As you watch the self-righteous, duplicitous, money grubbing, double talking, triple dealing politicians pull their head out of the NRA's ass and slither to a microphone bemoaning the mental health problem in this country, REMEMBER THIS!!
Friday, January 19, 2018
The Religious Right's Pro-life-Brigade is on the streets teaching us all moral principles. Of course, the serial adulterer, sexual assaulter, lair, bigot, white supremacists supporter they helped put in the White House doesn't bother them at all. It's about moral authority - forfeited in 2016. Piety begins at home.
I have no objection to people who hold Pro-life views conscientiously. One of my dearest and most beloved friends is Pro-life. What I object to is hypocrisy. What I object to is the idea that the theory of life that is held by one faith is incumbent upon those who don't follow that faith. To wit: as a Pagan woman, I do not believe that life begins at conception. According to my religious world view the soul or spirit chooses its incarnation before birth, selecting and entering the vehicle of that incarnation at the time of birth. However, my religious views do not hold parity with the views of the people on the streets. Pagans are not to enjoy the same religious liberty as the "Christians" roaming the byways of our nation's capitol today.
I make no apology for the anger I feel this morning. It was just a few centuries ago that the ancestors of these Pro-lifers ran my grandmothers to ground; drowning, hanging and putting them to the stake. For faith, maybe; for power more like. The power to control other people's lives and destiny - not to mention property and wealth. The same drive for power sent these mighty-righteous hypocrites to the polls to vote for one of the most profane men to ever sit in the Oval Office.
Pardon my cynicism, but perhaps this joint circle jerk between the paunchy and the pious is really nothing more then a mutual power grab. After all, one can't help but wonder how many abortions "their" president paid for in his womanizing days when he was hiding between the sheets of super models from the War in Viet Nam? When exactly did this greedy, avaricious, son of Mammon find God?
To all those Lifers roaming the streets of D.C. today I say, get you ass home and see to your own moral values. You are not invited to shove your God down my throat while wallowing in the Devil's bed.
Monday, January 15, 2018
Donald Trump is not ignorant; he is ignominious. He is not illiterate; he is indifferent. He is not ineffective he is egomanicaal. Trump is a narcissist, and by his nature believes himself to be the only actor on the stage. The rest of us - Dreamers, other people of color, women, Democrats, Republicans, the poor, the elderly, the Middle Class and everyone in between are simply stage props in his private performance. We are to be moved around to meet his needs, blamed and shamed as it serves him. Ironically, when things go wrong within the play it is the responsibility of the props rather than the star. How that works exactly is unclear to me, and Jung is dead.
There is no Trumpism. What some in the media and many Republicans call by that name is simply institutional hate and racism. Trump tapped into the lowest common denominator, the dark underbelly of our society, played to the resentment, bigotry and sense of being left behind that exists when some spend their time begrudging what others have, rather than trying to move ahead on their own merit. If this sounds "unchristian, " I would remind you that I am not a Christian. I am a Pagan, and we have survived from time in immemoroiam by being very clear who and what the enemy is.
Mental health professionals may disagree, but the narcissists that I have known in my many, many years on this planet have been profoundly opportunistic and excellent at the art of impersonation. In other words they find a weakness and exploit it while impersonating the savor of those afflicted by the weakness in question.
Its time we stopped thinking of Trump as someone new and unique. He is none of that; indeed, he is as common and dangerous as the hate he peddles. From Caligula to Putin all tyrants have been and are the same. Our job is to Resist them unequivocally and without illusions.
Friday, December 8, 2017
We can't stop bad men by sacrificing good men. We can't attain the moral high ground on our knees. We can't let political opportunists lead a moral movement.
Questions: Would Al Franken have been sacrificed to the cause if he weren't in a safe Democratic seat? Is Jackie Speier's reticence to identify men that she claims to have knowledge of engaging in sexual harassment/abuse an act of cowardice? Is Kirsten Gillibrand attaching herself to the MeToo Movement to gain political currency to spend in a bid for the 2020 presidential campaign?
Consider: Senator Robert Menendez, accused of corruption, was given due process both by the Senate Ethics Committee and the judiciary. Jackie Speier, according to her office, refuses to offer up the names of the other people in Congress who have been part of this malignant misogyny because "the victims don't want to come forward." They don't have to do anything of the kind. Many accuser have reported their harassment/abuse anonymously. Gillibrand whipped up a mob - I am sorry to say Sanders was part of it. I don't like mobs. I don't like mob action. Full disclosure, I don't like Gillibrand.
The MeToo Movement is righteous. Many women have suffered mightily because of male sexual aggression in the workplace. I am not one of them, but many women have suffered. The Movement is the logical outgrowth of electing a career sexual predictor to the highest office in the land. The feminine is fed up.
MeToo is far to important to be tarnished, indeed undermined, by scapegoating for political gain, attempting to sustain a moral position without transparency, or the kind of sick opportunism that is part and parcel of the tribalism that threatens our very democracy.
Saturday, December 2, 2017
The Senate did as they were told & are picking their donor's coins up off the floor. Now off to watch the House crawl. Proud of your government? It is time to make sure all this donor money is wasted at the polls. VOTE THEM OUT IN '18!
OUT IN '18.
OUT IN '18.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
I just called Jackie Speier's office and asked why she is withholding the names of men in Congress who have perpetrated sexual harassment. The staff member I spoke to told me that the victims are frightened. Okay. So, the upshot is that this is becoming a Democratic issue.
There is a price to pay for running scared. There is a price to pay for allowing fear to rule a party, a life or a social/political position.
The Democrats have been frightened for years, frightened of being called Liberal; frightened of being too far to the Left; frightened of separating themselves from money, big donors and Wall Street; frightened of standing too firmly for Labor.
The price they have paid is a dwindling donor base, a shrinking party, the loss of elections at the city, county and state levels in record numbers and finally Donald Fucking Trump.
Yes, the Democrats earned him as well as the Republicans. Establishment politics and business as usual gave this country the abomination of Trump on both sides of the aisle. Where they didn't sow apathy they sowed disgust - and the worst possible element took control.
Sanders rose to power on his courage. The people who supported him still support him because of that courage. Albeit he didn't win the nomination, he is the voice of the Left in my mind and the mind of millions. I hear few others. I refuse to support a party, an agenda or any member of society or government who can't face life with courage.
If women truly want this mistreatment to stop they must step up and fight back. The day for hiding behind someone else's voice is over. As it was over in the day of the fledgling Feminist Movement and the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.
The staff member in Speier's office snarled at me that perhaps I wasn't sensitive enough to be afraid. Of course I have been afraid. Courage has nothing to do with not knowing fear. Courage is about moving to spite fear. So, let's move past our fear rather than cutting our own throats for a change.
Monday, November 6, 2017
I am mentally ill. I have been all my life. It isn't something you catch off a toilet seat or from eating with your neighbor's spoon. It can be induced by trauma or stress. Like any other disease it can present as chronic (long term) or acute (of short duration).
For my part it is chronic and lifelong. I am a manic depressive, what today is called a bipolar. I don't use the term because, as I have said before, I am not a battery. While prior to my formal diagnosis and treatment many areas of my life were out of control including my temper, I never attempted to hurt anyone. I am prone to rage even after twenty years of treatment and twice that many years of therapy and would never consider owning a gun.
It must be noted that there are benefits to my disease. One of which is that I am bloody smart. Most of us are in fact. We are too smart to be used as scapegoats by an indifferent public, a whoring government, a dim witted president or a greedy, bloated gun lobby.
It is time to demand sensible gun control in this country. You can't with any margin of credibility cut funding for mental health treatment as Trump proposes, than insist that only mental illness is responsible for these egregious acts of violence; deny felons the vote than turn around and sell them guns; insist that even the sickest among us have a right to own guns as Congress has while gathering together in the vestments of the hypocrite praying to a benevolent God and insisting that only more guns will solve gun violence.
Speaking with the expertise of someone who is technically and clinically crazy, all of this is nuts. Speaking on behalf of mentally ill people everywhere who deal every minute of every day with their disease, we do our job now the public, the government and that creature in the Oval Office need to do theirs.