The right of citizens to peaceably assemble and petition their government was so vital to the framers of our constitution, it was included in the First Amendment. Thus, one of the worst things #45 has done – the photo op stunt he pulled on Monday at the DC Episcopal church – may turn out to be one of his “best,” in that more Republicans are starting to publicly declare just how demented and law-breaking #45 is, re his blatant desecration and violation one of the U.S. Constitution’s most important principles.
What say we take that impeachment vote now, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Congress?
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Department Of Keeping It Real
I am becoming acutely aware of the Passage of Time ® (translation: like every living thing around me, I’m getting older). However, I have been unaware of any corresponding increase in moiself’s personal maturity index, a phenomenon which, I was assured by my elders, was one of the benefits (the only benefit, according to my perennially grumpety  Aunt Erva) of aging.
I think they lied.
Dateline on Monday morning circus 7:55 AM, returning from morning walk. I passed the house of our next-door neighbors, who have been doing some lawn-decorating things the past few weeks, and noticed that they’ve placed two bronze Great Blue Heron statues in the corner of their yard closest to our front yard berm. Moiself’s very first thought upon noticing the gap in the beak of heron #1, was a gleeful, “There’s just enough space to put a toy cigar in there!”
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Department Of A Thought That Surprised Even Moiself
This festering hemorrhoid of a human being….
Such are my usual thoughts about the Current Occupant of the White House, whom moiself variously refers to in these posts as #45 (when I’m feeling magnanimous), or The Mandarin Mussolini and The Cheetos Hitler (when I’m feeling realistic). Imagine my surprise when on Monday eve, while scrolling through the news stories reporting the latest divisive shit you-know-who has flung, my quavering intellectual commitment  to the principle of Radical Empathy chose that moment to raise its pointy little head and ask a question that, actually and literally, tugged at my heart:
Does anyone love this man?
It was the saddest of questions, posed from and to moiself, and accompanied by a flood of melancholy.
Does anyone love this man?
This Man, from all accounts ranging from the objective to the slavish, seems to have led the kind of life for which the answer to the question would be an easy, *No. *Of course not.*
His family: women and wives and children, collected and curated, tolerated and paraded about by him, then ignored/cast aside when it suits him…these “family” members seemingly tolerate the situation (do they even have what could remotely be called a “relationship”) for status and monetary gain. This Man has no verifiable friends; he does have paid staff, and minions and political “associates” (I think frenemies, rather than associates or allies, is the more accurate term for what they are), all of whom seem willing to sacrifice whatever principals they may have convinced themselves they hold for the perceived benefits of being in his circle of power, publicity, and influence.
But does anyone really love him, personally? Does anyone really love him enough to say what they would say to any other person they loved who was in a similar situation?
What you are doing– it’s not good for you.
You are hurting yourself; you are obviously in a great deal of pain…
Forget concern for their country (if they have any), for the moment. If someone, anyone, truly loves This Man – even if they support his politics and think he is handling things “correctly” – wouldn’t they advise him that, for the sake of his physical, emotional and mental health, he needs to quit his toxic job, get some rest, and work on his well-being?
This Man is palpably, all-encompassingly, wretchedly, miserably, unhappy. I can’t think of a word strong and deep enough to convey what I think he “feels,” about his position in the world.
His faux gloating and/or triumphant expressions are just that – fake, a simulation of smirking indifference to hide his genuine  distress.
Like an addict, This Man doesn’t know how to stop what he’s doing. And unlike many addicts, there seems to be no one who loves him, who will intervene and tell him the truth, and care about what he is doing to *himself.*
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Department Of Things I Meant To Do, But Couldn’t
Last week, in my post mentioning how “Jane Roe” was paid by the anti-abortion crowd to publicly flip her pro-choice position, I stated that the tactics used and falsehoods told by anti-abortionists don’t surprise many of us who’ve worked in women’s reproductive health care. I also wrote that I would tell a very specific story (my WEBA story) related to that in next week’s post, which – due to the earth’s rotating on its axis while it also circles the sun – is now this week’s post.
That was my intention last week. Then, there was this week, which made me feel this weak.
Given the blatant *murder* of yet another black man by yet another white police officer, yet again bringing our country’s inadequately addressed, systemic racism to the forefront; given the misunderstood-by-those-who-most-need-to-pay-attention protests, starting out peaceful then in some cases being hijacked by misdirecting looters; given, once again, the rhetoric of inflaming tension rather than calling for unity coming from the White House occupant, along with his subsequent, blasphemous  and constitutional-trashing church “visit”…. I barely had the emotional energy to type anything of interest.
Tune in next week for the story of the WEBA (hint: it is not a Smurf or other animated character). In hopes of a better next week, moiself shall move on to what has become a barely tolerated highly anticipated blog feature of 2020.
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Pun For The Day
I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.
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“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder”…
“…or a whoopee cushion.”
The quote is from the Persian poet Rumi,  the addendum courtesy of comic Paula Poundstone. Sage advice from the timeless philosopher poet, with a jester’s timely codicil regarding our need for balance.
Yes, take what’s going on very seriously; take yourself not so seriously… Also, take *care* of yourself, and someone else, if you can.
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May you love someone enough to (at least) notice when they are hurting;
May you be a part of the solution by realizing you are a part of the problem;
May you be the whoopie cushion life so desperately needs right now;
…and may the hijinks ensue.
Thanks for stopping by. Au Vendredi!
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 As in, grumpy and crotchety. The world needs this adjective. You’re welcome. And we all have an Aunt Erva in our lives (even if she sometimes assumes a form and/or gender other than that of your aunt).
 Which is in contrast to my gut reactions to This Man and what he does, which can be along the lines of, “This person needs to be ground underneath a stormtrooper’s boot….”
 And totally self-absorbed, of course.
 A term used by many Christians re the stunt he pulled at the DC church.
 Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, who today is one of the best selling (dead) poets in the USA.