn it into a political football.

      Afghanistan is … a no-win situation and in my humble opinion, we never should have put boots on the ground there. That said, once we did, then we accepted certain responsibilities, some of which we have met, some we haven’t done such a good job.

      The question becomes, can we heal this great divide? I’m no longer so sure that we can, and if we don’t … what then?

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    • <blockquote<We debate in our country over things we are told to debate to distract us from real problems.
      And that, I believe, is the crux of the matter. The plutocrats deliberately goad the proles to argue about trivia, knowing full well that it distracts. And, meanwhile, the planet burns. They don’t give a shit, because they can’t see beyond the end of their own futile, pathetic lives.

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  5. I feel for you, Jill. It cannot be easy when you discover the country you live in is no longer the country you believed it was when you were growing up. We outside of the USA knew that all along, there were lots of skeletons in all your closets. But now, thanks to American politics, you are being forced to look at a very flawed reality. And I know you and your friends are not only disappointed, but angered that the red, white and blue has turned into Black and White.
    Not to be mean, but I personally am hoping that America will use this opportunity to redefine what is important to “you the American people.” It is not which party is the better party, Republicans or Democrats, but about how wide is the divide, and can it be healed?
    My biggest fear is in knowing that the usual best way to bring to two sides together is to find a common enemy, and change the focus away from your own problems to fighting against whatever danger that third party poses. For all the Russias, Irans, North Koreas, and other possible enemies you might look at, none of them are worth starting a global-sized war with. Maybe an alien attack might be what you need, except that if there are warlike aliens out there who want to take over the earth, the chances are we Earthlings will not have the might to oppose them. And you can’t just dial them up and say I declare war on you because we need to heal our own divide. Life is never that coincidental.
    Nope, I hope you figure this out for yourselves, and you need to do it without using those nuclear weapons you have stockpiled waiting for someone to use them against. Even if you fight yourselves, it will affect the whole damn planet!

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    • LOL, the ppl should unite against the gov’t, which by their actions are ALL tyrannical. All gov’ts are united… against the ppl, you are too blind to see it.
      Why does the US gov’t bomb and occupy Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria… b/c they can.

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    • Your final paragraph gives voice to my fear of what may end up happening. As to your question “can it be healed” … the answer is I don’t think so any more. I did until recently, say the past 2-3 months, but the willful ignorance, the utter stupidity, and the conniving of our politicians who know how to play on that stupidity and ignorance make it seem an impossible task.

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  6. It’s like this way where I live too, the government does what it does, with, a total, disregard of the opinions of the people, and, every country in the world is, currently, divided, due to how those leaders, couldn’t, lead us, there are, just, way too many, different, opinions, and the voices of the people, are still, ignored…

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    • Canada has not quite got there yet, but with this newly-announced and completely unnnecessary federal election coming in 35 days, we just might. The dumbass Trudeau thinks he has the backing of the people, and maybe out east he does. But in the west he is far from safe, this coming from a staunch lifetime anti-Conservative.
      I love living in Western Canada, well, except for the rednecks all over the place. People are mostly polite to each other and still care about getting on with life. But the loudmouth fringe is growing. More minorities are being violently attacked by white racists as if they are individually responsible for whatever stick is up the racists’ asses. Almost everyday day now someone somewhere is being harassed by usually peaceful people who got riled up because Trump was not their president.
      We don’t have presidents, people, but then, as of yesterday, we don’t have a Prime Minister either. He quit his own job!

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  7. “There are two distinct sides with little in the middle”

    I hate to repeat myself but from the outside looking in we don’t notice any difference. You have two big parties, both far to the right of any humanly conceivable spectrum. There is total union in the US political scene. No space to put anything in the middle. All the differences you see are just minute details, insignificant shit that doesn’t have any influence on the big picture.
    None of your parties is interested in real change and progress, for that you’ll need a second American revolution … and this time a real one, one by and for the people.

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    • Dear Orca, I am trying to understand your animus, but so far I cannot get ahold of it. Please tell me what it is. I am a Canadian who has no love for most Americans and their uppity ways, or the way they think they are in charge of the rest of the world. But your intense anger baffles me. What is it that is driving your comments? Please?

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      • What Orca Flotta is saying: US political system is a farce, in reality both so called political parties are 1, just a two-headed hydra. “Liberal” and “Conservative” are stupid labels to deceive the ppl. In actuality the two US parties are in perfect alignment, to serve the big money interests they represent. All the insignificant political infighting is just a show for the ignorant masses, so the American ppl won’t realize what’s really going on… the scam is our votes and voices don’t really matter where it counts. And ppl still wonder why gov’ts around the world can’t get anything done or help the ppl they represent? The system is design this way from day 1, and you wonder why ppl are angry? Wake Up!!

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            • Dear Jill,

              Whilst Pluto has been demoted to a dwarf planet, the planet of America has already ascended to plutocracy.

              According to Wikipedia:

              Plutocracy (Greek: πλοῦτος, ploutos, ‘wealth’ + κράτος, kratos, ‘rule’) or plutarchy, is a form of oligarchy and defines a society ruled or controlled by the small minority of the wealthiest citizens. The first known use of the term was in 1631. Unlike systems such as democracy, capitalism, socialism or anarchism, plutocracy is not rooted in an established political philosophy. The concept of plutocracy may be advocated by the wealthy classes of a society in an indirect or surreptitious fashion, though the term itself is almost always used in a pejorative sense.

              Usage
              The term plutocracy is generally used as a pejorative to describe or warn against an undesirable condition. Throughout history, political thinkers such as Winston Churchill, 19th-century French sociologist and historian Alexis de Tocqueville, 19th-century Spanish monarchist Juan Donoso Cortés and today Noam Chomsky have condemned plutocrats for ignoring their social responsibilities, using their power to serve their own purposes and thereby increasing poverty and nurturing class conflict, corrupting societies with greed and hedonism.

              Examples
              Historic examples of plutocracies include the Roman Empire, some city-states in Ancient Greece, the civilization of Carthage, the Italian city-states/merchant republics of Venice, Florence and Genoa, and the pre-World War II Empire of Japan (the zaibatsu). According to Noam Chomsky and Jimmy Carter, the modern day United States resembles a plutocracy, though with democratic forms.

              More from Wikipedia:

              Effects on democracy and society
              Economists Jared Bernstein and Paul Krugman have attacked the concentration of income as variously “unsustainable” and “incompatible” with real democracy. American political scientists Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson quote a warning by Greek-Roman historian Plutarch: “An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” Some academic researchers have written that the US political system risks drifting towards a form of oligarchy, through the influence of corporations, the wealthy, and other special interest groups.

              Also from Wikipedia:

              United States
              Further information: Income inequality in the United States § Effects on democracy and society
              See also: American upper class and Wealth inequality in the United States

              Some modern historians, politicians, and economists argue that the United States was effectively plutocratic for at least part of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era periods between the end of the Civil War until the beginning of the Great Depression. President Theodore Roosevelt became known as the “trust-buster” for his aggressive use of United States antitrust law, through which he managed to break up such major combinations as the largest railroad and Standard Oil, the largest oil company. According to historian David Burton, “When it came to domestic political concerns, TR’s Bete Noire was the plutocracy.” In his autobiographical account of taking on monopolistic corporations as president, TR recounted

              …we had come to the stage where for our people what was needed was a real democracy; and of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth, the tyranny of a plutocracy.

              Yours sincerely,
              SoundEagle

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    • Well, there are significant differences … perhaps some outside the U.S. don’t readily recognize them, but bottom line is it boils down to … do we make the wealthy wealthier at the expense of all the rest of the nation, or do we help the people who need help? No, they are not just minute details, they are full-blown ideologies that are 180° apart. I’m not in favour if a revolution … violence is NEVER the answer. Perhaps you have to live here to understand. I don’t understand the politics of South Africa, either, but I don’t criticize them for that very reason.

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    • What’s so horrible about the situation in Afghanistan, Mchael? Yeah, horrible for the US, happy for Afghanistan. They are free from foreign occupation for the first time in a looong time now. They got rid of the Soviets, and now they got rid of you as well. What’s not to like?

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    • Yes, I fully understand, my friend. Yesterday, today, probably tomorrow … not my days. How much more can we take before we all start pulling our hair out? ‘Tis why I’m so far behind on comments … I just couldn’t bring myself to even read them all today! xx

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