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Dear Republicans,

You don’t need to be afraid of an environmentally sustainable future. I can’t, for the life of me, understand why you have allowed your leadership to convince you otherwise. Or, for that matter, why your leadership hasn’t figured it out. Everything about a sustainable future follows the same principles and wisdom of the past “Grand ‘ol Party” and the ideals of capitalism.

As has been proven in this last election, unchecked bullying has it’s own rewards. A person or business that is “winning” because they aren’t being held accountable is only winning for themselves, not for the rest of us.

If businesses, banks and Wall Street are allowed to grow simply from their own wealth, unchecked by any ideals of decency and cleanliness then they are going to make a mess. Only the best few are going to self regulate.

This is exactly why we believe in democracy even though it is messy and slow and often uncomfortable.

There are no other solutions. The most efficient governing system is the enlightened dictator. When a country is being led by a kind, brilliant and morally grounded dictator then things go amazingly well. This one fabulous person takes care of all the problems, responds to needs as they arise, and inspires the populous. The only problem with it is that it hardly ever happens. And if it does happen the enlightened dictator’s son turns out to be a dick.

Same thing happens with businesses. Sometimes a business will be started by a brilliant and innovative fellow, and then his children will take it to the gutter. These days, a business may be started by a brilliant and innovative fellow, only to be turned over to a profit-only driven board of directors when it is take public – boom! Gutter.

Either way, we decided a couple of centuries ago that democracy was a much safer bet. The thing that makes the United State’s democracy work is that it is a system of checks and balances that can, hopefully, weather storms of extremism in our population.

Yes, my dear fellow Republicans, the United States Government works because it is a highly REGULATED system. Read it and weep.

 

Today I’m sitting in the chemo line. It’s amazing how different the faces are here than in the radiation line.

In the radiation line people pretty much know the percentage of their cancer that is gone, and they are giving it one last shot. Everyone has little hair-doos growing back, and we very rarely throw up. We can chat and discuss our breast scars. We can practice stretching our arms, and discuss lymphedema management. People ring the bell and bring cookies on their last day. It’s always someone’s last day.

In the radiation line our name gets called, and we walk into a little machine where we lay silently and don’t move while a machine buzzes for just a second. The burning grows with each treatment, but you also get to tick off another day until ringing the bell and cookies.

In the chemo line the faces are haunted. It’s the really super-skinny people in wheelchairs that are the most invisible. No one talks much, and any joking is done with hung heads. Many are wearing face masks and don’t look you in the eye. You don’t want to look them in the eye anyway. There is a look in those eyes that no one wants to see.

When your name gets called you get hooked up to a machine that drips poison into your veins. It has a lot of water in it too and makes you pee. They stick a big needle into your port which was surgically implanted into your jugular vein. When it’s done you can pull your little hat over your bald head and silently return home. It’ll be a day or so until you are really sick. You count the hours between when you are supposed to take which medicine for each side effect.

No matter how conservative or liberal, everyone with cancer wants to know what gave it to them. The doctors are absolutely useless. They will talk about dividing cells, and the cellular environment that lays the bed for uncontrolled grown, and statistics. But the people in line, every single one, will agree that it’s environmental pollutants that got us. No matter how conservative a person is, they will admit it. It was something invisible, everywhere and out of our control that slithered inside our bodies and caused a little monster to start growing of its own accord.

Maybe we’re wrong. But what if we’re right? And either way, why do we keep allowing polution against our own, and our children’s, best interests?

We’ve spent our lives hearing about this chemical and that chemical that is a carcinogen. But then we have cancer and get told that nobody knows and that it’s just some random mix-up. Is there one truth for before you get cancer, and another truth for after you get cancer? Couldn’t we simply clean up our world… just in case?

You lost! Get over it! Have you heard that one yet? Of course, this is in reference to the fact that Donald Trump won the presidential election and liberals are going fuck-ass nuts. I’ve heard it a number of times. I’m in Texas.

The scary thing about this is that it is the nice Trump supporters who are saying this. It’s the ones who can actually hear the pain and agony that is going on around them, and they are having a gut reaction to it.

It’s like you are drowning a puppy, and as it’s wiggling and squirming you’re swearing, “Come on, hold still.” Just get it over fast.

(For liberals who don’t understand that analogy please know that drowning puppies is a regular practice in rural America. You didn’t get your dog spayed, and then it goes and has 12 puppies. More than likely you don’t drown all 12, but good farm practice dictates that you weed out at least 6 to 8 of them. Don’t freak out… it’s not the point of this article. It’s just a sick analogy that fits.)

So yes. This is the nice-hearted right-winger. They want us to stop wiggling. They are very sweet in everyday life and will feed you cookies until you pop. They can’t really understand what’s going on, and why we are wiggling around and crying the way we are. They literally don’t see that they are killing our children with their refusal to understand simple economic, political and environmental science. But they hear the pain, they really want us to be quiet and eat another cookie. So when you hear that, don’t get too upset. They really do care. They just don’t understand what it’s all about.

The rest don’t care at all. And some actually take glee in watching the liberal elite melt into a pool of anguish. That makes the win all that more exciting.

Of course there are a few on the right who are straight-out mean-hearted. But that’s a very small minority. Most are just fervent. It’s vital for well-thinking liberals to understand that fundamentalism is apocalyptic. They are working on ushering in the end of the world. That really nice neighbor of yours, with the big caring eyes? She drops off her plate of cookies, and then heads home and falls on her knees to pray for your soul because she knows that you will be heading to Hell here pretty darn quick. It’s her Christian duty to at least do her best for you.

Don’t think I’m making this up. (I’m not making up the puppy thing either.)

Fundamentalist Christianity has more in common with ISIS than the your nice Muslim neighbor who keeps his yard tidy and clean. ISIS is fundamental Islam and fundamental Christianity is fundamental Christianity.  Both belief systems are rigid and apocalyptic. If you look at actual statistics of mass shootings in the U.S. you’ll find that the majority of them are committed by Christian fundamentalists – that’s simply because we have a vast majority of Christians available to go nuts. No other reason. If you add them up with a more comprehensive math, you’ll find that mass shootings are mostly committed by fundamentalists (regardless of religion) with a smattering few that are straight-out nut jobs.

An apocalyptic world view is a very stressful thing to hold on to for a full lifetime. It’s kind of okay if things are going well. But if a person comes under stress it quickly becomes too much. Every news cast, every meeting of the Bible club, every conversation over coffee reveals more end-time signs. When you have an apocalyptic fundamentalist view you listen to the news and hear that unemployment is at an all time low of 4.9 percent it sounds like an end-time prophecy. New type of airplane invented? End time for sure… You may hear about bombings in Aleppo… definitely end-time signs. Anything that happens in Israel is end-time-sign times two. You might hear about that nice little girl down the street who went and got herself pregnant… a sure sign of the moral corruption of end times.

It’s stressful. You keep expecting it, and expecting it and nothing really happens. Especially since Democrats keep managing to get elected and even things out. So the only thing a decent person can do is help usher it in. For God’s sake! Quit wiggling!

When fundamentalism is not under stress it will be balanced out by the actual teachings of it’s home religion. This holds true for eastern and western religions as well. Christianity at its heart teaches kindness, neighborliness, forgiveness and love. We have marvelous basic tenets such as: Love your neighbor as yourself, turn the other cheek, blessed are the meek in spirit, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

When I closely examine my deepest angst over the election of Donald Trump it’s not Trump that I most fear. Actually it really is Trump I fear… but it’s the fact that my neighbors and my country have completely let me down that keeps me wiggling and crying. My head is stuck on, “How could you do this to us? Do you have no sense of decency?” A cry to the Republican party. The people in my country have let me down on the basic tenets of decent morality that I thought we agreed on. I thought we agreed that outright bullying was bad. I thought we agreed that kindness and civility to minorities was a common value. I thought we agreed that sexual predators were not to be rewarded. I thought we agreed that civil discourse of issues was the way we did things and that it was safe and even healthy to argue about facts.

The moral high ground of the Christian right has completely let us down. Not only did they chew me up and spit me out, but they ran the bus over the few righteous politicians they had left, and then backed up the bus and thunked ’em again.

The Republican primary was completely blindsided by Trump. It was so vicious, so unexpected, and so anti-Christian that the massive stage of politicians just sputtered and fell. There were numerous times where the Republican party could have stepped in and done the right thing, could have called an end to the whip-lash, but chose to do nothing.

Liberals were not afraid enough. We got over that now – we’re terrified. We kept being told we were winning, and could not in our wildest dreams have believed what was coming down. Both sides were like zombies in a dream. Sleepwalking over the edge.

I think both sides relied on our common belief that goodness always wins. Liberals thought the universe would let us win this one. Republicans expected us to save them from themselves.

I think republicans are really quite as shocked as we are and don’t know how to wrap their heads around it. I think they secretly expected to lose, so they happily drove themselves to the polls and cast their safe vote for “Their Side”. They are quite anxious for the end times to come just to relieve the stress of waiting for it… and afraid of their own visions at the same time. It works out best for them when we periodically save them from their own madness. They blame us when they lose, get riled up a bit, and then go bake some cookies.

But we lost. It was a shock to everyone. Now, they really want us to stop wiggling and just drown. Get over it! You lost! Move on!

God help us all.

Trumpsplaning is when a Trump supporter tries to reassure you by explaining that Trump surely won’t do the things he said he would do. I’ll explain this clearly in three simple bullet points to make sure it is easily understood.

  1. They voted for Trump because they thought he wouldn’t do the things he said he would do.
  2. They voted for Trump because they believed he wouldn’t do all those things he said he would do.
  3. They voted for Trump because surely he didn’t mean all those things he said.

That’s just about as simple as I can ‘splane it to you… and these are the nice Trumpsters. They are feeling a little twinge of remorse over how upset you are. The other ones don’t give a shit. They are still wearing their, “String her up” T-shirts.

Trump is a poop head.

I had me a good talkin’ to by a black gal yesterday. A nurse in one of my many doctor’s offices.

I told her how I was feeling after the election. She understood perfectly. It had been her daughter’s first time to participate in an election. Sounds like they are a very engaged family, and this is something the daughter has been looking forward to, and growing towards, for many years. The viciousness of the year was scathing to this child. And then on election night she was left sobbing uncontrollably, shaking.

Here was this beautiful black child, raised by professional parents, probably just assuming that she was an American like everyone else. Maybe she thought elections were about issues. Maybe she thought there was a high moral road. She probably thought that a girl was as good as everyone else.  Probably she thinks that women and girls are more than their hotness rating and shouldn’t be groped and talked about like a slab of meat. She lives in Houston and goes to school with Hispanics and Muslims and friends of every race and creed. Like many of us she was just assuming that the viciousness was only temporary and the adults would get it right.

She was left sobbing and shaking in her mother’s arms.

This was her first election experience. Others of us are wounded and crushed from fighting the anti-progress machine for 40 years. But this was her first. I threw up my hands and said, “I give up.”

Oh man! That nurse’s pointer finger came up and swung slowly right and left – directly at me! Her eyes were twinkling, but she had just grown 3 inches and I was paying attention! “Uuuuuuuuhh uuuuhhhhh!” She said. “You won’t give up because of MY daughter.”

Put yourself right there in that room with me and I swear to God you will never waver for one second from now on out. Every one of us deserved a safe, clean and healthy world in which to live and love. We didn’t really get it. That’s what we have to pass on.

Let’s go!

Hello folks, let’s take it down a notch… like WAAAAAY down.

We need to stop for a second and realize that a four year old has been elected President. He won by holding huge rallies where people shouted, “Lock ‘er up!” about his opponent… over emails. Over emails for God sake!

Trump supporters wore shirts and actually drove around in vehicles, in my town, with the slogan, “Trump the bitch.”

I responded to all this in a typical liberal way by trying to explain how that was sexist. By trying to show how it hurt my feelings. By trying to explain how misogyny works, and that all people deserve respect. By bringing up important issues like global warming. They responded back with fake news articles about Hillary Clinton making business deals with Arabs… clearly the work of an evil mad-woman.

I give up. I’m saying, “Poop!”

Face it. We can’t fight this level of viciousness and ignorance with logical arguments. And it’s eating us alive. Be honest… liberals just don’t have the stamina to carry this load of loathing. We keep running away and turning on beautiful music and trying to meditate. We try to take soothing walks, and share pictures of puppies. It doesn’t work.

So let’s go in. Let’s go all the way in. Laughter is the only medicine in times like these. Shout, “Poop!” It will make you feel better. Go back to your four-year-old self and take a stance. Let’s start a movement where everyone is tweeting “Trump is a Poop face!” Try it… open up your Twitter account and tweet that out. You’ll immediately feel better. You may even snort a little laugh.

Share it with your loved ones. Text poop back and forth a couple of times and watch the energy completely change.

If you need some inspiration for your poop mouthing read this article (it’s the one that got me going):
http://m.dailykos.com/story/2016/11/20/1602236/-Not-even-president-yet-and-Donald-Trump-is-losing-his-mind

These are four year old times and they DEMAND a four-year-old response! It’ll cure your election angst.

Imagine if we all take our safety pins and add a little piece of toilet paper. Then when you meet people in the street you can say, “Poop!” that will be fun. There will be great snorting in the streets. Imagine if we have signs and billboards and they say, “Trump is a poop face.” We’ll be laughing our heads off. He’ll be the first president literally laughed out of office. Conservatives can hold up against any kind of argument because they just, really, don’t give a shit. So turn on the poop.

Donald Trump is the thinnest skinned person ever to be elected president. He anguishes over Twitter. Let’s sweep out a hurricane of poops. Let’s tweet poops, and text poops, and even write some songs about poops. Any time you are feeling anxious, just share the poop. Get laughter back in America again!

If we would have sat down together, fifty years ago, and said “Let’s create a world” – we would not have created this world.

We would have never in our wildest dreams have created a world where big business holds no responsibility over what they produce. We would never had said, “Hey I know! Let’s make a world where big businesses can create any kind of mess they want, and never have to clean it up.” We would never have have said, “And also, let’s make sure the toxins they spill into the world cause cancer (cause that’s such a fun and profitable disease) and let’s set it up so that the more a business sidesteps decency the more money and power they get, until controlling them is completely impossible.”

We wouldn’t have done it.

We would never have created a world where slick advertising moguls use their awesome manipulative skills to sway uneducated voters to go along, happily, with ideas and policies that are completely against their self-interest. Fifty years ago we would have never imagined that we could become a country that doesn’t believe in science.

Fifty years ago progressive thinkers would have been Republicans. We would have never imagined that our party would take a downward plunge into valuing big business over people’s rights. We would have never envisioned that it was possible to ignore decades of clear evidence that we are poisoning and fouling our environment. We would not have seen that as good government, or smart for business. We would have been proud of our history with Abraham Lincoln. We would have studied Trickle Down Economics and gone, “What???” We would have studied our fore-fathers and learned from their worries about what might happen if mean-spirited, fear-based politics won the day.

Fifty years ago if anyone had said, “Hey, I have a good idea. Let’s fill our air, soil and water with dangerous chemicals for half a century and see what happens.” Everyone would have said… NO!

Just saying. It’s clear madness. We don’t have to continue doing it now.

 

All the pollution on the planet has happened in our lifetimes, folks. It’s our fault. Though there was a lot of carbon pollution and the like for the last several thousand years, the explosion in plastics and chemical manufacturing has happened since World Wars I and II. We are living in a cesspool of chemicals.

When I first was diagnosed with cancer I was ashamed. I thought I hadn’t been organic enough, had allowed myself to be subjected to too many carcinogens, somehow. Had not lived pure enough. That it was my fault. I hid away in my house and endured Chemotherapy alone for six months. I had a 40% chance to live.

And then I watched the meanness and brainlessness of the election, before and after, and saw all hope of a slow path towards environmental sanity evaporate into thin air. And I realized… why should I (or anyone for that matter) have to live a life completely removed from society in order to stay well????

Why do we accept carcinogens as a norm?

There was an excuse before the 60’s. It was great fun to be prosperous and to have all the cheap goods that we want. We were clueless back then, just having a good time. But then came Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” and people who were paying attention woke up and started trying to clean up the environment and make a sane world for human beings to live in. What the hell happened to everyone else!

Why have you agreed to the policies that have poisoned me? Why have you poisoned my daughter?

It’s been over fifty years folks – and we have apparently gotten nowhere. In the 2016 election a minority of voters proved once again that they are the dups of big business. You are all walking around right now scratching your balls and saying stuff like “I’m against big government – I’m worried about my guns – I heard that Hillary Clinton was corrupt” But you’ve voted this way for half a century! What the hell is wrong with you?

Do you all have any idea how many people have cancer? It’s not normal, it’s not good. Do you know how many people have diabetes, heart disease, digestive disorders, high blood pressure?… all diseases caused by our poisoned food supply, gasoline-spewn air, and chemical-laden water. And you remain brainwashed by pundits selling trickle down economics.

You believe in conservative values but you don’t believe in conserving the very planet on which we live?

If you have been voting Republican your whole life this is your fault. Democrats are not a whole lot better – but that’s a different story. Democrats are at fault because of their ineffectiveness. Democrats at least acknowledge the problem, but are powerless against the same big business oligarchy that has everyone brainwashed. But if you’ve been voting Republican, and wasting your braincells “thinking” about politics through the skewed eyes of ignorance and prejudice – then it is your fault.

We have all the skills and knowledge to make a beautiful, clean and healthy world. Cleanness is not anti-business – it is smart business – it is moral business. It’s the Christian thing to do. It’s the Buddhist thing to do. It’s the Islamic thing to do. Homes can be clean. Water can be clean. Transportation can be clean. Businesses can thrive and prosper in a clean environment. We can have fun, exciting, productive lives by learning as we go how to best live on the planet. This shouldn’t even be a discussion.

There is no reason whatsoever that I should have cancer – except that we can’t have a decent science-based discussion in politics. It’s because you, I say YOU, allow yourself to be fooled and then turn around and voted, viciously, from your ignorance. You think it’s funny, but I sit every day in the chemo and radiation lines with the people who are suffering from your neglect. There is this certain “deer in the headlights” look in everyone’s eyes.

There is no reason that I should have to hide from the food, water and air in the “best country in the world” in order to be healthy. There is no reason that we can’t clean ourselves up. Cleanliness is next to Godliness… remember that? It applies to us all, to the way we live, to the decisions we make together.

It’s going to happen to you, sooner than you think. As you sit there with the chemo lines dripping into your veins think about how we all live together. Is this really what we want? We are not powerless against it – though we certainly feel powerless against each other. Today, my fellow community members, we are powerless against each other’s ignorance.

Remember… all the pollution on the planet has happened in our lifetime. In our lifetime!!! That’s us, people. That’s us.

An interesting math problem – and the Two Party Political System.

I heard an interesting broadcast yesterday that made me take pause on the way we hold political discussions. It was a simple math problem.

A lot of people are calling for the end of the two-party system. But, basically, if we have a three party system that that means the vote can be split three ways – and what can happen is that a radical minority can elect a president with only one third of the vote. If we had five parties, then a very small 20% radical group could elect a president.

The hope of the two party system is that both candidates will have to at least “lean” towards the middle.

We tend to think that a third party will give us more of a say. But just think about it. For instance: imagine that the Republican party broke into two factions – one kindof middle, and one far right. And the Democrats did the same. We would then have four parties and the very radical factions could win with 25% of the popular vote.

So the really interesting part about this is that we don’t really hear that kind of simple reasoning when we call for the end of the two party system. Usually when we talk about a new party it centers around how “I want another choice.” But this simple math can turn the discussion from “me and what I want” to a broader discussion about what is best for all of us.

It also really brings to mind the fact that there are people out there who have really studied politics, and understand how things work way more than us every-day people. And that maybe we would do the discussion some good by studying the issues we argue about.

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