I’m Done

Can this moron find a bigger gun?

Well I’m done.

My country showed  me what it has become last night and I don’t like what I see.  In fact, I  don’t recognize it.

While the election hasn’t been decided yet and could go either way, I am saddened that it was even close.  Half this country voted for a fascist, authoritarian President and we may very well get four more years of him.  I doubt our democracy could survive.

I am through writing about politics.  I don’t like being a voice in the wilderness or spitting into the wind.  I am 78 years old and have done all I can.  Besides there is a good statistical chance I will not live to see the next Presidential election – assuming there is one.

Biden is leading in the national popular vote by more that 2.5 million with millions of votes yet to be counted.  There is however a distinct possibility he will not be President; it will be the 3rd time in 20 years that the winner of the popular vote will not be President.

Some “democracy.”  The Electoral College gives the rural yahoo voter significantly more power than the a voter in New York or Los Angeles and makes a mockery of the “one man, one vote” pap.

We are on the verge of dictatorship.  I can hear some of you now – “There you go again Toritto!   Getting hysterical”   Let me say it again – We are on the verge of dictatorship.  And fully half this country seems to think its a great idea.

Elvis once said “Don’t be cruel!.”   We all experienced cruelty back in our playground days — boys who beat up on the timid, girls who made fun of the homely or naïve — and most of us, to our shame, went along with it, afraid to defend the victims lest we become one of them. But by your 20s, you should be done with cruelty. Mr. Trump is the cruelest candidate since George Wallace.  Yet it seems fear and bile appeal to half of our people.

We’ve heard a lot of patronizing bullshit about the displacement of the lower white working class and the loss of the American dream, to which I say “meh”.  Go splash some cold water on your face.  Resentment is no excuse for stupidity.  America is still the land where the waitress’s kids can grow up to become physicists and novelists and pediatricians.  Whooping it up for the candidate of cruelty and ignorance does less than nothing for your kids.

It helps if you put down your rifle now and then and read a book.

“Fire Fauci!”

May you bring home the virus to your mom.

Here in Florida Trump won the state again with significant help from old codgers and the Cuban American vote in Miami.  Seems old folks enjoying government Social Security, Medicare and drug programs don’t want anyone else to have them. decrying the “government take-over of health care and creeping “socialism.”   Of course none of those living in “The Villages” has to go to work or educate kids.  It’s easy for people like me to isolate ourselves from the virus.   Money shows up magically in our accounts each month nd I can order groceries on line for delivery.

I got mine.  As Johnny Carson used to say – “I upped my income.  Up yours!”

As for the Cubans,  the grandchildren of those who fled “socialism” in 1959 are still pissed that Obama tried to open up relations with Cuba.  I guess they are waiting for the island to return to those halcyon days when it was the  gambling haven of the Caribbean, run by gangsters and overflowing with prostitutes.  Things were so much better in the old days.  Its been 60 years since the wave of Cuban exiles arrived on shore in Florida, where they were automatically granted political asylum.  None of the grandchildren are going back to Cuba; indeed most have never seen it.  They are just waiting to buy vacation condos in Havana.

We can stop calling them a “militia”.  They are gang members.  What would we call them if they were black?

You will notice that the counting of  ballots is slow in several states.  These states all have Republican legislatures which refused to allow the counting of mail-in ballots as received, No counting would be allowed until election day.  These scumbags purposely moved to slow down the count so that the Donald could bitch about the delay and claim victory.  Pennsylvania is the worst.  Every measure to ensure a rapid accurate count was rejected.  Millions of ballots were received in the mail and simply laid in piles.  They couldn’t even be opened until yesterday.

Bastards.  As for Pennsylvania, between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh there are nothing but small town dumps – or as the Donald described certain countries – shitholes inhabited by narrow minded yahoos, “deer hunters” and racists.  Quit school broad shouldered boys from Cracker High, unread, uneducated operating a plastic injection mold at the local Rubber Maid factory.  Don’t believe me?  Drive though southwestern Pennsylvania along the West Virginia border.

I have reached the point where I don’t give a rat’s ass about what happens to anyone who voted for Trump.   You have voted for a fascist; voted for “strength” over empathy.  You will deserve whatever you get with no empathy from me.  You have put this nation in jeopardy for my grandson.

As for me, I am old and I got mine.

Nevertheless, the worst may be yet to come.  If Biden were to eek out a win don’t expect a peaceful transfer of power.

If Trump wins expect an all out attack on “dissidents.”

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About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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8 Responses to I’m Done

  1. DesertAbba says:

    Almost ready to quit myself. For me, to do so is tantamount to surrendering to the fascists. No one could live in a much more hostile County than I do in central Ohio, but I’m not yet ready to lay down my sword and shield. Fully understand your decision though and though I know the absence of your voice will leave a very hollow sound where once the sound was hallowed. Really sorry to think you won’t be around, Frank!

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  2. beetleypete says:

    You could do with the rest, Frank. I expct you back to it at some stage. Your voice of reason will not be silenced for too long.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. What can I say? I agree with you. I do not for the life of me understand how anyone could vote for Trump. Yes, they are idiots supporting fascism, and I just don’t get it.

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  4. vonnely says:

    I felt bad the other day too about the world, its leaders – and all what is around me. But when I read your post, sharing your frustrations, I strangely felt a bit better. So sharing might be a good thing! But I think, even aged as we both are, one turn more may come for us to fight 🙂 If then, we will deal with it. For now, rest and enjoy at least half of the American population has not lost their mind. And be happy for your grandson sake. That sweet little guy, I hope he will have a school system that will educate him good.

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  5. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Couldn’t have said it any better!! Wise words … I’m 70 and fullt get it!! … “Well I’m done. My country showed me what it has become last night and I don’t like what I see. In fact, I don’t recognize it.

    While the election hasn’t been decided yet and could go either way, I am saddened that it was even close. Half this country voted for a fascist, authoritarian President and we may very well get four more years of him. I doubt our democracy could survive.”

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