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And I am pessimistic for the country…

Take a look at this image, which I presume to be meant NON IRONICALLY (I sure hope that it is satire but doubt it..).

Realize that to 35-40 percent of the population of the United States, THIS IS A POSITIVE IMAGE.

So yes, every large country has its share of stupid, utterly ignorant people who think of themselves as “heroes for good”. But our country’s set up gives disproportionate power to the rural areas; every state (not matter how tiny) gets 2 Senators and at least one House Representative, and a combination of gerrymandering and population dispersion is often reflected in statistics like this one:

Republican candidates received 49.13% of total votes cast in 2016 and won 55.4% of U.S. House seats. Comparatively, Democratic candidates received 48.03% of votes and won 44.6% of races. Third-party and write-in candidates received 2.56% of votes.

And don’t even get me started on this:

According to vote tallies from The Associated Press, Clinton amassed 65,844,610 votes across all 50 states and Washington D.C., 48.2 percent of all votes cast. Trump received 62,979,636 votes, 46.1 percent of all votes cast.

The Associated Press announced today that all votes had officially been certified.

Clinton had 2,864,974 votes more than Trump, the largest popular vote margin of any losing presidential candidate in U.S. history, according to the AP.

The early forecast for 2018 has the Democrats picking up House seats, but not regaining power …while winning the aggregate popular vote.

Bottom line: I have no problem with a rural person’s vote counting the same as mine, and I understand that perfect equity is impossible. But what we have now is outrageous.

I think that our country is ungovernable. I believe that it is time for us to split into two countries.

But HOW? There is the rub: our divide is more “urban vs. rural” rather than state vs. state. Having an old Confederate vs. Union split might not solve anything; after all I live in Peoria, IL but have more in common with someone in Austin, TX than I do with the rural people in this state.

But I suppose if we had a Union vs. Confederate split, we could rewrite our Constitution to reflect our current reality instead of being hidebound by the way our country was in 1776.

But…I really don’t see a way to make it work….sad to say, I have gripes but no viable solutions.

My ideal solution (which would NEVER happen) would be to go to a single chamber system with more representatives…non-gerrymandered districts and the winner of that election chooses a Prime Minister. No majority = coalition government.

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August 26, 2017 Posted by | laughing at myself, political/social, social/political | 1 Comment

My physical weakness and why I am glad that my wife isn’t fat

As I said before my wife suffered a “Jones Fracture” in her foot; she isn’t allowed to put any weight on that foot, at all (no walking boot, for now). Since she doesn’t have the strength to use crutches we need to use a wheel chair to get her around outside of the house (getting down the steps is a challenge).

Fortunately, she is NOT a heavy person; I say this because our house features a lot of steps on the front porch. Hence I have to wheel her up and down a ramp; this ramp is too steep for ordinary handicap use.

Ok, it isn’t THAT steep and a strong man (not me!) would have zero trouble. But alas, I am not exceptionally strong, so when I push her up and slowly walk her down, I have to concentrate. But, yes, at times, I ham it up and make fake grunting noises, masking my personal embarrassment that this is, well, not a hard challenge, but a “concentration needed” task for me.

I’ve got to work on my leg strength!!!!

But this mini-adventure (not a big deal in the large scheme of things) reminded me of this cartoon….which makes me grateful that I don’t have a morbidly obese wife: 🙂

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December 7, 2013 Posted by | laughing at myself, weight training, workouts | , , | Leave a comment

Working out: How I see myself vs. Reality

When I work out, this is how I see myself:

howiseemyself

But there is reality:

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Oh goodness……:-)

(ok, that was from 2011)

March 3, 2013 Posted by | laughing at myself, running, weight training | , | Leave a comment