Earlier today I blew up on Facebook. I called friends who generally share my views stupid and those who don’t stupider. Much of my heartfelt enmity is the result of the rise of Drumpf.

Why do I refer to him as Drumpf? You can thank John Oliver for that.

Immediately after my viewing of this episode I downloaded the Chrome extension that converts Drumpf to Drumpf (I have found I can’t even type the actual name here without it undergoing the transformation) on stories in my browser. It is one small consolation to see this at work in the headlines and stories I see on Slate, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, and elsewhere, even on sites that lean farther right.

I deplore the lowlghts from all the 2016 campaigns. Our Presidential  electoral process is in the gutter, dragged there by Drumpf who has been joyfully joined there by Marco Rubio  who questions the size of Drumpf’s penis; by Ted Cruz simply being Ted Cruz; by Jeb Bush forced to defend charges of being a mommy’s boy; by Ben Carson, who fell in while sleep walking; by John Kasich, who destroyed any possible claims of being a moderate by defunding Planned Parenthood; and by the millions of presumably sentient human beings who listen to all the crazy talk about immigrants and an out of control government who couldn’t pass a U.S. citizenship/civics test if it were an open book exam and the original Declaration of  Independence and Constitution were splayed in front of them.

Holding them hostage there are David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremicist groups armed to the teeth courtesy of the National Rifle Association, crazed Evangelicals who believe Drumpf somehow possesses better Christian bona fides than the Pope when The Donald is probably more likely to provide a quote from a Smokey Stover comic book than from II Corinthians when asked about his favorite Bible passage.

Let us not forget the Secret Srvice which somehow has improved its training to the point that a reporter who wanders 10 inches outside the designated journalist area at a Drumpf rally is strong armed when only a few months ago intruders inside the White House grounds stole President Obama‘s favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe before being hustled to the requisite nearby mental hospital for observation.

Oh I’m not forgetting the Democrats. Their participation is in somewhat shallower waters near the curb cutouts that allow wheelchair crossing rather than in the middle of the block, but where the H2O is equally putrid. This time it is not so much the candidates themselves…Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton …hurling invectives at each other so much as it is the so-called BernieBros who have been accused of ugly misogynistic characterizations of the other camp while feminist icons Like Gloria Steinem, though using politer language, are equally sexist in how they portray young female Sanders enthusiasts.

And from these nominal Progressives come the enabling threats to withold their vote from the nominee should he or she not be the one they love to death at this moment. Enabling threats because by doing so they will practically guarantee that our next President will have a bulbous red nose, bizarre multi-colored makeup, a fright wig,  and will be making nonsense noises as he struts around the circus ring. Of course all but Drumpf will need to be fitted for this outfit.

Accompanying this flotsam down the gutter where it will eventually empty into the stream that will make the water supply of Flint, Michigan seem utterly pristine by comparison are various pundits, analysts, economic gurus, and the like offering opinions that may be parsley, rosemary, or thyme, but most certainly not sage.

Perhaps the only good that is coming from this is Spotlight. No, not the latest Oscar winning film but the harsh relentless glare focused on the entire Presidential nominating process that places premiums on a candidacy that begins within weeks after the prior election and is fueled by endless speculation, pollmongering profiteers, the need to fill cable TV news with anything but substance, and the proliferation of web sites whose sole purpose is to promulgate lies, denigrate anyone with opinions different from theirs, and disregard anything remotely likely to benefit the America they all profess to love but which they incessantly subject to virtual domestic violence while declaring their fealty between bruising blows.

Super Tuesday is an agglomeration of primaries in states and American Samoa which would be significant just for the sheer numbers of opportunities for voters to express their choices were it not for the media telling us that the issues have been decided by the primaries/caucuses already consigned to history in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina and whch have a combined poulation dwarfed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania whose own 2016 primary is not until April 26, a date by which the names of many former candidates will be not even a memory and which may represent only the merest possibility of ultimate success to the horses (asses) still in the race.

All this makes the Swiftboating of John Kerry in 2004 look more like the highest level of forensic debate by comparison.

Oh, hell. I’ll admit it. I, too have awkwardly stepped off the curb and fallen into the slime. But the murky waters are deep and I really can’t swim so I am about to drown in this torrent I am now a part of.

In splashing around for survival I might occasionally send splurges of nastiness into the open mouths of others, but they were there first voluntarily.

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  • Devildog  On March 2, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    UMOC, I have commented on your blog somewhere at some time that this country will survive (quite well) eight years of Obama. I am sorry you do not have the same faith in this country.

    I have only one more comment and I will quote one sentence from you and that is, “John Kasich destroyed any possible claims of being a moderate by defunding Planned Parenthood”. There it is. Disagree with me and my … on one issue and you are expelled to purgatory or worse. This comment has nothing to do with Kasich or PP but, rather, with you.

    Chill out! It’s healthier.

    • umoc193  On March 2, 2016 at 5:36 PM

      No, being anti-abortion is one thing but defunding PP is quite another since it provides valuable health services to men and women who might not be able to afford them otherwise That is an extreme view of PP that a serious candidate presenting himself as moderate (which in many ways he is, at least when placed against his rivals) belies that claim as it is appealng to the dog whistle crowd, not a valid policy position for someone who claims to be interested in the welfare of the citizens.

      Then, too, I wasn’t creating ths to comment on each issue as presented by each candidate. If you’d like to do so on your own blog, have at it.

      • Devildog  On March 2, 2016 at 7:33 PM

        I stand by what I said. There are organizations that in toto counsel 10 times as many women as does PP. it doesn’t matter to you if PP funding is transferred to those other organizations. It’s PP or nothing-and if they do such a great job, they ought to be able to raise sufficient without help from the government. But all that is irrelevant to you because you probably have a hundred other issues that would disqualify someone as a moderate in the world according to UMOC if there was disagreement with you on any one of those hundred issues.

        So, who is the moderate and who is the extremist?

        • Little_Minx  On March 3, 2016 at 4:55 PM

          “There are organizations that in toto counsel 10 times as many women as does PP.”

          What are they?

          • Devildog  On March 3, 2016 at 5:14 PM

            Wiki says that in 2008 in the U.S., there were 1,793 abortion providers, 381 of which the majority of visits were for abortion. CA-522, N.Y.-249. All provided women’s health care.

            PP is a political organization, the leaders of whom are (too) well paid and which should neither require nor receive Federal government funding. If you want to believe that that organization is essential for the well-being of women, that is your prerogative.

            Thank you for asking.

            • Devildog  On March 3, 2016 at 5:15 PM

              Besides which, Trump supports PP. So there now!

            • Little_Minx  On March 3, 2016 at 9:35 PM

              You claim the existence of such organizations, but you didn’t name them.

              • Devildog  On March 3, 2016 at 11:16 PM

                I don’t want to put them in harms way! You can check it out and keep the identities under wraps.

              • Little_Minx  On March 4, 2016 at 5:44 AM

                You raised the claim, you provide the evidence. Otherwise you’re just blowing BS, and your argument fails.

  • Little_Minx  On March 3, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Drumpf? Harrumph!

  • umoc193  On March 3, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    “As of 2010, more than $22 billion per year was distributed by the federal government to more than 50 programs supporting education, community development, basic nutrition, and other social services. In 2007, the federal government provided more than 19,000 direct, competitive awards to American nonprofit organizations to aid the homeless, at-risk youth, recovering addicts, returning offenders, people infected of affected by HIV/AIDS, and others. These grants totaled more than $15.3 billion. Faith-based organizations won more than 3,200 grants in 2007, totaling over $2.2 billion.

    For fiscal year 2005, more than $2.2 billion in competitive social service grants were awarded to faith-based organizations.

    In 2014 PP received $528 million in federal funds and had an overall budget of $1.3 Billion.

    Now try and tell me the churches don’t use that money in direct violation of the 1st Amednment. Or, let’s say they don’t use it directly, then just like PP the funds they get that can’t be used for impermissible purposes simply means more of their other fund raising can be spent on purely religious stuff.

    PP may have thousands of personal contributors ($300 million or so a year) but religions have access to millions of potential contributors. So why do they need government funding?

    Let’s go back to your original question about picking on Kasich and defunding PP. I’ve given you the courtesy of responding, though I know no matter what evidence I throw at you you’ll let slide by like a ghard grounder to first going between the legs of Pedro Alvarez.

    But even if I grant that I had a misstep here, (and I do not because I did not) the overall theme and presentation here is, in a word, brilliant. Every word is true. And though you inevitably will disagree with what I write, I have always beleived you at least though about most of your comments. So I do not know how you can be any mopre satisfied…or any less dissatisfied…with the situation I presented than I am.

    It is vile and disgusting and ugly and elsewhere in the world every minute our system loses respect.

    So get your head out of your partisan ass and admit that there is no one qualified running for the GOP nomination. No one. And though I do not expect you to embrace the barely left of center Sanders platform or the Republican lite platform of Clinton, at least you have to conced that neither presents as a filthy pig in their campaigning or their overall image.

    • Devildog  On March 3, 2016 at 11:11 PM

      UMOC, this is all about you; it has nothing to do with Clinton, Sanders, Trump, Rubio, Cruz, Kasich or anyone else. You dismissed Kasich as a moderate solely due to his position with regard to PP. it’s all about you-not me or anyone else. See, I’ve repeated myself. Don’t ever, ever admit to a misstep.

      Is Kasich a moderate?

    • Devildog  On March 3, 2016 at 11:20 PM

      Btw, can you recognize a similarity between yourself and Trump?

  • Little_Minx  On March 10, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    TOURIST, if you’re around, please know that we’re thinking of you as the 5th anniversary of the Fukushima earthquake/tsunami/nuclear plant catastrophe approaches. Hope all is well with you and yours. Hugs, Minx.

  • Little_Minx  On March 13, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Hey UMOC, how ’bout them ‘Eers?!?!? 🙂

  • Little_Minx  On April 7, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Is Trump self-destructing, or is this just a quick detour on the road to the GOP nomination? How likely would his third-party candidacy be if he fails to get the Republican nod — and how likely with a more conservative third-party candidacy by someone else be if Trump does get the GOP nomination?

  • Little_Minx  On April 14, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    TOURIST, are you safe since today’s big earthquake?

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