WDP — Complaint Department

What do you complain about the most?

Talk about interesting timing. Just yesterday I published this post about what a total shitshow January was for me and I promised to minimize such whiny, complaining posts going forward. Then today the WordPress Daily Prompt asks what I complain about the most.

Well, aside from my month from hell and everything that went with it, I’m a septuagenarian. You know, I’m in my 70s. And being in my 70s, I’ve earned the right to be a grumpy old man.

I’ve earned the right to complain about politics and how the Republican Party has been taken over by far right idiots who seem hell-bent on destroying, rather than preserving, our American democracy.

I have earned the right to complain about religious conservatives who are on a mission to make everyone embrace their own version of morality and human behavior while hypocritically claiming to be the champions of individual freedoms.

I’ve earned the right to complain about the corrupt criminal justice system that lets rich, white men skate; about the social injustice directed toward not only people of color in America, but also toward woman (abortion rights) and the LBGT community; about a society that values gun ownership over human lives; about living in the richest country in the world, but which has one the highest poverty rates among developed nations; about giving tax cuts to large corporations and the wealthiest, while so many people are homeless.

I’ve earned the right to complain about whatever the fuck I want to complain about. And if you don’t like it, feel free to contact the complaint department.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #197

FPQ

Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

This week’s provocative question is one that Rory, the Autistic Composter, conducted a “mini-interview” of me where he asked a bunch of questions that I answered. You can read the interview with my answers here if you want to.

One of the questions he posed, and which I answered, intrigued me, especially given today’s giant political divide, not just in the U.S., but globally. So I thought I’d borrow Rory’s question to me, and ask it of all of you. Ready?

In your interpersonal relationships with acquaintances, friends, and family, are you able to separate political ideologies from the people who hold them? Why or why not?

If you choose to participate, you may respond with a comment or write your own post in response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

One-Liner Wednesday — Politics and Hatred

“Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.”

Henry Adams, American historian, descended from two U.S. Presidents

Henry Adams died in 1918, and I find that this quote from him was incredibly prescient, given when he said it. It’s certainly an accurate reflection of the hatred displayed in politics in America today.

And if that isn’t controversial enough for you, let me suggest that if you were to substitute the word “religion” for the word “politics,” the statement is equally as true.


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #37 Revisited

Note: Because I am participating in the A to Z blogging challenge this month, I will not be posting any new provocative question until May. Instead, I will be revisiting some previous provocative questions that you might have missed. This one was originally posted on August 21, 2019 and can be found here. Please feel free to respond to it if you haven’t already.

FPQ

Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

For this week’s provocative question, I am concerned about how partisan just about everybody appears to be. We seem to have reached the point where everyone behaves as if “you’re either with me or you’re against me,” and there is no middle ground.

I remember that there was a time not that long ago when people could disagree about specific issues without animosity, but those days seem to be over, particularly in the areas of politics and religion.

So my question to you this week is simply this:

Is it possible anymore to disagree without being disagreeable?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.