Yes, DNA. After all, the most competitive thing we do daily is survive. Our immune systems do battle. We find food, shelter, clothing.
Businesses strive to win your dollars through being better! faster! cheaper! In person or online we compete to win dates by being handsomer, prettier, most unique. In school we award achievement - scholarships, advancement, titles like valedictorian. Board games turn our kitchen tables and living rooms into Spartan battlegrounds. We compete for promotion in our jobs, trying to outshine our coworkers. We rabidly support sports teams - their excelling somehow having anything to do with us. We watch "sports" in which the winner is literally the one who can beat the most shit out of the other.
Competition. Our lives are virtual Olympics daily.
So when it comes to our politics, winning and losing are ingrained every bit as much as they are in every other facet of life.
Sadly though, in politics - which are supposed to be about betterment for all - power grabbing has beaten the shit out of things like patriotism, ethics, and integrity, leaving them lying bloody and broken on the floor of the Octagon.
Nowhere is that more evident than in our election process this time around. Right, pride of country, defense of our supposed principles, and our delusionally held idea that we are #1 in this world of ours have been shown the door. What we are left with is an election that has now been proven to have been compromised. A system in which another country gleefully celebrated their efforts bearing worm laden fruit when their candidate "won." And an entire contingent of both politicians and citizens who simply do not care.
It is that last part that is infuriating. It doesn't stymie me. Far from it. These reprobates have embraced willful ignorance and violence as some sort of virtues for a very long time. Their politicians have courted it for decades. Their politicians not being the smartest in the world either, but just smart enough to know how to manipulate their base.
That base is base. Every baser, swamp born, lizard brained instinct they have is easy to court. You throw it red meat. You point at their less-than-stellar lives and then direct their attention at some "reason" it is not their fault but someone else's. These people are not rocket scientists and they live to place blame anywhere but themselves. Trust me, I am related to two such specimens. Resumes as long as rolls of Charmin, yet no firing ever was their fault. Nooooooo.
Bad bosses. Sorry, "shithead bosses." Idiots all around, except them, of course. And yes, these proud dullards championed the Tangerine Tumor. I was not surprised. I grew up with them. I know how limited is their intellect. How their first response to being called out or corrected is to punch, lash out. They believe that if you shout louder you are right. They like violence. They don't value learning. Big words are to be laughed at instead of looked up. They like easy answers. And they LOVE believing they are victims.
Oh, fuck, how they revel in that title. It absolves them of all personal responsibility, all ownership for their situations.
So when Trump came along grabbing pussy and shouting about any number of groups who are not white or Christian, bellowing that those groups were to blame for every wrong in their little lives, they, like millions of others, heard that precious Pavlov bell, salivated, and ran.
Ironically, these same people, including the two to which I am related, believe themselves patriots, lovers of country, defenders of freedoms.
Bull and shit.
Putin infiltrated our system. Russia dicked with our elections. That proof, to anyone with functioning gray matter, matters. Or it should.
A patriot, a lover of country, a defender of what we profess makes us better, hell, GREAT - should be storming the castles of Congress and demanding this election be overturned, that a new election be held.
But no, instead these flag wearing miscreants are happily looking straight past the evidence, the FACTS - because let's face it - this election cycle did one thing really well - it made FACTS obsolete. If a FACT did not reinforce your inner bullshit narrative, you simply made one up, found one that did. Fake news became an industry because these people are so easily led. It would have been funny, watching idiots embrace what is so obviously false, if it had not resulted in the "election" of the most in-over-his-head candidate in the history of ever.
Seriously Trump makes Bush look like a Nobel Laureate.
And here's the reason they cannot deny their hypocrisy - they know damned well had this whole siege of subterfuge been turned around and Putin had been working to influence things for Clinton, they would have been shitting themselves blind from the first mention, the first hint that there had been outside tampering from Russia. They would have been screaming about their 2nd Amendment solutions, their sniveling politicians would have again shut government down, we would already be on our fifth investigative committee.
Say it with me, oops, sorry, scream in it caps the way they have for years: BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI!.
Yeah, 33 hearings in which they tried to find something, and 33 times they wasted MILLIONS of our tax dollars and found nothing. Where are they now, demanding justice, accountability, protections?
<Insert sound of crickets>
They do not care. They do not care about country. They do not care about the integrity of our democratic process. They do not care that Russia inserted their borscht covered fingers into our systems. They do not care that nearly 3 million more people voted for Clinton. They do not care that an immature, ethically compromised liar and grifter will ascend to our nation's highest office.
They care only about winning, only about power.
And absolute power corrupts absolutely. If you ever wondered what that saying means, LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING. Look at what will happen on January 20, 2017.
We will watch (well, I won't, but those who can stomach it or plan on masturbating gleefully to it) as Donald Trump is swore in as Resident of the United States. Yes, resident. A resident of the White House. A resident of the office of POTUS. Not President.
A President is qualified on some level. A President vows to work for all the people in this country. Trump routinely takes to his precious Twitter account to name call those of us who did not vote for him, who actually care about the report that came out yesterday. We are "enemies." We are "stupid."
Sorry, but a President doesn't do that, or cavalierly taunt other countries via his 140 character limited intellect.
A President doesn't flaunt and revel in his numerous conflicts of interest and lack of curiosity about anything.
And a President of the United States is not chosen by the leader of a corrupt outside government.
That is who Trump is. As much a willfully, gleefully ignorant reprobate as those who championed him. As much a puppet to Russia as are his salivating dogs to him. Easily manipulated, easily placed.
For eight years we have listened to the drone, the whine, the "He's not MY President" line from the right, from those who can't form a cogent sentence about Obama policies and positions to begin with. We have watched the GOP members of the House and Congress obstruct and obfuscate at every turn. Well, get ready, dullards.
The smart people, the caring people, the empathetic people, the open minded people, the people not afraid of their own shadows, who routinely try to save you from yourselves may not have "won" <----And those quotation marks are important here because we outvoted you, meaning there are far more of us than of you, and we actually have FACTS to back up our opposition to this puppet regime about to be installed - but we will WIN in the end.
When it all starts to take place, fall apart; when your little lives are shockingly made worse by repealed health insurance; when Grandma has to move in with you; when those jobs you think he is bringing back never materialize because FACTS; when Hillary is never investigated again, let alone thrown in jail; when your precious wall vaporizes like every other fart that comes out of his mouth; when you find yourselves targets, fingers suddenly pointed at you - we will be there. We will be the intelligent resistance defending the hard won rights of all, defending the Constitution from being bastardized, defending your right to get cancer and coverage, defending your daughter's right to get an abortion when she is raped; defending your children when they come out as gay or bi or trans and are targeted for simply being who they are; defending your precious religion - whatever one it may be.
Because we actually are patriots. We actually care about the integrity, the sovereignty of this country. We see the long game. We have skin it in and are going nowhere.
So enjoy your "win" but make no mistake, Donald Trump is not, nor will he ever truly be, President, of any of us. Not even you. The man with the gold toilets, who actually has utter contempt and disdain for you - yes you, you poor, beer swilling, easily lied to losers <--his favorite word, the man populating his administration with fellow billionaires and corrupt cronies - was chosen, aided, and abetted the entire way. And if you were smart, you would understand not only how wrong that is for our country, but how truly frightening.
Donald Trump, ROTUS (pronounce that as what it is: ROT) - RESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES presidency.
That's all he will ever be.