Do you know what I discovered this week that drove me to take up meditation?
Donald Trump, Jr. did something nasty with the Russians and he’s lying through his teeth about it
The John Birch Society (that racist, uber-conservative, far-right group of old) is on the rise again
Trump threatening to harm millions out of pure spite by sabotaging healthcare markets
The 81% of White Evangelicals who voted for Trump say he’s the Chosen One
Game of Thrones is back—winter is here, and the war is coming
Fan made Game of Throne Posters/www.ablogofthrones.com
I’m a HUGE “Game of Thrones” fan! Not that I can keep all the names of the characters straight, but I do know who the bad guys are versus the good guys. I also know that the characters in the show specialize in betrayal, lying, cruelty, corruption, arrogance, intimidation, and violence. Kind of like our 45th president and his cronies—especially “Putty” the Vlad Putin.
While I was watching the first episode of the 7th Season of GOT, it increasingly dawned on me that we Americans are living in our own “game of thrones.” 81% of White Evangelical Right-Wing Christians voted for Trump, are not swayed by any of his misdoings (they think the negative stories about him are fake news), and they make up a solid core of the 36% that will stick with Trump even if he does shoot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue as he once promised. When I heard those stats, I knew eternal winter had come to America.
Cartoon used by permission: Rick McKee, The August Chronicle
Since the election, I’ve been holding out in hope for courageous men and women to stand up against our “game of thrones” leader and expose the emperor with no clothes. But when I obtained solid confirmation that the family values voters planned to stick with Trump until the bitter end because they believe he was “raised up by God to be the 45th president,” I knew that the long proclaimed culture war was coming, and much as I suspect will happen in Game of Thrones, it will be long and brutal, and there will be no happy ending.
After a bunch of very clueless ministers encircled Trump last week, and prayed for him with the “laying on of hands” (Greek: cheirotonia – χειροτονία, literally, “laying-on of hands” is both a symbolic and formal method of invoking the Holy Spirit primarily during baptisms and confirmations, healing services, blessings, and ordination of priests, ministers, elders, deacons, and other church officers, along with a variety of other church sacraments and holy ceremonies—Wikipedia), I knew I was either going to become a drug addict and stay stoned for the rest of my life just to keep from going insane, or I was going to have to figure out a non-narcotic type of sedation no matter what happens to my beloved America.
So I took up meditation.
Thus far it has been a struggle. I practice my breathing, I’ve got my mantra (“save us from DT, deliver us from DT, oh God, OMMMMM-MM-MMM…”), I can even get one of my fat-assed thighs into a half lotus position for five minutes until the leg falls completely asleep and I fall over onto my right side.
I used to watch the news as soon as I woke up (Morning Joe)—usually around 6:00 a.m.—and by 8:00 a.m. I would be so agitated and depressed that I could barely function. The day I realized that the poison of Trump and family was going to go on for a very, very long time—possibly with irreparable damage, like the march of the hordes of the undead in Game of Thrones that was the moment I knew I had to do something to save my sanity. For the last three days, I’ve been going onto the deck and doing my meditative exercises, and they seemed to be calming me down and giving me a more peaceful day until… my mind started messing with me. Like this morning… when Angelica and Deviloneous showed up.
Homer Simpson Meme, Devil vs Angel
ANGELICA: That’s my girl, you can hold that pose… easy, steady—now breathe! Start your mantra…
DEVILONEOUS: Damn, Girl, ain’t your ass on fire, right about now? You know you’re too old for this shit. You’d be better off gettin’ a cup of coffee and eatin’ that leftover apple turnover in the fridge.
DEVILONEOUS: Morning Joe is on now, Cutie. Ain’t you jes a bit curious ‘bout what’s goin’ down out there in the real world? I mean how can you get through the day unless you know what stupidity 45 is up to? What if he does somethin’ really bad, and you’re not there to see it unfold on the TV? How you gonna take control?
ANGELICA: Stop it, Dev. You know, she’s only human and this mess is out of her control. Best she can do is “self-manage” and pray. God has to fix this mess.
DEVILONEOUS: Oh really, so where is yo’ God? Pray? Pray what? From where I’m perched looks like everybody is chatterin’ at God. You got yo’ folks like chubby-ass here prayin’ for God to deliver America from Trump’s evil, then you have Trump’s Christian supporters prayin’ he will destroy people like her because he’s like Neo—The One! The GOP and the Conservative Evangelicals love 45! They just adore his chubbie ass.
Cartoon used by permission: Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune
ANGELICA: Devi, I hate to be rude, but you need to shut your trap.
DEVILONEOUS: Psst… hey ET, you know what I heard on the news last night while you were tossin’ and turnin’ in yo’ sleep? The Trump administration is already underminin’ the healthcare market so that Obamacare will fail and leave millions without insurance. They pulled help from 18 cities that had set up computer centers in libraries, businesses, and strip malls to help people sign up for insurance who don’t have access to the internet. That should kill off an easy million or two bottom feeders thinkin’ they deserve to have medical care just ‘cause they alive.
ANGELICA: Devi, I swear to God, I am going to smack you up side your head. You need to leave her in peace. Let her be.
DEVILONEOUS: Seriously? Why? She needs to know that the political party she used to belong to—inspired by the Right-wing Christian churches—are 100% behind this Prez repealin’ Obamacare which will leave 32 million people without insurance. I love death by mass destruction, don’t you? Remember the bubonic plague? That outta worry her to death.
ANGELICA: ET, don’t listen to him. Devi, how does losing her mind help save 32 million people from losing insurance? She has a family to stay healthy for and a few good years of life to enjoy. She needs to remain calm. Leave her alone, Devi!
DEVILONEOUS: Okay, okay, okay. I’ll leave after I tell her this one last news tidbit. Hey, ET, yo’ peeps…
ANGELICA: Her former peeps…
DEVILONEOUS: Yo’ former peeps, are never, ever gonna see the light about Trump. You know why? They believe that he is a modern-day King Cyrus—Cyrus the Great (c. 600 or 576 – 530 BC). You know, the dude from the Old Testament of the Bible who supposedly freed the Jews from the Babylonians and restored their Jewish kingdom by letting them rebuild Jerusalem. You see, those peeps that you used to break bread with take the Bible “literally,” and they believe that Donald J. Trump is Cyrus the Great incarnated. Ain’t that somethin’? Angels and demons alike are crackin’ up ova this latest Christian stupidity.
ANGELICA: Our girl does not believe that nonsense, and you know it. She takes the Bible “seriously,” but not “literally.” She has not fallen under the spell of Trump, but nothing she says seems to wake up her ex-friends who have. She’s tried, but they only listen to Fox News or Conservative Talk Radio all day long. She has to just keep calm and carry on, because, whether you believe it or not, Devi, only God can save America from this wolf in sheep’s clothing.
ME: SAVEUSFROMTRUMPOHGOD,DELIVERUSFROMTRUMPOHGOD… OMMMMMMMMM
DEVILONEOUS: Well, I’m bored! So, I’m gonna make like a banana and split. But before I do, I thought I’d read you a couple of Facebook quotes, prayers, and Tweets from some of the White Right-Wing Evangelicals who think God is on their side and who are gonna ride the wave with Trumpee, no matter what. Kind of like the Civil War. Preachers prayed that God keep slavery intact and help the South slaughter the North, while the North prayed the South would be burned to the ground. Wonder whose prayers will get heard this go round?
Cartoon used by permission: Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune
DEVILONEOUS: Check these out…
Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne wrote on Instagram: “Highlight after all these years of fighting for America – standing in the Oval Office with @realdonaldtrump and @vp and @paulamichellewhite and other leaders – listening to our great President talk about America – Great Job Mr. President- Great Job.”
Pastor Howard-Browne wrote on his Facebook that he was asked by Paula White to pray over Trump and the pastor asked God for “supernatural wisdom, guidance and protection.” “Wow — we are going to see another great spiritual awakening.”
How about this one by Mark Collins who is a John Bircher/pastor at a Baptist church…
“God has sent America a new, powerful leader. He’s a good man, a moral man. God has delivered Donald J. Trump to save the United States of America.”
Deviloneous: And you gonna love this ET—it will set your hair on fire…
The Donald, who once confessed to be a non-reader said this in March as he compared himself to King Cyrus of the Bible: “Cyrus the Great, a leader of the ancient Persian Empire, famously said that ‘freedom, dignity, and wealth together constitute the greatest happiness of humanity. If you bequeath all three to your people, their love for you will never die.’”
ANGELICA: I wonder who fed Trump that convenient bit of “history?” Yep, America is fucked!
DEVILONEOUS: Ooooh, Angie, you gonna get in so much trouble for swearin’! Hey, what happened to ET? She fell over on her right side. Dang, looks like she’s asleep. Oh well, guess my work is done.
I am discovering that we are truly screwed as a country with 45 as our leader. This situation is going to last a lot longer than any of the resisters and anti-Trump folks ever thought, and it is going to take years to recover from the damage that will have been done to the country by Trump and his right-wing, misquided, delusional zealots. Save us, Oh God, deliver us, Oh God…have mercy on us, oh God!
Cartoon used by permission: CagleCartoons.com
“Many Evangelicals who voted for Trump continue to have an abiding faith in his presidency. Just as Cyrus returned the Jews to Jerusalem, and restored their wealth, so Trump, they fervently believe, will restore a lost world of personal safety, psychological security and material prosperity.”—James S. Gordon, The Guardian, “Does the ‘Cyrus prophecy’ help explain evangelical support for Donald Trump?”
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