Thursday, July 5, 2018

"the Schengen Area of only-slightly-delineated types of twattery"

The United States is putting children into cages.  I realize I should try and put my pettiness aside and focus on literal acts of violence against humanity, but I can't.  Not entirely at least.  Let's take a moment to heartily tell Susan Sarandon to go fuck herself, forever:
"If you’re being separated from your children right now, or losing your healthcare, or wondering about the imminent danger to your abortion rights, it may feel like Susan’s whole 'let’s see where the cards fall' approach borders on the self-indulgent. And you know, it’s a highly porous border. It’s basically the Schengen Area of only-slightly-delineated types of twattery. Fellow residents include the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, who broke off from advocating vaginal steamers to judge the result of the election thusly: 'It’s such an exciting time to be an American because we are at this amazing inflection point and everything is kind of up in the air.' Go on. 'It’s such an amazing time for entrepreneurship. People are clearly tired of the status quo and […] it’s sort of like someone threw it all in the air and we’re going to see how it all lands.' Well done, Gwyneth! Can you send some $475 coffee-table books celebrating the world’s most important infinity pools to the Arizona detention courts? Because I heard they need them to snazz up the waiting cages. Maybe pop a few agate body brushes into the care package, too."
Elections, especially national ones, are the imperfect means through which we ensure that for four years we will have a modicum of proficiency and, hopefully, positive social and economic changes from our national leadership.  (It doesn't always work that way, of course!)

In fact, part of being a full-on grown-up person is realizing that, yes, in fact, many national elections are choices between two lesser evils!  Hell, sometimes one of the evils is actually a great, big, stinking orange turd, and it's your duty as a full-on grown-up person not to let him win!

Elections, specifically national ones, are not the opportunity for you to signal your uncompromising moral perfection and reflexive holier-than-thou tendencies.

Context matters.  Hillary was running against a literal fascist, and many on the left thought it was all some kind of hilarious joke.  That matters.  People like Susan Sarandon (and her bong-buddy Jill Stein), whether they believed it or not, argued that four years of Hillary would be worse than four years of Trump.

The Supreme Court is tilted hard-right for at least the next 20 years.  The ACA is on its last legs and probably won't last another three years.  Our election system is thoroughly compromised and nothing will be done about it.  Trump's cabinet is actively looting the US treasury as we speak.  Abortion rights are going, going, almost gone.

Hell, even gay marriage might not survive.

(Did I mention children are being put into cages?)

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