So, did you miss me? (Rhetorical . . . really . . . no need to tell me you didn’t.) Back after my short vacation (Is there any vacation that is too long? Again … no need to tell me.) Episode 34 of Tales From The Dropbox arrives just in time to save you from reality. Now there is a bold statement. We need to every once in a while spend some time taking a break from reality. You should probably start listening to Episode 34 now as the following screed is a cursory, but hopefully interesting, examination of the current “reality” following the completion of the preliminaries for the presidency.
Unfortunately, politics is on my mind quite a bit lately. Why? Because I am actually worried about the outcome of the November election. I don’t usually care which candidate wins the presidency because the practical impact on my daily life is typically not that dramatic. However, in this election cycle, the contrast between the nominees from each party is striking. Consequently, the anticipated outcome and the policies enacted by the “winner” – real or imagined – makes this election different. In short, the new President, no matter who wins, will have a very real impact on the direction of the country.
For the record, I was thoroughly fascinated by the contrast of the Democratic and Republican national conventions. I respect the herculean effort of Donald’s handlers to alter the perception of him as a crazy arrogant self-absorbed ass (“CASA”) whose public pronouncements, often offensive to all, suggest a person who is suffering from a unique form of Tourette’s. For my Spanish speaking listeners, Donald, the CASA, wants to make the Whitehouse his “casa.”
But let me first deal with Hillary, the Democratic candidate for President. Hillary, is certainly no rose herself. She has the arrogant sweat of the entitled dripping off her bloom. Honestly, what kind of arrogance must a person possess to knowingly have your IT “professional” set up a separate email server just so you can ensure that your employer, the U.S. government, does not obtain and review copies of your “private” emails – including, apparently, classified top secret government emails which you also arrogantly believe should be transmitted from your kingdom to various foreign hackers, oops, governments. As I have commented previously, this arrogance is reflected in the potential harm from such a critical lapse of judgment – American lives may have been lost and either she didn’t give a crap or she is just plain stupid. She is not a good candidate – she is not likeable and she is not honest.
But we now must, necessarily, compare her to the other presidential nominee, the Donald.
Donald is, not only CASA, also schizophrenic. That term does not even adequately describe the quality of Donald’s obvious personality disorder. Mental illness is a traditional problem for the electorate to deal with in a presidential campaign and history teaches that mental illness is normally not an insurmountable issue. In short, mental disorders are not a disqualifying disability for the presidency. For example, __________ was obviously as crazy as a loon. (You get to fill in the blank by yourself as there are plenty of obvious nominees from both parties for the position of bat shit crazy.)
However, given the largess of evidence of Donald’s mental instability, including the recent Khan family debacle which presumably alienated every veteran and their family, when that mental instability is combined with Donald’s, also obvious, lack of knowledge about anything relevant to the running the business call the U.S. government, the contest should not even be close. (It will be, but it shouldn’t.)
Here is a short list of actual quotes from the man Republican’s actually believe should be President (feel free to hear “the voice” in your head):
“All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.”
“You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.”
“I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bring crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people.”
“The point is, you can never be too greedy.”
“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?”
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her… wherever.”
“We have to have a wall. We have to have a border. And in that wall we’re going to have a big fat door where people can come into the country, but they have to come in legally.”
“My IQ is one of the highest — and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure; it’s not your fault.”
“Look at those hands, are they small hands? And, [Republican rival Marco Rubio] referred to my hands: ‘If they’re small, something else must be small.’ I guarantee you there’s no problem. I guarantee.”
“One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don’t go into government.” (This may be a true statement…but irony is lost on Donald.)
You can read other gems here: Donald Trump: The man behind the mouth
The electorate will decide which of these two very flawed individuals will be President. The choice really is not that close. Hillary, for all her warts, is at the very least as qualified as any previous politician who was elected to the office of the President. Why, because that is precisely what she is – a politician. And we expect our politicians to lie to us. So what is the problem with her being a liar, now?
Some of you reading this might think, what about electing the libertarian candidate? Child, please.
Here is what you’ll find in Episode #34:
- Black Honey – “All My Pride” (Headspin EP)
- Mikey Erg – “An Abundance of Julies (Tentative Decisions)
- Billy Talent – “Big Red Gun” (Afraid of Heights)
- The Maine – “You Get What You Give (New Radicals)” (Covers)
- Head Exploder – “Vietnam” (Nude Beach)
- Attic Abasement – “Statuesque Mess” (Dream News)
- The War Between – “Silent Alarm” (Goth Beach)
- Breaking Waves – “Satisfied Heart” (Taking…Look Away From Life)
- Daniel Romano – “Valerie Leon” (Mosey)
- Speedy Ortiz – “Death Note” (Foiled Again EP)
- Balloon Flights – “Brains” (Staten Island)
- Allison Weiss – “The Same” (Forever Beautiful: A Collection of Love for Orlando)
- Head of the Herd – “How Was I Supposed To Know” (Birds on the Roof)
- Blue Jeans – “Make Up II Break Up” (Songs Are Easy)
- Deerhoof – “Plastic Thrills” (The Magic)
Now listen Julie I don’t want you to go home tell me truly how come its been so long? Wake up kids we got the dreamers disease . . . this whole world could fall apart you’ll be OK follow your heart …