Trump Made Fools of His Supporters and All I Can Do Is Be Petty

By now, we know that Trump is acting like a toddler having a fit because he can’t fly like a pigeon due to his recent LOSS of the 2020 presidential election to President-Elect Joe Biden. As of the writing of this piece, he still has not conceded and if you listen to CNN, he is likely using this DEFEAT to develop a grift where he gets the same poor unfortunate souls (shout out to Ursula), to donate money to his Trump 2024 PAC.

In the wake of the election he just LOST, he has decided to pretend that there was massive election fraud that boosted the Biden/Harris ticket into victory. His lawyers, who clearly don’t care about their legal careers or reputations, have filed several lawsuits in different states and….LOST them all. It’s weird because after LOSING the election, you’d think he wouldn’t want to take the chance to LOSE consistently but without people like him, there’d be no 90 Day Fiance, My 600lb Life, nor Love After Lockup.

During my free time, I troll Trumpsters on the New York Post FB page and I find it interesting how they’ve fallen for his claims of election fraud hook, line, and sinker. None, and I do mean, none of the ones I’ve encountered are able to accept the truth, even when presented with links and other empirical sources of information. You’d think that when you tell them that even if Trump got Pennsylvania back, he’d still lose, they’d at least turn around and finish their food, but no.

This would be cute were it not for the fact that….Trump and his attorneys aren’t even claiming election fraud. I mean…they’re saying that shit on Twitter and the news but in court where it matters? Neaux.

This picture refers to Jonathan Goldstein, one of Trump’s attorneys, being questioned by a judge in Pennsylvania. Although I’m tired doing work for free for the delusional among us, here’s a link to an article about the proceedings. I mean…if I’m going to set myself to be embarrassed for pay, I’d rather become a stripper. In fact, I think Trumpsters are much better off twerking for justice in this situation because COVID is getting worse and what else am I gonna’ do inside if not be entertained?

Imagine getting into an e-argument at 2 am (DST still has my sleep wonky) with lil’ ol’ me over election fraud that your lord and savior, Darnell J’Quarius Trump, told you was happening, but he doesn’t even claim election fraud in court. Imagine donating to the Election Defense Fund set up by Trumpsters to “protect the integrity of the election” and Trump already knows the election was just fine and he’s just being a sore loser.

It’s almost like when a woman does a love post on FB dedicated to her long-term boyfriend and then his other current girlfriends show up in the comments with pictures.

Listen, I’m all for loyalty and shit but when the receipts are presented, I trust that the purchase was made and there’s no need to fight about it any further. Almost every adult who understands multi-syllabic words and works directly or indirectly with elections as affirmed that this election was the most secure ever.

Hold on a minute my producer is trying to tell me something…wha…uh-huh…really?

Wait. Trump himself said that his administration has made the 2020 election the most secure in history? That’s right folks. DJT, who got you all riled up and currently has you attending a super spreader “march” in DC, said that his administration had made the 2020 election the most secure in history from his own trout mouth. Yeah, then he said it was rigged but you know you people have no problem cropping and chopping when it suits you and neither do I.

I’m finna’ go rue the fact that it’s November and I’m sitting outside in volleyball shorts and a t-shirt but before I go, I just want to make sure you Trumpsters know that you got played. Big time. You got played so hard, you need to go on Cheaters. You need to go on a daytime talk show about people who lost all their money to an internet romance scam. You need to shut down your page and come back with a stock photo with just your middle name and mother’s maiden name. You got tv-court-show-suing-for-the-money-I-spent-thinking-this-would-turn-into-a-relationship played.

You’ll heal eventually. The heartbreak will fade away. Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla is the best comfort food. Just don’t eat too much because before Trump leaves, his new SCOTUS may kill the ACA.

Pink Slips: It’s Election Eve and the Choice Ain’t That Hard

I’m alternating between CNN and MSNBC as I type this. According to CNN’s ticker, 70% of the total number of people who voted in 2016 have already cast early votes. That’s almost 95.5M people.

In my estimation, this is either very very good (as in Trump fucked up so much that people rushed to the polls to get him the fuck out) or very very bad (as in people are so willing to tolerate Trump that they didn’t think it through and went ahead and cast their votes for him). Either way, civic engagement is always a positive, I suppose.

Now, I’m no spring chicken so I know that as of today, November 2nd, in the year of our Lord, 2020, there are some of you still contemplating your options. Normally, I call you a name that is nearly synonymous with word “stupid.” However, 2020 has been rough on all of us and I feel the milk of human kindness running through my veins so I’m going to say this to you as if you’re my very own 5-year-old that gained 35lbs. carrying and went through 12 hours of labor with before launching you out of my crotch.

Example 1: If you had house that desperately needed a new roof, and you had to choose Trump or Biden based on their work history regarding governmental leadership, who would you choose?

Example 2: If you had a car that didn’t run and had to choose between Trump and Biden to fix it based strictly on their ability to speak in complete and coherent sentences, who would you choose?

Example 3: If you had a job where you performed on the same level that Trump has performed, would you still have your job?

Those weren’t hard questions but I realize that for those of you who want to play crazy, that test will require you to dig down deep and be honest with yourselves. And yes, all of the gifs allude to Trump.

Since I’m your loving mother in this scenario, I’ll leave you with this: I believe in you, Timmy/Tammy. You’re a smart boy/girl. I know you’ll pass the test with flying colors.

COVID and the Constitution: The NYT, Washington Post, and NBC Think! Rejected This But It’s Valid Anyhow

The last several weeks have seen over a million Americans contract the novel Coronavirus and over 60,000 (so far) succumb to the disease and its complications. Refrigerated trucks are being used as morgues, city parks are doubling as graveyards, and funeral homes across the country are on a backlog. Relatives of the many dearly departed, due to social distancing guidelines, are unable to attend the memorial services of the ones they loved and were able to sit in a room with a mere six months ago.

The soul of this nation is already beleaguered with fear and uncertainty. This has been made worse by statements made by President Trump in his daily COVID-19 briefings. Those of us who watch the briefings have witnessed he and the press go at it over everything from his presumed inability to act in a timely manner once he knew about the virus, verifiable statements that he made that he wishes now to deny and “cures” based on unfounded science or completely unsafe ideas akin to a stunt on MTV’s Jackass.

The bright side of this pandemic is that it has caused Americans to seriously take a second and third look at things like Universal Basic Income and Medicare-For-All; also known as socialism. While a dirty word among Conservatives and a dirty idea among moderate Democrats for some time, the sudden economic havoc that Coronavirus has visited on our society has given detractors no choice but to reconsider the capitalist bastion that we had heretofore become accustomed.

Those things are great, but I posit this crisis should also demonstrate the need for us to revisit the Constitution. Many citizens laud the Constitution as the basis upon which the country they deem the greatest on the planet was built, however, it’s the same Constitution that allowed us to be in the midst of a global health crisis under the direction of a president Trump.

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Since the days of Washington, the only requirements for one to be president have been age (at least 35), citizenship, and residency (at least 14 years). There’s no prior political experience required. Prospective candidates don’t need to have shown a certain number of years working in public service. They don’t need proof of so much as a freshman Poli-Sci class. The bare minimum is all it takes to throw one’s hat in the proverbial ring. In President Trump, that’s exactly what we have.

Voters on the left wonder how we ended up with a president who was a reality tv star. For me, Trump having been a reality television star doesn’t actually matter. Him having built questionable businesses, declared (business) bankruptcy, skipped out on checks and the other myriad things he has been accused of don’t rate on my outrage meter either. Not even his lies.

It’s what he didn’t do, and didn’t even have to do, to become the leader of the free world that concerns me. Most of us had to do more to land mediocre jobs right out of college than any president has had to do to be eligible to be considered a valid presidential contender.

When my fellow citizens walk around in a rage about Trump’s presidency, it’s as if they’ve forgotten that this country is unguarded against it by virtue of our failure to revisit and refine the Constitution to meet our current reality. In fact, the gradual leaning towards the bare minimum has come to kick us in the butt in myriad ways of life; education, customer service, even dating.

As long as we are a populace that is content to let charisma do the talking (no matter red, blue, or in between), we’ll always be at risk of having leaders who are not only inept but may not possess the regard for our citizens that is needed to drive the country in the best direction possible.

Not only will enhancing requirements of presidential candidates be more likely to prevent your average camera ham with no public policy experience but his 20-minute speeches on how things ought to be at Thanksgiving every year from being able to try his or her hand at the presidency, it just may bring a sense of honor and pride back to the office.

We’ve made amendments to address the abolition of slavery, presidential succession, and even legal voting age. Surely we can seriously work on amending our standards for the person we call the Commander-in-Chief. It may take some time. In fact, it may never happen. But, we can’t continue a vague process to run for president and automatically expect that the one who is victorious will treat the presidency as a solemn and duty-bound office. Trump’s 2016 campaign, supporters, and administration has proven that.

After all, when you expect little, you can end up getting so much less.

Don’t Blame Trump: If You Took Medical Advice From Him, You’re An Idiot

At Thursday’s Coronavirus briefing, after a few words from one of the scientists who are studying what to do and how to do it in terms of dealing with COVID-19, President Trump stood up and queried about different methods that could possibly be used to kill the virus.

One of the things he mentioned was the injection or ingestion of disinfectants.

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Of course, the media jumped all over this. The head of the CDC issued a statement to never ever ever inject or ingest disinfectants. Even Lysol made it clear that using their products internally would cause grave danger and cleaning products should be used as directed on the bottle.

Friday, 24 hours after Trump’s comments, the public was still being warned against things like drinking bleach and pumping Lysol in their veins.

Today, Saturday, now about 48 hours later, the messaging continues.

Before I put on my trusty surgical mask and ran to Dollar General, I came across this article letting the world know that within 24 hours of Trump’s statement, 30 New Yorkers called into poison control centers to inquire about drinking bleach and doing other ridiculous things with household cleaners in order to kill COVID-19.

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Whew! There’s the synopsis.

Of course, everyone is either laughing or mad at Trump. I’ve seen several people declare that Trump is going to get us all killed. I mean…I can’t call it.

What I do know though is that Trump is getting too much credit for the stupidity of the American populace.

Let’s be clear: anyone who would even consider drinking bleach to cure a virus is a dumb muthafucker and it wouldn’t have mattered if Trump, Obama, the Wizard of Oz, or Dr. Ruth told them to do it.

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What’s next? Are we going to start taking 4 year-olds up on their advice that we have cake and ice cream for breakfast every day? Maybe we’ll make smoking cigarettes cool again as an effective way to keep our waistline in check? Perhaps we should start eating a Snicker’s, a bag of seasoned fries, and a 20oz. Coke for lunch like we did when were 16 as an anti-aging tactic!

That’s how these people sound taking medical advice from a non-medical professional president. Better yet, they’re taking medical advice from a person who has gotten caught in so many lies since he’s been in office that Webster will probably come up with a new word for lie once his presidency is over.

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The upshot is this: Trump can be blamed for many many many things. But you can’t blame him for the lack of grey matter in other people’s brains – or yours (if it applies).

What I hate the most is that the idiot cohort of this country has made me officially and in writing defend Donald Trump.

 

Biden Is The Nominee, Geico Sucks & I Didn’t Get A Stimulus Check

First, let me apologize for the completely uncreative title. I know I’m usually better than that where titles are concerned but in the last two weeks, everything and everyone has been rather disappointing so I figured I’d throw myself onto that heap.

With that said, Biden is the “presumptive” Democratic nominee (unless one of the Avengers comes out of nowhere the night of the convention, shoots him with a laser that makes him forget he was running, and Bernie takes center stage). I was never a hardcore Bernie-ite. I didn’t engage in any e-fights with anyone about the merits of Bernie’s candidacy or the validity of his plans once in office. However, if COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that Bernie was prolly right about that Medicare For All thing.

I see Biden as a relic. I think Biden’s time was after Obama left office and he missed his shot. Biden reminds me of every Boomer who has talked down to Millennials about the student loan crisis, bleak employment prospects, and stagnant wages. The biggest issue is that he can’t beat Trump.

Honestly, I feel like we can go ahead and vote tomorrow. I doubt the outcome will be any different in November.

Geico, who I’ve been with for years, decided that once you renew, they’ll give you 15% off. That’s after their COMPETITORS announced that they were giving money back to their policyholders since people aren’t really driving. So basically, if you’re in the middle of your 6 month term or have already paid in full, you may have to wait several months for this “gift.”

I’m giving them until Wednesday to reverse course before I switch insurance companies. I have not the time to wait on people to act like they have some home-training.

Lastly, I didn’t get a stimulus check. I’m not surprised. I still haven’t filed my 2019 taxes and I actually had to pay those mofos in 2018. But, I hear I’m not alone. I’m not really sure how an entity that doesn’t answer its phones on a normal day didn’t have time to streamline and make the process of issuing payments more efficient during the time of COVID-19 when most people are twirling their thumbs anyway, but, as my theatre teacher used to say, such is life.

Add them to the other two entities who owe me money but have not paid.

Oh yeah! Here’s the obligatory gif:

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Coronavirus Briefings: The Most Entertaining Hour of Television

I’ve been watching the Coronavirus briefings every day. I do this partly to stay informed but mostly because they’re so damned entertaining.

If it’s not Trump grandstanding about how successful a president he had been before COVID-19, it’s him throwing a tantrum when reporters do things like quote his own words and ask questions that remind us that this is a serious health crisis.

But today, though a short episode, will probably go down in my memory as the best episode of all. One of Trump’s friends, Mike Lindell, CEO of My Pillow, took to the podium to talk about how his company was helping in the fight against COVID-19. They are making….something. I can’t even remember.

Anywho, at the end of his speech about what was relevant, he turned to Trump and asked if he could read a supplement to his speech; something he just scribbled down last minute.

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He then goes into a…2 years of speech and debate and IDEK what to call it…about how on November 8, 2016, God showed us grace (by allowing Trump to win, I guess) and that soon evolved into how “we” need to put God and the Bible back in our schools and our lives.

“God gave us grace on November 8th, 2016, to change the course we were on. God had been taken out of our schools and lives; a nation had turned its back on God. And I encourage you to use this time at home to get back in the word, read our Bibles, and spend time with our families.”

We’ll call it a geshrai.

That inspirational tidbit was eventually followed by Greg Hayes of United Technologies that is teaming with Raytheon getting up there and throwing low-key shade about how they didn’t need to wait for the POTUS to invoke the Defense Production Act in order for them to help. The subtext and shade of that was that Trump invoked it after talks with GM fell through for the manufacturing of ventilators.

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As a grand finale, after Yamiche Alcindor, the PBS reporter who got under Trump’s skin severely yesterday by quoting him, asked her question today, and Trump called her question “snarky.” After that he cut and run like a wildebeest that just spotted a lion coming in his direction.

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Never did I think that this would become my favorite time of day. Then again, I didn’t think that I’d be forced inside by a virus that came from Asia and has been killing people all over the world so….

Black Folks Are Tired: On “Kung-Flu,” the “Chinese Virus,” and Expectations of Advocacy

I’m sure everyone has heard by now that a White House staffer was accused by Weijia Chang, a CBS reporter and Asian-American, of calling COVID-19 the, “Kung-Flu.” In a now viral tweet, Chang rhetorically asked, “I wonder what they’re calling it behind my back.” On top of that, our Commander-in-Chief has been referring to the illness as the “Chinese virus” for well over a week at this point.

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Many Asian-Americans are expressing concern that characterizing COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” will further flame racist fires that they say they are experiencing. Several news reports like this one are popping up that detail Asian-Americans, some not even Chinese, dealing with slurs, physical assaults, and other poor treatment at the hands of non-Asians who believe that the victims are automatically carrying and spreading the virus on account of their ethnicity.

Of course, many on the left are pleading for others to take up for Asian-Americans to help extinguish this apparent onslaught of problematic behavior and combat anti-Asian racism.

Oh what a tangled web we weave when we…start with this bullshit!

Anti-Blackness is a global problem and Asians and Asian-Americans have been some of the biggest perpetrators of anti-Blackness. Just yesterday, I came across this article where Chinese people were expressing their wish that after this pandemic is over, we niggas stay away from their country.

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Peter Liang, a police officer, was acquitted after he chose to add his name to the Hall of Fame of officers who saw a Black face and shot first and asked questions later when he killed Akai Gurley, an unarmed man, and didn’t even bother to call for help. And when that happened, did Asians join with Black Lives Matter to express their anger that yet another Black person was gunned down by implicit bias? Neaux. They rallied behind Peter Liang.

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But, let’s take it all the way back before many of us were born (or old enough to know better). Latasha Harlins was 15 years-old when an Asian store owner thought she was stealing and shot her in the back of the head, killing her. The store owner was found guilty of manslaughter but served no jail time.

On top of that, many Black people are able to recount the poor attitudes and treatment doled out by Asian owners and employees towards Black people; owners who have made hand-over-fist off of their Black patrons in overwhelmingly Black neighborhoods.

In a larger context, there would be no rights for any other ethnic groups were it not for the work done by Black people for decades. Period. Black people are tired of people telling us we have to advocate for groups that prove over and over that they hate us. We’ve done a 400+ year bid at the hands of white people, first, then non-Black Latinos, Asians, Italians, etc. I promise Asians, the “model minority,” will be just fine.

We have our own battles to fight; many we’ve been fighting since we got here around 1619. We already know what it’s like to not be able to walk around in peace without racist slurs thrown at us for no reason. We know what it’s like to have to fear for our children merely going to school. We know what all of this shit is like.

We also know what it’s like to walk into an Asian-owned store and be followed around and told to hurry and buy something because they think we might be stealing. We know what it’s like to hear non-Black Latinos use “the n-word” against us. We know what it’s like for the same Italians whose pizza restaurants we patronize to treat us like garbage even though we help put food on their table.

Black people have been asking people…EVERYBODY…to recognize our humanity for ages.

So…we’re tired. Ask the white people, who started that shit, to help.

Here’s a tip to the Asian-Americans who are concerned with how they’re being treated though…and listen closely because this comes from an expert…a real life African-American…

it wasn’t the Coronavirus that made them dislike you.

Chew on that.

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The Hillary Documentary: It’s Clear Why She Lost

I just finished watching the Hulu documentary “Hillary.” It’s broken down into 4 episodes and pretty much chronicles her life from her childhood through where she is today.

There were a couple of things that I just couldn’t help but forget, partly because she stated them more than once, that made it obvious why she was defeated by Donald Trump.

First was her assertion that she simply could not understand why people didn’t find her trustworthy. She’s annoyed by it. You have a white woman who grew up in a Republican household, was a Goldwater Girl, was voted president of the Republican group at her college, and even, as a child throwing a temper tantrum told her dad she was going to get revenge by marrying a Democrat. It may sound minor but the thing is…people, especially Black people, aren’t so quick to overlook one’s past and readily accept their claim of a new way of thinking. This goes double for a group of people who were harmed by the person or group you “used to” support. That crime bill her husband signed as president didn’t help matters much either.

Secondly, white women. By now we know that 53% of white women turned on Hillary in the election and voted for Trump. On one of the episodes, they play a clip of Hillary being interviewed about her husband, then governor Bill Clinton, using the law firm she was employed by for litigation involving government matters. The concern was that she was in a position to sort of double dip since her firm handled State of Arkansas business.

In this particular interview, she says something like, “I could haven stayed home and baked cookies but I decided to fulfill my career in the law.”

Welp. You can guess how that turned out. In the next few scenes, white women who were homemakers express how pissed they were at her for those comments. They basically found them degrading, condescending, and every other word you could use to describe stay-at-home moms feeling insulted.

IDK if Hillary knows this, but many of those women were still alive during the 2016 election and they didn’t forget.

Additionally, one of the women on her team who would hold focus groups confirmed what I’ve been saying since…forever (call me Swami K). Many of the women did not like that she stayed married to Bill after the Monica Lewinsky situation. These women admitted that their husbands had cheated on them too and they decided to stay, but when it came to Hillary trying to lead the country with that same history, they weren’t into it.

Basically, they saw Hillary staying with Bill as a sign that she was more about the benefits of being married to him; too ambitious. And if you think about it, back to the trustworthiness issue, it’s hard to play the uber feminist role she played while staying with a husband who cheated on you more than once.

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Besides these two things, there are times when she comes off as…smug and very flippant. At one point, she talked about the “super predator” comment and the interviewer asked if she had to apologize for it. Hillary says, “I don’t know. I was talking about a lot of stuff people didn’t care about,” and shrugged.

This is also the documentary where Hillary proclaims that nobody wants to work with Bernie Sanders, although she and her team seemed mighty worried that he might beat her at one point.

I don’t know if the intent of this documentary was to humanize her or if someone just found her interesting enough to do a documentary on her but IDK if they accomplished that at all.

You can catch it on Hulu. It’s called, “Hillary.”

Pete and Amy Are Going Home…Where They Should Have Stayed In The First Place

Note: I legit thought about my title speaking for itself and not writing anything else. No lie.

Last night, white people’s favorite mayor and the person white Liberals claimed would lead us in a new direction, Pete Buttigieg finally ended his bid for the Democratic nomination.

About an hour ago, Amy Klobuchar ended her bid as well and according to The New York Times, plans to endorse Biden (of course).

All I can say is…thank goodness!

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First of all, don’t get it twisted. I am well aware of the fact that this is the same old DNC bullshit that went on in 2016. The same bullshit that has people like me not feeling any of this shit right now. I am so unenthused that I forgot that tomorrow is Super Tuesday and I never forget election dates.

But, I am glad that Buttigieg and Klobuchar are finally going home. I wish they’d never have shown up in the first place, to be quite honest. You can read more on why here and here and here.

I used to be a Democrat. I used to be a voter who would just choose the Democratic candidate in all races. I felt like the Republicans were largely unabashed racists and sexists and needed to be stopped at all costs.

That has changed.

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Part of what changed it was randos like Buttigieg and Klobuchar coming out of nowhere and having the audacity to pretend like they were presidential material. Pete Buttigieg, to me, was every smug white boy who whited his way into everything good that has ever happened to him. Amy Klobuchar was every white woman who makes excuses for her husband using “the n-word” and claims she wants to help women but all the women she helps are white (but she’s not racist because her kid’s one Black friend with matted locs spends the night aaaaall the time).

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And there’s a part of me that is pissed because Kamala Harris, who I felt had way more business being in the field, dropped out of the race while Amy sat there using other people’s oxygen knowing good and gatdamned well she had neither the capability nor the intention of seeing this all the way through; let alone winning.

While I do feel that anyone who meets the criteria to be president should be able to run, the Democrats made a mess of things this time around and I think they truly hurt their credibility. If the DNC can engage in the kind of fuckery that they did in 2016 and now (I mean…it’s obvious), then the DNC can throw its weight around and not allow this catch-all primary thing to happen again.

On that note, bye Pete and Amy! Hope to never hear from you again!!!

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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: Questions For Black Christians

Recently, a pretty popular pastor in my hometown, Dallas, posted a status that basically said that we can question God but not challenge God. I read and re-read that status because I was intrigued. First, on some level, I felt like there wasn’t really a difference. I know that there is a difference between, let’s say, your child questioning you and your child challenging you. One would likely get a less gracious response than the other. However, when talking about the almighty, it seems like anything that us mere mortals would ask would be seen as a challenge to the sovereignty, omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience that we are all taught that God has.  

I deal with anxiety, panic disorder, and depression. The anxiety and panic are things that I’ve dealt with since I was a young child. The depression, I guess, may be a product of the vicissitudes of adult life. It actually began in my late teens and after a bad divorce and two monumental deaths within 2 years, it started to really show itself strong in my life. Most days I can fight it. Some days are much harder than others though. 

I’ve had Christians say that they are praying for me or will pray for me and I appreciate the gesture; I really do. I mean, if someone has a connection to any deity, I’d never try to disabuse them of their belief in it. Being Black, it’s rare to meet other people who are also Black and aren’t subscribed to some type of Judeo-Christian belief system. That system is usually Christianity. You have the Pentecostals, the Baptists, the AMEs and the CMEs. You have the 7th Day Adventists, Church of Christ, and even the Catholics. Let’s face it: Black people luuuuuurve Jesus. 

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And I get it. I don’t argue like a Hotep about why Black people love Jesus. We all know about colonialism. We all know about Africans being stripped of their native religions. I don’t really see a point in rehashing that part of the story. 

But, I do have a question: when do we make God prove himself?

Black people give God, and by extension Jesus, a lot of credit. Woke up? God. Legs work? God. Have shelter? God. Have food? God. Have water? God. Have a job? God. Feeling better from a recent illness? God.

I’ve started to wonder though, for Black people, does the standard ever get any higher? If a normal parent fed their kids, provided shelter for them, and gave them medicine or  took them to the doctor when they were sick, we wouldn’t do back flips and give rounds of applause. We’d say that’s what parents should do for their children. In fact, we’d say that a parent who doesn’t do that for their children should have their children removed from them because the children are being neglected.

So, if God is the father and we are his children, why do we become enthralled with the basics that we presume he gives us? Further, when you look at the state of Black people all over the globe, why aren’t we asking more of him? Why aren’t we asking him to prove up? 

Why is it considered blasphemy or disrespectful on an epic level to even suggest it?

Many of us were taught or told that when you ask God for something or to do something on your behalf, the answers are either yes, no, or wait. But, what if that’s unsatisfactory? When someone needs help, is it fair to tell them, “Well, God loves you so you should take your concern to him buuuuuut, he may or may not help you. Or….he might help you, he just may make you wait a little while.” 

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The last time I was seriously in mental upheaval, I asked my ancestors to give me peace no matter what happened. They did almost immediately. The next day, when I woke up, that peace was still there. When I got one of the worst phone calls of the year an hour later, the peace remained. 

But, instead of sounding like the loving benevolent father that Christians sell on tracts, it sounds like dealing with God is a bureaucratic process almost as bad as trying to get social services or an explanation of benefits from your insurance company. Who could possibly be expected to hold on and endure, in faith, if that’s the best they can get in their time of need? And what happens when that time of need extends past a couple of days, or a couple of weeks and becomes months or years of trial? When the weight becomes more than the muscles and sinews of a person’s spirit can take and they still have no answer? The elders say to “be still.” But, what do you do when you’re dying in the midst of your obedient stillness? 

Though I like to think myself wise (most of the time), I have no answer to these questions. I will say that it seems like a maze, at times. I’m an outsider, but looking in, it can seem like a game and the worst kind of game – an unwinnable one that many people are too afraid to opt out of (cause of hell and all). On top of that, it seems like an abusive game. If “yes,” “no,” or “wait” is the best that seekers have to look forward to, what’s it all worth?