Filosofa Is Ranting … AGAIN!

More and more, this ‘United’ States of America is becoming a nation that I do not recognize, a nation of people who have thrown common decency and humanity out the window.  The latest thing that tore at my heart was a speech given by an Oklahoma Republican who is running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives this year.  The ‘man’s’ name is John Bennett, and he is the chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party.  His words at a recent campaign ‘event’:

“We’re in a war with bureaucrats who have forced vaccine mandates on us, mask mandates on us, and you know what — they are pushing this wokeness confusion down our throats.  And by the way, we should try Anthony Fauci and put him in front of a firing squad.”

And the worst part, my friends, is that the crowd cheered and clapped.  Now, I know these people do not represent the majority of those in this nation, but the number of fools who have zero respect for … anyone … seems to be on the rise … exponentially.  This disgusts me, it sickens me, it saddens me, and it infuriates me – all at the same time.

Dr. Anthony Fauci

Dr. Fauci is the nation’s top virologist and has, for more than two years now, attempted to guide this nation through a pandemic of epic proportions, one that has taken more than a million lives in this country alone, and more than six million worldwide.  He had the courage to stand up to the former guy when the former guy was touting dangerous ‘cures’ with no knowledge whatsoever, and making false claims that cost lives — many lives.  Dr. Fauci and his family … HIS FAMILY … have been subjected to death threats by people like those at Mr. Bennett’s rally.

THIS is not what this country … not what ANY country … should be.  Anybody who can applaud or cheer when a politico wanna-be calls for the execution of an innocent person, is not, in my book, a human.  How can this person, who stood in a public venue calling for the execution of another human being, be allowed to run for … and possibly obtain … a seat in the United States Congress?  Is this the kind of person we want to put in charge of our very lives???  Is this the sort of person we want making the laws under which we live or die?  It is against the law in all 50 states to incite violence, and yet isn’t that exactly what Mr. Bennett did?  Why is he even allowed to walk among us, let alone run for one of the highest offices in the land?

A note to Republican voters:  I understand that, as Republicans are actually a minority in this nation, you ave to work harder to keep the playing field level.  But do not sacrifice your values, your humanity, just to put a candidate of your party into office at ANY level.  People like Mr. Bennett, Mr. DeSantis, Mr. Gaetz, Ms. Greene, Ms. Boebert, Mr. Gosar, Mr. Cawthorn, the former guy, and so many more are beneath our dignity.  Surely you can find qualified candidates who still have human compassion, who are not racists and would actually uphold their oath of office?  If you cannot find such people, then the Republican Party is truly on the skids and you should get out now before it destroys your credibility as a human, before it destroys your self worth, before it destroys US ALL.

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    • No, my friend, they are not the countries we once thought they were, not the countries we happily grew up in. Or were we just too naive, too innocent to see the truth? I’m so tired. That cliff is looming large and … it may well take centuries to fix what is being broken on a daily basis.

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    • … the goose, is sauce for the gander. Indeed so, but … I would not like to see the Democrats stoop to that level. I would like to see them fight harder, but … not stoop to the level of violence and lies. Sigh. Gotta draw a line somewhere.

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      • If it does happen Jill, it won’t be the Democrats, it will be the folk who never bought into or had given up on the Democrat Party who will be squaring up to the MAGA, and you won’t feel comfy around them either.

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        • Now that is something I hadn’t thought about, but should. Granddaughter Goose and I had a discussion along those lines earlier tonight when I read her the news of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade. She, who is part her mum with kindness and sweetness, and part me with fire and spit, proposed that the Democrats should go on a killing spree! I reminded her that violence never solves anything, and she asked me a question … “What, then, is the solution?” And I had to admit that I had no answer.

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      • Hi Jill
        This a work around WP because erased your reply to the post ‘Motivations, Inspirations, Imaginations…..
        (Pause for lotsa bad words about WP)
        Anyway, thanks so much for your very kind comments Jill, then mean a great deal to me.
        Characters can be tough work, as you will have noted I had the opposite problem (‘Please girls; give me back my plot’…..)
        There’s the balance of Plot / Narrative / Characters (Because my work did not sell, and thus not much in the way of ‘market’ feedback I’m never too sure what the effect was….anyway that’s an Indie Writer’s problem)
        The advice I will offer to you, is ‘Give it a try’. The notification comes up on the First Friday of Every Month….So 6th should be the day). Take the word, dive in and remember the golden rule of writing fiction….’The first draft is likely to be bad’, some writers maintain ‘It should be bad’
        Go fer it!

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        • Hmph. I’m up at 2:00 a.m. writing comments to my special friend, and WordPress has the unmitigated gall to delete my comments??? GAH!!! I shall smite them!!!

          Roger … I love your Precipice Dominions series … my best guess as to why it didn’t sell is a lack of marketing. Just like other things we’ve discussed recently, success is dependent on the amount of money one has to spend. It is a damn shame, but … sadly it’s the way of the world today.

          I think that to be a successful writer … and in this I am defining ‘successful’ not in terms of sales or revenues, but in terms of … what? Self worth, praise, readership? Anyway, I think that to be successful, you must have an affinity for what you are writing, must FEEL it, not just think it. And … when it comes to fiction, I just don’t feel it. Now, I have done a short post or two testing the waters and succeeded on one or two, but they, too, were tied to socio-political issues. One was an imaginary conversation with Putin during the 2016 elections here … I just cannot seem to break out of the political mode, can I? Ah well … Jeff and I are hoping to collaborate on something in the next week or two … we’re both waiting for me to put my head back on straight! 🙃

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          • Oh I feel for you Jill. I empathise. WP delights in that.
            I am not convinced that Skynet from the Terminator Films did not infiltrate WP.
            Often my draft is written on WORD (then saved…I don’t trust WORD either!) to be copied and pasted onto WP.

            I identify myself with a large group known collectively as ‘Indie Writers’. Folk who have given up on the conventional system and go in for self-publishing. There are various approaches to that. A lot go down the Amazon route and Kindle. Many work hard at adding hard copy books too. But basically it’s a ‘I’ll write my own way’
            But you’ve hit it there Jill, when it comes to marketing I’ve never worked hard at it; the best effort was a less than serious approach on series ‘Just for Marketing and Giggles…’ which attracted viewers but not much sales….You can put your kindle books up for free as a promotion, and they get snapped up in double figures, but nothing in the reviews.
            Ah me…..
            You are right though, it’s what the writer FEELS and the affinity with the whole project and it has to be admitted aside from typos (which are the bane of the self-published folk) I was pleased with the trilogy.

            When writing a person is often drawn to the area they feel most creative in. So if you write fiction in a socio-political world so be it. The trick there is to feed the themes in. Readers not dedicated to one author have a very highly efficient ‘Preachy Radar’. Sometimes you have to be on the other side of the fence too. It’s a balancing act I’ve been discussing with writers of late.

            Anyway I am so pleased you and Jeff are considering taking up that collaboration again. Let me know how it goes! (Yea team Jill & Jeff!)

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            • Skynet from the Terminator? And here I thought it was the little green men from Mars! Yes, I always write my posts in Word, sometimes over a period of a couple of days, then copy them into WP. I’ve never had an issue with Word (touch wood), but I’ve had many an issue with WP. I considered going to a different platform, but it’s not worth the trouble, and WP does have the most recognition, I think.

              Who knows, my friend? There have been any number of artists, composers, and writers whose work was only widely recognized after their death. Not very satisfying today, but in 100 years, you might well be on the bestseller list!

              I figure it this way … when and if it’s meant for me to write a book, whether a novel or a work of non-fiction, I’ll feel it somewhere inside me. It will come naturally … sure, I might struggle with the verbiage but the concept will flow and I’ll know it’s what I am meant to do. Meanwhile, this blog is a good venue for me and I get some experience at writing, finding what works and what doesn’t. Yeah, Jeff and I are having a hard time getting our engines revved, but we’ll get there soon! Thanks so much for all your support!!!

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  2. Thank you for sharing!!… There are elements of today’s society who cherish their lifestyle and do not want change… in the past they could do like Daniel Boone and go somewhere and hide (believe they are still trying in places like Idaho) and live without outside interference.. today reality is closing in on them and they are doing everything they can to prevent change.. people like Trump, Putin and others take advantage of that ideology, telling those people what they wish to hear in order to get votes and power (it is similar in other countries as well)… 🙂

    Continue to have our voices heard, work with others to deal with issues and changes on the home front… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May your day be touched
    by a bit of Irish luck,
    Brightened by a song
    in your heart,
    And warmed by the smiles
    of people you love.
    (Irish Saying)

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    • That’s an excellent perspective, Dutch, one I hadn’t thought much about, but you’re right … just like slave owners didn’t want change, there are many today who cannot understand much of the change over the past few decades, and we humans tend to eschew that which we don’t understand. Education is the answer, but even that is being upended … for the same reason, so that people can hold on to their bigotry, their desire to remain in a society they understand. Yes, we must continue to make our voices heard, to attempt to educate those who are wearing blinders, but lately I find myself without much hope, at least for the immediate future. Too many are willing to buy the pack of lies they are being sold and only time will convince them to open their eyes.

      Thank you, my friend, for dropping by and for the lovely Irish Saying!!!

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  3. Jill, even Republican leaders have lamented the election of very strident people with their heavy-handed gerrymandering. Both sides have done this, but as one judge said in his ruling over yet another gerrymandered effort was ruled unconstitutional after it had done its damage, this was done with “surgical precision.” So, these leaders and ALEC’s voter suppression language have placed barriers to free and fair voting. They opened Pandora’s Box and can’t get it back in.

    Yet, what frustrates me is their continued feeling they can ride this wave and get off at some point. The Mac twins, McConnell and McCarthy are playing both ends against the middle in a dangerous game. The answer is not can Trump win again, the answer is he should not because he has betrayed his country on multiple levels. As his niece said, her uncle will burn it all down to avoid losing the election. Or, as Michael Cohen, his attorney and fixer, said under oath, “Donald Trump is a racist, a con-artist and a cheat.” These are not my words. These come from a man who made Trump’s problems go away, confessing to sending over 500 cease and desist letters.

    Keith

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    • All true, my friend. The question is … where do we, as a nation, go from here? The Republican Party seems to have absolutely NO values anymore, their only goal seems to be money and power, not the best interests of the people. And the current trend toward voter suppression may well give them a much UNdeserved lead this year and again in 2024. Honest, hard-working people who care about the country will take a backseat to the masses who are convinced by all the lies the Republicans are telling. How do we stop this train before it takes us over a steep cliff? Sigh.

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      • Jill, we must keep asking questions and creating dialogue. We need people to tell us why they think the things they do and listen. Trust me, if they are willing to talk they will share what you can easily rebut. And, we need to keep emailing and calling Republican elected officials asking them to be better leaders than they are. We need to let them know what reliable Republican pundits are saying about the party. Will it work? I don’t know, but we have to keep trying. Keith

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        • You, my friend, are more optimistic than I am. I am sick and tired of asking questions, then being lied to in response. Or my question being answered with an attack against my views. I’m fairly tough-skinned, but … I’m so tired, Keith … so tired of fighting an uphill battle, losing a limb here and there, suffering battle scars. I know we must keep trying, must keep on keeping on … I just don’t know how much longer we can … how many more limbs do we have? Sigh.

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  5. Since doing your duty has obviously become a crime I have an idea your appeal will fall on deaf ears. These are people who say ;Ley us change the laws but let us not live by them’. Republicans should be exempt’.

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    • Yeah, no doubt. As Hugh used to tell me, I’m “spitting into the wind”. But alas, to stop trying would be to give up and as you know by now, I don’t give up easily. I think that somewhere along the line, sometime between 2008-2015, Republicans decided there is no value in anything other than money, and they rebuilt their platform to reflect their total lack of values. It doesn’t bode well for the future of this nation, I think.
      Cwtch

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  6. I think they want to destroy us all. You did not highlight a statement in Bennet’s speech I thought deserved it, so I will: “they are pushing this wokeness confusion down our throats.” Being “woke” simply means being more human and humane. Whnt is confusing about that? What cannot people inderstand about people wanting to be nice to other people, to care about other people. I understand the up-and-comers in politics today were born in the me generstion, but that generation has had time to learn there are other living annimals in this world besides them. But I guess they haven’t yet learned much!

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    • Yeah, I let that one slide, mostly because I could write a book in response to the man’s ignorance on the topic of “woke”. Humanity, my friend, is no longer in the vocabulary of the Republican Party. Their values all revolve around money. I’m going to have a good laugh when someday their money has no value, which is likely to happen at some point as a result of an EMP or nuclear strike. Then, they will be on the same playing field as we are, only we will have some experience in living without wealth, in taking care of ourselves, whereas they will be at a total loss. You mention the other living animals in this world … but they think all other species, all plant and animal life, were put on this earth by their god for their pleasure, to be of service to man. They eat the animals, hunt them for sport, for bragging rights, and kill them with the toxic chemicals they spray on their lawns to make the grass weed-free … they care about nobody and nothing but themselves and their bank accounts! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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  7. I remember when such comments would get you a visit to your front door by men with big guns and suits… With the current infringement on women’s rights, (along with his statement) Oklahoma has gained a place on my “Never will I ever” state list. You’ve inspired me to write that list of places! 🙂

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    • Oh don’t I know it!!! And even today, if you or I were to say such a thing in a public venue, the men in dark glasses with big guns would be at our door, but apparently politicos can say and do any damn thing they please without consequences, except on election night. But lately, the masses eat up crap like Bennett calling for the execution of Dr. Fauci and it becomes a rallying cry for them. Sigh. Some days I don’t like this country much at all.

      Well … I’m happy to have inspired you! My rants usually just make people growl 🤣

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      • haha! Well you know what they say…The truth hurts is why they growl so much 😀 😂

        Some days I find myself ashamed when looking at the news. All that we can do is continue spreading the word. Those who listen will, and those who won’t listen will continue hurting folks. Big hugs, my friend! Keep speaking that truth and making them growl 🙂

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        • Yep … keep spreading the truth, the facts, keep contacting our elected officials, and VOTE the bums out! Sigh. I try to keep on, my friend, but sometimes I run out of steam, I feel hopeless and … discouraged. I usually bounce back within a day or so, though. Love ‘n hugs!

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          • You do a great job, and I know that sometimes we have to decompress from all the traumas of the week. I join you in hopelessness and discouragement, especially when the news is so negative. ALL the time it seems anymore. My love and hugs are with you 🙂

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            • It seems we are bombarded with too much hateful rhetoric on a daily basis … it becomes nearly impossible to focus on a single topic. Perhaps that’s their goal, eh? Sigh. Lots of hugs to you, dear friend!

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              • I agree. I always say that the country is working the way it was planned in the beginning by old, conservative men. It’s trying to go back there…*sighs with you* All I can do is fight too! Love and hugs, my friend!
                I am off to run errands! 🙂

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                • Too many people are nostalgic for the 50s, want to return to what they think of as “the good old days”. This leaked SCOTUS decision about Roe v Wade has me beyond furious … I find myself growling every time I log onto a news site. And then to top it off, The nasty J.D. Vance won the GOP primary for the senate seat being vacated by Rob Portman. I surely hope the Democratic candidate, Tim Ryan, wipes up the floor with Vance and then tosses him in the trash bin! Enjoy your errands!!! ❤

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                  • I know. My heart is aching thinking of the consequences that will come at that leak becoming reality. I have some mail to read on the Primary elections here and around. It’s sitting here looking at me. I need one weekend to just catch up. It keeps eluding me LOL. ❤

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                    • Same here, my friend. I’m so far behind on email, news, etc., but I just don’t feel like doing it right now. I’m reading a book that takes place during WWII, complete with German bombings, etc., and yet it is a breath of fresh air compared to what’s happening today in our world. Says something, doesn’t it? Hugs, dear friend!!!

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                    • Speaks leaps and bounds, my friend. I was thinking the other day that this feels worse than when we were chasing down Saddam Hussein. I was young then…but I remember that the world was more balanced. Big hugs to you today my dear friend.

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                    • I think if we just continue using our voice that it has to help some. That is another way we all got in this mess…they were louder than we were.

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                    • That’s a start, but … is it enough? I don’t think so, at least not until every one of us use our loudest voices. Sitting on the sidelines hoping for a better tomorrow as so many are doing just doesn’t cut it. Sigh.

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                    • Yes, too many people have said to me, “It’s just politics … it’ll blow over … it always does.” Well, sad to say we have never been where we are now, and it won’t just ‘blow over’. Isn’t that what Trump said about the coronavirus two years ago? And since then, well over one million people, 1,024,000+, have died … many of those lives could have been saved, had we acted sooner and with more seriousness of purpose. If people don’t wake up now, we may find ourselves in a very dark place in a couple of years, maybe even sooner.

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                    • I was talking about that today with my worker that is helping me with my job training. The Dark Ages could happen again, purely because we are in pure disarray. I wish I could shut it off sometimes, but it just keeps rolling through my mind.

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                    • Nonchalance, ennui, complacency … all are destroyers of justice. I find that those of us who are political-minded can never quite shut it off. We can sometimes find distractions from it, but it’s still always there not far from the front of our minds. It’s a good thing, I think … we make up for those who simply don’t care to think or wear their rose-coloured glasses and go ’round singing “La la la la la … I can’t hear you!”

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                    • Ha ha … yep, I am the same … sometimes my voice acts before my brain has time to kick in and caution it, but fortunately those times are not too frequent, only maybe 2-3 times a day! 🤣

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                    • You’re a Gemini too? Cool … so am I … June 6th. I have a good friend who is bipolar and I know it can be a very rough illness to cope with … my heart goes out to you!

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                    • Oh my goodness! That is very cool! Mine is on June the 5th 🙂 My bipolar diagnosis is fairly new, so I am still learning how to be a functional human. I think I am doing good for once though 🙂 Thanks for the love and support ❤

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                    • Wow … the very day before mine! I bet my year of birth is say earlier than yours, though 😉

                      Do the docs have you on meds to help with the bipolar? My friend does fairly well with his, but when he hits a down slope, it can last for quite some time. I’m always here if you want to chat, my friend.

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                    • I’m a bicentennial baby…1976 🙂

                      I am on Prozac, 20mg, daily and 100 mg of Seroquel at night. It has me leveled out, and it works very well for me. The new age meds like Trintellix and Lexapro just don’t work for me. I have to have an antipsychotic to reign in the manic episodes.

                      I hope he can find a cocktail (that’s what I call it) that works for him. Since he is more depressive, he may need a mood stabilizer, like Abilify, to boost the SSRI hormones needed in the stomach to carry up to the brain.

                      You are great, and I will definitely lean on your shoulder when I need one, my dear friend.

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                    • Ha ha … I KNEW it!!!! Got you beat by 25 years! In fact, my youngest son would have been just one year younger than you, but he died in 2019. More about that later. Meanwhile, daughter Chris was born in 1970 and son Michael in 1972, then son Clifford in 1977. Huge hugs, dear friend!!!

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                    • Sorry to hear of a loss of your son in 2019. Big loves and hugs around you from me!

                      Sometimes I think being born in the year I was born set my path before I even knew I wanted to be who I am lol.

                      My sister was born in 1971 so she is around Chris and Michael’s ages.

                      #TeamGemini 🙂 Huge hugs and loves to you, my friend Jill

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                    • Thank you, Amy. It was no surprise, for he was born severely disabled and never learned to walk, speak, or even feed himself.

                      I hear you! I don’t think I knew who I was until I hit the age of 50, and some days I’m still trying to figure out who I am!

                      Hugs and love to you, my friend! Have a great day!

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                    • You’re welcome, my friend. I hope you are having a brighter day, and thank you for sharing about your son with me. I know that is hard to do. Big hugs and loves, Jill 🤗

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