Vomiting Vulture Inspires Personal Quest

Vomiting Vulture
Vomiting vulture typifies Trump

All Trump does is repeat his own name over and over and over again. It’s sickening. It’s vomit. It’s like…what was that question on HQ…about projectile vomiting? Oh yes! Question 6 or 7 tonight on the HQ Trivia app was that vultures use projectile vomiting to ward off attacks. That sounds right. Trump is a vulture under attack. (And HQ is an online urban respite where a million+ come to test their trivia skills in search of money and glory. It’s challenging and fun. Download the app.)

But I digress.

“No one has been tougher on Russher than President Donald J. Trump,” say Trump spewing to the media. Insert a jumbled sentence or two saying ‘There’s no collusion. Everyone’s saying no one’s been tougher than Trump. The media will say ‘oh Trump this Trump that’ but they know Donald J Trump is tough on Russher. There was no collusion. ’

A firehose of vomit that includes the words “Trump” again and again. Political bravado? Presidential buffoonery? Or is it Trump, making a full-scale attempt to deceive you, to make you question what you hear, see, and smell. It’s his attempt to rewrite history. I can SEE with my own two eyes and HEAR with my own two ears that he’s not implementing Russian sanctions. Trump’s repeating the lie that he’s tough on Russia will not convince me. Vomit your propaganda on someone else.

It’s clear Donald Trump grew up saying his own name over and over again. I bet he was a critic of Dale Carnegie but used his principles anyway. Straight from Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People:

6 Ways to Make People Like You:

#3        Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sounds in any language

Except Trump only uses his own name. He doesn’t care about you or yours. He totally missed Principle

 #1       Become genuinely interested in other people

Trump is not a gifted orator. He’s a narcissist so caught up in his own story he doesn’t understand people are dying because of his decisions. Bombs dropped in Syria and “many people died,” Trump said. But he doesn’t see them; he doesn’t hear them. We’re all just extras in his tv show.

The greatest shit-show on earth.

How do I turn this around? The more vomit spewing from Trump, the more vomit spewing from me. Literally and apparently. Where is the love?! Where is the light?!

I will NOT turn off the tv. I will not walk away from the destruction of democracy, but I can’t stand to hear him. I guess that’s the answer. No more video; news articles only.

And then I’ve got to find a way to speak respectfully. If not about Trump, then about others. That’ll be my personal quest: to become genuinely interested in other people, (that’s easy; I truly am) and to use THEIR name in conversation—NOT my own. And, exercise Dale Carnegie’s Principle

#2        SMILE! 🙂 

A lot!

#loquaciouslima

Trump is a Fuck-Up!

trump poorly educated
Trump courts uneducated

Trump is a Fuck-Up!

You Can Count On Donald Trump to Fuck Things Up. Period. End of sentence. The man and his Administration are destroying Democracy before our very eyes, blatantly in bold daylight. How is this happening? Let’s break it down.

The dumbing down of America…or…How Donald Trump got elected.

By sheer simplistics and the dumbing down of America, Donald Trump has been elected. Take this sentence:

You can count on Donald Trump to fuck things up.

Do you agree? I do, yes, 100%. Two out of three people currently agree with me. Anything with Trump’s name on it is tainted, from his bogus gifts of charity to the buildings around the world that display his brazen signage–TRUMP. From the bankrupt casinos to the bankrupt airlines to the bankrupt steak company…Trump and his brand stink.

They smell of corruption, of collusion, of treason. HE, Donald J Trump, reeks of corruption, collusion and capitalism run amok.

He, and his staff, smell to high heavens and to hell and back! Thanks to them, you can dump sewage in the waters, rape and pillage national lands for gain, belittle and attack anyone who is not white-skinned, and slaughter any animal in any INhumane way you want—as long as these things are all in pursuit of the almighty dollar! Aahhh, capitalism. Aint it great?!

Yes, You can count on Donald Trump to fuck things up.

But here is the hard reality. Our media, the Press, and the headlines got Trump elected—and are now keeping him in power!

Because the only thing people see in the sentence above is–

You Can Count on Trump!

They DO NOT READ to the end of the sentence!!

They never ever see the words “to fuck things up.” Their brains are already too full with five simple words. They do not read to the end of the sentence to complete the thought—which means exactly the opposite of what they read—that Trump is 100% guaranteed to fuck everything up.

I guess this is why Trump “loves the poorly educated.” He can convince them he is smart and they are invincible simply knowing they’ll never reach the end of the sentence and the end of the thought. And, yes, that’s an exact Trump quote. He loves the poorly educated.

In my mind, it’s not “poorly educated”; to me, it is, “easily distracted.” I don’t think everyone who voted for Trump is ignorant or stupid. But I do think if the people who voted for Trump paid more attention, if they really hung-in to get the full story, they’d realize that when you complete the sentence, when you complete the thought, Trump truly is fucking things up.

Let me rewrite this sentence and headline so people understand.

NOT

You can count on Donald Trump to fuck things up

NOT

Count on Trump to Fuck it Up

TO

Donald Trump is a FUCK UP!

Get it? Five short words that people will remember! DONALD. TRUMP. IS. A. FUCK-UP!

It’s not that hard. TELL IT LIKE IT IS! In as few words as possible.

@msnbc @rachelmaddow @amjoy @alexwitt  Do you hear me? Do you understand how your coverage is not reaching average Americans with a high school diploma or GED?

Do your journalist duty. Do some of that writer shit—and tell the story!!! Count on Donald Trump to fuck things up!!! And document it! Tell the story!

History, and we the people, ARE COUNTING ON YOU! And history, and we the people, will thank you.

#loquaciouslima #oneterrifiedAmerican

 

The #Trump20: 10 lbs UP-10 lbs DOWN

Goal Weight Scale
Be healthy; stay strong; resist!

Is anyone else on the weight roller coaster? Up ten pounds, down ten pounds, then up ten pounds,  down ten pounds. I’m either stuffing my face with everything not nailed down, or in true warrior fashion—taking control of my thoughts and myself, eating right, NOT DRINKING, and not binging on chocolate!

I chalk it up to the #Trump20–and it’s REAL! And it started way before Election Day, but that’s when I noticed it. Standing on the scale that unfortunate morning, Nov 9, 2016, I realized I’d gained ten pounds.

Fudge. Literally. This was obviously Donald Trump’s fault.

I tried to remain hopeful and positive during Trump’s campaign, but I knew I’d been swallowing my words and feelings. Here was proof. The fear that Donald Trump would be elected was real and it was weighing me down. I attribute it to margaritas, lots of them, in the name of helping me cope. To me, it was clear, Trump was bullying and buying his way into the White House—with a lot of help from his Russian friends. And he was doing it with hatred and loathing towards other people. Watching the Republicans be rolled, one-by-one, by the ugly, vile things coming from Trump’s puckered pie-hole, was disheartening. So I drank, and ate: ten pounds worth.

But on Election Day, I lost my appetite for all things Trump and took the vow to stay strong and resist.

Not just against his financial policies. (He’ll bankrupt the country, and I and the younger generation will have to pay for it.) But it’s not even about the money. It’s about all the people Trump is hurting and the people the Trump fans are hurting: Muslims, Hispanics, immigrants in general, women, children, the handicapped, the old, and the poor!

Watching this shit-show unfold; watching the stories of people being deported, families torn apart. Our dreamers for God’s sake! How dare Trump kick them out and then blame Democrats for not bargaining with their lives. Just writing about it makes me want to drink, and dull the rage.

But I won’t. I’m not: drinking OR gaining weight. I’m done with that.

I’m staying strong. I’m eating healthy, taking care of myself, preparing to march. The #Trump20 is real, but I’m back down. And in the right frame of mind.

And for those of you UNABLE to eat because you’re nauseated by Trump policies: rolling back people’s rights (LGBTQ), ripping undocumented Mothers’ from their daughters, allowing corporations to dump toxic crap into our rivers and frack our National Parks, wasting money on a military parade when our Vets are homeless and starving!!! The list could go on for pages…

You need to eat, and keep up your strength. You don’t want to get too thin.

Don’t be like the women within Trump’s orbit who cannot hold their food down: Melania, Ivanka, Kellyanne, Hope. All twigs. Although Hope Hicks is gone now; we’ll see if she puts on a few healthy pounds. Even Sarah Sanders isn’t able to keep her lunch down. She’s shrinking before our very eyes. Further proof the Trump twenty is real, except in Sarah’s case, she’s crashin’. It doesn’t look healthy.

Stay strong. Take care of yourself. Don’t make Trump your excuse; make Trump your reason. Fight back. Need ways how?

Tip 1: DO SOMETHING! Find your passion, find a cause, and get involved!! If you are looking for SOMETHING to DO…why not MARCH!? I suggest March 24th.

#MarchForOurLives #MarchForOurSouls #MarchForOurDemocracy

Defiantly submitted, on the record for all to read. #LimaBravo

#TrumpMakesMeWantToPuke #fucktrump

 

 

Douchebag Facebook Denies My 1st Amendment Right to say ‘Douchebag’

Facebook is denying my 1st Amendment right to use the word “douchebag.”

douchebag donald trump with mugs
Hey Trump! Keep Your Hands Off My Hope and Joy!

I can’t publish a boosted post with this picture and the caption: Keep your hands off my Hope and Joy, Donald Trump! It links to the url: douchebagwisdom.com. BUT, Facebook says it contains “foul language.” Requests for clarification have met with “Your boosted post is approved,” yet when I click in to my Analytics, it says the boosted post was “not approved” due to “foul language.” That’s censorship! What about Freedom of Speech?!

What’s the foul word, Facebook? Hope? As in “How could anyone be hopeful in these dark times of Trump?!” Or is douchebag the “foul” word? Personally, I think “Donald Trump” is the foulest of that trio. But why are YOU TOO censoring language?! Why are you banning my language while allowing Russians to use you as a TOOL to say the most ridiculous made up crap to influence my vote?!

Why are you taking my voice away as I fight Trump’s assault on 1st Amendment rights? Trump has banned the CDC’s use of these particular words: fetus, vulnerability, entitlements, transgender, science-based evidence, fact-based evidence, AND that terrible word diversity. No joke. Authoritarian douchebag move.

If you, Facebook, take away my right to call Donald Trump a douchebag when he’s clearly earned the title, you, too, have become one—a douchebag—and an accomplice to Trump’s assault on our freedom of speech.

Foul language? Not! Doesn’t pass the George Carlin TV censorship test.

Here are “The 7 Dirty words you can’t say on TV”:

Shit

Piss

Fuck

Cunt

Cocksucker

Motherfucker

Tits

“Douchebag” is NOT on the list!

So, Facebook, step-up. Support my 1st Amendment right to use your platform to tell my truth. We’ve been listening to Trump’s made-up truth long enough.

Respectfully submitted, MoFos. #LimaBravo

New Year’s Resolution 2018: Reality Check!

New Year's Resolution
Your GET-INVOLVED guide! 

No time to be mad or sad.

Be inspired!

My 12 Days of Christmas have become my New Year’s Resolutions for 2018. How about you? Now that the holiday hoopla has come and gone, what resolutions did you make, and what are you going to do this year to make a difference?

Trump and the GOP continue to inspire me to fight against pretty-much everything they stand for and are doing. Trump is back out on tour, in PA today, trying to convince us all our life is so much better now that America is great again. “It’s the economy, Stupid” he said today, ironically quoting a Bill Clinton, Democratic campaign talking point. It’s not better for me. I’m hopeful, but not yet. Some companies are awarding bonuses, others are laying off thousands. Walmart is doing both, raising the minimum wage to $11/hr and giving out $1000 bonuses to employees who have been earning low-wages with them for 20 years AND closing 63 Sam’s Club stores, laying off 10,000+ people. That’s what Walmart is doing with their gift from Trump. #goptaxscam #trickledowndoesntwork unless you count the people who just got pissed on. #boycottwalmart

I don’t begrudge all the people making money on the economy. My money is not in the stock market and my 401K is long drained, so their good fortune is not mine. But I do begrudge the #goptaxscam that has money going straight from my pocket to the pockets of the filthy rich. Read my last blog. Trump is buying the next election. He’s banking that money can assuage your morality. If you’re rich enough, you won’t say anything when he and Republicans throw people out of the country and shit all over First Amendment rights.

Now that the holidays are over, and we’re fully into the swing of a new year, I will not become complacent. We don’t have the luxury of sliding slowly into a new year! We must pick a cause, and every day, get up and do something for it.

What’s your cause? The environment? Pissed that you’ll now have to pay $80/car to get into a National Park? Pissed that oil spilled on Native American lands—just as predicted?! Or are you pissed that women will no longer have access to contraception and birth control? Or that discrimination against our LGBTQ community is on the rise?

Get up. Do something.  No time to be mad or sad. It’s not too late to make a New Year’s Resolution! Channel your energy into productive action and make 2018 your best yet. If you want to do something but just don’t know what to do?!!!! Read my book, Douchebag Wisdom: Dealing with Donald Trump. Every chapter ends with a list of activities to take and organizations to join. And then join the #resistance!

Vote #2018 and of course #voteBLUE

#LimaBravo #loquaciouslima

Read more about the #GOPTaxScam here.

 

In Honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. day, an excerpt from my new book, Douchebag Wisdom: Dealing with Donald Trump, Chapter 3, DarthTrump: the Force Be Damned!

We Don’t Turn Off the Dark; We Turn On the Light

How do we stand against hate and bigotry? How do we expose the dark without ourselves being consumed?

We turn on the light.

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King Jr.*

It’s up to us; each one of us. We must turn on our own light and then shine that light on others. Marianne Williamson is my favorite spiritual leader. And wow, can that woman pray! She’s the leader of a love revival, SisterGiant. From her September 3, 2017 Facebook post:

“Dear God, Send legions of angels to all the leaders of the world. Heal their minds of thoughts of war and fill their hearts with thoughts of peace. May their emotions be calmed and their higher selves emerge. May wisdom and nobility and spiritual brilliance guide their every move, now and forever. And so it is. Amen. “
Marianne Williamson

See what I mean? But my favorite Marianne Williamson quote comes from her book A Return to Love. Take this passage to heart and indeed we’ll change the world.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Marianne Williamson

Are you ready? Because it’s time to liberate others.

We must keep focused on DarthTrump and we must turn on the light. Most everything Trump is doing—or undoing—with his streak of executive orders I am opposed to.

No! It is not ok to persecute immigrants. Give them a path to citizenship.
No! It is not ok to deny refugees entry to our country. Vet them and let them in.
No! It is not ok to turn back equality for our LGBTQ community. Discrimination is senseless.
No! It is not ok to take Medicaid away from the poor. That would be heartless and unhealthy for the economy.
No! It is not ok to build a wall. Talk to our neighbors like you’re a civilized human being.
No! It is not ok to cut funding to Vets. Put our money where your mouth is, help them.
No! It is not ok to deny women equal pay for equal work.
No! It is not ok to deny women access to birth control and family planning options.
No! It is not ok to frack the crap out of the land or pollute our waters.
No! It is not ok to shit on the Press, to verbally assault them or incite violence against them.
No! It is not okay to pick fights with foreign leaders.

And the list keeps going. But this is my list. You must have one of your own. What do you think is good versus evil? Now is the time to ask yourself. And now is the time to stand up and turn on YOUR light!

We must keep searching for and sharing the truth. But how can we break through DarthTrump’s onslaught of lies and lies and more lies via Twitter? Don’t be fooled by bragger or buffoonery and be willing to call out the Douchebaggery.

Hope you enjoyed the excerpt. Read more on Amazon’s a Look Inside. Check out the amazing art from artist, ZTDroc. Trump as movie villains. Lol, spot on.

Shine on!

#LimaBravo #LoquaciousLima
#douchebagwisdom

* (my apologies, I left off the “Jr.” in my book, I’ll fix all the typos soon)

Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Christmas 2017 has come and gone, and, unfortunately, no Trump Family Indictments. Yet. But I will not be deterred. The crap spewing from Trump’s mouth continues to motivate me to #resist and #persist.

“You all just got a lot richer” proclaimed Trump proudly as he dined with his rich friends at Mar-a-Lago mere days before Christmas. He’d just come from signing the $1.5 TRILLION #GOPTaxScam that will give 83% of the financial benefits to the top 1% of wealthiest Americans–that FACT according to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center.

Now, that just makes me mad. Those rich Mar-a-Lago friends paid a one-time $200,000 initiation fee for the privilege of joining the gold-diggers club, a fee Trump doubled once he became President. Then Trump’s friends pay $14,000 annually to remain part of that elite club. They willingly and knowingly are putting money straight into the President’s pockets.

Are we to believe there will not be quid pro quo? Of course there is. Trump’s tax bill is directly rewarding them for their support. He’s buying their vote, believing that money trumps morality, and that money is power. It’s Wolf of Wall Street Gobbles Up Democracy and shits out morality with the help of the rich–and for the rich!

Ahh, “rich.” It’s a relative term and hard to define, to me, “rich” means a steady income of over $100,000/yearly, and you’ve made that consistently 10 or more years. That you own your home, have retirement saving, have money invested in the stock market. To me, “rich” is never having to wake-up at 2:00 a.m. and wonder how you’re going to pay next month’s rent, or if you can squeeze one more utility payment on a maxed-out credit card, or whether the local food bank will be open this week. “Rich” is wondering how many hundreds of thousands of dollars you’ve made in dividends and interest since Trump took office. “Rich” is never wondering how $18 a week trickled down to the average American worker isn’t enough to pay their electric bill, let alone provide financial “relief.” “Rich” is having no cares about money, theirs (the poor or average) or yours. You can afford it, “it” being anything your heart desires. You never worry about losing your home or going without a meal, and you don’t think about those that do. That’s “rich.”

Trump desperately wants you to believe the middle-class will get a tax cut, but by the time the trickery is done, anyone making under $75,000/yr will pay more in taxes. According to the U.S. Census, “the median household income in the United States is $56,516.” The “average middle-class worker” is going to get crushed! In comparison, anyone making $150,000/year is indeed rich.

Who will benefit most from the #goptaxscam? Large corporations, Trump himself, his family and his already rich toadies, including cabinet member, and members of Congress. Need a few numbers?

We don’t know for sure because PRESIDENT CONMAN still refuses to release his tax returns, BUT, from what we know, Trump will save about $15 million in taxes; Jared Kushner about $12 million. Betsy DeVos, Wilbur Ross, Steve Mnushit? Between $2-$5 million. I could go on and on.

But I won’t, not here, not tonight. I’m done with being mad. Now, I’m motivated. I’m activated, and I’m working my own 12 Days of Christmas promotion. I pledge here and now I will:

Register 12 new voters; Make 11 calls to Congress; Attend 10 peaceful marches and rallies; Sign 9 petitions; Give 8 gifts of charity; Get 7 pussy power hats and pass them out to my friends; Do 6 sessions of yoga as often as I can; and Hope and pray for 5 Trump family indictments. I’m lunching 4 times with my girlfriends; smoking 3 pre-rolled fatties, passing on 2 shots of tequila…and continue to promote my book—Douchebag Wisdom: a book for Dealing with Donald Trump.

What will YOU do?

#limabravo #loquaciouslima
#resist #enlist #persist

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You’re a Mean One, Grinch Trump

You’re a mean one, Mr. Trump,
You really are quite rude,
You’ll pick a fight with anyone,
Your language is quite crude, Mr. Trump,
When you open your mouth to speak
You prove you are quite unglued.

You are a loser, Mr. Trump,
Your words contain nothing but lies,
You sit atop Trump Tower,
Plotting against those you despise, Mr. Trump,
Your need for adoration and revenge,
Will surely lead to your demise.

You are a liar, Mr. Trump,
You blame your staff, the Congress, fake news,
You speak nonsensical sentences
With the intent to abuse and accuse, Mr. Trump,
But thanks to the REAL news,
You have educated and informed voters you cannot confuse.

You are a Douchebag, Mr. Trump,
Seeing and hearing you makes us gag,
You bullied your way to the White House,
Made promises that were vague, Mr. Trump,
The 3 words that best describe you are,
Using your own words: disappointing, terrible, and sad.

(Excerpt from Chapter 10, Grinch Trump, Douchebag Wisdom: Dealing with Donald Trump)

Here we are, the week before Christmas, and I’ve all but given up hope on Trump and the GOP. Trump says he’s giving Americans a “giant tax cut for Christmas.” In reality, this #GOPTaxScam gives tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and corporations AT THE EXPENSE of middle-class Americans. Trump, himself, will make out like a Russian authoritarian dictator. We don’t know for sure how much he and the Trump kids will make because Trump still refuses to release his taxes. He knows he can’t. They will prove he’s bought and paid-for by his BFF, Putin. Do you suppose our tax-payer dollars will also make their way into Putin’s pocket?

Perhaps Grinch Trump can still have a heart-opening moment. We can all hope and pray…but it doesn’t look good. Trump and his capitalist cronies are screwing over working-class Americans, the very ones he vowed to help. Tax breaks to corporations DO NOT and HAVE NOT ever trickled down to the working class. Merry friggin’ Christmas, Trump is not just handing out coal, Grinch Trump, the con-man, is SELLING us all “clean coal.” This tax cut—and his environmental policies–will cost us all dearly.

But there is something we can do. We can have our own heart-opening moment!

We can take care of each other and the people Trump’s policies are hurting. We can reach out to our family members who are hurting, our neighbors who are struggling, and the strangers we pass on the street who have real problems they are hiding. We can reach out, offer a comforting word, and share. Yes, share what we have; spare a dollar when we can. And always, an encouraging word.

We can #resist. We can call out the douchebaggery when we see it. We can fight this #GOPTaxScam. We can call our congressmen and women and demand they not siphon money from middle-class and poor pockets. We can relentlessly sign petitions and demand that Trump release his taxes.

And we can assemble and PEACEFULLY protest. We can call on every Who down in Whoville to stand up and be counted. We can rise. AND WE CAN VOTE!!

Gobble Gobble; Merry Merry; Happy Happy!

Lima Bravo
#loquaciouslima

PS Read more of the book on Amazon’s Look Inside. Check out the amazing artwork of ZT Droc!

Butter…butt…BUT… #GOPTaxScam…Not So Fast!

There will be times when talking about Donald Trump is not appropriate—Thanksgiving Dinner—BUT, saying “please pass the butter” as a diversion from talking about the issues is only a temporary fix. We have huge issues that need to be discussed. We must speak to each other, and make a concerted effort to do so. Yes, “Please pass the butter” and keep the tone civil, but it’s also important to keep the dialog going. All you need is an issue.

And here’s a doozy: Scrooge Trump and the #goptaxscam will take money from the pockets of college students.

Money.com says, “The House bill eliminates several tax deductions and credits to pay for tax cuts and to simplify the tax code. It eliminates the student loan interest deduction as well as the tax exclusion for tuition reimbursement received from an employer.”

Millionaires and billionaires get tax breaks, and our college kids pay the price. One grad student, a Ph.D. student studying engineering at the University of California, said his tax liability will increase from $14,600 to $44,800, meaning, he’ll owe an additional $3600 in taxes.

Our future is at stake!

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities said, “The current tax code,” meaning what has been in place prior to Trump, “helps reduce the cost of college for good reason — not just because a college education benefits individuals, but because it benefits society at large.” It is in the nation’s best interest to help students get an education. But Nooooo….

…instead Trump and the Republicans are ramming a TERRIBLE #goptaxbill down our throats and it is TERRIBLE FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS!

Call your Senator and tell them to vote NO! 202 224-3121

#limabravo #douchebagwisdom #douchebagdonaldtrump

How to Talk Turkey and Trump over Thanksgiving Dinner

DIN-NER! Time to eat!

It’s time for holiday dinner and your family is gathered ‘round. Blessings have been said acknowledging everyone’s safe travel and arrival; the Thanksgiving feast complete with turkey and all the trimmings cover the table, and then 8-yr-old Pat utters one fateful phrase, “This sweet potato pie is the color of Donald Trump’s hair.”

Everyone hold’s their breath; horror clearly on their stricken faces. Dinner time is no time to talk politics! Nor the place!

But then Grandma to the rescue. In a calm, pleasant voice she chimes in, “Please pass the butter.” Sweetly, kindly, before another phrase is uttered, she repeats, “Please pass the butter.”

Then with a smile on her face, Grandma redirects the conversation, “Now, who can pass around those rolls?”

A collective sigh of relief is heard when no one takes the “elephant-in-the-room” bait, and a potential political calamity is avoided.

Now THAT’s how you talk politics over Thanksgiving dinner. You put it off for another time. And, here are 4 ways to casually side-step  that awkward political talk:

1. Politics should be a one-to-one conversation

Resist the urge to talk politics in a group. Conversation around the table can quickly get out-of-mouth-and-hand. Even “safe” topics, i.e. saving the endangered African Elephant, will spark relatives ready to argue the other side. Save that conversation for a time when you’re NOT ready to enjoy a holiday meal. Simply say to that person, “I so enjoy political discussions when there’s just the two of us. Why don’t we save that talk for after dinner?”

2. You can always reschedule a discussion

There’s always someone who wants to talk politics over turkey but no rule that says you have to. Kick that conversation down the road, after pie and coffee, and the football game, and the movie, or whenever appropriate. Say this, “I’d love to hear what you have to say but don’t have time now to listen. How about we pick-up this discussion when everyone else has gone? Or perhaps tomorrow?”

3. Politics is a “To Be Continued…” topic

When the conversation “goes there,” meaning it turns to Donald Trump, allow everyone to express their beliefs. Trump-lovers and Trump-haters will both need to vent! And they won’t see eye-to-eye on many issues. Seek dialog and common ground, not solutions necessarily. Nothing has to be resolved now, no one has to be persuaded, no actions have to be taken in this moment. This dialog can be interrupted, rescheduled, and revisited many times down the road. Life goes on; don’t let politics ruin the day.

4. Expect it to get LOUD

People passionately love or hate the President, the parties, and the issues. And “passion” equals volume. Each one of us believes what we do based on our education, our experience, and our intellect. When people feel safe to express their views, and they passionately agree or disagree with a topic, voices and volumes will rise. It’s going to get loud! Volume is a sign of intensity; rate of speech is an indicator of intensity. Bulging veins in red faces are a dead give-away that the conversation is intense!!

Just remember, when the conversation gets too heated, you can always redirect. Put a smile on your face, turn to the person next to you, and with a pleasant tone of voice at a reasonable level of volume say, “Please pass the butter.”

 

#limabravo #loquaciouslima #douchebagwisdom

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