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We don't have this wrapped up. Keep your eye on the ball.

Stop buying the daily, weekly, monthly bullshit that Trump is done. The horrible monster isn't through until he's beaten in November and then dragged from the White House on January 20, 2021.

The Republican Party will do everything in their power to avoid the defeat of Trump and the loss of the senate. And by everything, I mean EVERYTHING. They will close polling places in black areas as they have already done in Kentucky. The governor of Florida has already fired and appointed a new (Republican) election supervisor in Palm Beach County, FL, a Democratic stronghold. They will do anything they have to do to hold onto power. They never bought into that "Make America Great Again" bullshit Trump was peddling. The true motto of the Republican Party is "Me, me, me and fuck everyone else."

Anyone who thinks that an obvious madman in the White House can't win this election is deluding themselves. We are up against an enemy who thinks that the "wrong side" won the Civil War. And make no mistake about it. Republicans are our deadly enemies. We must, MUST win the presidency and the senate.

And if we can pull that off, we will have many years of work in front of us to repair the immense damage they have done. But, of just as great importance, we must hold those who have spent the past four years trying to destroy our democracy accountable. Trump and his criminal enterprise cannot be allowed to just walk away. If they do, it will be a message to the next gangsters who come along that there is no cost for trying to fuck and steal democracy.

A suicidal convention

Trump is demanding that the Republican convention be held in an arena in Jacksonville, Florida. And my guess is that Republican senators, house members and state delegations will show up because they're too afraid not to.

Will there be masks? Will there be self-distancing? Not if Trump has his way.

Actually, I don't give a rat's ass about any of these people. If they're stupid enough to obey their fuhrer during a pandemic, they are acting like lemmings and doing their best to destroy themselves.

But those I pity are secret service and other security people who will be forced to be there. Those who work the jobs of running the arena will have to show up or, probably get fired. The same is true for everyone else associated with this insanity who will be forced to be there, including the media.

Trump is a prick who doesn't care about any of these people. IMO, everyone should say "fuck this," and stay home. But you just know that ain't gonna happen. That so many would put their health, and perhaps lives at risk to satisfy the ego of a madman is pure insanity.

Do you suppose the last night will include a corvid-19 shaped balloon drop?

Florida has been fucked for decades. It should be a blue state.

There are 67 counties in Florida. Many are small and rural. Some are bigger and conservative.

However, the three most populous counties in Florida are on the lower South East coast. They are Miami-Dade County, Broward Country, and Palm Beach county. They represent half the voters in Florida and they are Democratic strongholds.

Yet, the state has been controlled by Republicans for decades due to gerrymandering.

Want proof of how blue Florida is? Look back to the 2000 election. Al Gore won it. But the Supreme Court (in it's infamous wisdom) appointed George W. Bush president. (That's called a stolen election.)

In virtually every election in the 21st Century, countless thousands of votes have been "lost" in Florida due to some unexplained reason.

Republicans control the state congress and the governorship and they pretty much get to decide which way Florida goes in elections for the senate and the presidency. So I guess the old saying, "It's who counts the votes that matters," holds true.

Florida has been fucked for decades and will likely be screwed again in this year's presidential election. (If all votes were to be fully counted in Florida, Joe Biden would be the next president.)

So what do we do about this? Beats me. When one of the most populous states in the country is consistently stolen by a party of thugs, how do you overcome it? Revolution? I don't think so.

But somehow, there must be a way to overcome the disease of fascism, racism and outright evil that is the Republican Party. And until that happens, too many people will continue to believe in the fiction that has, unfortunately, been labeled "Floriduh."

Trump is a hero to the KKK, neo-Nazis and bigots everywhere

His "Nuremberg Rallies" are proof of this.

His "dog whistles" that have become foghorns are proof of this.

His use of violence on peaceful protesters is proof of this.

His urging police to "stop the thugs" is proof of this.

His love of statues and flags that scream "Southern Heritage" bullshit is proof of this.

His attempted use of the U.S. military to quash demonstrators is proof of this.

His call for "Law and Order" is a shout of pure venom and is proof of this.

His entire life has consisted of hatred of "The Other" and is proof of this.

His tombstone won't be big enough to hold the names of all the groups of haters who admire him. He has spit on the Constitution. He has caused countless deaths by ignoring Covid-19, and those murdered due to his hate speech. He is both malicious and stupid. He is a stain on America that cannot be erased.

His name and image will become as despised as the Nazi and Confederate flags. What more proof is needed to clarify why this soulless, evil coward is so admired by the haters of the world.

Fuck Steve Schmidt

Yes, he's eloquent and he's doing his best to bring Trump down. But Schmidt, and many like him, made Trump possible.

Schmidt was on Dick Cheney's staff and helped Bush/Cheney come to power. Where was his conscience when Bush/Cheney "won" through a stolen election? Where was his eloquence when we were lied into Iraq? Where was his outrage when Bush/Cheney let New Orleans drown?

Then he worked on John McCain's campaign and was a major force responsible for making Sarah Palin McCain's running mate. Mindless, utter stupidity didn't seem to bother him then.

And even today, he speaks fondly of "Saint" Ronald Reagan, a man who was an amiable imbecile who was almost as dumb as Trump, and was too dense or demented to understand he was surrounded by criminals who were using him.

Put plainly, Schmidt helped make the Republican Party the sadistic thugs they are today, and he helped lay the groundwork for the election of Donald Trump.

Now, seeing where his career helped bring us, he's outraged and shocked. Shocked I tell you. How could anyone not see, decades ago, where the Republican Party was headed? Especially someone like Scmidt who is damn smart. I guess we're now supposed to thank him for bringing his eloquent voice to bear in opposition to Trump.

But he doesn't get to escape the fact that he, and many anti-Trumpers like him, contributed to making Trump's reign of terror possible.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the greatest prez of all?

A madman is crushing our government, our country, the lives of hundreds of people each and every day, and the concept of democracy and our way of life.

Donald Trump's only reality is the image of himself in the mirror. He has joined the ranks of one of the worst, human-like creatures that has ever existed on this planet.

He has sealed his existence as one of the stupidest, most inept, beings in world history. And he's now sitting in the Oval Office and making believe that someone/something else is responsible for today's reality in America. -- The Chinese, the "deep state," immigrants, the media, Democrats, "librul's," or maybe blacks, Muslims, Jews, socialists, "Thems," "The Other," -- anyone and everything in existence. Except for him.

And what is so sad, infuriating, and beyond the understanding of most of humanity, is that there are so many people who are ignorant, arrogant, or stupid enough, to want him to continue his mindless destruction of a civilized world. And, yes, his power extends beyond America. He is a threat to human life on planet Earth. (If that seems extreme, think of how small and interdependent our world has become in every way imaginable.)

Is this Armageddon? Who knows? But what a way for humanity to end on this planet. Under the rule of a cruel, know-nothing buffoon. And yes, he does have the (nuclear) power to end life on this planet.

He didn't create the coronavirus. But he sure as hell is aiding and abetting it. How ironic it would be if one small, ignorant, horrible man brought about the end of our species. Somehow, his very existence seems to jar the mathematical precision of the universe.

Seems that most of us are "sheep, wimps, snowflakes"

That's really the way that Republicans see us. As for the rabid beast in the White House, he sees nothing but himself in the mirror.

But, really. The only answer we have to today's reality is, "vote!" Is that really enough? Republicans are doing everything possible to make sure we can't vote, or that our votes don't count. We take them to court on that, but it seems that those courts have been packed by the GOP. (Especially the five pricks on the SCOTUS.) And the bottom line here is that this year's election can be stolen at the presidential and senate levels.

We must understand that this is similar to the way that much of Europe fell into fascism in the 1930s. History doesn't repeat itself exactly, but the echos of the horror of that time are with us right now. All we have to do is watch and listen. And we must then act to prevent it from happening again.

That last paragraph seems to be a call to some form of revolt. But it's merely a warning as to the reality that is right in front of our faces. It's a warning about the survival of democracy.

There are tens of thousands of activists, lawyers, etc. out there fighting this outrage every day. They are winning a few and losing most of the big ones. But they're up against a stacked deck.

Let me get to the bottom line here. When those who "rule" us are fucking us, there comes a point at which "playing by the rules" is meaningless. It seems to me that we, the majority, have to demonstrate that Republicans and their beloved leader has misjudged us. It's way, way past time to show those (who don't give a shit if we live or die) that we are not the sheep they think we are. At one time, Germany and Japan made that mistake. It's our turn to prove that the GOP has made exactly the same mistake.

My capacity for empathy has become selective

During most of my life, I can't recall wishing death on my worst enemy. We all have our own values, and although mine are not based on religion, (I'm a devout agnostic), I have encountered people whom I hated.But I never wished them dead. (And no, I'm not a saint. I've just always believed that you only go around once and that human life is precious.)

I have now lost most of my empathy for most Republicans. I really don't care if they live or die. And yes, I know that's a horrible fucking statement and concept. I can't believe I've reached a point where I've said "fuck you and your life" to so many human beings. But there is some broad-based kind of "them" that I hate and with whom I really don't want to share this planet.

The concept of evil was always one I wrestled with. Yet, I believe we're seeing that abstract quality now in far too many people. And it's one I've come to believe in.

In general, the Republican Party couldn't give a shit who lives or dies, as long as they can profit from it and retain power. And their current "Beloved Leader" is the worst offender in these values. The creature currently inhabiting the White House is an empty, soulless man who barely meets the definition of being a human being. And tens of thousands may die because of him during this horrible time.

I regret the loss of my capacity for empathy. Is Trump responsible for that? Are Republicans responsible for that? Yeah, partially. And it's also partially due to my own inability to withstand the assault with which they have attacked our values and our sense of decency.

After we get through this horrible virus, I believe that the future of our country, and perhaps the world, depends on defeating the even worse virus that is called The Republican Party. They are a danger to the concept of human freedom. They are a threat to human decency. They are evil.

Can anyone say anything positive about Trump?

Here's my list:

Obama: "One brief shining moment."

"One brief shining moment" is a song line from the show "Camelot."

Today, I've been hit by a wave of depression. We had eight years of an outstanding man of character, conscience and decency occupying the White House. And there was never a moment of any day that we worried about our freedoms, our protections, our country, or the guarantees of our Constitution.

The Republicans tried hard to crap on him and discredit him, but they've been doing that since FDR. So what else is new? And their icing on the cake was that they were attacking a black man and they knew that would bring joy to their base.

Nonetheless, think of the years 2009 to 2016. Even against GOP resistance, he got Obamacare past those malevolent pricks and it's made life a little better for many millions of Americans. Including those who hate him but will never "get it."

Jeeez, I miss that man. (Not to mention Michelle. If you haven't read her book, "Becoming," get a copy from the library and make your day/week.)

Every moment of the past three plus years, during which the White House has been infested by malignant ogres, makes Obama seem like some distant dream of what America was supposed to be and should be.

I'd love to see a history book from a future, sane, restored America. I have no doubt that Obama will be very close to the top of the list of Great American Presidents.

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