Revisiting Trumpenstein pt. 1

I great read…funny and sharp.

The Church of the Ass Bleeding Morons

revisiting-1

These are ill and bizarre times we’re living in and not many can see a bright spot on the horizon. Recent shootings of black Americans have been deemed (by majority) as unjustified and outright murder. Our country is at wit’s end; Acts of violence, both by and toward police, hit YouTube and prime time TV news leaving people on both ends of the spectrum screaming for retribution. Bandits in our state and federal offices, on our street corners, going unpunished for acts against the common people and all that led up to to a bunch of innocent African Americans getting killed and some officers getting shot down in Dallas, Texas. Yes these are creepy fucking times…a modern day twenty first century dystopia with no action toward a solution in sight. What a perfect time for me to go see Donald Trump again.

The Trump campaign was rolling through Indiana after…

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NRA Props up Trump’s Campaign with Multi-Million Dollar Benghazi Smear

Art by Rob Goldstein
Why won’t the GOP investigate the Invasion of Iraq?

“The NRA’s Political Victory Fund, the political arm of the nation’s largest gun lobby, launched its first campaign ad of the political cycle after the NRA endorsed Trump back in May.

According to USA Today, the group plans to spend $2 million on this campaign.

The 30-second ad titled, “Stop Clinton, Vote Trump,” will air on national cable and on broadcast channels in the battleground states of Colorado, Ohio, Nevada, Florida, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

“A lot of people say they’re not going to vote this November because their candidate didn’t win; Well, I know some people who won’t be voting this year either,” Mark Geist, a Marine Corps veteran and Benghazi attack survivor, says in the ad as he walks through a cemetery.”

Salon

I know about hundreds of thousands of Americans and Iraqis who aren’t alive because of our dishonest Invasion of Iraq. What’s your point GOP?

Art by Rob Goldstein
Smear Campaigns Are Not Policy

Anyone who thinks the Benghazi investigation is anything more
than a GOP abuse of power for political gain is brainwashed.

This is just another in a series of GOP lead smear campaigns
against Bill and Hillary Clinton. that date back to the 1990’s.

Smear campaigns and scandal mongering are not leadership or public policy.

Talk to me about the economy and our broken mental health system.

Tell me what you intend to do to improve the quality of our lives.

Spare me the sight of your revolting use of our dead sons and daughters
to spread lies and disinformation.

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To My Best Friend on the Right

Art by Rob Goldstein
I am an artist because you said I am.

We met over 40 years ago when I was still in my teens.

You are my oldest friend and the friend I love most.

You invited me into your family.

You ushered me into adulthood.

You cared for me when I was at my worst; when doctors dismissed
me as malingering; you knew my pain was real.

Over the years we grew and changed but we never lost each other
and I never lost my love for our friendship.

When I tested that friendship with my addiction you went silent
but you didn’t go away.

You forgave me when I was ready to admit that I was ashamed, and
wrong and sorry.

I didn’t lose you but over the years we changed and spoke less often and
slowly drifted apart until we met again on Facebook.

And now I am baffled.

How do I reconcile the friend who was a civil rights activist with the friend
who believes that our first Black President is a terrorist despite the evidence
it isn’t true?

How do I reconcile the child advocate with the person who thinks that unfettered
access to all guns is more important than the safety and psychological well
being of school children?

How do I reconcile the person who thought that Nixon was a crook with the
person who supports a Congress that follows the dictates of even worse
crooks?

How do I understand the disciplined mind who thinks that a democrat is too crooked to be president simply because a well-known and obvious right-wing smear machine says she is.

I suspect that many intelligent and honorable people believe as you do and I suspect that they are frightened too.

Age returns us to a powerlessness that we are powerless to stop.

Each year brings us closer to an inevitable and uncertain end.

The question is not when but how.

Will we end as we began?

Will we again be at the mercy of the brutally strong?

Will semi-automatic weapons and the racist bluster of Donald
Trump give us safety as we enter our decline?

Are you as frightened as I am?

Then let me tell you these things:

I live because you helped me.

I love because you loved me.

I write because you called me writer.

I make art because you called me artist.

I live my dream because you showed me dreams are real.

You pulled a boy out of the housing projects of Charleston and he slowly became a man who understands honor and humility and the value of friendship and family.

It took years of fear and failure but I stand here an artist because you had faith in that little piece of poor white trash from the projects.

And you didn’t need guns.

And you didn’t need smear campaigns.

And you didn’t need the distracting babble of cynical ideologues who prey on fear.

All you needed was your heart.

You are my oldest friend and the friend I love most.

I share this water with you.

It’s the water you gave me.

Rob Goldstein 2016

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