We have seen another week come and go. This weekend, there was a pipe bomb that exploded in New Jersey before a charitable race. The reason no one was injured was because the race was delayed. Later that night, another explosion rocked the Chelsea area of New York City. Then, yesterday, or rather very early this morning, more pipe bombs were discovered in Elizabeth City, NJ.
In the explosion in New York, 29 people were injured. There was also an attack in a mall in Minnesota. In that attack, ISIS claimed “responsibility” only because the person wielding the machete said he liked ISIS. Naturally, the media jumped all of that “announcement” from ISIS.
Before all of this happened, Donald Trump held what he called a press conference but it wasn’t really a press conference to announce that yes, President Barak Obama was born in the U.S. Of course, he claimed that it was Clinton who started the birther issue, with is a blatant lie.
Reince Priebus told the other Republican Candidates who Trump beat in the primaries that they will back the dictator in waiting or face consequences. The “dictator in waiting” is my choice of words. According to the RNC Chair, if people like Cruz or Kasich or Rubio don’t get off the sidelines and openly support the nominee, there will be hell to pay for them in upcoming elections.
Then, Mike Pence announced that his “hero” was non other than Dick Cheney. You know the Vice President under President George W. Bush who should have been tried for war crimes over his ordering of waterboarding and other “extreme interrogation” techniques. The same Vice President who left office with a 13 percent approval rating. That is the kind of Vice President Mike Pence aspires to become.
Trump called into his favorite TV network to boast how he had “called it” over the New York City bombings. See, when Trump first heard the news of explosions in New York, he called them “bombs exploding” and when it was later confirmed they were indeed bombs, he just couldn’t wait to call into the Fantasy News Organization to boast how “I called it”. Too bad he never mentioned the 29 people who were injured in the explosions. Guess he didn’t call that part of the explosion.
We have people going around New York lighting Muslim women on fire. There hasn’t been a serious injury yet, but people are actually walking around New York lighting the clothes of Muslim women on fire for no apparent reason except they are Muslim women wearing “those clothes”. There have been at least four such incidents.
In Houston on Friday, a reporter for VICE News wanted to attend the Trump rally. He tried to get the proper credentials for the rally. The campaign never really said if he was going to get them or not. The reporter went to the hotel where the rally was being held. He asked if they had any press credentials for him. The hotel had him arrested for trespass. The Trump campaign claims they had nothing to do with the arrest, yet it was they who decided at the last minute not to allow open press into the event, only their “pool” press.
Last week, all the while Donald Trump was lambasting Clinton for her “basket of deplorables” remarks, one of his supporters was busy punching protesters during his speech. Then, just to show how sincere they really are, another one “sucker punched” a 69 year old woman with an oxygen tank for simply standing outside protesting the rally. Both incidents happened AT THE SAME RALLY.
A football player decides to protest against what he considers as problems with policing in this country especially when it involves people of color. He simply kneels during the playing of the national anthem. He doesn’t make any obscene gestures, he simply kneels instead of standing. All of the armchair patriots, including Trump, begin howling about how he is disrespecting the military and veterans. No, he isn’t disrespecting veterans or the military. He is simply doing what we fight to protect. His right to protest. Trump said he “should find another country to try out”.
I swear, sometimes I watch the news each day and wonder what the hell has happened to our country. But, if you listen very carefully to the candidates, their supporters, and the media, you can see what happened to America. We have been fed a line of bullshit about religion v. non-religion, conservative v. liberal, straight v. gay, black v. white, and Christian v. Muslim.
We have been fed this line of bullshit for so long, people are actually starting to believe it. The result is that we have the most racist, misogynist, xenophobic, and Islamophobic moron in history as the standard bearer for a major political party. The real scary part is he could actually win. Hell, he makes Andrew Jackson look like a Kumbaya kind of guy. With the hatred Jackson had for Native Americans, I didn’t think anyone could make him look like a reasonable person.
No, we don’t need to “Make America Great Again”. It is already great. We don’t need to “purify” the races, that is total extreme Alt-right stupidity. We don’t need to build that wall because that would harm our country and our economic growth. What we really need is to take a deep breath, look around us, and remember that our Constitution was written to “form a more perfect Union.” It was not written to bestow privilege upon the few and make the rest suffer.
Yes, sometimes I wonder when did America get a Lobotomy. We are much better than all of this shit.