Big Joke Tuesday

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Still My Favorite Sentiment of This Election

 

After months of exhausting political BS and friends becoming enemies on facebook due to their political views, it will all be over this Tuesday.  

Or at least let’s hope it will be over and there won’t be an electile dysfunction situation like there was in 2000.

No matter who wins, the joke’s on us, America.  There is part of me that is still in disbelief that our options for President seem so ridiculous.  

Most people would probably guess I’m a stoner liberal since I surf and have lived in California for most of this century (I’m neither).  

I would love to have a woman as president, but I want the right one.  Like Susan Sarandon said in some interview, “I don’t vote with my vagina.”  I wish I had thought of that line first, and it is painful for me to quote her since I worked with her once upon a time in New York and she was a total bitch.

Speaking of bitches, I think Hillary Clinton is the ultimate example of a woman who is mean to other women.  We get a bad enough rap already for being jealous and catty toward each other.  Can we at least get a female candidate on either side who sets a good example?  Maybe that’s too much to ask…

I’d bet a hundred bajillion dollars that if cell phone cameras, and social media existed back in Billy Clinton’s heyday, he would have been taken down pretty early for his intern shenanigans.  He never would have made it out of Arkansas to the white house.

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Are we sure that Trump running for president isn’t still an elaborate joke?  It’s like David Byrne croons in one of my favorite Talking Heads songs, “And you may ask yourself, how did I get here?”

I could see Trump just running as a social experiment.  Maybe he’s bored of building stuff and the Apprentice.

The thing I find so crazy, other than how polarizing both candidates are, is how much people have come to hate each other over who they are supporting. 

OMG you’re voting for Hillary? She’s had so many people killed and what about Benghazi??  She was selling foreign policy favors for donating to the Clinton foundation.  And have you seen her sociopathic laugh?

OMG, you are voting for Trump?  You’re a racist who hates women!!  He’s a womanizer.  And that hair!  If I have to hear him say, “it’s a disaster” one more time!  And someone on his staff needs to tell him he has on way too much bronzer or self tanner.  He looks like an Oompa Loompa.  He is basically Hitler.

When people get overly emotional, intelligence and rational thinking seems to disappear.

I know kind, intelligent people who are voting for Hillary, and I know kind intelligent  people voting for Trump.  I have black friends who are voting for Trump and female friends voting for him too, so I guess you don’t have to be racist or a woman hater to vote for him.

This lesser of two evils conversation regarding American presidential candidates has been going on since I was a kid listening to my parents talk about it in the 1980s.

It’s funny how easily we judge each other and lose our effing minds.

 

An old friend of mine from back in the day posted the most beautiful paragraph regarding life and politics I’ve read over the summer.  She’s one of the most down-to-earth yet somehow enlightened people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. She wrote this after her father-in-law passed away:

“This weekend I had the honor of attending the funeral of one of the greatest men I’ve ever known, Granddaddy. Although I could write a short story about all the beautiful moments and love shared, I wanted to share one specific, overwhelming idea I think Granddaddy showed. It matters so much less what your political views, religion, skin color, or economic status are compared to what you choose to do, who you spend time with, and how you treat people every day from sun up to sun down. I’ve never voted for a soul he has voted for- and won’t vote for his first choice in this election. But this much I know is true: really good, really smart, really honest men and women are on both sides and everywhere between when it comes to America and her best interest. Above all, be kind.

Are we so obsessed about who becomes president that we have to treat each other like shit?  C’mon.  Let’s be better than that.

Another buddy of mine said my new favorite line about our political system, “Democracy: so we can blame someone new for our problems every 4 years.”

Again, are we sure this election isn’t some hilarious joke?

 I need a beer.  Wake me up when it’s over.

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