I’ve been getting a lot and – I must admit – doing plenty of my own.
My new stance – coming optimistically slow – is to call people being stupid out by calling them – get this – “stupid”.
Person, does that make them mad. My stance to that reaction is undelayed.
Don’t get mad, get smart.
Unsurprisingly, they’d prefer to not.
Sadly, their preference to not be called stupid while putting no consideration forward to behaving thoughtfully or putting forth a little effort, resulting in an informed opinion is not something I’m willing to consider dear or acceptable because “it’s the best they are capable of” any more.
innocent incompetent suggestion that injecting disinfectant into ones body could be effective in treating Coronavirus is a perfect example. I had to resist explaining how lists and conjunctions worked to someone on the Facebook the other day after he floated the idea that what I heard wasn’t what had been said.
My first reaction wasn’t frustration, surprisingly. It was sadness at how pathetic it must be to share a mind with Trump – as this person must, knowing what he meant by his words in contrast to the rest of us, who only knew what he said.
Side note: that injecting disinfectants into the body isn’t such a crazy notion as it may sound – just a good 75-150 years out of date.
Who knew? Certainly not I.
Seriously, click that link and read the story about the historical use of disinfectants as both a potential cure for maladies like plague to pregnancy to not-being-White-ness.
It actually presents an interesting counter argument to people whose defense of Trump as a president and 2020 candidate is based on inanities like “Biden is an accused sexual predator, too!”
I mean, like basic math wouldn’t teach us to cancel out common denominators.
That argument, I think I’ll call The Lysol Rebuttal.
Here’s the deal – and I could have used this yesterday, when I was sadly left to sarcastically call someone stupid:
Someone was admittedly refusing to vote for either mainstream candidate in November because both were sexual predators. They had floated the idea of writing in their own candidate, but not committed to anything past not voting for either Biden or Trump.
Now, I’m fine with anyone choosing to exercise their right to challenge our two-party democracy.
I’m not fine with them thinking that the right time to do so is six months prior to the General. Nor that the right place to effect change is on a Facebook comment thread.
I really can’t believe it took me this long to decide to just call that type of behavior stupid to its stupid face.
But that they were ok leaving Trump in office for the sole reason that they “thought” voting Biden in would amount only to trading one sexual predator for another.
Here’s where The Lysol Rebuttal comes in.
Just like Lysol – let’s actually call it “Lysol” since Lysol actually provided the douche as birth control product but wasn’t actually the brand of disinfectant used as an internal disinfectant in the 1800s – was used as birth control in the 1920s and 30s, we now know how to use it properly for effective results, making it safe to “use”.
Well, Biden is kind of the same way – whether you believe the allegations or they are actually proved to be true. We know how to “use” him safely.
Right now, as I know it, his accuser (Tara Reade – not Reid – but can you believe the friggin’ coincidence?) claims to have filed a report with the Senate police (I think that’s what I read, who knew that was a thing) in ’93 that cannot be located now. She also says she complained to her boss, Biden’s Admin, who cannot not only recall it, says it never happened.
So, we’re kind of in a he said/she said/then another she said “Oh, no she di-in’t said”.
Meanwhile, Reade just now filed a police report in D.C. about the alleged ’93 assault.
Not when Biden was put on the ’08 Obama ticket.
Now it’s a significant barrier to his viability as a public servant. Not when he was only a heartbeat away from the presidency – serving as Veep to the first Black man elected to that office.
In other meanwhiles, we’ve got the currently sitting sexual predator who was elected (by Electoral College
malfunction default, not popular vote, mind you) months after a tape of him bragging about his sexual predator prowess was released in 2016.
That was a result of what I call The Yeahbuts.
“Hey, your guy brags about grabbing women by the pussy and that he could shoot someone on the street in the middle of NYC and get away with it because he’s famous.”
“Yeah, but he’s an outsider, he’ll shake things up. Once he’s elected, he’ll act like a President.”
Ok, how come my yeahbut doesn’t work against Trump now?
Yeahbut, none of that happened – his outsider-ness hasn’t made him more effective and he hasn’t behaved presidentially.
Why are we still talking about him as a candidate? He’s proving daily that he’s harmful today.
The argument against is yeahbut Biden was possibly maybe harmful 27 years ago?
The Lysol Rebuttal.
Personally, anyone who chooses what we know is bad today, can’t see that it’s bad for us or enables it because they think both are equally bad and won’t choose?
It’s like being caught in a house fire in L.A. and choosing to die of smoke inhalation because the air outside is smoggy.
I’m not even considering this chosen course of action of mine as something that will make me unpopular – as if I care about popularity. These people are not folks I want to be popular amongst. But I will attempt to at least choose my words carefully enough to separate stupid thoughts and stupid actions from plain old stupidity.
“That’s stupid” is not the same as “you’re stupid”.
There is a difference, not that the subjects will notice, I’m confident of that.