Well, it's been a helluva run, this planet Earth of ours. It's seen highs, lows, floods and famine, dinosaurs, asteroids, hemorrhoids, volcanoes erupting, tornados, tsunamis, hurricanes, monsoons, haboobs, man's inhumanity to man, man's amazing outreach to man, saints, sinners, killers, leaders, barbarians, and innocents by the billions.
She has weathered it all, not giving two shits in a whirlwind how we manage. Just watching, evolving, eroding, decaying. As the dominant species on the planet, our legacy is also not giving two shits in a whirlwind about how we treat her - taking what we want, ripping, tearing, abusing - our hubris making us believe we can never do any actual damage that, you know, could come back and bite us in the collective ass.
Science and all its messy facts and data are inconvenient, not to mention way too far above most people's heads. Easier to deny than to learn. And a popular mindset among climate deniers and planet rapers is, "Well, if it happens someday, I'll be dead."
Usually that "it" is in reference to the air we breathe, the bees that literally insure we have food, the ice caps, etc.
But a much larger danger inhabits the planet these days.
An ignorant, know nothing blowhard who is now playing at war. A man who inherited position and wealth. Who has never actually worked a day in his life. Whose golf exploits are legend. Hordes of his citizens are brainwashed into thinking he is all that and a bag of potato chips. They tremble with delight when he speaks to them, they profess undying patriotism and allegiance to the state. They hate the outside world, having all those ignorances and fears reinforced every time dear leader appears before them. When he speaks, he taunts the world, threatens countries near and far. An arsenal at his disposal, he is like a child playing at soldier, only he is no soldier, no true leader. Just a hubris laden dullard who employs fear to get and keep his way. And should you cross him? Watch your back forever. He holds a grudge like no other and will eventually hunt you down for retribution. He also has an irrational need to win, to grab his metaphorical balls and flip off the world. And the world despises him. Leaders of other countries have nothing but disdain for him. They laugh at him. All the while worrying about his legendary emotional instability and the cadre of yes men who surround him.
I am not talking about Kim Jong Un.
I could be. The descriptors all fit exactly the same. But in this case, I am speaking of our own Easter basket of insanity and rotten eggs, Donald Trump.
And that's the problem. These two mental defectives, who have no one around them to tell them NO, are now engaged in the most dangerous game of chicken this planet has ever seen. Millions and millions of their citizens' lives hang in the balance, millions more in neighboring countries are on edge, and they do not care. What's at stake for them is saving face, being the biggest bully on the playground, and not being the first to blink. And the means to their ends could well mean our end - nuclear weapons.
Two temper tantrum, pants shitting toddlers with access to the weaponry that has the ability to end us. They have no understanding of the science, the fallout, the absolute devastation. I am sure they know they have a place to hide, deep underground. But they care not one whit for what is callously called collateral damage - meaning us.
Yes, you, too, Trumpsters. Why you continue to believe Trump actually cares about your losery lives is beyond me. This man would not cross the street to pee on you if you were on fire. You were an easily led collective, practicing selective blindness to his past, his present, and the future he clearly promised at every rally, but which you are now stunned to see unfolding. (What's that? The wall would put your house on the side of Mexico? Too bad, so sad. Your husband was just deported? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. What in the everloving f**k did you think was going to happen? HE. TOLD. YOU.)
You voted for a carnival barker, a professional conman. Ever see the movie Matchstick Men? YOU are the old couple at the dining room table giving Nik Cage their life savings. You are Nik Cage at the end of the movie when he gets Nik Caged by a better conman. You voted this maniac into power, and deserve every bit of the disgrace and reality coming your way. The problem is the rest of us do not deserve it. We outvoted you, yet there he is, your Tangerine Hero, eating chocolate cake, playing golf, and dropping bombs.
This man who swore he would be too busy working for us to ever play golf, took off again yesterday for Florida and was on the golf course this morning. His threats against North Korea still hanging warm in the air, and he takes a long weekend. This is his 17th time to golf in 12 weeks. You people harangued President Obama for every stroke he took, yet refuse to call your dear leader on this hypocritical, expensive bullshit. I swear, if he started telling you he got 18 hole-in-ones today, you would believe him. You know who else does that?
Kim Jong Un.
Because who is going to call him out? Bannon? Ivanka? Jared? His sons, Beavis and Butthead? Of course not. They have all hitched their wagon to a czar. And they know damned well the penalty for dissent.
What Trump supporters need to start trying to understand is that to the rest of the world, he is the United States' Kim Jong Un. Trump is not respected, he is ridiculed. World leaders laugh at him. They strategize how to mitigate his follies and fuck ups. They discuss how best to handle him.
And now, this ridiculous foam fingered mindset of "We're #1!" has its finger on the button. This bloodstained notion that we can just run roughshod into and over other sovereign nations because WE'RE AMURIKA, DAMMIT! is coming back to finally bite us in the egotistical ass. And when it does, people are going to die. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DIE.
Are you ready to be collateral damage when Trump takes his bravado one chest thump too far? Ready to watch your children die in nuclear winter? Because it will happen. Kim Jong Un thinks of YOU the way Trump thinks of Un's citizens - he doesn't. You are nameless, faceless, and they are reckless, careless.
Here is what I will tell you about the citizens of North Korea - they want to live. They have families, jobs, passions, ambitions. Yes, they live in an unthinkable oppression (look in the mirror), but they laugh, they cry, they love - JUST LIKE US. Their lives have value. Why do so many people - looking at you Trumpsters - not understand that? You, in the red MAGA hat, are no more important than them. You just happen to have the freedom to make some choices, spectacularly bad ones, but you still get to make them. We ARE them. They ARE us.
Yesterday Trump dropped a MOAB in Afghanistan. His glee all too apparent as he gets to play with his new toys. And the problem with that is simple - he is ratcheting up each time, and we are becoming more inured each time. So when he finally asks for the briefcase "football" to be opened, the populace will just think, "Oh, well, I guess that IS next."
We are not #1. Not in anything. Not in health, education, science, economy. Hell, not even in having an unstable, egomaniacal dictator at the helm of our country.
God help us all.
Sorry, planet Earth, it was a helluva run.