I’ve read there are three sides to every story: your story, their story, and the truth. There are three sides to an argument. Your side, their side, and the right side.
Being unsure of the origin I looked it up and found what I hope is the original, and then what I’m delighted to report is music I’ve never heard before.
“There are three sides to every story: your side, my side, and the truth. And no one is lying. Memories shared serve each differently.”
Robert Evans. (2002). The Kid Stays in the Picture [Documentary]. Highway Films.
Here’s the song, too, because you all know I REALLY love music. Joe has his three sides, and there are three I want to talk about.
America, holy shit, let us pray. Apparently we’ve decided collectively that Trump was the lesser of the evils running for president, and elected him. I might have written the same article with the story taking a different turn if Clinton had won, but we have what we have. There are three sides of denial to be dealt with here, and I’m not going to let any of them pass. I lied; there are four sides, and some of the sets of groups of people in their various denials overlap like a terrifying Venn diagram.
So here’s the denial on the party of the first part:
Trump, like all politicians before him, has lied to the American people, and we let it slide. The Muslim ban, and the Great Wall of Mexico are quixotic, idiotic, xenophobic wet dreams that will NEVER happen, and if they do they will be disastrous for our country. We all know this. The wall promise will be impossible to fulfill and if it does come to pass it will cost more to maintain and secure than we will ever save by having fewer illegal aliens come over the borders. And Mexico will never foot the contractor’s bills, the maintenance costs, nor monitor our wall for us.
If we can’t have a wall, we probably will continue to have a revolving door for our illegal alien workforce, if they’re even caught by immigration officials. Don’t get me wrong. I want everyone to be law-abiding. But the reality is that some won’t respect the law, true about immigration, true about crime, true about guns. I hope, regarding his promise about crime, that he can get a law passed requiring the death penalty for anyone convicted of murdering a cop in cold blood. But I also want the balance of the death penalty for any cop convicted of murdering an innocent person in cold blood too. If I’m reaching for my license, don’t fucking shoot me.
He promises to use common sense to fix the mental health system and prevent mass shootings. The trouble with this is that it’s another aspect of denial. I submit that he’s probably lying here too, because “common sense” would actually separate mass shootings and mental illnesses into separate categories, each of which needs to be addressed: A mass shooter is a criminal, a person with a mental illness is a person with a mental illness. Sometimes the sets are combined, but it’s not a bus to throw everyone with a mental illness under. This discussion of mental health and crime needs experts who know something about mental illness in on the discussion, not just the kneejerk reactionary vapid and nebulous promise of policy development. This one is important to me. I want to be on the advisory committees, but I don’t expect an invitation.
1) I think mass shooters and other terrorists need to be immediately executed by the arresting officers. (No invite, because with that opinion, I’m barbaric. But if people know that at the end of it all they’re going to die, there will be fewer shooters and terrorists.) If you and your group plan an act of terrorism and begin its’ execution, and you get caught in the act, I want to leave no further opportunity and I want to just end you, with no fame or martyrdom. No mention of names in the media, you’re erased from life and history.
2) I think people with mental illnesses need to be treated with respect and dignity and afforded the exact same rights granted to every other citizen (No invite, because with that opinion, I’m crazy). Mental illnesses are diverse in scope and impact, but I believe it’s safe to opine that most people with mental illnesses want to just live normal lives, not commit crimes or kill other people. I know people with no mental illness who routinely make jokes about killing people, just like people with mental illnesses sometimes do, and from these people, they are fucking JOKES. I’m angry, but I’m not angry enough to buy a gun and murder anyone. I don’t know about anyone else, but the voices in MY head only tell me to harm myself, not other people. We deserve the right to own firearms and use them in our own defense, the same as anyone who’s called “mentally healthy.”
Because criminals may technically not be allowed to have or use guns, but that doesn’t mean they won’t figure out a way to steal one, buy one, or make one. Plus, if a killer (translation: criminal) wants to kill someone, a gun isn’t required. They can use bullying or some other psychological weapon, fists, a car, a lake, a knife, a rope, poison, a bomb, or any of a number of unconventional murder weapons, such as a plastic bag, or a brick wall, or cartoon-style violence if they’re truly creative: a freight train, a rocket, an acme mail-order novelty, or maybe a piano, or an anvil.
Normal people, including normal people with mental illnesses, understand that doing these things in real life make one a criminal, but in cartoons and movies such actions are not fatal because the artist wakes up and draws, or creates new special effects, another day. We all suspend our disbelief just like when we watch movies, and may even laugh if it’s comical.
Criminals actually DO criminal things to other people, and they need to be treated as criminals and justly taken care of so they won’t, or can’t, harm another person.
Separately, people with mental illnesses need to be cared for by a caring community of professionals, not lumped in with criminals and presumed guilty before any act is ever perpetrated. Disallowing guns to ALL those with mental illnesses sets a huge group up to be victims of crimes by those who somehow get their hands on guns, legal or not.
He promises to make medical marijuana widely available to patients, and allow states to decide if they want to fully legalize pot or not. If it’s not a lie, I say it’s not enough. Just push for congress to legalize it across America, and then push another law that all in jail for marijuana be immediately released and the records of all convicted of marijuana related offenses be immediately expunged.
There’s probably more deceit in the lists of promises. But I’m already tired of it, and I hope the GOOD promises he made are carried out, and the foolish ones are admitted as foolishness.
We’ve accepted as our leader a person who joked about sexual assault. Sexual assault is a crime; it’s not funny. Ever. I can’t say this with enough emphasis. I really, seriously pray that Trump is able to behave decently and morally, while in office. But there’s no denying the way he evidently thinks about women, at least some of the time, because it’s out there.
Clinton supporters? You’re in denial too. You whine and moan about the election results and claim a glass ceiling that prohibits ALL women in the office of president. But that’s not accurate. I’d vote for a woman for president, just not Clinton- because of her history of scandal and coverup. There are several women I’d like to consider from these lists, who might potentially make great presidents. I have a list of potentially viable candidates here. Let’s investigate them all NOW and not 4 years from now, so we know who’s the most supportable candidate on the basis of all those ethical categories- misandry, ethics, criminal background, criminal allegation, um, if I’m allowed to assert there are universal goods and universal evils as measurements of character, let’s choose someone of basically good character. If there aren’t any (and I seriously doubt that) then let’s find another woman of good character and ask her to run.
You’re in more denial, when you deny the scandals themselves. We want to call them “mistakes.” But there was no mistake in Benghazi when nothing was done at all to defend our citizens, our soldiers, or to rescue them. But we rescued the traitorous Bergdahl due to the tireless efforts of Clinton in exchange for giving them back known criminal terrorists, and paid a $400M illegal ransom to a government that is openly antagonistic against America, in exchange for 4 , not all 8, of our citizens being held prisoner at the time of the event by that government. And we were fed a story about that exchange, that just screams to me that it’s a lie. So we care about some American citizens, just not all of us. Depends who you know, and how valuable a chess piece you are on the global chess board.
There was no “mistake” in propping up women who were willing to allege Trump’s assaults. The mistake was in your timing. Tell us before he’s the only other candidate left for the people to vote for. Saving the allegations for this late in the campaign says you’re desperate, you’re shady, you’re lying. You made a power play in withholding this, because you let the other candidates in the race falter for various cosmetic or personality reasons because they would be stronger in the end of the race if you didn’t trip THEM, than Trump was. And then at the end, you gave us these allegations. Too late. And if Trump is a bad choice, for bankruptcy or misogyny, or being whiny when he doesn’t win, then your choice in waiting because you thought you could beat him was a mistake. Dr. Carson or Ted Cruz might have lost in the end if they were left in the race, just based on their belief systems.
Clinton also threw the race on the basis of her idiotic stance about gun control. She said she would implicate gun manufacturers in gun crime, and restrict guns like Obama did in Chicago. We see how well gun control is working there, right? And the people who make guns aren’t any more culpable in gun crime as McDonald’s or Hardee’s is in causing morbid obesity. They make a product to meet a demand, it’s sold under circumstances basically controlled by the threat levels they pose, and no one is forcing the fast food customer to supersize their asses and not exercise and clog their arteries and die of a heart attack. And no gun manufacturer is forcing the gun buyer to commit a crime. I sympathize with people who have been the victims of gun crimes, but I put to you who would restrict gun access to law abiding citizens, that it isn’t the law-abiding citizens who are causing all of the gun related problems. Restrict the law-abiding citizens, and they are marked with targets.
Finally, there’s the overlapping set of denials we all perpetrated here.
Let’s start with the electoral college. We have the electoral college that makes us a democratic republic, and not a true democracy. The news media is saying that Clinton won the popular vote but lost the electoral college. This tells me, the electoral college is an antiquated system for choosing a candidate based on an elite few who may or may not represent the voice of the people. It should be abolished, and the popular vote should select elected officials. The whole nation is in denial in letting that system choose our president. If you want your vote to count, abolish the electoral college.
We picked these two, or four, whatever, that’s not the point here, and presented them to America as if they were our best and brightest, and we voted for them (or against them). Both majority candidates were lacking in character. Both lied, or hid truths, or told half truths, or asked forgiveness for various character lapses, and we bought that shit and put it on our dinner tables and served it up. America, if we’re not ALL, collectively, a bunch of fucking idiots…
Trump tried to tell us the electoral process is broken, and if you believed that and you voted for him, you’re a bigger idiot than he was for saying it, and if you believe it now and voted against him, read what I said about the electoral college again and compliment Trump for saying at least ONE thing that was the truth.
Clinton tried to tell us that increasing the minimum wage would be a good idea, so she could fulfill her other promise of increasing taxes to pay for all the programs she wanted to give us. Some of her campaign rhetoric, and some of her campaign ideas, like her opponents, were fucking brilliant. But not this one. Some of Trump’s promises and rhetoric, and some of Clinton’s, were utter and complete bullshit. This idea is case in point. Because I’ve worked very hard for a long time to get a wage that is higher than minimum wage, but if you shove a raise at everyone that doesn’t make a higher rate of pay in the name of just raising it, you neglect to consider basic economics. Basic economics lesson: the economy adjusts itself. This means, if you suddenly decide to raise the minimum wage “to get people out of poverty,” it sounds good on its’ face, but after economic adjustment, the new minimum becomes the new poverty. It’s basically stupid and doesn’t honor my efforts to better myself by staying with a company for a while until I earn raises. It slaps me back down until I’m back at the bottom of the fucking pay scale again. Fuck you, for wanting to make me at the lowest level of poverty all over again. Just FUCK YOU.
Oh, I forgot I lied, there are 4 sides to this story. I made a mistake, it was simple math classroom talk, it was an oversight, forgive and forget, OK?
Side IV: What we all should do:
In short, what we should do is face reality, and go forward with whatever’s left of our integrity, and pray for America and for Trump and Pence.
I said it when the Christ-followers thought Obama was the anti-christ in the flesh, and I’ll say it now that the Demoncrats lost their bid for the White House: Pray.
After you finish praying to whatever god you believe in, in whatever faith you practice, remain as productive, law abiding citizens and do the good you would have done if Clinton had won, or the good you wanted to do if Trump won. Or your third party choice. We need to work together, and we need each other to make a strong country. It’s not Trump or Clinton who makes us great. It’s each other, supporting and helping each other.
I heard several public faces saying they’d leave the country if this or that candidate won. Well, my first reaction is, if you said you’d leave if Trump won, get the fuck out. But my second, more heartfelt and loving reaction is, if you still can make a go of staying to help the rest of us, please stay.
The ridicule, mudslinging and character assassination of presidential candidates is over for the next 4 years, thank GOD, so let’s move on like we always do. The Cubs won, but I bet The Cleveland PoliticallyIncorrectNativeAmericansWhoProbablyAren’tReallyNativeAmericans went home and they’ll keep practicing and playing because that’s what they always do. And the Democrats and Republicans will keep trying too. They’ll be back on those ballots, slinging mud like old times, in another few years when it’s time to elect new liars or re-elect the old liars in between presidential elections, and in 4 years from now, it’ll be back to the same old presidential shit. Win or lose, life goes on and we try again tomorrow. Tomorrow, I have to go back to work at my day job, and I’ll do that same shit all over again and it won’t get me anywhere. I’ll also buy a lottery ticket, because there’s a possibility, however slim, that I’ll win that shit.
The most important things I can advocate are 1) to pray, and 2) do whatever you can to make our country better.