Vocabulary for Today’s America

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This just in:  For the last week, I have not posted political stuff on Facebook and have limited myself to a single paragraph of political stuff on this blog.  Man…this is really hard to do.  As a compromise, I may start putting more in my blog while still avoiding Facebook.  I have to do this to keep from exploding.

However, let’s start with this…The Entertainment Page

I watched the movie The Shape of Water last weekend.  I really enjoyed it.  I like movies that step outside of the conventional mold.

I also went to see Hard Nut; a semi-ballet version of the Nutcracker where almost no dancing role is gender specific.  You can see men in tutu’s as often as women.  It was a lot of fun!

On the life-hack page, here are a few things I found under the heading of “useful psychological facts or tricks“…

  1. When you give people a list, they are most likely to remember the first and last things on that list.
  2. People will be more attracted to you if you match their tone and pace of conversation.
  3. If someone has the hiccups, ask them, “Hey, what’s tofu made of.”
  4. When walking on a crowded sidewalk, keep looking at the path you want to take.  People will stay out of your way.

Now for some helpful vocabulary words and phrases (These are completely random words and have nothing to do with our current political system…probably):

Complicit: Involved with others in an illegal activity or wrongdoing.  “The Republican party is complicit in Trump’s undoing of America’s democracy.”

Narcissist: The pursuit of gratification from vanity or egotistic admiration of one’s own attributes.

Greed: Intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food.

Self Love: See Narcissist above

Pathological Lying: Falsification entirely disproportionate to any discernible end in view, may be extensive and very complicated, and may manifest over a period of years or even a lifetime.

Incompetent: Not having or showing the necessary skills to do something successfully.

Orange: A color between red and yellow

Childish: Of, like, or appropriate to a child.

Racist: A person who shows or feels discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or who believes that a particular race is superior to another.

Misogynist: A person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women.

Now for an oddly satisfying video…

Now for today’s quote:

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

 George Orwell

Now for the political page

I once used to wonder how Hitler rose to power.  Didn’t people see it coming?  Didn’t someone try to stop him?  My guess is…not so much.  They may have seen it coming but there were too few willing to stand up and say anything.

Let me me clear…

Donald Trump is the single worst thing to happen to the United States, ever.  He is worse than Pearl Harbor.  He is worse than the Great Depression.  In one year, he has managed to dethrone the United States as the leader of the free world.   His coming tax plan is nothing short of Reverse Robin Hood – taking from the poor and giving to the rich.  He’s bad on healthcare.  He’s bad on international relations.  He’s bad on climate.  He’s bad on military matters.  His behavior is an embarrassment.

If we survive this madman; I hope that history remembers a few things.  First, let’s remember those that supported him.  Let’s point our fingers at the complicit and say, “You too were to blame.”  Specifically, look at the current Republican  party.  Secondly, let’s not forget that we elected this man.  It’s our fear and hatred that gave birth to a fascist president along with a congress that supports him.  And finally, let’s fix those flaws in ourselves and in our Constitution that allowed this to happen. Fix them in a way that this can never happen again.

Trump is as Owellian as they come.  He is a picture of a dark future filled with hate, fear and isolation.

On top of all this, James Clapper, a highly respected and former director of National Intelligence says, “Putin is playing Trump like an asset.”  In other words, if you want to see a relationship between Russian and an American working for Russia…look to Putin and Trump.

Time to save the world.

Up, up and away…

Jim