On Liking And Monsters

« May 2017 »

Memo to Donald Trump, Donald Trump's Bean-Stealer, and Donald Trump: LET'S TALK MONSTERS.

As a society, we've been very carefully trained to dislike only some of the kinds of violence that can inflict harm and death on innocent people and children. We look at explosive violence against a concert crowd in England and rightly conclude that the people who did it let their ideology override their empathy and humanity and conclude, rightly, that such things are monstrous. Other, even worse stuff, we're fine with, because we've been trained to believe that the victims deserve it by IDIOTS SAYING THE DAMNDEST THINGS!

“So many young beautiful innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life. I wont call them monsters, because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them, from now on, losers because that’s what they are, they’re losers, and we’ll have more of them, but they’re losers. Just remember that.” - Donald Trump, executing what I can only assume is the brilliant plan to defeat ISIS that he asked the generals for.

Oh, all of a sudden we're going to start paying attention to what terrorists like and don't like to be called? Because I seem to recall a time not too long ago when a President made an argument that calling them "Islamic terrorists" played right into the terrorists' ideological goals. And when that happened, the entire wingnut community, including the current president, deeming their individual xenophobia a much more important factor in international relations. Huh.

But hey, I'm sure ISIS is quaking in their boots that your response to their horrifically successful attack in England is to not only repeat a childish insult over and over, but to support it by explaining why you were doing it and also admitting that their numbers will increase. Whatever that orb in Saudi Arabia was, it wasn't a magic ensmartener, that's for damn sure.

“We need people to go to work. If you are on food stamps, we need you to go to work. If you are on disability and you should not be, we need you to go back to work.” - Trump budget director and aspirational orphanage-demolisher Mick Mulvaney.

Donald Trump's proposed budget is bad. The only way it could be worse is if it included $2 billion for the construction of Resource Extraction Centers that would extract the precious metals from the fillings of the poor people this budget will kill and turn the rest of them into pet food and soap. And let's face it, the only reason that's not in there is this administration's infamous lack of attention to detail.

The only way Mulvaney's logic works is if you accept wholeheartedly the longtime Republican position that food stamps keep people from working. And not as a factor of available benefits as compared to available wages, but as a fundamental concept based on poor people being poor because they're lazy and prefer the low-level starvation and constant hassle of welfare to gainful employment. Otherwise, you'd suggest getting the people working so we can spend less on benefits, not the other way around. And that disability bullshit is a whole other column.

"I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem. Many countries have the problem, we have a problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that.” - Donald Trump, in a just-leaked phone conversation with Philippine strongman Rodrigo Duterte.

Fun fact - this is especially topical now because Duterte just declared martial law in the Phillipines, which I found out the same way you would have - by Googling Trump's latest ridiculous leak and scandal and happening upon some ancillary important world news that was being drowned out by non-stop day-glo diarrhea from this administration. The martial law was ostensibly linked to attacks from militants allegedly linked to ISIS. And since Trump likes Duterte so much, I have to assume Duterte's government always tells the truth.

The drug war Trump praises and is so jealous of achieved its "success" over the bodies of over 9,000 people killed without even the slightest semblance of due process. On a related note, Donald Trump's Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, is on the record as saying good people don't use marijuana. So maybe don't get too fucking comfortable, Denver.