I really tried to be fair-minded to the Republicans this year even when I disagree on certain issues. No party candidate is perfect and I like being pragmatic in my politics. I like playing devil’s advocate too which drives my wife nuts. After all, Hillary Clinton has plenty of charges against her which are valid concerns. I don’t care what excuses The Left comes up with, the email scandal shows gross negligence to the point where I’m thinking she did get a pass by the FBI. But she IS the lesser of two evils even with her scandals and faults. It’s time to face that reality. And Republican Party supporters of Trump can’t be taken seriously when reasonable candidates like Marco Rubio and John Kasich were tossed aside for this xenophobic, intellectually challenged ass clown.
But last night, the third debate, Jesus Christ what an embarrassment! To not say he will recognize the outcome of our election? He’ll keep us in suspense? Chris Wallace made it clear there is a tradition in The United States of a peaceful transition of power, and for good reason. We don’t want our country in a civil war over a candidate similar to a third world country! Recognizing our president is not the same thing as agreeing with our president, or do we not understand that?
Now Trump supporters and some Republican apologists are equivocating what Trump said to what happened with Al Gore versus Bush. As if that makes it right! I don’t know if Al Gore gave the best response when dealing with ballot counting and taking back his concession until The Supreme Court weighed in, but I never heard him say in a debate that he would keep us in suspense regarding recognition of the winner after the outcome was decided?! And he did concede in the end. The comparison is also quite different than saying you will keep the American public in suspense about recognizing our new president and a 2000 election that wasn’t finished yet because Florida started a recount–which meant that Gore had conceded too soon (more like a comedy of errors). But again! Even if Gore was wrong, why does that make Trump right? It doesn’t. It’s like when you were a kid and got caught cheating on a math test, but you’re not guilty because other kids did it too.
What do you think is going to happen when Hillary wins (which is Trump’s fault, by the way). He’s not going to concede anything. He’s going to whine like a bitch and claim the system is rigged. If Trump for some amazing reason does win, is the system rigged against Hillary? Of course, the system wasn’t rigged when he insulted Mitt Romney’s campaign run. He blamed Romney for allowing Obama back into office. The system is only rigged if he loses.
Here’s a truth about the world: everything is rigged! Donald Trump was born into a family with money and was given a million or more to start a business. That means his success was rigged compared to those of us who never had that chance. Take responsibility for your lost election, Mr. Trump. You’re running against a weak candidate, one of the most controversial and divisive candidates you could have wished for, and you’re losing. You are responsible for pushing aside qualified Republicans who could have beaten Hillary and you may even be responsible for The Republicans losing the majority in the House and Senate.
My driving point here though is actually aimed at The Left and Bernie Sanders supporters who tried to shut Donald up by invading his rallies and, in one instance, stopping a rally because they were near to inciting a riot. Let ass clowns speak! Free speech works! The same goes for rogue Hillary supporters who wanted to be punched in the face to get on the news. It wasn’t necessary (and it was a shitty thing to do).
Donald Trump sunk his own campaign. Every week he said something stupid. He wouldn’t shut up. He was his own worst enemy. And yet, the far left was proud of harassing and preventing his supporters from going to his rallies and proud of interrupting rallies and stopping rallies which only made Trump appear to be more heroic to his followers and caused sympathy amongst undecided voters. Use free speech against free speech; hold signs, have debates on campus, but shutting down speech does not work. When an ass clown rambles on about banning all Muslims, deporting millions, groping pussy as locker room talk and being selective about which woman he would like to sexually assault, stand aside. This idiot is not going to survive.
Maybe the lesson will be learned next time. I don’t think there will ever be a candidate like Trump again, however, he has set a precedent so who knows.
And finally, Mike Pence…fucking Christian hypocrite. I guess he’s getting his hands dirty defending his running mate. He’s yet another reason why I can’t take any politician seriously that says they’re Christian. It means nothing. Politics trumps moral values. You can disown Hillary too, but I never thought she literally believed in The Bible anyways, more of a social gospel advocate which is what Christianity means to a large percentage of believers these days.
As you might be able to tell, I’m not too impressed by this year’s candidates. I will say it’s been entertaining!
From the UK Telegraph, Amazon has removed “The Sexy Burka” Halloween costume from its online store. I wasn’t sure if this was just Amazon UK or all Amazon online stores including the US so I checked. While there is at least one burka costume listed for Amazon US, I could not find the sexy version. I suspect, for now, it’s across the board.
Amazon is a private business, this is is not an issue of free speech, and I can understand why they would remove The Sexy Burka for business reasons. However, I believe another online store should fill in the gap. We need satire of culture (and religious garb), especially when it’s deemed sacred and above satire. Parodying cultural identity is not automatically the equivalent of racism. It’s just not that simple (sorry, college liberals). And if we’re honest, the instructional videos that have come out telling us what Halloween costumes are appropriate and what ones are not make those of us with a sense of humor want to do the opposite and give the finger to the overly sensitive. It may not be the right reaction (or is it?), but it’s the gut reaction to being patronized by those with little or no life experience.
With the Sexy Burka, I would make this argument: Cultural identity such as the burka deserves satire because of what a piece of clothing can represent: sexism. The goal is to hide a woman’s face! Yes, I’m biased by Western thought! I don’t think women should hide their faces for any man or any religion.
But let’s be clear, some Muslim women wear the burka because they’re culturally pressured to or forced to by law; other Muslim women wear the burka because they want to. I have no problem with it being a choice and I object to telling a woman they can’t wear a burka such as what has happened in Europe. Actual laws have been made to ban wearing the burka. I’m sure the issue is much more complicated than I’m making it out to be since they’re dealing with integrating one culture into another, but generally speaking I err on the side of freedom of religion and freedom to wear what you want.
The Sexy Burka is a parody on the mandate in versions of Islam for women to cover themselves because their bodies are shameful when exposed–and Muslim men apparently can’t control their lust! The intention is not to mock the entire religion, but break down an aspect of it that is unjust and remove it’s authoritarian aspect. A piece of cloth should not have so much power that it defines a race. A piece of cloth IS not race. This type of lowbrow costume sarcasm is what humorists have already done to Judaism and Christianity as well as a variety of cults. Islam should not be exempt, I’m sorry.
That’s not to say there cannot be racist costumes. Obviously, any student of history knows blackface is an inappropriate costume and maybe we should give more thought of how we depict Native Americans or Arabs or Mexicans. Stereotypes abound and society evolves as it becomes more inclusive–though you’ll find that part of integration involves joking about each other’s race, an ironic twist in how Americans bond with each other. For the most part I think racist costumes are usually obvious until the lines get muddied up by academic arguments involving “cultural appropriation” and what that means. It’s no longer about overt racism but rather a witch hunt for insensitivity. One of the recent arguments I heard was protection for job identities from Halloween costumes like The Sexy Nurse. I’m sorry, that’s where my sympathies absolutely part ways from cultural appropriation.
But the overall hypocrisy of the situation is that there are other potentially offensive costumes on Amazon that have not been removed including ridiculous looking Arab costumes for men. Maybe I’m wrong, but it feels like only The Sexy Burka is being targeted (could it be because a woman is showing skin? Or was it that one of the comments invoked the fear of Allah?). It doesn’t make any sense. The removal is apparently based on a handful of comments by Muslim customers who were offended and so Amazon caves. If Native Americans comment how they’re offended can they get Indian costumes removed or even (gasp) Washington Redskins football merchandise removed? Unlikely. We’re either afraid of being insensitive to Muslims (The Left) or we have an irrational fear of all Muslims (The Right). Amazon’s business decision is not to risk any offense for both these reasons and because, honestly, there can be consequences for parodying Islam as we’ve seen with Charlie Hebdo. Islam has a big problem with violent fanatics.
I guess being an atheist I don’t like the sacred. Because, both in the past and in the present, sacred things and invisible gods are given more value than human life. I hope Amazon reconsiders the removal in coming years. Satire is needed for Halloween night and Halloween isn’t a sensitive holiday.
Now where is the protest by nuns against the sexy nun costumes?
SIDENOTE: Don’t take this article’s push for satire of the burka as an excuse to be an asshole to your Muslim neighbors. Muslim women should not be harassed for wearing a burka or any other garment they choose. Satire and freedom of religion can coexist (I hope…).