I’ve been so disheartened by what’s happened in this country. Not the “divisiveness” that everyone on the interwebs is bitching about; we’ve been divided socially, politically, economically, and any other -ally you can think of pretty much since Europeans moved their sanctimonious asses into this country. Yes, the Native Americans had their wars and disagreements; it wasn’t all some egalitarian paradise. But there wasn’t a wholesale genocide or systematic demonization of anyone determined by the group in power to be “other” before white folks showed up. Fucking own it, people. I like political divisiveness. I like protest. I like resistance. I think they are part of what it means to be a patriotic American. Remember, boys and girls, the First Amendment also protects the right of the People to criticize their government–or anyone else–without fear of prosecution or persecution.
No, I’ve been disheartened by what the Cheeto has been attempting to do to this country, with varying levels of success. There are people who say he’s a dictator. Or a tyrant. Or that what he really wants is to be emperor. No. He thinks the government is just another business and he’s the CEO. In Trump’s worldview, the president has the right to do pretty much whatever the fuck he wants because it’s his company to run into the dirt. He’s wrong, of course. Government is one of the things that should never, ever be run like a business (schools, hospitals, and courtrooms are the others in case you were wondering). The point is not to turn a profit or run a lean, mean machine. The point of government is to serve the People, and I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there are a LOT of fucking people in this country and very few of them are identical in every way. We need a large government because we have a large country with a lot of very diverse needs. Anyone in favor of a small government should go right ahead and give up public schools, public libraries, fire departments, labor protections, police departments, and any of the other multitude of services the various levels of government provide. And before someone says, but the cities and states provide most of those things, I wish to point out that especially in rural areas or states without silly things like income taxes, the Federal government is who steps up to fund all the stuff you think is your right to have (which it is, btw).
Have y’all noticed that I’m just the tiniest bit pissed off? Have I not used a form of “fuck” often enough for that to sink in? I am angry. I expected to be basking in the glow of the first woman president at this point. (For the record, I don’t particularly like Hillary all that much either, but at least she knows how to do the fucking job.) I was not expecting a cheeto who lacks a brain-to-mouth filter and who thinks dismantling the federal government is a good idea. What the fuck did he plan on doing? Outsource all governmental functions to Russia?
Which brings me to the actual reason for tonight’s rant. Russia. And all the obvious entanglements it so obviously has with Trump and virtually all his back-biting, slimy, little toadies. I live in the fucking United States of America, and while I do not subscribe to outdated Cold War prejudices, I do not believe that a foreign government has any fucking say whatsoever in any aspect of the running of MY fucking government. (Is that enough fucks for y’all, yet?) It’s all beginning to come to light, just like I knew it would. I wasn’t certain it would be Russia that brought the Cheeto down, but I knew he’d do something before the end of this year to finally get those spineless dickfaces in Congress to rev up those old Articles of Impeachment. Hell, they impeached Bubba because he couldn’t keep it zipped–something everyone on both sides of the political divide always knew. The fact that he liked having sex with women not his wife was the only thing they could nail him for is why he was ultimately acquitted. It’s not like he was, oh I don’t know, REVEALING STATE INTELLIGENCE TO THE RUSSIANS, or anything like that. Or firing the FBI director because said director was conducting an investigation into his ties with Russia via his bloodsucking cronies. Or trying to completely dismantle the fucking federal government.
Yeah, I’m pissed but I’m also feeling kind of optimistic. Because all the stupid shit that Trump and his minions have been doing is starting to come to light. I predicted to some friends a month or so ago that by the end of this calendar year the impeachment will either have happened or be in progress. That doesn’t mean those of us in favor of progressive goals should be smug and sit back. We need to keep resisting and fighting and shouting our displeasure from the fucking rooftops. We need to vote with our pocketbooks, email and social media accounts, and especially out ballots. Don’t whine or complain that nothing you do makes a difference, because when you do nothing then it is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Democracy is a participation sport, kids. Capitalism, evil fucking system that it is, works for you when you play by their rules and use money as power. No political system was EVER changed from the outside.
So why did I choose this particular song from Simon and Garfunkel to punctuate my ravings? “America” is such a quiet tune, beautiful and sad. Disaffected. Disenfranchised. The characters in this song are disconnected from each other, from their society, from themselves. From their country. Do not be these people. This is your fucking country. Take it back from the bastards. Declare at the top of your lungs, “I’ve come to look for America.” And you sons of bitches better not have sold it to Russia.