Reconnecting with old compadres

RECENTLY I OPENED a Facebook page in my real name. I’ve been in and out of Facebook for years, mostly out. It can be a useful and fun tool, but its primary value for me is to see what folks I once knew are doing these days.

(Few, if any, are having anywhere near the fun I’m having.)

Many of these reconnections have been with people I worked with in the newspaper world. I have been saddened by this.

While it is common knowledge that those in the media are flaming leftists, for some reason I have been surprised — shouldn’t have been — to see that my old compadres are firmly in that category.

Their FB posts are unrelenting Trump Hate. Luckily, I decided before reentering the FB world that I would not touch politics. I failed in that resolve only once so far, and that was a link to a story about Trump’s hand in getting the first black woman promoted to Marine Corps general.

Nary a one of my former coworkers responded to that one. Of course, it flies in the face of what they all “know,” that Trump is a vile racist.

There is no evidence of his being a racist, of course. Quite the contrary. But all of those suffering from what has been dubbed Trump Derangement Syndrome know without a doubt he’s a racist, a misogynist, a xenophobe, just a crude man in general. Like the racist charge, there is no evidence of any of this.

On the crudity issue, they base their opinions on that famous recording of Trump in a locker room in which he referred to grabbing, well, you know. The fact that Bill Clinton got a BJ in the Oval Office from an intern slattern is ignored.

None of the sex business bothers me at all. Men in high places have always used that power to attract very willing women. It’s human nature.

As the French politician Marine Le Pen has noted, There is no more Right or Left. There are only Globalists and Nationalists. I think that is correct, and much of the anti-Trump hysteria comes from his belief in national borders and the need to protect them.

Living in another nation with a drastically different culture opens one’s eyes to the fact that cultures can be stunningly incompatible. There are two points to be made. One is that differences are good and interesting, so trying to blur the lines is bad. Do we really want a one-world culture? Secondly, some cultures are inferior. Do those in positive cultures want to poison themselves?

The classic, modern example, of course, is Western Europe’s opening its borders to Mohammedans, something Europe is coming to regret in a grand way due to the Mohammedan culture’s being all the things that leftists loathe.

Logic is not their strong suit.

And assimilation is not Mohammedans’ strong suit, to state it mildly.

I read FB posts of my former compadres, reeking of Trump loathing, but I see no reasons stated. They simply believe it because everyone they know believes it. Group-Think. They have tasted the Kool-Aid, and it is savory.

Unlike so many on both Right and Left, I do not “hate” people who disagree with me on political matters. With some exceptions, I believe them to be simply naive and misinformed, primarily of human nature and history.

I wish everyone reacted in the same way to differences of opinion. So I wish all my former coworkers the best, that one day they will see the beauty of Trump’s brashness, and that he’s a breath of fresh air in the Oval Office.

Among his many positives is that he supports Israel — unlike his lamentable predecessor — the sole nation in the Mideast where women walk free, unmasked, unmutilated and unstoned.

He ain’t perfect, but he isn’t Hillary. Thank the Goddess for favors bestowed.

Nikki_Haley_official_photoOne day, the United States will get a woman president. May she be like Margaret Thatcher or Nikki Haley (left) whose maiden name was Nimrata Randhawa. How on earth did that xenophobe Trump install Nimrata in the United Nations?

Did it slip his mind that he’s a sexist xenophobe?

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(The Moon has a new look. I hope you find it appealing. Aside from the header photo, it’s really not all that different.)

15 thoughts on “Reconnecting with old compadres

    1. Patzman: Nikki is not perfect, but she’s giving it to them at the United Nations. Personally, I think the U.N. should be tossed completely out of the United States. I see no benefit for the United States in being in the U.N., and especially no benefit for the millions of dollars the U.S. spends on that miserable gang of mostly misfit nations. Out, I say!

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        1. Patzman: I sorta see why Democrat presidents would be hesitant to boot the U.N., seeing as how they’re sort of brothers-in-arms. I don’t know why Trump doesn’t send them packing. Maybe he will. Somebody should.

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  1. I for one am very happy to have you back on Facebook, señor. I missed your surly silhouette.

    I cannot tell you how many so-called friends I have lost on that site including real friends due to my conservative values. It is such a shame. Alas, this is the hand that we’ve been dealt, I’m afraid.

    I recall reading about the atrocities of the Nazi regime and Hitler’s enigmatic hold on the German people. They were mesmerized by him. They drank the Kool-Aid. I associate the left’s unrelenting, unwavering, and unquestioning desire to take Trump out by any means to the very similar mindset of the German people during World War II. They both drank the Kool-Aid.

    I also tend away from politics but cannot help myself to make a comment on stories from time to time because, by God, I have that right as an American. And I am going to exercise it. If I lose another friend or two along the way, so be it.

    Sorry for the rant, amigo, so glad to have you back on FB!

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    1. Mark: I’m using Facebook mostly to see what old friends and acquaintances are up to. You, for instance. As mentioned, I don’t do politics there. It would serve no useful purpose. I prefer FB tranquility. Now what’s this about my “surly silhouette”? My silhouette is sleek. My facial profile is regal. There is no surliness involved. Harrumph!!

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  2. As you say, Felipe, there is a lot to overlook if Trump’s demeanor clashes with something considered proper for a POTUS. That’s what I like about him myself.

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    1. Carole: I like to think of Trump as the 21st century’s Teddy Roosevelt, another brash president who inspired lots of hate from some quarters. Teddy reacted pretty much like Trump does. One of my favorite Teddy stories is the time he got shot in the chest while delivering a speech. He finished the speech before getting medical attention.

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  3. Trump is as he marketed himself. I don’t agree with all his policies (especially tariffs), but I think he has tried to do exactly what he said he would do.

    As you know, I don’t write about politics because of the “hate” that trumps (no pun intended) open discussion of opposing ideas. We once had “free speech.” Now a difference of opinion is labelled “hate speech.”

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    1. Ray: Trump ran a no-holds-barred campaign. It was rough and tumble and over the top, but that’s why he was victorious. Contrast his campaign with the previous one that Mitt Romney ran. Mitt played by Queensberry Rules, and he went down in flames. I’m sure that was not lost on Trump.

      Trump is trying to do what he promised. I think he’s having more problems than he anticipated, to put it mildly. The swamp is worse than he imagined, and it includes both Democrats and Republicans. Trump came late to politics, and he’s finding it far different from real estate and entertainment. Lots of the “chaos” in his administration so far is simply Trump getting his on-the-job training.

      I remain elated that he, and not Hillary, won. Trump’s fun.

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  4. I broke down and did Facebook too, tried (not completely successfully) to keep it to family members who are scattered far and wide.

    The mainstream press’s response to Trump has surprised me some. They seem to have abandoned the politically correct tactic of simply copying each sides’ press releases (Party A said such. Party B responded thus.) and have started pointing out that evidence matters, and reality matters. One could complain (and the party in office usually does) that the party in office is being picked on, but I think it’s a good thing and, in any case, comes with the territory.

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    1. Creigh: I use FB to see what people from my past, and some from my present, are up to. I also post enticing photos from where I live to make them jealous, or rather those who live in the United States.

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  5. Well, señor, I’m not brave or foolish enough to start a FB page with my real name. I saw a cartoon lately depicting a couple of pigs in a barn gushing over how great it was to have free room and board. The caption read, “If you’re not paying for it, you’re not the customer, you’re the product being sold.”

    Be careful out there.

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    1. Brent: Another equally viable caption would be, “Just because you’re not paying for it does not mean no one is paying for it. In other words, you’re a moocher.”

      As for being careful, one of the many advantages of being unemployed on a mountaintop in the middle of Mexico, is that I don’t have to be careful, at least in the way you mean it.

      All is fine and dandy.

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