Next week, we will gather with loved ones to eat turkey and dressing with bright yellow gravy and cranberry sauce out of a can dumped on top of it. We will watch football and talk about new relationships and babies and fond memories of grannies and papas who have been gone for far too long.
And hopefully absolutely nothing about politics.
It is, of course, a time to be thankful and really count and appreciate our many blessings. But in order to really rid our souls of all of their bitterness and be prepared to be our best Thankful Thelmas and Thors (sorry, those are the best “Th” names I could come up with to make this alliteration work), this week has to be all about being UN-thankful. Yes, that’s right. Go ahead and cuss and complain, go out in the yard and scream and stomp on an azalea or get on Twitter and try to be the most horribly mean tweeter of them all (nearly impossible).
Whatever you need to do, just do it, so you can get all of the negativity out of your system. You know, like a cleanse. And don’t you dare feel bad about it. You are purposefully being a pain in the aspic now so you can be a Thanksgiving turkey angel next week, and with your wattle and your halo, you will sing, “glory, glory, gobble, gobble, hallelujah, amen!”
And since I like to air my grievances with the aid of ink and quill, I am going to go ahead and get all the gunk funkin’ up my system right here on this page, as I present a no-good, nasty column of un-thankful thoughts. Enjoy this, you shall not!
Unthankful thought #1
I could not be less thankful for the Republican “men” running for Senate in the great state of Alabama. I understand you have to say you support the president and are against impeachment and read all of the talking points the White House sends out, yada, yada, yada. Fine.
But who on this Earth (or inside the Beltway) is telling you “guys” you need to go five steps further to complete presidential testicular licking? It’s gross. Stop. No one on either side of the aisle wants to witness this, not “Never Trumpers” or “Forever Trumpers.”
No one likes to see that sort of drooling/fawning/schoolgirl-crushing over anybody or anything. It makes you look weak and pathetic. Nobody likes weak and pathetic.
Please, please, please stop doing this. It’s really painful to watch.
Unthankful thought #2
I could not be more disappointed in Councilpersons Fred Richardson, Levon Manzie and C.J. Small for putting politics before the wellbeing and long-term growth of Mobile. And for being about as un-democratic as any representative could possibly be for not even allowing several subdivisions right outside of the city limits to simply vote to see if they would like to join the city. An unprecedented move!
This would have given us a lot of opportunities for new revenue and made us eligible for grants that would have helped this entire city. And it would have kept all of these areas and others from incorporating (which they will do), which will really limit our ability to grow. Is an election in 2021 (which it would have had little effect on) really worth hampering the city for decades to come? So short-sighted and disappointing.
Unthankful thought #3
I could not be more apprehensive and worrisome for our country and citizenry as we enter the 2020 presidential election year. If we thought 2016 was terribly divisive for our country, I fear we ain’t seen nothing yet. Already our country is so polarized, and both “sides” stopped even trying to be civil about it long ago. It’s only going to get worse.
And sadly, I don’t see any real path to get back to a place where we can disagree with our friends, family and/or neighbors on a candidate and/or policy issue and not also hate his or her guts over it.
This divisiveness only serves to hurt us all. It takes far less political courage for our leaders to just agree with the members of their “team” and hate the other “side” than to actually try to work with each other to get things done for us. But we are letting them off easy. We are the ones who suffer while they do nothing but showboat.
But yet we keep cheering for the divide instead of against it.
Compromise and civility are not dirty words. It’s the only way we can move forward, and I just don’t see it happening anytime soon — maybe ever. And that’s terrifying.
Unthankful thought #4
I really could not be more frustrated that many people just refuse to believe facts that have been presented and then verified and re-verified, and they could even check for themselves! But if these facts don’t fit into the narrative they have chosen to believe, they just won’t even bother. And this is on both “sides.” And it’s absolutely maddening.
You see this on a national level in the impeachment proceedings. And it has trickled down into every single facet of our lives. Locally you could see this happening with the annexation fight, as the current mayor presented his facts and the former mayor called them “alternative facts.” It’s pretty basic math. Are we really arguing one plus one doesn’t equal two anymore? Yes, we are.
And people are even using these tactics in their personal lives now. “Honey, I know four of your friends saw me cheating on you with their own eyes last weekend, but don’t believe them. They are all lying. It’s ‘fake news.’”
It’s all just insanity.
My god and turkey angels, have we really gotten to the point where we can’t look at each individual situation and use our brains for thoughtful consideration? And then realize sometimes our preferred team may be right and the facts may be on our side. But sometimes they aren’t, and we damn sure have to be able to call our team and its leaders out, rather than just blindly follow, no matter what. What happened to the independent spirit Americans once embodied?
I don’t know how we got here, but it makes me very sad.
This concludes my unloading of un-thankfulness. I know I feel better now. And my family will too, as I’m going to be an absolute ray of sunshine next week and be the most Thankful Thelma who ever stuffed a load of cornbread dressing up a turkey’s butt. At least for a day or two.
Glory, glory, gobble, gobble, hallelujah, amen!
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