I can’t sleep. I’m angry. About politics. And when I’m angry about politics and can’t sleep and decide to write about it, I really don’t want you to read it. Because you will learn things about me that I don’t want you to know. So please don’t read this. I just need to rant for a bit and I’m going to say some blatantly rude things, probably swear a lot, and definitely disappoint some of you.
Are you gone? Good.
Before I say anything, let me illuminate you to an aspect of my character that you may not know. I am a pessimist and, in general, a misanthrope. I really and truly hate people. A person is great. A person I can talk to, discuss things logically, agree to disagree, or even agree to agree. A person I can tailor my subject to or adjust my language for. A person is a human being I can connect with and recognize as a fellow person.
People are noise and madness and stupidity. They are simple ideas shouted out until nothing else can be heard. People are inane catchphrases used to infantilize complex social problems. People are Us and Them, not Me and You. People are faggots and bitches and niggers and crackers and wetbacks and wops and micks and pinkos and ragheads and retards and squaws and rednecks and kikes. Did I forget anyone?
But we don’t use those words anymore. It’s not politically correct.
Let’s dissect that phrase. Correct means right, yes? And Political comes from the Latin politicus, which means “civil, of the state, relating to civil polity” according to wiktionary.org. It just means being polite to everyone.
NO IT MEANS YOU ARE MUZZLING ME AND INFRINGING ON MY FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
The connotation of political correctness has come to mean not saying anything that might offend people who might be important enough that their vote makes a difference to you. It means that politicians don’t say anything without talking to a board of advisors first. They don’t make any statements or take any stances on anything without first doing half a dozen polls and town hall meetings and waiting until essentially everyone else on the planet has already said it first.
This muzzling of politicians is not political correctness. This is actually a phenomenon called sucking up to the people who might get you your six figure paycheck for the rest of your life. Politicians can’t say anything because whatever they say, however obscure or offhand or even in jest, will be scrutinized ten ways to Sunday by the media, social and otherwise. There will be video sound bytes of that person contradicting themselves twenty years ago. There will be mountains of proof that they are actually untrustworthy hypocrites. The Obamas were criticized for having fried chicken on vacation because the First Lady had been the champion for healthier lifestyles for American children for the past eight years. And having fried chicken on vacation made her FULL OF SHIT. This level of scrutiny is NON-STOP. All day, everyday, there are cameras and microphones in their faces. There are people who spend their entire day following the social media accounts of people they despise in the hopes of finding ANYTHING to call them out on. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert made highly successful careers out of mocking the people who spend their entire days scrutinizing the tiniest actions of politicians by doing the exact same thing but as a joke.
It is kind of funny how people are so tired of “political correctness” when we are the ones who propagate it. The politicians only do it because it works.
Surprisingly, though, people are sick of being lied to. Which, in case you were wondering, is NOT polite and therefore not correct. This attitude is so obvious among the common man that even politicians picked up on it, which is frankly a miracle.
The answer is (apparently) OUTSIDERS who aren’t politically correct. (A political outsider is someone who hasn’t been corrupted by the system and yet still knows how government works. An outsider in this reference is merely someone without any experience in the job field they are seeking to find employment.) And strangely, the so-called “outsiders” aren’t outside anything except their depth. They are still independently wealthy elites who have no actual concept of what life for a normal person entails. On the plus side, being independently wealthy means that they aren’t beholden to shareholders, so to speak. They don’t have to make deals with corporations and lobbyists to raise the monumental funds required to apply for a job that should be the one career option available to anyone in this country, according to our kindergarten teachers. Funny thing is, that amount of wealth is also referred to as “fuck you” money, because it means you are beholden to no one. Yes, even the voters. What I’m trying to say is TRUMP DOESN’T GIVE A FLYING FUCK ABOUT YOU. None of them do. You are a means to an end and not even that. At the end of the day, your vote doesn’t count for shit. If you’re lucky, the people who make the vote for you in the Electoral College will pick the same person you did. Or we’ll have another miraculous incident where the popular vote doesn’t match the vote that counts and oh well, isn’t that weird?
Every fucking election cycle it’s like this. People get really fucking hyped about their candidate. They post memes on social media that glorify their guy or demonize the other guy. They cover their cars with bumper stickers to show their support. They argue about how their guy is going to save this country and the other guy is the Antichrist. And they wear their “I voted” stickers with pride as if it makes a difference. It’s depressing. The worst part is, this is the biggest scam in the entire political system. They convince us that our voice matters.
I’d like to point out that the “most powerful man in the world job” that all these suits are trying for is not all it’s cracked up to be. Congratulations, you’re the president of the richest nation in the world. You made a lot of promises to get here and you’re going to spend the next two years arguing fruitlessly with the House and the Senate for all those changes you wanted to happen before giving that up because it is already time for you to start campaigning for reelection. Oh, you’ve been reelected! Congratulations! You still can’t do shit because a few hundred people who have been running this government for most of your life don’t like you. That’s the real joke. It doesn’t matter who sits in that chair. Our forefathers didn’t want dictators so they balanced one person against 535 people on one side and 9 judges on the other. Sanders wants to give us free college and healthcare. Yeah, not gonna happen. Trump wants to bomb the Middle East to embers. Good luck. I don’t know what the other candidates want or say they want. But I’ll say it again, just for clarity. IT DOESN’T MATTER. Hillary probably just wants us to like her. And we won’t because she stayed with her philandering husband and she reminds us of our nagging wives and there’s something wrong with her emails. And Ted Cruz is Canadian. CANADIAN.
Sorry, I got off topic. We were talking about political correctness. The highest praise for Trump appears to be that he isn’t politically correct, which is absolutely true. It is also why this aspect of his personality is the most highly maligned by his critics. You see, when you make bigoted remarks, which are any phrases that insult an entire section of the human race based solely on one factor, such as your race, gender, cultural background, or nation of origin, you are not being politically correct. You are being a bigot. And what is scary as that the praise for such statements, for his honesty, is based on the phrase “he’s saying what I’ve been thinking but have been too oppressed to say.” His supporters aren’t blind to his bigotry. They share it on some level or another. And I don’t mean to say that they are all evil or anything. They see a complex problem and give it a simple solution. Illegal immigration? Build a wall. Terrorist attacks. Ban Muslims. It’s all so simple, but no one wants to say it for fear of offending people.
Remember that phenomenon where politicians say what the voters want to hear in order to get elected? And how that has come to mean being politically correct? Trump is actually more politically correct than every other politician in the race, by that definition. He’s saying exactly what the people want to hear. Just watch him pander to the Evangelists by misreading the Bible. It’s embarrassing, but he need their votes. And yes, half the nation is appalled by what he says. But those aren’t the people at his rallies. And when you’re in a crowd of 10,000 people then you are no longer a person. You are People. The answers are simple. The enemy is clear. The heroes wear capes. And you don’t have to see the PERSON anymore. And it can’t be wrong if all these people are with you.
Oh, but at least he’s honest, right? He doesn’t hide who he really is.
And that’s it, is it? That’s all we need from a man that’s going to represent our country to the world? And if who he really was turned out to be a transvestite, would you still praise him? He’s not, but what exactly are you praising here? That he doesn’t feel any shame over racist or sexist remarks? No shame. No remorse. Nothing. That’s just who he is. Oh, so he’s that embarrassing uncle who’s always telling the lynching jokes and thinks women are asking for it. Or that buddy who thinks that since you deployed to Iraq, that you might like his latest towelhead conspiracy.
And doesn’t honest mean more than just blurting out the first thing that pops into your head? Doesn’t it include admitting your mistakes?
Do you understand that there’s a difference between refraining from saying things because their unpopular and refraining from saying things because their FUCKING OFFENSIVE? Why is it offensive? Usually because it is a gross generalization that isn’t true.
Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslim. For instance.
My rebuttal: EVERY MASS SHOOTING IN THIS COUNTRY FOR THE LAST TWENTY YEARS, with maybe two or three exceptions. The IRA. Neo-Nazis. And, if you ask any devout Muslim, anyone who uses the Quran to justify terrorism. (I do not want to hear about the violence inherent in the Quran unless you want to hear about the entirety of Leviticus.)
Mexicans are rapists and thieves. White people are entitled and racist. Women are too emotional to be in positions of authority. Gays are going to hell. Hipsters are just yuppies with beards. Southerners are all Bible-thumping lunatics. People on welfare are lazy. People with mental illnesses are weak. Politicians lie. Bikers are thugs. Foreigners hate us because they’re jealous.
Not all men are rapists, but all rapists are men. FALSE.
Not all bigots are Trump supporters, but all Trump supporters are bigots. FALSE.
Not all dogs are pets, but all pets are dogs. FALSE.
See? I can do false equivalencies, too.
I’ve also heard it said that Trump has strong leadership characteristics. He could be a benevolent dictator.
From what I’ve seen, leadership is not a skill required of any candidates. And what people call leadership, the brash, forceful attitude that says, “I’m in charge, do what I say,” is exactly the kind of behavior that abusive relationships are built upon.
Why do women date assholes? Well, they confuse the blustering behavior with self-confidence. And the problem with blustering is that it is covering a fragile ego that needs to abuse others to maintain its superiority.
We have a man who debases instead of debates. He insults rather than answering criticism. He calls people names and refuses to play by the rules and complains that it’s not fair because they cheated. He blames others for his failings. Someone else wrote that tweet. They stole the vote from me. The moderator was mean to me. The critics are all stupid. They’re all liars and just jealous. This is not leadership. This is the guy you date because he tells you no one else will have you. And when your friends say to leave him, he says they’re all whores and cows and fat pigs. And when he beats you, he says it’s your fault because you made him angry.
Army Analogy: I was taught many acronyms, but this one is true. LDRSHIP.
- Selfless Service
- Personal Courage
When you talk about leadership qualities, that is what you should mean. Leadership isn’t yelling the loudest. It isn’t belittling those beneath you. It isn’t making promises you know you can’t keep. It isn’t sitting there in your thousand dollar suit and telling me I was lucky I wasn’t raped in the military because that’s simply what happens when men and women work together. It isn’t being my friend until I turn my back. It isn’t talking about strong Christian values right before you tell the poor and hungry to look somewhere else for handouts.
There is no fixing this mess, the broken system, the corrupt politics, the infighting and bickering and complete inability to work. No amount of money or bombs or glossy photographs will fix this. Your reality TV circus, with the debates and the mudslinging and all the bullshit, won’t mean anything this time next year.
What do I want? I want corporations to be corporations, not people. I want the billions wasted in campaigning every year to go toward bettering our school systems and health systems. I want people with mental illnesses to be treated, not marginalized. I want a system that works instead of a mill for bureaucracy and greed. I want power without corruption. I want political correctness to mean being respectful instead of being muzzled. I want people to be treated like PERSONS.
It bothers me a great deal that there are people out there who can look a person in the eye and decide they aren’t a person. That they are a monster or an animal or an object.
I want the anger and the helplessness to go away. I want to be rich like they are so I can stop worrying everyday. That’s what they don’t have. Nagging anxiety and self doubt. At the end of the day, a pricey car repair or an ER visit won’t deplete their savings. A surprise pregnancy won’t derail plans for higher education or a nicer house or a better job. Despite all the money that goes into campaigning, none of them are going bankrupt because it’s not like they’re spending their own money. If they fail to get the nomination, they’ll still be rich. In fact, for some of them, all the attention they get now will only make them richer. How exactly do they understand about making a living out of $7.50/hr when they can waste billions to not get a job?
All this is why I don’t vote. So, by someone’s logic, I shouldn’t complain since I don’t do anything to change the system. By participating in the system. Which is rigged so that nothing I do can change the system unless it is a change the system already wants to make.
The problem with this subject for me is that there is no catharsis in discussing it. Sometimes, writing it out makes me feel better. But politics, the whole messy subject, just makes me feel defeated and angry. It’s an awful cycle. And I can’t seem to claw my way out of it. It’s 4:30, I’ve written 2600 words, and I’m still not sleepy.