I think we are finally done with the car dealer. All that’s left is a check for extra car registration expenses due to an error they made. I’m sure that will arrive soon. What a royal pain! I’m happy to say that’s the only pain in the ass I’ve felt in ten days. Mrs. Lion tried some under-the-covers fondling last night. I just couldn’t get it up. Maybe some other attention will work.
I’ve been thinking about the sad state of our Union. The country is divided nearly in half over almost everything. I’m not so sure we really are. Politicians have always used a trick that seems to work every time; they attach a person to their beliefs. For example, we always hear about the attack on Ukraine as the work of Putin, president of Russia. Certainly, he is a powerful advocate of the war there. Stop and think about it for a minute. Could one man actually do this?
The answer has to be no, he can’t. If the army and other leaders didn’t agree, he would be dead if he tried. Polls in Russia show that more than half the population supports the war. But you can’t blame the people. It just doesn’t work. You need a figurehead, someone to burn in effigy. Putin’s the man. We can hate Putin, but it would be harder to hate the faceless mass of the Russian people.
Closer to home, we have the most aggressive war-of-personality people, Donald Trump. He identifies himself with what he likes to call a traditional Republican agenda. He wants less government, fewer immigrants. and himself as the supreme leader of the United States.
If you don’t believe me, consider his actions when it was clear he was losing the 2020 election. He tried to enlist the military to help him stay in office. The generals refused. He badgered state leaders to invalidate elections. They wouldn’t. He rallied his supporters with the war cry that the election was rigged. Almost two years after being evicted from the White House, he suggested on social media that the Constitution be disregarded and he appointed President.
All this would be laughed at if he didn’t tie his attempts to a popular agenda. Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and talk radio, people have been convinced that Democrats are stealing from them. They have been told over and over those immigrants from Central America are drug dealers and criminals. People on Social Security don’t deserve a free ride. Medicare is a scam. The list goes on and on.
I’m not attacking those positions. I don’t agree with them, but they deserve debate. What I’m trying to do is to separate valid discussion from the way Trump has superglued them to himself and the far-right Republican party. If you support those positions, there are better, more honest advocates than The Donald.
His other trick is to demonize Democrats as dangerous traitors. If you don’t support him, you don’t deserve to live here. I’m a lifelong Democrat and I agree with some of the conservative positions. A lot of us do. We are people who support a more moderate, globalist position for our government. We work, pay our taxes, don’t sell drugs, or fuck porn stars. We’re honest people, just like most of the Republicans.
It’s time to realize that anyone who tries to divide us using gross exaggeration and lies is dangerous. We’re lucky that Trump is inept at collecting power. He’s very good at enlisting the less-educated citizens but fails when trying to rally the military and other government leaders to blindly buy his lies. He still insists he won in 2020. A lot of his citizen army agrees. The facts are in. He lost. I pray he loses again next time. Democracy is a delicate balance of honesty and good will. He has neither.