There are no jobs on a dead planet

Well, another week and another round of the accustomed shock in reaction to the current administration. We can all assume at this point that our president is going to dismantle any policy that doesn’t directly bring America (or more specifically, “his people”) monetary gains. You know, because it’s only important that we work to become the most rich and powerful—to hell with the future generations.

I just do not understand. Well, maybe I do, but I don’t want to. How can our leaders choose corporate kickbacks and financial gains over the future of our planet? Do we really have a party that exists to deny science and essentially MOE (money over everything) it up in our government? It definitely appears so. Message for all of those narrow-minded, not-working-for-the-people jack-wagons working in our government, seated in the pockets of Trump’s made-in-China suits: Money cannot buy you a clean planet and THERE ARE NO JOBS ON A DEAD ONE.

I heard the address Trump made when he declared the U.S. was abandoning the Paris Climate Agreement. It was a whole lot of excuses. “The people in other countries around the world were cheering after we signed the agreement, because they were so happy they could take more of our jobs”—You kidding me? We have now joined Syria and Nicaragua as being the ONLY three countries not a part of the Paris Agreement. Were those—two—the countries applauding us because they would have something to gain from our agreement? Or was it all of the countries because I’m pretty sure they were applauding the fact that the agreement would ensure a global dedication to a sustainable future.

I heard Trump complain about the agreement’s impact on American workers and the threat that the agreement would send more jobs overseas. Pathetic. I am SOOOO tired about hearing about the jobs issue. You talk to those coal miners in the Pennsylvania whom Trump was promising to bring back jobs for. He hasn’t and I don’t see how he himself can. It is not in Trump’s power (or is it?) to tell power plants what energy to use. Fact is, more power plants have adapted to other sources of energy instead of coal (as they should). To bring miners their jobs back, maybe those companies should be expanding their realm of energy to other sources such as wind-power, waterpower, and solar. Also, those miners are likely to lose their health benefits under Trump’s healthcare repeal.

It’s painfully comedic to me to see these things happen and not even feel bad for those people that believed in his campaign; those people that actually thought that Trump would work for them. I think of the woman who voted for Trump because she wanted immigration reform. And then she was shocked that ICE arrested and deported her husband (whom of which was an illegal immigrant), saying that she thought Trump would only deport criminals. Well lady, under law, your husband is a criminal. It’s sad, I feel terrible for her family that now is torn apart, but the irony is worth noting.

I am still calling my senators and my representatives–asking that they consider the facts backed by science; asking that they see through the lies of our president; asking that they they work for the people and not for their pocketbooks.

I could seriously go on and on about how fucked up this state of affairs is. For that, I am going to keep this short. As I feel my point has been clearly made again and again throughout my blog that I am disheartened by the current state of affairs. I really hope that we can get an objective investigation into the Russian hacking ordeal and some more transparency in our government. Right now, I’m afraid we are in for a long, long term of lying, propaganda, ignorance, and entitlement. It’s getting old—already. The only good thing to come out of this mess is SNL. There are some people I am OK with making money at the expense of the taxpayers—not the politicians—the comedians.

 

Stay woke, people.

 

Image Credit: Union of Concerned Scientists

Trump-spiracy Theories

I’m convinced that the racist Cheeto has some agenda other than a quest for presidency, and thereby world domination. And honestly, some lame quest this is. What other candidate could get away with this kind of publicity? This infamy? Historically, none. Futuristically, well, I can only hope it won’t happen again. I try and solve this puzzle all the time. I’ll be honest, I probably think about it more than I should. And I’ve lost respect for a lot of midguided, ignorant, bull well-intended fellow citizens of mine. You might mean well, but I can’t tell.

I have formed a number of theories as to why a man with great success in his career as a business mogul might try to expand his niche to one he’s got no experience with. Drum roll please..

1. He’s bored. Let’s be honest, a man born into that kind of money doesn’t want for anything. He’s had his hand in a lot of buckets over the years—reality TV, pageants, books, casinos, etc. He’s a socialite, I don’t care his gender, and it’s the right way to describe him. Prior to 2012, he was becoming non-existent in the mainstream media. He had already peaked and was headed down from the climax in his life. Most men would retire happy with the kind of achievements and wealth Trump has amassed. But it’s not good enough for a man that has everything. Trump has the name, he’s had the publicity (good or bad), and all he needed to do was align himself with some die-hard ‘mericans. Not a problem for a man with a reputation in reality television.

2. He’s the ultimate troll. Well, he is. But I’m referring to trolling the Republican Party so damn well as to assure Hillary wins in a landslide. I think back to things I’ve read from the 90’s about how Trump loved the Clintons and considered them to be some of his closest political allies. Not to mention how Trump loves pointing out that Hillary has avoided fixing tax loopholes during her time as a senator (not that she alone has the power to do so, but that’s Trump’s thought at least) to benefit the very wealthy like Trump. Not a clear connection, I know, but both are/were part of the powerful elite in New York and no doubt about it they spent a lot of time getting to know one another.

3. Someone and so many stroked his ego too hard. I think Trump confided in some hooty-dooty friend or business partner of his, over some drinks and hors d’oeuvres, “Our country is going to shit. I could do a better job. I make millions and I could do it for America. Everyone loves me. I’d be the best president, ever.” And this friend of his had to have said “Oh hell yeah you’d do a better job. President Trump has a ring to it like that of the liberty bell.” And a dream was born.

4. He’s promoting his book. My husband mentioned this early on in the campaign season. Apparently, he campaigned a little in 2012 and he had also just released a book. And apparently, he used the publicity to promote the book and it’s sales did pretty well. I’m still not sure why a man with so much money would spend so much time to promote book sales. So, I can only thing it has something to do with the next conspiracy theory I have.

5. He’s actually broke AF. Think about it. He’s not releasing his tax returns. He’s been using a lot (last reported amount I saw was something like 300k) of his campaign donations toward personal purchases. He’s fired publicists, authors, and other people in his inner circle who try and put a dollar value on his wealth (It’s been said that the Trump brand wouldn’t retain it’s value if it were to be publicly known that he’s not as wealthy as he says he is). All public information regarding his tax returns has shown that his debt totals something like 450 million. He’s spendy and doesn’t seem to be very wise and trustworthy in his business practices. I think he’s bluffing. I think he thinks that becoming president might forgive all of his debts because who wants to be that guy that makes the POTUS repay his debts from when he was a shitty businessman? And by shitty, I mean unethical.

But my personal favorite, and the one that seems to be the most clearly true..

6. Because he can. Seriously, so many people have groomed him and have given him pass to get this far. He’s somehow played the whole politics game like his very own season of House of Cards. It’s impressive; I’ll give him that. But it’s not because of his incredible knack for politics. It’s because of the RNC’s incredible “stup-ability” to choose a household name over credible candidates.

 

It’s frankly frightening that it’s gotten this bad. But..

 

This is what happens when we allow a businessman to align his ideas with some of the most racist, fearful, close-minded, dark matter in our society.

This is what happens when we downplay questionable behavior of those who should be modeling the most honorable and dependable behavior.

This is what happens when a party’s majority backs a man with absolutely no experience in politics.

You all knew it would become a shit show. Don’t act like only recently you’ve found deal-breakers.   You gave him the power to be where he is and I hope no one lets you forget that. I hope it ruins your political and personal reputation, as it should. You are not to be trusted.

And I am extremely baffled that some people are still “undecided” in this election. I sure hope your indecision is in picking between Hilary and third-party candidates. God, I sure hope so.

I Live in a Country of Closet Bigots

This statement of thought goes through my head at least a couple of times daily. It’s an opinion that reflects the personal disclosures and values of a billionaire celebrity on his quest for presidency. How ridiculous—wealth and fame can act in lieu of time in the U.S. senate and law school. But that’s the country I’m living in right now. And as comedic as it is to see his antics riddled within the news EVERY day, it’s a terribly sad thing. I’m so disgusted with this country’s majority [voting population].

I do assume that most of these voters are either A, elderly, or B, small-town bred. Why? Because I’ve observed that the values of small-town dwellers and older populations align with the fear mongering and scapegoating we see this candidate spew all over. I live and work in a town of this general sample of small-town elderly and I see the yard signs and hear the conversations rallying with Trump. I wish it was “out of sight, out of mind” but it’s not. I usually try so, so hard not to stereotype or judge people’s character based upon values and political beliefs—but at this time, how can I not? I must make some kind of sense of this madness and I will say it does bring me some solace to know that most voters are the baby boomers and older. I am optimistic that someday, sooner than later, these views will—really—be a thing of the past.

I have never felt a political calling so strong as this year’s election. I have never felt so strongly against a candidate’s platform (if he can even call it that). I have never seen history repeating itself in a darker manner. Has the older population forgotten the racism and ethnocentrism at the roots of Europe’s WWII? I guess they have. It’s really easy being racist and homophobic when you watch Fox news in the comfort of your own home and when you live in a predominantly white town with predominantly like-minded people. I’m 25 years old and seem more concerned about history and ensuring it doesn’t repeat itself than the very people that lived through it. What the fuck? Will I be as close-minded and ignorant when I’m eighty-something? For the sake of humanity, I really hope not.

I am holding out hope that Trump is just trolling the campaign for shits and giggles. Why else would a man that makes billions as a real estate mogul and businessman be trying so damn hard to secure a job making less than half mil? Joey says he is doing all this to promote his new book. Apparently, the last time he campaigned, he had a new book out and he was able to boost sales that way. But I’m very skeptical a man of his wealth would care about the pocket change presidency and book sales would get him. No, I think he just loves power. Power and haters. Which he surely has a lot of these days. You know who else liked power as much as Trump? Hitler. Lots more Hilter/Trump comparisons to come.

Joey also tells me “Don’t worry, our government set-up voting in such a way that guys like Trump can be vetoed. He will never be president.”   I want to believe you, Joey, really I do. But what if? I know voting is totally rigged but he’s gaining delegates on the Republican ticket in most current polls and this doesn’t seem good. My understanding is that delegates/the electoral college has actual say. But the numbers are there—they don’t lie, do they? It all makes my brain hurt. I’ve thought a lot about what America would be like with Trump as president. I can only imagine it to be a disaster. Seriously, he has zero experience with politics other than radical opinions. I don’t think people realize what kind of repercussions could come from Trump becoming president. One thing is for sure, AT LEAST one war is inevitable to happen in direct relation to his rise to power. I don’t know what country, region, group of people it will be, but with his wide lens for racism; it’s anyone’s guess. You know who’s going to end up sacrificing for that stupid war? My fiancée and countless other military personnel—no matter what their beliefs. All because of some lack of foreign policy, racist, scapegoating, no chill, arrogant ass called Donald Trump. And war is just one little sliver of the big picture—a personal effect on me and my family. I don’t even want to consider the extent of everything else. It’s too depressing to imagine that much back-pedaling.

So, do you need some more evidence of a virtual Trump and Hitler alliance? Aside from using racism to gain power, Trump proposes mass deportations, anti-Muslim policies including but not limiting to surveillance of mosques and mandating that Muslims carry special ID cards, and he most certainly blames immigrants for America’s problem. Hmm.. sounds a lot like Hitler when you replace Muslims with Jews. And what was Hitler’s big promise to the German people? To “Make Germany Great Again”? Whatd’ya know!

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My all-time favorite pic of Trump campaigning. He took this before a football game at ISU in Ames. But his tweet said “Great turn-out in Boone, Iowa. Together we can make America great again.” Not only did he try to make this crowd out to be his supporters, but he got the location wrong.