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ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS (AB-FAB):  was a bawdy British sit-com that was a cult hit here in the States in the late 90s and early 2000s.  Its co-creator Jennifer Saunders wrote and starred in all the episodes. It was a send-up of all that was trendy, shallow, shiny, crass and empty. The two main characters, Edina (Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley), were self-indulgent, shallow, amoral and without a decent value between them.

Saunders’ writing was funny, often hysterical. Her words were at times insightful.

The characters were constantly tormented because the bling, exotic trips and life’s excesses the two indulged in never could fill the cavernous void inside of them.

One scene had Edina sleeping fitfully when an angel appears and sings a beautiful song to her. But then the Devil shows up.

The angel and the Devil insult one another for a short while, but eventually call a truce and talk civilly. It’s not long before both begin to lament the current state of the world with its mean-spiritedness, crudeness, vulgarity and it now being nearly devoid of decency.

The Devil is greatly troubled that the world now easily embraces things that were once considered vile and despicable. Knowing that nobody longer fears her, she asks the angel “If I’ve become acceptable, then what’s the point of me?”

Thinking about the nightmare that Donald Trump continues to put our country through, I have to ask, “What is the point of having a Devil when we’ve got it covered up here?”

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A LITTLE SUNSHINE

A LITTLE SUNSHINE

When I started The Left Wing Gazette about five years ago, it was my intent to ridicule the Republican Party’s cruel policies and to mock the people who buy their fear-mongering and continue to vote against their own financial interests to elect them.

My motivation for continuing to write this blog has now morphed into an act of survival to get me through Trump’s Amityville Presidency.

Like many of us, maybe all of us, he’s gotten into my head, scared and traumatized me. What I read, see on anti-Trump websites and hear consistently is a deep-seated pessimism that he will be re-elected. When I think of this, I get the same sick feeling in the pit of my stomach as you do.

People who have known me and lived to tell about it will tell you that I’ll never be the poster-boy for optimism, but at this moment, and thanks to the creature’s inability to care about human life and the never-ending sharing of the twisted thoughts from his twisted brain, I don’t think our pessimism need be as deep as it’s been.

There are more and more positive signs that he will be out of our lives shortly (not soon enough). The polls are incredibly favorable for us at the moment and that includes the swing states. And before you invoke 2016 and say that Hillary was also ahead in the polls, know that she never held the kind of lead Biden currently does.

Trump won Florida by one point. Today he trails by six. It seems that the many seniors who voted overwhelmingly for him before don’t seem terribly fond of the thought of dying from the Coronavirus. Go figure.

While I’m starting to see some blue sky behind the dark clouds, I’m nowhere close to breaking out the champagne. But I do allow a little sunshine into my life. It helps me even if I can only do it for short periods of time.

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SMILE THOUGH YOUR HEART IS BREAKING

SMILE THOUGH YOUR HEART IS BREAKING

It’s very flattering that so many of you read and seem to like this blog theleftwinggazette.com. It’s a big reason I continue to do it. But over these past three-plus years, I’ve become more motivated by the fact that it is now, for me, a survival mechanism to help endure the horror that is Donald Trump. I didn’t believe in monsters when I was a child, but I do now.

Like many of us, maybe all of us, he’s gotten into my head, depressed and scared me. What I see on anti-Trump sites and what I hear from a lot of people is a deep seated pessimism that Trump will win again. I’m acutely aware of that frightening possibility, but at this moment, facts such as independents and women currently tilting heavily against him don’t support the depth of that pessimism.

As we slog daily through this Dickensian nightmare, I believe there are positive signs that we might see the sun again in the not too distant future. Florida went for Trump by less than 1% point in 2016. He’s promising to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits, which should be a political third rail in that state.  Other states as well.

There are other upbeat signs, but none are bigger than the results of the 2018 Congressional elections. It was reported that forty-one seats were actually in play. Forty of them went blue. You can dispute polls, but not that. And while Trump’s name was not on the ballot, I believe it was a big American F.U. to that creature living in the Amityville White House. Those elections, more than anything else, really do give me hope for November.

I write this hoping that everyone can find something positive to hang on to that would raise their spirits.

One more personal note: As regards our primaries, I remain committed to the same person I’ve backed all along. That person’s name is, “The one with the best chance of getting Trump out of our lives.”

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