Rant, Shmant, as long as I can vent…Week 4


Quiet: Therapy session number four in progress (Readers remember, you are my therapists!)

This week, my shpilkas (excessive worry) is about, well,  for the sake of brevity, I will limit it to three things:

  • Racial tension
  • Flint, Michigan
  • Donald Trump

When I look at this list, I realize the things that are constant in all of these very real topics, are trust and hope, or a real lack thereof.

Pistanthrophobia: The fear of trusting someone, something. Is that my problem? Is it really so wrong to want to believe in reliability and truth? I’m not asking for rose-colored glasses. We all started school with some wonderful nursery and/or kindergarten teacher that reinforced this basic notion of not becoming a shmuck (jerk, a-hole)? Yet look at the news. Look at what has become acceptable in our culture.

I pass this church every day on my way to and from work. The t-shirts are representative of the #BlackLivesMatter movement in Philadelphia
I pass this church every day on my way to and from work. The t-shirts are representative of the #BlackLivesMatter movement in Philadelphia

Racial tension: We call it ‘tension’ when we KILL innocent people because we are not comfortable with the color of their skin? Unarmed black teenagers are being killed by armed white police officers. White people kill black kinder (children) carrying skittles and iced tea. Tension is nervousness, anxiety, aka shpilkas. This is not racial tension. This is an abomination! An atrocity!

We need to own up to the fact that we have a real problem of racial bias in our country. Yes, we elected a black president, but we prove all too often that we are not color blind. Our president had to discuss this during his last State of the Union message. He said we have real problems between blacks and whites in our country.

The problems are learned behaviors. No one is born a racist, they are taught. When will there be a time that we all welcome difference, diversity. Embrace it. Vey is mer (woe is me, this is shocking!)… A shonda (such a shame)


Flint, Michigan: Color me skeptical, but if the big machers (important people) in Flint have been lying to their citizens for years (decades maybe), what other cities are under fire? Do we only know about Flint because the water flowed brown? Lead pipes are all over. Cities are adding anti-corrosive treatments to water systems so we don’t see the brown, taste the weirdness and measure the lead? What’s in the anti-corrosives? Look at what is going in Pennsylvania alone (thank you vox.com) where we have 18 cities with higher levels of lead than Flint! Oh, to be safe, please, drink bottled water in the meantime. Then, mittendrinnen (in the middle of this three ringed circus), Pepsi comes out and says, Oops. That Dasani you’ve been drinking. Tap water. Is that so wrong?

So now, there is a FAST START plan to replace all of the lead pipes in Flint. Th plan is based based on a lot of “assumptions.” Well, we know what happens when you assume…

These gonifs (thief’s) do/did gornischt (nothing) because green was a color they liked better than brown. Vey is mer (woe is me, this is shocking!)… A shonda (such a shame)

Donald Trump. Really? The man with the chutzpah (balls, kahunas, unmitigated gall) who said, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, okay, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay?” “It’s, like, incredible.”

The audience laughed. I got chills.

Donald is leading the way by preaching fear to the American people. He is stoking the flames of panic by using every stereotype available about race, religion, ethnicity and immigration. He has no appetite for women’s rights or marriage equality. This is the man that may be placing the next SCOTUS members?

Will Kim Kardashian be his VP? Will the Oval office become the next big TV Nielsen ratings killer?

“Did you see the Donald on Weorst Wing last night? Yeah, he pushed the button and 86-ed three global leaders! Said two of them were bad and one was just ugly. It was so awesome, dude.”

While this is the stuff of dreams for SNL writers and comedians, this is real for you and me. Vey is mer (woe is me, this is shocking!)…A shonda (such a shame)

Little and Big deserve better, don't you think?
Little and Big deserve better, don’t you think?

I have two little girls that need to grow up in this United States. I want for them a world that is good, kind and empathic. As I keep saying, writing, in hopes that it will take off and become reality, #HumanityMatters.


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26 thoughts on “Rant, Shmant, as long as I can vent…Week 4

  1. I sympathize with you. I have five grandchildren, older than your girls, and I worry myself sick about them and their parents. I also have a dear friend, probably more conservative than I am liberal and we’ve never talk politics because our friendship is more important. But, for the first time in decades, we are in agreement: the system is rigged against the average citizen and this country is in a downward spiral.

    Can we turn things? I don’t know. I suspect the path is not with Trump (or Cruz, for that matter) and seem to recall the blame and hatred strategy from few others, Hitler and (Joe) McCarthy among them.

    It saddens me that the few have so little regard for anything other than power and money. Is this where we all pray for Karma to kick in?


    1. I believe in Karma more than religion–so maybe it’s possible. But I am so S-C-A-R-E-D! And, a bit embarassed by the whole thing too. Outsiders looking at the US must be just terrified of us–I get it. Oy vey.


  2. I am so tired of ‘racial’ subject. Why can’t people just get along for Goodness Sake! I had no idea about the Flint, Michigan. Thank you for that – an eye opening. I can’t believe these people – all about money, money, money. It’s like drilling for gas in my back yard! So F* frustrating! Oh the DT- balls, kahunas, unmitigated gall – don’t even get me started! I like the way you have defined: ‘shmuck’ – just great writing. Thank you for linking up and sharing your rant! Love it! #FabFridayPost


  3. *Standing Ovation* Thank you, thank you, thank you for not being afraid to tell it like it is. I’m so filled with emotion that I can’t think coherently, but if I manage to put together some coherent words, I’ll respond more fully. All I can say for now is “Amen!”

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  4. Here in the UK I look at the US with fear and bewilderment. Fear that Trump may get some votes and bewilderment that any right minded person would listen to him. The choice of the president of the USA affect us all, especially here in the UK. Please choose wisely. #abitofeverything

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  5. I have just read the above comment and it echo’s my feelings totally. There are a lot of people in the UK and probably many other countries in the world at rhe moment who feel an equal measure of fear and helplessness that this man could be foised on us as one of the most powerful men in the world.
    We have to put our faith in the american voters but when you see the mindset of people wo follow Trump, i dont know if thats enough.
    Thanks for sharing with us, Tracey xx #abitofeverything

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