10 Things I Hate Part 35

Since I wrote a post yesterday about how I’m no longer angry, I thought I’d write a post about things that make me angry. I’m a walking contradiction; what can I say.

So, without further ado, here’s the latest installment of my old friend, 10 Things I Hate. This is a first in the Things I Hate series, because I mention a lot of specific people. Because fuck them, that’s why. Don’t look now, but my politics may be showing. Also, I apologize in advance for all the swearing that will surely follow.

1.Donald J. Trump. Number one with a bullet. I used to hate George W. Bush. Now, I look at him as a tottering old grandpa. I can’t even begin to explain all the reasons I legitimately hate Trump. I don’t dislike him; I HATE him. This is not his first appearance on Things I Hate, because I hate him that much. He is, without a doubt, the worst thing to ever happen to American democracy. I don’t want him to die. I want him to have one of those terrible brain stem strokes where the thinking part of your brain stays intact while you are unable to move your body, Johnny Got His Gun style. If anyone deserves that, it’s him.

Johnny Got His Gun (1971) World Entertainment

2.Vladimir Putin. What a piece of shit this guy is. Liar, hypocrite, monster, murderer, totalitarian, Stalin wannabe. He bombed a maternity ward and invaded a country with a Jewish president saying they were Nazis. Really? Fuck him and everyone who supports him. Fuck the oligarchs, too. I hope this gets me banned in Russia.

3.Madison Cawthorn. Ugh. Where to start with this lying liar? Other than Trump, he’s the most self-contradictory politician. Seriously, just read his wiki to see all the idiotic, false things he’s said and he’s only been in office for a couple of years. He lied about getting into the US Naval Academy. He lied about the accident that lost him the use of his legs. He lied about fomenting an insurrection on January 6th. And he’s most likely a fucking racist to boot.

4.Wayne LaPierre is the Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association (NRA), a position he has held since 1991. This is the asshole who said, “The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” Uh huh. He also made it impossible to get any common sense gun laws passed even after children were killed in a mass shooting. Fuck this guy. I hope he gets shot in the face by Dick Cheney.

Full disclosure:  I am a gun owner. I currently have a 9mm pistol, a .45 caliber rifle, and a .22 rifle in my house. I am in favor of stricter gun laws and I wouldn’t join the NRA if you paid me. No civilian needs a full auto machine gun or a fucking .50 caliber rifle.

For home protection.
(image from fishgame.com)

5.Tucker Carlson. Another lying scumbag of the first order. The thing that makes Tucker Carlson dangerous is that he has a national television platform where he can spew his rabble-rousing rhetoric and there are people who somehow actually believe it. He’s a racist, a bigot, a misogynist, a liar, and a fucking asshole.

6.Ted Cruz. Gah! How is this jerkface still in office? He had his tongue so far up Donald Trump’s butt that I would have thought it was physically impossible to separate them. I’m running out of unique ways to describe all of the individuals on this list, so I’ll just say: stupid evil.

7.Lobbyists. Here’s a terrible idea. To boil it down to two words: money wins! Lobbying is when special interest groups (big tobacco, the NRA, etc.) hire people to get all up in elected officials faces to bribe, blackmail or otherwise persuade them to pass (or block) legislation in their favor. And the best thing is: it’s fucking legal! A government of the people, for the people, my ass.

8. Redistricting. Otherwise known as gerrymandering, or straight up, election rigging. This is a somehow legal form of electioneering where state Republican legislators (it’s almost always Republican legislators) draw new electoral maps in order to dilute Democratic votes. Say, you’ve got a Democratic leaning city in the middle of a Republican leaning state. What you do is divide that blue city up into many, many small parts and add them to surrounding red areas, thereby making those blue votes meaningless.

This happens all the time everywhere in the United States. The most egregious current example is North Carolina:

Image from The New York Times.

Yeah. But wait, it only gets worse!

Image from vox.com

9.Proud Boys/racists. We all have unconscious biases. If we didn’t, first impressions wouldn’t be a thing. That’s not what I’m talking about though. I’m talking about choosing to hate someone because their skin color is different than yours, or worse, believing that you’re somehow better because of your skin color. It’s just melanin. We all have the same skin, because we are all the same species. In fact, according to the Smithsonian, “the genetic difference between individual humans today is minuscule–about 0.1% on average.” This means that all humans currently on the planet Earth are ± 99.9% the same. My 0.1% is better than your 0.1%! Derrrr.

Full disclosure: I am a white female. I would probably have a much more personal view on racism if I wasn’t white.

10.Gender Inequality. As I just said, I am a female. Even so, as a white female, I have it better than women with more melanin in their 0.1% than me. And, as as a cisgender female, I have it better than any trans woman out there period. Still, I know for a fact that I am paid less than the white male at my company who does the same job as me. I broached this with management and they gave me a slight pay bump, but I surmise that I still am not making as much as he is. This is absolute bullshit in 2022.

Phew. I feel better. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. For more hate, go here.