I think it is a natural reaction to see people in the world after you've lost someone and think "why are you still here when they are gone?". There is one person that I cannot seem to avoid that generates this reaction in my every time I see him. I cannot understand the how and why of his existence. For me that person is Donald Trump. I know that this is not why people come to this site, and I promise that we will get back to fart jokes and sad stories about old trucks soon enough. This post is absolutely meant to be an indictment of Trump, but it is not an endorsement of Hillary. I don't like her either, and will not vote for either one of them. I'll figure something else out. If you do not want to proceed with this post you will not hurt my feelings.
The Arizona congressional primary was this past Tuesday. Melissa's ballot arrived in the mail a few weeks ago. Given the terrible state of our elections board, I am not at all surprised that she is still listed as an active voter. Melly was a lifelong Democrat. I consider myself an independent. This never caused any friction between us. I respected and understood where she was coming from. So when I received her ballot I briefly toyed with the idea of filling it out for her because I knew her positions on most things. Even though there is evidence that this has been done to swing elections in year's past, I figured it was probably not a good idea. Voting for the All Star game may work better than our current system, but it's impolite to point such things out. I had all but decided that I was going to sit this election cycle out. I have been trying to avoid politics and the news since July for my own sanity.
Things came to head last night with Trump's visits to Mexico and then Phoenix. He gave two completely contradictory speeches, which is nothing new. This time, however, it seemed even more ridiculous and self-serving. His Phoenix speech was intended to be a major policy declaration. Instead we got more of the same old bullshit about building a wall and tearing families apart. Let me tell you from personal experience that 1) The Arizona-Mexico border is some of the most rugged country on the planet and there is no way that you can build a wall better than what is already there, nor should you try; and 2) no one, no one, deserves to have their family ripped apart because they committed the 'crime' of seeking a better life.
I try very hard in my life not to get upset or angry about things. But having taken two months off from the news only to come back to find we're right where we left off kind of pisses me off. That this embarrassment is still going on no longer amazes me. It disappoints me. We are better than this. We can do better than this. I get the notion of partisan politics, but that does not mean cutting off your nose to spite your face. How is this still going on? This is no longer about politics. This is about being a decent human being.
This is a man that openly made fun of a handicapped man, then was too chickenshit to own up to it when called out. This is a man that questioned the patriotism of a family grieving for the loss of a son that died defending the country he is asking to lead. This is a man that re-appropriated the tragic and violent death of a young mother in a ham-handed attempt to get votes. This is a man that purports to defend the second amendment, and then plays to everyone's stereotypes by suggesting that the 'second amendment' folks take care of Hillary for him. Seriously? If you are for the second amendment this man is your worst enemy. You want this guy representing your positions? He changes his mind with his audience. This is a man whose idea of political discourse is playground name-calling. I know what he would say about me:
"Can't get over his wife. Has 11 cats & a blog no one reads. Sad".
Fine. Whatever. At least I'm not the second coming of Mussolini (oh wait, he is embracing that position).
Look, everyone is entitled to their own opinions. Except in this case. Don't vote for this jerk-ass. Please, don't do it. I am building a time machine to bring Melly back, not to go fix your crappy decision making skills. Not voting for Trump doesn't mean voting for Hillary. Gary Johnson is running and may actually make an impact. Jill Stein seems nice. Willie is always an option. If you do end up voting for Trump, don't tell me about it. Take if from me, a man who farted on a celebrity, there is such a thing as oversharing.