Breakfast Talk

“Can’t you be serious?”

“Laughter does not denigrate the seriousness of something. Sometimes it’s the only sane response. Like now.”

“Now?”

“Yeah. 25% of the American people voted for a guy who is now in the White House and a lot of people are scared. The stuff he said during his campaign was awful. It was designed to upset a large group of people and to delight a small group of people. He was playing for ratings. And then, in spite of what everyone imagined (probably including him) the guy won. And now everyone is flumoxed, but, in a lot of ways, it’s just funny.”

“I don’t see the humor AT ALL.”

“You don’t? Even when you’re wandering around the house now in a pink hat with cat ears?”

“It’s warm and it gives me good memories.”

“Yeah, but it’s a funny hat. You can’t deny it. And you always hated pink. No, c’mon, don’t take it off. If you like it, wear it. I’m sorry. I forgot how seriously you take that hat.”

“What are YOU doing about it?”

“I voted. That was pretty much the only direct action I could take to change the outcome.”

“What are you doing NOW?”

“I’m beginning to see the whole thing as a sick comedy. I mean here he is, an avowed enemy launches a ballistic missile, and HE’S worried about the sales of his daughter’s clothing line. What a riot!”

“He’s awful.”

“Yeah. He’s awful. The people he’s surrounded by are hideous caricatures of real advisers. He uses TWITTER to set policy, for the love of God. Don’t you appreciate the dark, surreal humor of the whole thing? And he’s funny LOOKING. And what’s funnier than a guy who’d rather have hair — and THAT hair — than an erection? Is that not messed up priorities?”

“I think I’m beginning to get where you’re coming from. Still, I think laughter is inappropriate.”

“Really? I think it could be a good stragedy to laugh and go on our way. Things are likely to get pretty grim in the next few years if we don’t. I mean, the Mexican farm workers are already too afraid to stay in this country. We’ll be importing food unless all the out-of-work voters who believed he was going to make America great again suddenly yearn for meaningful labor.”

“That’s an idea.”

“Not gonna’ happen, sweet cheeks.”

“Don’t call me that. It’s demeaning. You never used to talk to me that way!”

“I can now!”

***

This is a fictional political rant. If you take issue with it, I’ll probably delete your comments because I’m no longer interested in debating any of this with anyone, OK?

75% of the American people did not vote for our president. Many people who “did not vote” voted for everything on their ballot EXCEPT the president. They felt they had no real choice. I can relate to that. Still and all, 75% is the majority of Americans by a large margin.

I’m not a “libtard” or even a very political person, but I did vote against the guy based on what came out of his mouth during the campaign AND the fact that I can’t relate to him, his very visible lifestyle, or his values.

I hope he does well. To hope for his failure is to hope for the failure of the country in which I live and that’s just dumb. Meanwhile, we get to see how our system works.

To quote an ancient Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.”

***

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/seriousness/

16 thoughts on “Breakfast Talk

  1. It was interesting to read. I am a European so could say “none of my business”, but it is. Mr. Swiss says “wait and see” – that seems to be all we can do. I do not mind waiting, but do not want to see.

  2. Everyone wants to live in a democracy. Democracy has a dark side. This is what it looks like. Democracies don’t guarantee good outcomes–most come to a bloody, violent end. Tidings of comfort and joy.

    • Yep. This was definitely an election run by the dark side. Anyway, I’m very interested in the passing parade right now. And I can probably find work later on as a farm worker 😉

  3. Once again, as with “lukewarm” I’m in total agreement with everything you said in your post and its endnote. Our situation is weirdly funny and interesting and I’m watching it and hoping things turn out well without becoming involved in bitter debate and finger pointing.

    • Yep. I know that I’m surrounded by extremely nice, thoughtful, sincere people who voted for Trump. The beautiful sweet vet tech who helped me as a person and dog owner when I had to put Lily to sleep drives a truck that proclaims this in big red, white, blue letters. I personally believe we’re all on the same wavelength on a profound level, but on the surface we’re not. We want what’s best for everyone. I love the people around me. So… We’ll just keep shoveling each other’s walks and being happy to see each other and keep our peace.

  4. Some years back — I don’t remember how many — maybe three or four? Mississippi passed a draconian anti-Mexican worker ban. The crops rotted in the fields and we no long have an American cotton crop. ALL of our cotton comes from the middle East (Egypt and Israel) or India.

    If 45 does this exactly right, we will have NO CROPS AT ALL. Except apples. Americans still pick apples. In New England, anyhow. Everywhere else? Our crops depend on those undocumented Mexican workers who come here to get rich harvesting the food we eat.

    Did you know they all go home driving Cadillacs? No, really, I read it on the Internet so it must be true.

    • Some of our cotton comes from Pinal County Arizona — still harvested by migrant labor. Here in the San Luis Valley, Americans still harvest potatoes. A lot of it is done by machines, but migrant labor is a big contributor to successful harvest.

      Anyway, it’s fucked up.

  5. This was an eye-opener for me: “Many people who “did not vote” voted for everything on their ballot EXCEPT the president.”

    Up here in Canada, when we vote only for the local Member of Parliament. When I do, I am therefore also voting for the leader of that party, and therefore, the Prime Minister.

  6. All we can do is pray. Election is coming up in November and there are so many seats that could change party hands. Hopefully, Americans will not be discouraged to go out and vote. We are the ones that need to be heard and make the difference. -Bruce

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