Yesterday’s Word of the Day was antithetical which means, “directly opposite or opposed.” Being a vegan and working for a meatpacking company would be antithetical. As would being a hunter that worked for PETA. Claiming to be Christian, yet voting for politicians that are as unlike Christ as possible would also be an example of antithetical beliefs, but for some reason, that particular situation hasn’t had much difficulty gaining traction where I live. Hmm. It’s one of many complaints I have about religion, no matter the denomination or sect, being a part of politics, but it’s a big complaint. Another topical gripe I have on a similar bent are people who claim to be pro-life, yet against vaccines. How can you claim to support life when you’re against something that saves lives? I’d ask these people to explain their reasoning, but reason didn’t get them there, and reason won’t get them out.
Today’s Word of the Day is exasperate which means, “to irritate, annoy, or anger.” I’m exasperated most days right now, as I imagine many people are. The pandemic seems like it’ll last until the heat death of the universe, and the lack of “give a shit” too many people feel about it is making all the rest of us tired, annoyed, and frankly, pissed off. They can’t be reached, not with compassion, not with logic, not even with loud, four-letter words. At this point, I assume the Big Nasty will keep mutating until half the planet’s population is dead, and even then, I doubt some of these fools…if they’re still alive…will care.
2022 will be 2020, too.
Today’s Word of the Day is galvanize which means, “to cause (people) to take action.” There have been a lot of things going on in the world in the past maybe five or six years that have inspired people to get off their butts and do something. Between climate change, the pandemic, and social/racial justice, there are plenty of ways to get involved, and we’re seeing it more and more. I love seeing younger people get involved because it means maybe the future won’t be so bad. On that note, inspired by the title of today’s blog post, for my Musical Interlude Friday song selection, I chose a song that hopefully inspires the next generation of activists like it did those from the Baby Boomer generation in the late 60s. Here is “Get Together” by The Youngbloods. Enjoy!
Monday’s Word of the Day was demagogue which means, “a leader who appeals to people’s emotions.” The blog post title comes from a nickname a friend of mine gave the former squatter in the White House. He calls him The Angry Yam of Hate and Chaos, and I think that’s a pretty good descriptor for the discord he sowed for four years. That’s the problem with demagogues. They appeal to the worst emotions and/or instincts in people because it’s the cheapest, easiest way to get support. You don’t need ideas or plans, you just need to convince enough people to be afraid of _____, whatever ______ is. I hope we don’t find ourselves back in that place again anytime soon.
Yesterday’s Word of the Day was inane which means, “lacking significance, meaning, or point.” A great example of inanity, if you’d like one, is the clusterfuck of nonsense that happened at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas today. So, these QAnon clowns think JFK Jr. is still alive, and he was supposed to magically appear there this morning to tell everyone he’s going to be Donald Trump’s running mate in 2024.
Stay with me, here.
Setting aside the fact that JFK Jr. died in 1999, even if he were still alive, what makes these people think he’d suddenly become a far-right-wing Republican? Do they know anything about the Kennedy family and its politics? Evidently not.
Today’s Word of the Day is intransigent which means, “uncompromising.” I have to admit to being intransigent about a couple of things, nothing too major, but I have certain boundaries and lines that I don’t think should be crossed, not for any reason. For example, if you’re a guest in my home, you will abide by the house rules. One of the big ones is, no money/religion/politics discussed at the dinner table. I don’t care how scintillating your conversation on any of those subjects might be, they’re touchy topics for most people, and even if we’re all long-time friends, you can still fall out with someone over them. Sure, you could say that with long-time friends, you’re liable to already know how they feel about those things, if not agree with you on most or all of them, but still. Shit can happen. It’s better to avoid the topics altogether unless something of great note happened, and it becomes necessary to mention it.
Monday’s Word of the Day was urbane which means, “notably polite or polished in manner.” I love this word. It makes me think of good-looking, cultured, intelligent people. Like John F. Kennedy. He was very urbane. Always dressed well, always had a witty retort at the ready, and could read 1,200 words a minute. It’s a shame his “extracurriculars” are what stand out about him the most (aside from the tragically obvious) because I think he was a better person than he acted. Barack Obama is also someone I would categorize as “urbane.” I guess there’s just something about young, charismatic Democrats, I guess. LOL
Today’s Word of the Day is ruthless which means, “cruel or merciless.” Robert F. Kennedy garnered a reputation for being thus during his brother’s administration, though he wasn’t fond of the appellation. He didn’t think he was all that tough, but apparently, he could be incredibly tough when the situation called for it. He got the nickname “Black Robert”, not because of his depressive episodes following Jack’s assassination, but because of how downright mean he could be to people who he felt warranted it. He was the iron fist inside JFK’s velvet glove. It was a great partnership, it has to be said. It’s a painful twist of history that both of their lives had to end in the same way.
Yesterday’s Word of the Day was incumbent which means, “one that occupies an office or position.” An interesting factoid of American history is that there have been very few incumbent presidents to lose re-election. It’s usually quite hard to beat an incumbent in the first place because unless there’s something really, really serious going on, most voters are content to give that person another four years rather than elect someone else. Jimmy Carter was the incumbent in 1980 and lost to Ronald Reagan. Part of that was the economy, part of it was the Iran Hostage Crisis. George H.W. Bush was the incumbent in 1992 and lost to Bill Clinton. Again, the economy. Oh, and we all know about 2020. The list of shit that went wrong last year could fill a novel. Prior to 1980, the last time it happened was 1932 when FDR beat Herbert Hoover. You can guess why. I don’t count Gerald Ford in this because he wasn’t elected president. He was appointed Vice-President, then assumed the presidency when Nixon resigned.
Today’s Word of the Day is patriot which means, “one who loves and supports his or her country.” This has become something of a loaded word in the last five years. It used to be a commonplace word to describe any American who loved their country, but now it is being used to describe a particular kind of American, one who isn’t someone I choose to associate with or emulate. Samuel Johnson said that patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, and it couldn’t be more true. You see politicians do it all the time. The minute they’re accused of anything, their fallback position is wrapping themselves in the flag. It’s grotesque.
On that note, please enjoy the Fourth of July responsibly. Don’t drink and play with small explosives. Don’t allow children to play with small explosives. Don’t play with small explosives in areas of drought where you’re liable to start a wildfire. In other words, please don’t be a fucking idiot. Thank you.