Return to Decency

Not surprising to hear that we are sick and tired of the pandemic and politics and want to get back to normal.

Pre pandemic normal or pre-Trump normal?

Science and a vaccine will determine what a post-pandemic normal looks like.

Unless Trump loses the election by a landslide, given his propensity for drama, the fallout may be like bathing the devil in holy water; normal behavior for Trump.

I don’t want to get back to Trump normal. I never again want to hear the phrases, “The greatest —–in the history of our country” and “Like you’ve never seen before”. There should be a national movement to remove improper adverbs “hugely”, “largely” and all Trumpian misspeaks from our language.

Political backroom scheming and posturing for the advantage of a few is not a normal I want to revisit.

Instead of getting back to normal. I’d like to move forward toward decency. Scheming and posturing require a lot of energy. Practicing decency is a less burdensome lifestyle.

A few days from now many of us will either breathe easier or experience the unyielding black fog of dread in getting back to normal.

Here’s hoping the election brings peace and harmony and sends the Trump crime family packing.

I’m ready for a little more Zen in my life.

Rage

Am I a great painter – No.

Do I foist my attempts off on friends and relatives for birthday, get well and holiday cards – Yes.

I got hooked on watercolor painting a couple of years ago as a lark. Nothing brings me so much frustration, joy, and satisfaction. It is so addicting, I get cranky if I don’t get my painting fix a couple of times a week.

It brings relief from the daily onslaught as a result of the Trump regime, enabled by the Republican party. Still, indignation and outright rage hung out somewhere in my gray matter.

I started painting these strange women with no particular reason in mind.

Until today, I realized I had painted four of them; one for each year of the Trump administration.

I voted last week with a mail-in ballot. Took it to the post office where the eastern Indian woman assured me of it’s safe arrival to the proper place.

I’ll bet she doesn’t like Trump either.

Trump’s Atrocious Lack of Respect for Justice Ginsberg No Surprise

By now, we know not to expect dignity and respect from Trump or his lemmings in the senate. If there was ever an opportunity for Republicans to prove they have a shred of human decency, it was with the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. They failed miserably.

Justice Ginsberg’s legacy of equal rights for women means a lot to me and many others of my generation who experienced many of the discriminatory practices against women. Today young women can scarcely imagine a world where women were not legally protected against many of the most invasive forms of discrimination.

Imagine that in 1958 a woman could be fired for being pregnant. It was not until 1978 until legislation passed prohibiting discrimination against pregnant women. Ruth Ginsberg drafted the pregnancy discrimination act.

This was before no-fault divorce and women had few opportunities to escape a wretched marriage. Those who chose to leave often were charged with abandonment. Abandonment, nothing more than a legal term, was a blessing, except employers could ask the reason for the divorce often putting their own spin on your situation.

In that era divorced a mom with young children, had limited options without the support of their family. Despite having a job, she could not get a bank loan without a co-signer, unless she was one of the Gettys.

In the sixties, I worked for a small-town doctor, a general practitioner. That job cemented my adamant belief that a woman, and her doctor should have the freedom to make decisions regarding her body, without restraints imposed by the government.

I know we are supposed to respect those whose views differ from ours; I’m not up to that challenge.  I cannot accept one group of people unilaterally decide what is best for all women. I remember what life was like before Roe V Wade and Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Justice Ginsberg was a champion for women, yet the Republicans are aching for the opportunity to destroy her legacy.  The current regime would not hesitate to take us back to the sixties.

It is inconceivable that there are women who will continue to vote against their own interest i.e. Republican.

It is conceivable that all women will pay the price for their stupidity.