It’s Not Funny Anymore

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As a Canadian watching helplessly from north of the border, all I can do is scream at the laptop and the television and type “VOTE” over and over until my fingers cramp up. There used to be a time I could tell you the current political stories and climate for both countries; now, it’s more like “Trudeau who?”

I know I could walk away from social media (and I have at times) and I could shut my ears to the constant noise, but I just can’t. Most of us can’t. What has been a constant train wreck that was both cringe-worthy and entertaining in a circus kind of way has become one giant ball of horrific attack after horrific attack thrown at the citizens of a country I used to know.

What used to be a bit of joke for Canadians to heckle has become a tragedy of historic proportions. We still can’t look away, but we sure as hell aren’t laughing anymore. None of this is funny. Hell, watching “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” no longer keeps me sane. I try to chuckle at their witty jokes, but I cry inside wondering if the disaster down below is a survivable event.

I commend the likes of Maher, John Oliver, Jimmy Kimmel and Samantha Bee. To go on air weekly or nightly and try to make people laugh about that thing in their Oval Office that is ruining their great country one hateful tweet at a time makes my heart hurt for them. I know I have run out of steam so I can only imagine what my American friends are feeling right now. You can see the exhaustion on their faces. It’s pretty bad when Stormy Daniels has to be the one to carry the humour on Bill Maher’s show.

It’s a scary time right now. For Americans and for anyone who believes in democracy. Nationalism and racial divide is popping up all over the globe. Europe is in disarray and hate groups are on the rise. There are 49 countries that are officially ruled by dictatorship. That may not sound like a lot, but given how influential the United States is globally, the fact that the piece of garbage currently now running the country routinely threatens freedom of the press and attempts to dismantle the Constitution while cozying up to ruthless leaders gives governments in struggling countries a renewed energy to do the same. Here’s a map below to give you some idea of “freedom” in the world. Green is free, at least for now. Let that sink in.

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— Map courtesy of planetrulers.com

We are all watching the decline of democracy globally, and the Great Ape in Charge of America is leading the parade. The sad part is, he doesn’t even really know it. It was never his intention; his intention is to WIN. At any cost.

So all we Canadians can do is sit and watch, and freaking hope beyond all hope that every American citizen gets out there on Nov. 6 and VOTES!!! Because if Trump and the Republican Party win and keep the majority, the cost will be huge and will be felt everywhere. The ripple effect of hate and malignant tribal politics will be far-reaching and even harder to beat come 2020. Even if it’s a Democratic sweep in November, it’s still an uphill battle to regain the political dignity that the Big O and his cronies have destroyed.

We aren’t laughing anymore. There’s no more condescending Canadian humour at the expense of our American friends. How could anyone joke about the idiot in the White House when people are dying at the hands of hate? No, we are frightened for you and we hope you can win this fight. We are behind you 100 percent.

So I will just say it one more time:  PLEASE GET OUT AND VOTE!!!

22 thoughts on “It’s Not Funny Anymore

  1. Thanks, you thoughtful, wonderful person. A virtual handshake from a Texas girl to you and you’re right–it’s no laughing matter, and hasn’t been for a long time.

    I don’t have internet at home (moving homes and no connections yet), so I’ve downloaded lots of bill maher show audio podcasts and been listening to them and the overtime segments or the past couple weeks. Even a year ago, you can hear Bill’s not gonna have the heart to keep going like this for four years. I love listening to him because he tears up liberals and conservatives pretty equally, though he is quite liberal. He used to scream at them to get out of their complacent bubble, and knew if they didn’t, Dump would win. He and Michael Moore were spot on about that.

    I’ve gotten to the point were I can’t even listen to Dump’s voice because my jaw clenches in reflex and I start getting irritable. That’s one good thing about no TV right now–vastly reduced chances of hearing that dunce’s voice.

    Vote, vote, vote, vote, vote. Yes, please vote. I’m tired of the plastic, complacent Stepford Wives look by supporters who blithely bypass his racism, sexism, and lack of desire to learn anything (while sometimes doubling down on it–grr!)

    Hugs to all and for a more enlightened future, please vote for the good of the country. I’ve had enough of “I’ve got mine and I’m keeping it, so screw you” that’s been the norm the past few years.

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  2. “How could anyone joke about the idiot in the White House when people are dying at the hands of hate?”

    I mourn for my country. I hope my vote on Tuesday helps us get back on a good road again, at the very least including civility and common decency.

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  3. We are growing weary here in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, especially after we became yet another city with a mass shooting.
    Some days I am devastated and hopeless, other days I am optimistic and ready to fight. But it certainly is exhausting deciding when to fight like hell and when to self-care.
    I am excited to vote Tuesday and am hoping like hell we win this one.
    Thanks for the support, neighbor to the north. We need you and feel you.

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  4. I voted early and can hope others will vote, too. The people in the bank looked at me like I had 3 heads when I reminded them to vote. I am generally pretty optimistic, but this has been h-a-r-d. As one of my daughters told me, “This is not my America.”
    Keeping the faith, I try…..

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  5. My daughter and I sent off our mail-in ballots last week.
    Last weekend, or town was swarming with heavily and openly armed “militia” assholes who parked their 60 or 70 odd quads (each carrying at least two persons) at the local Walmart to stock up on cheap beer and ammo before heading to the border. That many red hats and Trump banners combined with a comparable number of assault rifles is something I never thought I’d ever see. And never want to again.

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  6. The danger here is that some of you have prejudicially thrown all Republicans into one pot. We talk about racial tolerance; we need to talk about political tolerance — you know, the thing some left England for. I’m a 62 year old, 38-yr experienced paralegal, now realtor, grew up on a farm, have lived and worked in a large metro area for years, and now again in rural community — point, many experiences in both political environments (just check our the PA, OH, IL 2019 election results map). I vehemently defend my rights, as well as yours, to have whatever political, religious, etc. mind each of us has. Remember the word “Bipartisan”? Our Country’s politicians have adopted the music entertainment communities’ M.O. that it’s okay to talk trash, be a gansta’ or soldier. That doesn’t tell me crap as a voter, other than your a bigger trash talker than the rest. Our politicians ALL need to realize we aren’t paying them to entertain us but to tell us what you can do for us, the taxpaying citizens of this Great Country.

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    1. Actually the danger is that the politicians have begun playing identity politics, helping to create a bigger divide that was already there. Just so they can win. Trash talk is one thing. Inciting hate and nasty, racial and sexist rhetoric to review up your base and distract from the real issues is quite another. There needs to be a check and balance system in all democratic politics.

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