Nightmare in America

A quick glance at tonight’s headlines prove that our world has gone nuts!

  • Trump takes credit for ending nonexistent violent crime wave

  • Taylor Swift endorses Democrat, enrages Nazis; “Aryan goddess” no more

  • Melania Trump doesn’t really care what U think about her offensive African safari outfit

  • Trump trolls women again, this time over Kavanaugh vote

  • Coal Is Killing the Planet. Trump Loves It

  • Trump Gives Dictators the Green Light

  • Trump uses swearing-in ceremony to apologize to Kavanaugh

Think back two or three years, if you can, to a saner time.  Would any of these stories have seemed ‘normal’ back then?  The ‘president’ of the United States making up a crime wave so he can take credit for fixing a problem that never happened, and then trolling women and applauding the death of the planet and apologizing to a man who deserves no apology?  Can you imagine Michelle Obama offending an entire race of people and thumbing her nose at her critics?  Can you imagine Michelle Obama wearing a coat that said “I don’t really care, do U?” to visit immigrant children who had been taken from their parents for no reason, and were being kept in cages?  The world is going nuts and the Nazis are offended because some young singer endorses a democrat????  Seriously???

No, don’t bother pinching yourself … I have tried that, and every morning when I wake up, I’ve hoped to find this was all a bad, bad nightmare, but the results are always the same, and after nearly two years, I’ve concluded that unless my name is Rip Van Winkle, this is the new ‘real world’.  It is not, as Aldous Huxley envisioned, a Brave New World, but simply a crazy new world, and one that is applauded by some who were apparently bored with sanity, for Trump’s approval ratings have been on the rise for a week and are as high as they have been since the first month he was in office.

What’s to love, you ask?  Well, apparently some growing portion of this nation has decided that they want a ‘leader’ who …

  • Screams and rages instead of engaging in normal speech
  • Treats women as second-class citizens and sex objects without apology
  • Commends white supremacist hate groups
  • Lies, and covers those lies with more lies
  • Ignores real crises and addresses imaginary ones
  • Verbally assaults allies while pandering to enemies
  • Cheats hardworking people, as well as the U.S. government he is the head of
  • Is a bigot and a bully

And I could go on, but you get the picture.  It’s hard to believe that just a few short years ago we had a President and First Lady who were dignified, intelligent, kind and cared about the people of this nation, isn’t it?  But some people must have found that too boring, too mundane … or perhaps just too black.  And so, each morning we wake and find ourselves somewhere between the Land of Oz and Dystopia.

The many faces of Donald Trump:

I have read a number of articles today that say Trump’s rants against Dr. Christine Ford, his unsubstantiated conspiracy claims against democrats, and his rants against women in general last week are actually helping the republican candidates running in the mid-terms.  Say WHAT???  Donald Trump … the so-called president of the United States, a nation of some 320 million people … stands on a stage and mocks a woman who is the victim of sexual assault … proudly parades an an alcoholic sexual predator and leads him to the Supreme Court … rants and rages against any and all women simply for being women … and this is HELPING the GOP candidates?  People … somebody has got their heads screwed on backward!  Somebody … lots of somebodies, apparently, have traded their bloomin’ brains for a box of flippin’ Cracker Jacks!

When Trump first took office, and for a while beyond that, I believed that he would be removed from office before he could do lasting damage.  I foresaw impeachment in the cards (remind me to get a new deck of cards!) and thought his ‘executive orders’ could easily enough be reversed by the next president, probably before the end of 2017.  Whew!  I was wrong, wrong, and wrong.  Here we are nearly at the end of 2018 and he has dug in deep.  What I hadn’t foreseen was that the members of Congress who were supposed to be overseeing him, would instead say “Yessir, Mr. Trump, sir … how far you want me to bend over … how high you want me to jump, sir, Mr. Trump, sir.”  Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Jeff Flake, Susan Collins, Chuck Grassley … every morning they get on their knees and lick Donald Trump’s filthy dirty boots, and this nation will never be the same, for they have handed him the keys to the kingdom and he has shat all over it.

Meanwhile, we wake every morning with trepidation, wondering what new horrors await us, and we find our ways to cope with life in the Era of Trump.  Some drink too much, some take drugs, some beat their wives or children, some cry a lot, while some of us internalize and simply hope each night when we go to bed that we won’t awaken in the morning, for we know by now that the nightmare is here to stay.  This is the legacy of Donald Trump, folks.

 

Keurig vs Hannity — Round #1

Seriously folks?  Have we all lost our bloomin’ marbles here?  From the start, here’s what happened …

Keurig, the company who makes those single-cup coffee brewers like the red one on my kitchen counter, runs advertisements on Fox Network, notably on Sean Hannity’s program.  Sean Hannity came out last week in defense of Alabama’s candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore, the one who has been thrown off the judicial bench twice and is recently accused of sexual assault by no less than five women who were underage at the time of the assaults.

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Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters, a watchdog group dedicated to “correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media”, sent a message to Keurig …

“Good afternoon @Keurig. You are currently sponsoring Sean Hannity’s show. He defends child molester Roy Moore and attacks women who speak out against sexual harassment. Please reconsider.”

Keurig responded …

“Angelo, thank you for your concern and for bringing this to our attention. We worked with our media partner and FOX news to stop our ad from airing during the Sean Hannity Show.”

Are you with me so far? Good, for here’s where it gets strange. Hannity supporters (read, Trump supporters) went on the warpath and began smashing their coffee pots!

 

At about $120 per coffeemaker, I would have to say these people do not have a lot of sense … but then, they support Trump and watch Hannity, so that was a foregone conclusion. They also called for a boycott of Keurig, using the hashtag #BoycottKeurig.  One tweet reads:

“We CAN use the Power of the Purse to break the back of the corporate fascists. All we have to do is stop buying & stop using their products. It works. Merry Christmas, Keurig–good luck explaining this to your stockholders. #BoycottKeurig” – Linda Suhler, Ph.D.

I could not help myself (Roger, remember you told me to “go full defcon and humiliate them”?) and I responded: “Ph.D.???  In what … Idiocy?  You’re a nutcase, lady!!!” Okay, sure, I could have been a bit more professional, a bit more adult, but … remember who you’re talking to here … queen of snarky. Another tweet puts it on a more personal level …

“Liberals are offended by this video of a Keurig being thrown off of a building. Please retweet to offend a liberal.”

Hmmm … I am not offended … I just think you’re all a bit lunatic, destroying your own property in protest of a company who took a stand against a child molester.  Another tweeter said it best …

“Sorry, I was off Twitter for a while. It appears that people are destroying coffee machines to show their support of child molesters?”

Hannity-keurigHannity, it is said, is loving the brouhaha, laughed gleefully over the videos of people destroying their $120 coffee pots, and even tweeted …

“Deplorable friends, I am buying 500 coffee makers tomorrow to give away!!  Details on radio and TV. Hint; best videos!!”

Since then, Keurig’s CEO Bob Gamgort has said that pulling the ad was not standard practice and constituted “an unacceptable situation.” I am not certain if the ads have been replaced or not, but it really doesn’t matter, for the point is that people have become so moronic, so willing to jump into the fray and destroy even their own property to defend something that is indefensible. I am still scratching my head here, trying to understand this madness.  And shedding a bit of a tear for what we, as a society, have become.