The Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore

The President of the United States tear-gassed peaceful protesters so he could stage a photo opportunity. He did this while saying he was an “ally to peaceful protesters.”

Fuck you, Trump supporter reading this and preparing your ignorant talking points. Please just shut the fuck up for once.

One more time: The President of the United States tear-gassed peaceful protesters so he could stage a photo opportunity. He did this while saying he was an “ally to peaceful protesters.”

This is a fact. So is the President’s intent to use military force against American citizens on American soil. Not against criminals, not against looters, but against people exercising their First Amendment rights.

Maybe those protesting 400 years of oppression should have worn camo and carried automatic weapons. Maybe they should have railed against wearing masks instead of racist murder. Then they would have been celebrated by our Narcissist-in-Chief, our mentally ill motherfucker of mayhem.

The President of the United States tear-gassed peaceful protesters so he could stage a photo opportunity. So he could hold up a Bible for a few seconds and pretend that he is a Christian. Because his ego was bruised by criticism for retreating to his bunker over the weekend, and he wanted to appear tough. Because he believes using Nixonian “law and order” as his re-election platform will be the red meat his dumbass, sycophant, Covid-denying supporters crave.

Yes, there are small groups of agitators who are just about wreaking havoc — some left-wingers and some white nationalists and some who just want new shoes. Crime is crime and should be punished. But that doesn’t give the President of the United States the right to shoot tear gas at peaceful protesters just to stage a photo opportunity.

NO! You still don’t get to talk yet. Not a word, not a syllable, not a bloated breath.

We all know what you’ll say anyway. It’s never any different — you’ll use the same rhetoric, share the same delusions, profess the same fealty. Besides, you don’t care what we think; you’ll never change your mind. You can’t. Changing your mind would be an admission of defeat, of weakness. Un-American.

So just shut up and listen.

Trump isn’t only suppressing the right to protest, he is also trying to suppress the right to vote. He’s a fascist who’s too stupid to even realize he’s a fascist. Yet this is true fascism, right here, in America — the same country that gave the lives of its best and brightest in World War II to defeat fascism.

I know, now you’re really pissed. C’mon Gary, where’s the whimsical prose? Where’s the self-deprecating humor, the Mizzou references and the whiskey posts?

Well I’m sorry, but the joke isn’t funny anymore. I lost members of my family to fascists, I’ve been called a Kike and a Dirty Jew and gotten my ass kicked by fascists. And I’ll be God Damned if I’m going to stay silent while a piece of shit destroys the Presidency and America’s standing in the world.

I don’t care about Democrats or Republicans. I don’t belong to any political party myself and could care less if you’re liberal or conservative. To quote Donny Dumpster Fire, there are good people “on both sides.”

What’s happening now is something different. This is about humanity, about decency, about being on the right side of history. And if you want to find me, that’s where I’ll be.

I almost died 30 years ago from a tumor in my head, and I could still die any minute if I have a bad seizure. So you’ll excuse me if I don’t feel like wasting another precious second dealing with people who are too stupid or too proud or too brainwashed or too comfortable with their privilege to open their fucking eyes to reality.

I get it. You can’t believe I just said all this. You can’t believe I used this kind of language in a public post, that I spewed such vitriol and expressed such hate. What happened to the nice Jewish boy?

Monday night happened. The last four years happened. The death of George Floyd and the end of America happened.

I’m sorry. Really, I am. This isn’t how I want to be. But the joke isn’t funny anymore.

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2 Responses to The Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore

  1. Bill Schreiber says:

    Written by an old friend of mine.

  2. Carol Seelig Eastman says:

    Gary – thank you for expressing my rage… so many people’s rage. Please don’t apologize. He is a domestic terrorist! We ALL must speak out and stop his divisive and inflammatory rhetoric.

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