Change is not easy.
Three things that those who have been reading this website know about me is that my world view and politics leans left, that I am a news hound, and that I am very outspoken and opinionated. These are characteristics that have been part of my life for a very long time, and it is because of these characteristics and what comes over my news feeds on the various social media outlets I subscribe to is making my goal to not post negative stories decidedly more difficult than I had initially thought.
I find myself compelled to comment on stories that leave my mouth gaping in disgust, and handprints on my forehead from all the facepalming. Call it what you want. Whining, righteous indignation, it doesn’t matter. Point is, I find myself compelled to speak up and speak out. Why, because I can, mostly, and because there are aspects of our existence that are so important to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that are being systematically destroyed by the GOP and the uber-rich, for their own advantages.
Here’s an example of what I have seen on only one of my social networks, and it isn’t even 9:00 in the morning yet:
Add to this the stories about all the other people Trump is putting in charge of agencies that will obviously do terrible things to them. Unspeakable things. Trump’s firing of appointed staffers without having anyone to replace them – particularly disturbing being the ouster of the people who watch over our nuclear arsenal.
Add also the remaining fake news that still annoyingly finds its way into my feed, and the running stream of comments, memes, and posts claiming that Obama was the absolute worst President in all of US history, and how he single-handedly ruined the country – in spite of evidence to the contrary.
I know, I know. Al, why don’t you just get off social media? Sorry, not an option. I have my reasons that I obviously consider worthwhile. But, man alive, we’re defending treasonous behavior, nodding our heads at fake news, ignoring facts, supporting lying and cheating, giving a pass to misogyny, racism, and homophobia, and pretty much guaranteeing that almost every single American will be effected negatively by a Trump presidency.
But, hey. At least Trump isn’t black…