Saw X last night, with original Guitarist Billy Zoom. I think this was a kind gesture from the rest of the band, since he is recovering from cancer. Yes, he spent most of it on a stool, but he spent the time playing Punkabilly riffs with never looking at the fretboard, like Buck Dharma.
X is like the punk Black Sabbath. The first four albums are FLAWLESS. I didn’t get into them until Under The Big Black Sun, but holy hell did that burn holes into my psyche, and the songs that dealt with the death of Exene’s sister managed a way of being sad and screaming into the void that I have always loved about my all my favorite music.
But that’s not what I’m here to talk about . Here to talk about the draft. Wait a minute. Let me back up. Get a new drink.
I’m here to talk about Republicans. Conservatives. Bigots. Tea Party.
Mikey and I had much of this discussion on a prior post. But I want to kind of go on to enumerate things that I see on the Uncle Liberty and Wingnut Facebook network.
- Hillary is a liar.
- Hillary is a criminal
- Hillary is a murderer.
- The Democrats will ALWAYS steal an election
- Al Gore is fat
- Hillary has brain damage.
- Hillary has bad personal style.
At this point, I will not bother with the Benghazi benghazi BENGHAZI! bullshit or the email fucking beating of a fucking dead horse.
Seriously, I have to laugh at the conservatives I see. The only thing they have is to be able to use photo memes that solely reinforce the above list with no actual links or references. In fact, on FB I recently saw one of them hijack a quote from Andy fucking Borowitz, swapping out “Trump” for “Hillary” like that somehow proved something….
Which is the funny thing I find about the Republicans respond when you respond with actual facts and links; without fail they do one or both of these: tell you that mainstream media links are not worth considering, and then going into a Gish Gallop.
Here is the reality:
Hilary Clinton has spent her entire life trying to help other people.
She spent much of her early life going into poor and minority neighborhoods, finding out what the worst things were, and directly attacking those problems. With much success. Doing it in a very direct, face-to-face way that made many black people lover her and her work
And she did that as the wife of a Governor. Continuing to go out and doing the fucking hard work of hitting the bricks and finding out what the problems are, and meeting the people who had those problems. And making helping those people one of the most important things ever.
As a daughter of privilege, she bought into the hippie idea that we have to help the lowest FIRST, and she did that with everything she did ever after. She started her life by declining a law career in favor of helping the poor and children who needed health care and education. A white girl going into poor African American communities. And the Republicans say she doesn’t care about black people….
She tried to help America with doing something better with health care (HOW EVILE) and when that crashed, she pivoted and started working directly to create SCHIP, which put millions of kids under health care. Of course, the Republicans have opposed that….
hmpf. I once thought I would go through all the stupid bullshit. But you know, it is all more than obvious, so fuck that.
Here’s the summary:
- Hillary is not the antichrist
- Hillary is not the devil
- Hillary is not a lesbian
- Hillary never murdered, or ordered the murder, of anyone.
- Hillary, at 68, has no more health concerns than 70 year old man. Maybe fewer; most women are better at managing their health than men….
- If you think Hillary having problems in heels, going up stairs, then let’s see Trump doing the same thing….
- Election Fraud is non-existent.
- Election Fraud is a fake reason to allow for voter restriction.
- Hair and personal style is only allowed as a criticism against women, never men.
- I kinda love the idea that they have resurrected the Clinton Kill list.
- The Clinton Foundation is as scrutinized and high profile a charitable foundation as ever created. They return 88 cents on the dollar to actually helping people around the world, Bill and Hillary take no salaries, and both of them are revered around the planet for the good they have done.
I remember back eight years, when SO MANY people told us how voting for a Democrat, was going to be horrible terrible and so horrible and this was horrible. It ws going to result in wars, death and devastation, the destruction of the economy and the takeover of America with sharia law or some damn thing like that. No, it never made any sense but then paranoid racist fantasies never do.
None of that happened. Not a single thing.
Obama managed the most significant progressive legislation in many years. He salvaged the economy. Record advancements in LGBT rights. the Iran Deal. making Republicans shit-eating crazy….
As OBS says, this election is going to set some very bad precedents; it already has. Releasing tax returns is now a thing of the past. Treating opponents with respect is now abandoned in favor of infantile insults and grade school nicknames (which do, I admit, seem to be effective at least on one side of the spectrum). Dick sizes have been measured in a televised Presidential debate. I am sure we will see many more accepted norms be blown up in a spray of orange cheeto dust and flash of flammable hairspray.
But you know what? After watching Clinton in the 2008 primary, and her ability to put it behind her to become SoS, and watching her deftly handle a serious challenge from Sanders…not to mention the decades of scurrilous, sexist, rightwing whack job hit pieces on her and her family – and she is still perfectly poised and never actually losing her shit at any point of the way. The wing nuts are mocking her for her delight in the Democratic balloon drop, but I have to say, after the past few decades, a few minutes of delight at a momentous occasion? She fucking deserves it.
She is a long-lived politician who, despite constant attacks from opponents, is still standing. And that drives them absolutely fucking crazy. And she mocks them for that. I think, after all these years, she is kind of looking forward to giving them the back of her fucking hand.
And yes, THAT is kind of exactly the person I want to be leading our country.