Bye Bye

We the people had our say (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

We dumped you on election day (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

Clear your desk, be on your way (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

YOU DON’T GET TO FUCKING STAY!


The way you act is a disgrace (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

Can’t accept you lost the race (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

We’re tired of your orange face (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

SO, GRAB YOUR SHIT AND PACK A CASE!


So long orange, hello blue (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

You bit off more than you could chew (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

Consider this your Waterloo (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

TAKE JARED AND IVANKA TOO!


You’re a traitor and a louse (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

We don’t wanna to hear you grouse (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

Be quiet as a fucking mouse (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

AND GET OUT OF OUR FUCKING HOUSE!


Trump, Lindsey, and Tortoise Mitch (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

Drove the bus into a ditch (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

Helped their buddies all get rich (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

AND GAVE US ALL A NERVOUS TWITCH!


You’re nothing but a pussy grabber (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

Full of shit and constant blabber (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

Your twitter feed is full of lies (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

YOUR BANK ACCOUNT HAS RUSSIAN TIES!


Your Christian views are fake as fuck (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

We’re tired of the “Rudy Tuck” (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

Load your shit on to the truck (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

AND MOVE ALONG, YOU FASCIST FUCK!


You played the Christians like a fiddle (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

A simple folk, without a middle (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

Save the fetus, cage the kids (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

YOU PUT OUR NATION ON THE SKIDS!


Ignored the data and the science (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

Said fuck the mask with great defiance (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

Got RONA from your noncompliance (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

AND STILL RELY ON PSEUDOSCIENCE!


Inject the bleach and shove the light (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

Don’t stop until you get it right (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

You plunged our nation into the night (Bye-Bye Motherfucker)

NOW GET OUT OF OUR FUCKING SIGHT!

The Mad King and the Undeniability of Math

There’s something poetic about how the last few days of the 2020 presidential election played out.

As batches of counted ballots were released, I envisioned the President, alone in the White House, at the mercy of math. This muttering mad king, a slave to his television, forced to listen to the American press he so fervently hates, report on the facts, which he refuses to accept.

The harsh and austere undeniability of math.

The steadfast and steady march of the count.

To a person whose been married to the denial of facts for his entire life, it must have felt like death by a thousand cuts.

Hopefully, the people of this country can put down their blue and red tribal flags and start the hard work of talking with one another, instead of at one another.

The agent of rot

Rot has an agent –

An orange bartender

who pours lies

and half-truths

like piss

from a blender

and off they go

on a misguided bender

living off hate

with no sign

of surrender


The agent of rot

Knows who to seek

Prays on the fearful,

the dumb, and the meek


The agent of rot

Has a masters in evil

He burrows in deep

Like a sick twisted weevil

His whisper-warm breath

takes a crap in your ear

He laughs in your face

And fucks from the rear

With broken promises and

malevolent behavior

The gullible get

screwed by the

unsavory savior


More significant than rot

Is the person who serves it

Aim all of your rage

at the one who deserves it


The disdainful malevolent

essence of rot

The source of the stink

The slime on the snot

The grand wizard of

falsehoods

The tweeter of lies

The vindictive and petty

muncher of fries

Use your vote like a shiv

and twist it in deep

Don’t ever forgive

That fat orange creep!

Values and the personalization of politics

America succeeds and prospers when her citizens get along with one another. And in a country where politics often ignites passion, getting along with one another means not digging too deeply into each other’s political views.

So, Americans consciously work at not letting how we vote affect our relationships. Its not always easy, but one thing that helps us keep the peace (and the republic) is a shared set of values that transcend politics.

We might have divergent views on taxation, education, healthcare, and foreign policy, but we unite around a core set of values rooted in our humanity – values like honesty, decency, kindness, integrity, and empathy. It’s these shared values that allows you to tolerate my politics, and me to tolerate yours.  

So, what’s changed in America? Why are we so quick to disregard that unspoken rule that keeps the personal and political separate?  

I suspect Trump supporters are saying to themselves, “I’m not acting any different than I’ve acted in the past, I’m simply voting for the republican candidate – why all this outrage?”  

And I agree with them, they’re not acting any differently than they have in the past.

What’s changed this time around is not you or me – it’s the president.

The president openly derides anyone who oppose him, he mocks and puts down people, he constantly pits Americans against one another, and he’s been a human wrecking ball to the long-held American values of “welcoming the stranger, dignity for all human beings, equality under the law, respect for dissent, and love of truth”.

Donald Trump is demonstrably mean, dishonest, and apathetic. He is the antithesis of the values that we assumed transcended politics and united us as Americans.

So, when I hear a colleague, a neighbor, or a Facebook friend vociferously support the President, I process that support as an indifference to the personal (not political) values that I hold strongly — honesty, decency, kindness, integrity, and empathy.

America’s never had to deal collectively with a leader like Trump. The personalization of politics we see in our country today comes from the jarring realization that honesty, decency, kindness, integrity, and empathy do not transcend politics for Trump supporters.  

Thug

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“She’s gonna go through some things.”

“Take her out.”

“Get rid of her.”

Menacing phrases that we’d expect from a mobster, a gangster, a thug – not the President of the United States.

When a president wants to replace an ambassador, a simple letter asking for their resignation and thanking them for their service is the norm.

Instead, we get:

“She’s gonna go through some things.”

“Take her out.”

“Get rid of her.”

Instead, we get presidential tweets and ginned-up articles from right-wing propaganda machines that sully and degrade the reputation of a career diplomat with an impeccable record of service and sacrifice.

Instead, we listen and watch as the most powerful man in the world publicly drags a distinguished member of our foreign service through the mud.

And for what?

Because her high ethical standards served as a barrier to the President’s craven lust for power and political advantage.

“She’s gonna go through some things”

“Take her out”

“Get rid of her”

Trump’s threat to Ambassador Yovanovitch and the smear he initiated during her testimony (via a fucking Tweet) were despicable and beneath contempt, and ANOTHER example of the character (or lack thereof) of our President.

How much more evidence do people need that the President is a thug, driven by self-interest?

What is the moral tipping point for those who use low unemployment numbers and a high stock market as rationale for turning a blind-eye to presidential thuggery and crimes?

By the way, we can have a decent and moral president – AND a strong economy – Just look at our last president.