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Entry date: 8-3-2023 – Ventilation – Letters to My Friends

Dear Friends,


The news of the day is so odd. I’ve avoided politics for awhile here, but I can’t today because I just can’t wrap my brain around the state of our country. This is not the USA that I thought we lived in and the more I learn, the more I realize that I’ve been naïve and asleep.


I am a fan of Twitter. Admittedly, I still look at it a few times a day. I follow a lot of interesting people and some of them are very political. I also follow a lot of the politicians so I can easily see what good and bad stuff they are putting out there. It’s heartbreaking and frustrating.


The truth of the matter is that I don’t understand how people can support Donald Trump. I really don’t. I can kind of see how it got started. Even I was intrigued by some of the things he said about Washington D.C. and how he wanted to change things up. He lost any interest I had in him, though, when he started saying things about how the people crossing our borders were all rapists and murderers. Living in Arizona, we know that is not the case.


There are rapists and murderers who look just like Trump.


As I was saying, though, we had four years of him saying he was going to do this and that and how he had a plan for these things, but he never gave us regular Americans anything more than words. He fumbled the ball a lot. He said and did stupid things.


Trump fans must be the most forgiving people in the world or maybe the dumbest. I’m not a fan of any politician. I just don’t believe they give two shits about regular people. They are part of the cogs in the machine that help the rich get richer and keep the rest of us where we are because we are all just cogs in the wheel, but anybody with eyes and ears knows that Trump did wrong.


Have millions upon millions of people just given up? Is the cult of personality that strong with him that it extinguishes critical thought in tens of millions of people? These are real questions.


I would love to sit down with someone who thinks Trump was a good President. I would love to listen to them explain it to me. My ears would be open. I would not be there to fight. Fighting is dumb unless you have no choice and even then, it’s still non-productive.


It makes me feel like a bad person that when I see a Trump sign, I immediately think, “What an asshole.” I hate feeling that way. I don’t know that person. Maybe they are a really good, kind, caring person. Maybe they know something I don’t.


The old joke about “how do you know when a politician is lying” is just too accurate in this case. Again, I’m not saying I believe everything that comes out of President Biden’s mouth, either. I do believe, though, that Biden is trying to make our nation healthier and has done a good job for the most part.


I think a lot of regular people out there have helped, too. I feel like a lot of people are more conscious about what they do and how they do it. I do my best to vote with my dollars when I can and not support businesses that treat people poorly. I do what I can to be a good person and make the people around me feel safe and comfortable. Like I said, I’d love to sit down with a Trump follower and listen to why they feel he’s the best bet for our country.


Indictments or not, I don’t have a lot of faith that justice will be done. Trump will walk and things will keep going the way they are. Another slick hustler will come along and the disenfranchised folks out there will latch onto him or her. Style beats substance and ego whips integrity these days. Fuck accountability, honesty, and respect for your fellow man.


Being a “Christian” is just something people claim to be. A lot of Christians out there do not live in a “Christ-like” way. If you disagree, though, and you’re a Christian, aren’t you supposed to love me and forgive me?


Help me understand.


See you tomorrow.



Many moons ago. Magic Mountain with magic friends. Love you, Jana.

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Chris Trzeciak
Chris Trzeciak
Aug 03, 2023

It's a cult

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David Lathrop
David Lathrop
Aug 03, 2023

...to think that Howard Dean was cancelled for screaming "yahoo" and Al Franken resigned over a bad/inappropriate joke. The world is complicated and people search for simple solutions. Trump offers a simple solution, only he can fix things. And when he doesn't, it's always somebody else's fault. Simple formula for a country that has more than its share of that victim mentality...

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