This Unholy Mess

If the Ten Commandments don’t really do it for you but you can’t quite stomach Dr. Phil either, then why not dip your mental big toe into This Unholy Mess? I can sound as authoritative as Oprah, as enthusiastic as Joel Osteen, and as esoteric as Ron Hubbard—and I can do it all without the terrible burden of wealth and notoriety that might risk infusing my writing with a bit of legitimacy. Much of what you will find on the blog is political, if only because I am a fan of tragi-comedy; but there are plenty of offensive religious and social topics to disturb just about anyone with a reasonably closed mind, a slight chip on his shoulder, and a desire to confront people belligerently from the safety of a computer keyboard. Enjoy!

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Does it all look pretty bleak to you? Whether you’re a foaming-at-the-mouth Trump zombie or a hand-wringing Libtard, do you find yourself grinding your teeth at night, wondering how the nation and the world will manage to survive? Is it all just too frustrating and maddening? Well, here are a couple of super-useful pieces of advice. First: get your dentist to give you a good sturdy bite-guard. This will prevent you from wearing your teeth down to the bloody roots before your fortieth birthday. Second: stop worrying. As a nation—and as a species--we are guaranteed to survive until we don’t. That’s a completely air-tight promise, from me to you. As a nation, America will have a chance in the New Year, and especially in 2020, to decide what it wants to be. Maybe it will choose a path that honors its history and those who have served, one that binds us more closely to the freedom-loving allies who have acted as a bulwark against aggressive dictatorships since the end of World War II, one that celebrates a diverse and dynamic society informed by a free press. Or, on the other hand, maybe it will choose to re-fashion America more in the image of authoritarian leaders whose unending false and misleading propaganda becomes marching orders for its citizens, no questions asked; a nation that chooses to ignore its own history and the principles that made it unique in the world, a nation that decides to remove itself as an influence in the struggle for freedom and human rights both at home and abroad, retreating to its dingy little counting house in the dungeon of its castle keep, where it hopes that its small-minded ignorance won’t subtract anything from its bank balance. The choice is up to American citizens, the bewildered and cranky masses who will tell us what they think is right and just. So why worry? After we put in all possible efforts to counter voter fraud, voter suppression, and the obscene “legality” of gerrymandering, the nation will go where it will, even if it becomes unrecognizable to itself, even if it has drifted too far into demagoguery to correct its course. So be it. Or as our friend Jesus would say, “Amen, Amen, I say to you.” The same...   Read more

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