Make America Better

So I should probably stay away from Facebook. I mean, I usually do and that’s for the best. But I’m seeing a lot of really thinly veiled racism, political ignorance, and other shit that annoys the hell out of me coming from people who should just be better. Having said that, I’m about to piss everyone I’ve ever known off; friends, relatives, coworkers, neighbors, even people who don’t know me, pretty much everyone.

On the president, he got elected and that’s a thing. Okay. I hope it all works out for the best, but it sure looks like a shit storm at this point. Trump is a dirty business man, a slimy celebrity, and now a crooked politician. Yes, he’s rich and successful, but he’s not a good person. Politics aside, he’s just not. All the various scandals and outrages the media keeps pulling out and the outrageous, unexplainable things that Trump does… they’re all centered on one thing. It’s all a diversion and an attempt to take the focus off the fact that he has tripped on his own dick and put himself in a position to be exposed for all history as the worst, most corrupt president ever. The Mueller investigation isn’t a witch hunt, there have been 19 indictments so far and Trump hasn’t even been interviewed yet. It’s an ugly mess, but it’s a real thing.

Veterans, service people, thank you for your service, but remember you served this country. The whole country. Not just the part you agree with. Not just the part you like. Not just the people that look like you or go to your church. The whole country. Don’t use your personal biases and petty hatreds to shade your time in the military with bigotry, prejudice, and distrust. Thirty percent of the serving military is minorities right now. You’re a patriot. We thank you. But you might also be an asshole. Don’t be an asshole.

I know it’s a holiday and I shouldn’t get up on a soapbox today, but… Home of the free. Land of the brave. Every religion. Every color. Everyone can be an American. That’s supposed to include the tired, the poor, and the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Am I ringing any bells here? History? Government class? Anything? Hello!

Based on the census data from July 1,2016 America is 76.9% white. White people get over it, you’re winning. There are more of you than all the other colors combined. Stop acting like you’re the minority and shit isn’t fair. You look like asshats.

Seriously look at this shit, blacks make up 13.3% of the population. Hispanics make up 17.8% of the population. Everyone else you don’t like makes up less than 10%. These are not big numbers. Probably, even if they wanted to (and they don’t) there’s not enough of them to take over. Just let people be people and recognize that given those numbers and human tendencies, they probably have a legitimate set of complaints. The human default is a clannish, tribal protectiveness, but we’re an intelligent race of beings and can work to quash our baser tendencies. And we should. Better, fairer, safer, and more inclusive; these should be our goals.

Sure, I’ll give you that the percentages may be different where you live, but I’d be willing to bet that even where you’re at, you don’t have an accurate idea of the population numbers. White privilege is a thing. It’s a thing because whites are ¾ of the population. They have a lot of influence. It’s real. And all you Christians, you make up 69% of the religious community. The same shit applies to you.

And as long as were talking about things that are annoying me, women make up more than 50% of the population (50.8% to be exact). You know men. You know how people are when they have power and influence. People can seem nice, but really be assholes. Men do a lot of dick-swinging to prove how manly they are and how important they are and how powerful they are. It’s a thing. These women are not in some conspiracy to bring down rich and powerful men. Rich and powerful men are abusing that power. It’s real. I’ve seen it. You’ve seen it. You know you have.

Look, you’re doing well. That’s great. You’re in the majority. Only 30% of the adult population has a bachelor’s degree in this country. The median HOUSEHOLD income is under $60,000. Which, just to put it in perspective means that (making some broad assumptions here with the numbers) 163,383,374 people in this country, the United States of America, who if you added up all their money as a household, are making less (possibly significantly less) than you alone. I don’t want to even get into the numbers for the rich because it’s just covetous greed.

Something like 62% of us think we’re in the middle class, but PEW research says that middle class income ranges from $43,000 to $125,000. Okay, sure. Whatever. That is an incomprehensible range that does not reflect reality. Two parents and a kid or two living on $43k, I bet they don’t feel middle class. The people at either end of that spectrum are living lives so different that they would be unrecognizable to the other side. I’m not advocating that the government redistribute everyone’s income to make things fair, and neither are any of the politicians (despite the fear mongering). But I am saying that there are a whole lot of people who are still struggling to make a living in this country and we should maybe recognize that the wealthy and the corporations do not have our best interest in mind. And, I just want to say, you don’t hear about a lot of poor politicians.

I recognize that this is becoming a rambling mess and that I can’t be bothered to do much editing to it, so I’ll wrap it up with this. America was founded by white, male, Christians. Who cares. Everybody has to be something. That’s what they were. But while they were all flawed individuals, just like you and I, the language they decided on—agreed to in compromise and put down in writing—embraced some very important ideas. Ideas that things can, and should, be better.

Freedom of speech. Where you can say whatever you want without fear of government persecution. But this does not free you from the opinion your words may engender in your neighbors.
Freedom of religion. You can be whatever religion you want. But don’t expect your beliefs to be those of your neighbors. You may love Jesus, but I don’t give a shit, I don’t want to hear about it. Probably, your Muslim, Jewish, and Wiccan neighbors just want you to stop telling them they’re going to hell and looking disapprovingly at them.

Lastly, no body gives a shit how things used to be. Times change. Ideas evolve. Ideally this will work to make the country and the world a more open, accepting, friendly place. Get over your shit and start working on making that happen.

Enjoy your holiday. Have a hotdog and a beer. Spend some time with the family. Kick off the summer with a bash. But recognize and remember all those who have given their lives for you and for your country. And recognize that all the brave men and women in uniform today are in danger of being on that list next Memorial Day. That’s what the holiday is about. Honor and Remember.