I’ve allowed myself to be influenced by media !!

All through this dreadful time the world – and, of course, the US in particular – has been living through the (ugh !) Trump years, I have been dragged further and further down in my outlook on things by the various publications I read online. (This is because I don’t actually READ any more: I cannot. Too much time spent on the Web has removed my capability to concentrate or focus. Of this I am not proud, not a bit: but it is a fact.)

For instance, I check Politico, Vox and Slate; and occasionally I read what The Hill is saying. I very often watch what MSNBC anchors are saying, and also CNN. I have favourites among them, and tend to check those first.¬†As to why I occupy so much time on all this, it’s because I long to see the end of the Trump era.

The media’s influence on me has been that they’ve never let me understand what the people, the ordinary people up there just like me – meaning not the right-wing maniacs – think about this frightful man. Throughout these 1,211 days (Brian Williams of MSNBC never lets us forget and names every telecast) of ghastliness I’ve been influenced only by what the media can say about Americans’ reactions to Trump.

Today I read a totally wonderful article about a young woman on TikTok who’s taken it by storm, and the scales fell from my eyes !!! It’s been re-posted on Twitter to an apparently endless set of joyful congratulatory comments, and FINALLY I know what the ordinary, normal Americans think !!

Oh do read about Sarah Cooper: she will not only have you falling off your chair laughing, but it will be laughing incredulously at the madman who carries a title he has never for a second deserved. Apparently she’s on Twitter .. although maybe that’s just her TikTok posts being reposted .. I’m not up at all on social networking.

This has made me a happy old fart, realizing at last that there are lots and lots and lots and lots and lots (etc.) of Americans who hate Trump, possibly even more than I do ! I am now praying that every single one of them will get out and VOTE in November ..

The US governmental system: HUH ?

A friend and I often share enraged thoughts about Trump; but we almost equally often come back to the fact that there are some unbelieveable (to us, anyway) facts about the .. ahh .. format ? – maybe design of sections of how the US government works, and these act as enablers for him.

For instance: gerrymandering. Someone explain to me how it is that political party members get to redistribute the voting boundaries in their own party’s favour ?

For instance: in the Senate its leader decides which bills – that Congress has already passed – are even looked at by the Senate, This little beauty enables Trump to go on and on about the “do nothing Democrats”, when in fact they’ve passed hundreds of bills – which are sitting in a pile (possibly under a ‘coffee’ mug) on McConnell’s desk.

Also, this appalling situation is what allows McConnell to ensure that only the White House’s choices get voted on to sit as judges on various – and many ! – courts.

He gets my vote, btw, as the worst villain in the entire setup; because he has so much power and chooses to use it in so partisan and unethical a manner.

For instance: he’s currently outraging the Democrats any American with a brain by boasting that he intends the Senate to work hand in glove with Trump’s legal team during the Senate part of Trump’s impeachment; but to my amazement, a Republican senator has come forward in her own outrage on that ! A brave person in the Republican ranks: who could’ve known ?!

For instance: judges – VERY non-partisan judges ! – being able to simply wipe hundreds of thousands of The Other Party’s supporters off the voting rolls.

I suspect I could go on; but I’m so gobsmacked by that quartet that I haven’t the energy to do it.

:(

(Oh, and P.S.: if your’e wondering why I’m even interested in all this shit that’s going down in America, it’s because I’m a devotee of Obama’s, then and now. Perfect he wasn’t; but in his first term he was effective, and in his second completely stymied by the GOP-led Congress. I’ve come to think of Republicans as .. not nice.)

A bit of mischief

Well, here we have it !

First sighting of an actually identifiable hand in this whole long, miserable time.

And now it can be seen for what it is, all that stuff about his hands: it’s the fingers !

They’re out of proportion, see ? – far too short for the size of the palm.

So now we know.

[grin]