My blood pressure has stopped spiking. I look like I mocked Mike Tyson while in arms reach from burst blood vessels in my eye, but it doesn’t hurt. Seeing all the humans in my town and around the world at the Women’s March reminded me we vastly outnumber the troglodytes. My participation was expensive but worth it. Whenever I see The Foul Ones now, I imagine them wearing a sticker on their forehead fashioned after the Intel motto, only they say Empty Inside. They’re much easier to spot now. Most are eager to identify themselves. It’s gross. I shower more these days.
I feel fierce. Drumpf is delusional. I think he actually believes his own lies. The GOP is astonishing. I asked myself how someone makes it to adulthood without learning the most basic life skills. The only explanation I’ve accepted is the bubble. Humans who are born wealthy have a disadvantage. I think they know this instinctively. In some, it becomes resentment. They hate us for being born free of their burden, but can’t bring themselves to give it up.
Wealth is a false sense of safety. It can be quite convincing. However, it’s a poor substitute for much of what makes life joyful. People who are born rich are burdened with the challenge of discovering this. I’m proud of those who figure this out while they still have time to benefit. When I see someone who has, it makes me smile. The difference between earned wealth and unearned wealth can be loud. I’ll use the obvious examples:
Drumpf vs. Bill Gates. I know there is a magazine that claims Bill Gates is the wealthiest man in America. Understand this is bullshit. Some American men were born so much richer than Gates his billions are chump change. But for some reason, we don’t talk about the trillionaires. Probably because they have more money than America, and we’re one of their customers. Let’s go with that.
Drumpf was born in a bubble. He doesn’t understand why he’s an outcast among his peers. (He’s a con artist) He can’t figure out how to make them believe in his fantasy. He’s getting ready to try a lot harder, though. I feel safer in my non-position of nobody than I imagine those who have crossed paths with Drumpf in the business world are feeling.
Rich Americans are probably playing their own little game of Chicken. Things are about to get ugly. Money isn’t bulletproof. It’s a promise that can be broken. A million dollars is still paper and metal. There is no gold backing it up anymore. It can’t protect you from reality. It can shield you if you’re smart, but you’re still going to die. If you hide behind it too often, you become Drumpf. He is nothing without his paper and metal. He buys stolen, second-hand dirt and puts gold plating on it. It’s fascinating.
I hope Oprah is living in Austria, or something. She’s a billionaire who owns a TV network. She’s also a woman with brown skin. Oprah is probably staying to fight. She wasn’t born rich. She knows she’s naked. Drumpf and his kind do not. They think they’re clothed because they demand it. They believe reality is what they say it is. The bubble told them so.
People who earn their wealth are often different. Figuratively and literally living on both sides of the tracks can be advantageous. Some wealthy Americans, like Gates, use their earned money to bypass the corrupt tax system and tackle problems head on. He obtained the privilege of being more efficient. He’s an adult. Drumpf is Joffrey without Tyrion. Adulthood is beyond his capabilities. Earned money can also make the bubble trap spring tighter. Some who are born to poverty are so traumatized they cling to money with a death grip. Dickens wrote the cautionary tales. Unfortunately, when you’re born in a bubble, reading is optional.
The GOP is relying heavily on the promise backed up by nothing. They want to punish us. They hate us for existing. We make them feel ashamed of their greedy and vile behaviors. They resent having to hide their depravity. They know we see they’re empty inside, and they hate us for it. They want us to play along with the fantasy or die. The furious rage they display at being compared to Nazi’s is a tell. They know it’s true and hate us for noticing.
Failure is inevitable for evil. There will always be those who know right from wrong. There will always be those who value honor over paper and metal. Who know happy moments are what it’s all about. Who value a few real friends over several of the fair weather variety. We are the majority. We live in reality and have the scars and lessons to guide us. We know the bubble is a cage.