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When Pete Buttegieg spoke at the Democratic convention, he proclaimed in ringing oratorical tones, "Every American must now decide .... Will we handle questions of science and medicine by turning to scientists and doctors?"
And I thought: Wow, what a fabulous utopian dream -- a President who listens to scientists and doctors about scientific and medical issues....
Can we lower the bar ANY FURTHER?
As Michele Obama assured us in HER speech on Monday:
YES WE CAN!
Perhaps at the very moment Buttegeig was speaking, Trump was praising QAnon, the most crazy, far-out, right-wing conspiracy group we have in residence in this fine land. QAnon believes that Trump is secretly protecting the country from the satanic cult called the Democratic Party, which is devoted to cannibalism and sexual abuse of children.
What I don't understand is: WHY DO THEY THINK THAT TRUMP WOULD EVEN CARE IF THE DEMS WERE CHILD-MOLESTING CANNIBALS? It's certainly no skin off HIS back! It's not going to make the stock market take a dive. And doing something good in SECRET?!? Come ON! That is really not Trump's style! Even when he's just PRETENDING to do good, as he was with his foundation, he wants everyone to know about it.
QAnon gives a bad name to crazy right-wing conspiracy theorists.
And, I'm certainly to the left of the Democratic Party, but PLEASE! Everyone KNOWS the great majority of child-molesting cannibals are REGISTERED REPUBLICANS!
Am I right? As I tell Nikki and Loulou all the time because I don't have anyone else in the house to talk to, when you're right, you're right!
On the night that Joseph Biden accepted the Democratic nomination for President, I heard almost nothing about what he'd accomplished in his extremely long political career and very little about what he intends to do as President.
I heard a lot about how Joe has suffered and about how much he cares about others and that he is a loving, devoted father and grandfather and that he truly feels for others' sufferings. He will be our President of Empathy.
And you know what?
I'LL TAKE IT!
Because the President is the ultimate role model for our country, and Trump has given all of us a horrible dose of poison these last four years. This must be having a very bad effect on everyone, but especially children, who are just trying to figure out what the world IS. Mild, warm, word-fumbling Joe Biden will be the un-Trump, the anti-Trump. That's what the Democratic Party told us on that night. No, I didn't feel inspired by all the videos. I felt warm and fuzzy. Every expression I saw on Biden's face in every video and photo was an expression I had never seen on Trump's face. Joe is a kindly kind of guy. That will be nice for us.
And all the wonderful young progressive groups, many of which didn't exist four years ago, have made it very clear that they're going to work like hell to elect Biden and THEN work like hell kicking his ass to the left!
After I wrote the above, I went to my local post office on 24th St. in Noe Valley, to protest Trump's unbelievable attempts to destroy the United States Postal Service. Similar protests were happening from 11-noon in front of every P.O. in the country! I'm a great writer of postcards. The idea that someday I could not send a postcard on a whim is so upsetting. How lovely it was to be at a nice little demonstration -- and so close to my house!
Above is a beautiful graphic work made of cut paper.
Above is Martha, the organizer of our protest. When I arrived, she said "Hello, Terry!" Me: "And you're....?" "I'm Martha." "Oh, hi! Thanks for sending me the email." After standing for a while, I went back to her. "Martha, how did you know it was ME?" Really, without my poodles, how could she recognize me?!? Martha: "Oh Terry, it was obvious." I remain mystified.
Well, Bloggelinis, Election Day is a-comin', and it's time for all of us to start thinking about what we're going to do to pull this thing out of the fire. You do know that Blogmistress considers voting necessary but not sufficient, don't you? On an emotional level, working to elect Biden is the right thing to do! If (please please please) we win, your rejoicing will be greater. And if...I can't say it.... It helps me feel less GUILTY if I've really put in some effort. I'm going to do more of the Vote Forward project, writing letters to lackadaisical Dem voters. How about YOU? Terry