Posted by keithosaunders on March 16, 2017
I’m imagining an Albany, California town meeting 100 years ago. One of the city council members opens the meeting by stating, We’ve got to come up with a theme for naming our streets. What could it be? What to do? Then the mayor snaps his finger and shouts, I’ve got it, we’ll name the streets after our nation’s worst presidents!
Thus modern Albany was born. For starters I live on Buchanan St. James Buchanan was the only president to remain a bachelor his entire life. Not only that, he was the only president from Pennsylvania. (my home state, incidentally) During his inauguration he vowed to be president for only one term. That’s like me promising not to play at Carnegie Hall. Buchanan was the last president before the Civil War. Nuff said.
Moving west to east we have Fillmore St. Millard Fillmore, our last Whig president, emerged from poverty out of the Finger Lakes in New York State. The Whigs would evaporate after Fillmore’s term and morph into the ‘No-nothings’
Did I mention how Fillmore gained the presidency? That would be the next street over – Taylor St. Fillmore was Zachary Taylor’s vice president. Taylor died 14 months into his term from a digestive ailment brought about by consuming copious amounts of raw fruit and iced milk.
That’s about all the time I have today for bad presidential memory lane. I didn’t even get to Polk St. Now enjoy this photo of Harvey Keitel.
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Posted by keithosaunders on November 9, 2016
I was wrong. For nine months I insisted that there is no way that the American people would elect Donald Trump. Although we have a conservative, celebrity-driven culture, I insisted, we are not reactionary enough to elect an unintelligent, racist, misogynistic, homophobic, failed realtor.
How wrong I was. Today, along with the rest of liberal Americans, I eat crow. I over-estimated the intelligence of the American people.
And to the blue-collar, salt of the earth, working class Americans in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin I sent out a hearty and heartfelt, fuck you. Get the fuck out of here with your high-minded morality and your hypocritical church going ways. Because guess what? He’s taking you down right alongside lefty, commie, kale-loving yours truly.
The fact is that you real Americans are going to need affordable health care, roads, schools, and who knows, maybe even an abortion or two. Good luck with all of that. Do you really believe that a crooked billionaire real estate mogul gives even the tiniest fuck about the state of blue-collar America? If you do I was wondering if you would invest in my next recording project: Keitho plays the music of Bud Powell. That record has a better chance of going platinum than blue collar workers do of finding jobs under a Trump presidency.
Listening to NPR radio last night I nearly threw up in my mouth. The general consensus was that a populist movement propelled Trump to the Whitehouse. I call bullshit. It was pure, unadulterated racism. We have seen the kind of people that a Trump rally attract. They are scum of the earth, thuggish, racist, white trash. You can take that kind of populism and shove it up your ass.
Eight years ago I voted and for the first time in my life was proud to be an American. Now I am ashamed to be one. These are dark days.
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