You Want To Protest-Vote? Then Vote Clinton.

November 7th, 2016

If you’re planning a so-called “protest vote” for a third-party candidate, please don’t kid yourself that you’re doing something righteous.

Protests – real, noble protests – aren’t about YOU. They’re about making the world a better place and/or stopping it from going to hell, and making sure that no one gets hurt in the process. It’s about imagining how life ought to be and figuring out how to get there, but always, ALWAYS starting with a realistic assessment of where we currently are. And where we are is this:

If Donald Trump is elected president, America as we know it is over.

Free speech is gone.

Abortion rights are gone.

LGBT rights are gone.

Healthcare reform is gone.

Stop-and-frisk is brought back. Nationally.

Taxes on the poor go up.

Taxes on billionaires go down.

A global trade war crashes the world economy (including ours).

The national debt triples.

The supreme court is filled with alt-right Conservative zealots.

The EPA is eliminated, along with the department of education. 490,000 teachers are fired.

Century-old alliances are broken. Military strategy is decided unilaterally by Trump, who “knows more than the generals” and “has a very good brain.”

Immigrants are rounded up and thrown out of the country, their children left behind.

Refugees are given a religious test that can deny them entry.

Innocent people are tortured or killed if their relative is suspected of being a terrorist.

And climate change, which Donald says is a Chinese hoax, will kill us all, but only if Donald doesn’t start a nuclear war first.

This is what happens if you and everyone else like you decides that all of those things are no worse than a private email server, questionable public speaking fees, and being on the non-progressive side of a handful of issues. Your protest will lead to the destruction of every single issue we have fought for, and you will be a disgrace to progressivism and basic human decency.

So if you don’t vote for Hillary Clinton, or don’t vote at all, please don’t pretend that you are the instrument of change, and instead realize what you really are: the literal deciding vote for whether we carry on as a society and vote again in a few years or whether an incompetent egomaniacal compulsively-lying hateful rapist kills us all.

AND HE HAS A 1 IN 3 CHANCE OF WINNING.

If you make a protest vote, and he wins, you won’t be as disgusting as the people who actually supported and voted for this monster. But you WILL be just as responsible. Good luck protesting then, when he has repeatedly promised a system where dissidents will be sued, jailed, or “roughed up, like the good old days.”

You want to protest? Protest hate. Protest willful ignorance. Protest racism, sexism, bullying, violence, and intolerance. If you want to make a protest vote that can genuinely make a difference, then a vote for Hillary Clinton is the only protest vote worth making.

So please, I’m begging you: put yourself aside tomorrow, and save the world. We need you.

voteno

Before and After

November 2nd, 2016


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October 30th, 2016


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October 29th, 2016

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The Trump Guide to the Seven Deadly Sins

October 22nd, 2016

Support Groups Are Not Competitions

August 23rd, 2016

I’m running an EDS and/or POTS support group on Sunday that meets every few months, and one of the groups I posted it to took down the announcement because it was “in competition” with their group, which also meets every few months (not at the same time).

This makes me sad. I would like to see thousands of these groups, so that anyone who wanted to could go down the block on any given day and get the support they need. Never would it cross my mind not to advertise other groups – in fact, I do it all the time. The only reason I started running these groups in the first place was to become the very thing I most needed, because it was so rare and virtually inaccessible.

If the chronic illness community sees support groups as competitions, we’ll have even less help than we already do. We have too many enemies within our own bodies to also have to combat each other. Imagine, by contrast, if we all worked together (the way so many of us already do) – what couldn’t we accomplish?

PS: Now I have another guy angrily telling people that because he once went to a support group in *Milwaukee* that wasn’t good, people shouldn’t go to mine, either, and that “Facebook is better.” %@*#@$%

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Rediscovery (A New Poem)

July 16th, 2016

I haven’t spoken about this publicly yet, but I have not been able to use my right shoulder for the past month. At first because of a defect in one of my rotator cuff tendons, and then because of the extraction process, which required a cut into 75% of that tendon. Since I have connectisue tissue disorder (EDS) which damages tendons and ligaments, the prospect of cutting into a tendon is extremely daunting.

I should have recovered my range of motion after 3 days, but on day 13, I still could not move, and was in fact losing motion by the day – an indication that I might never use my right arm again.

And then, suddenly, at 2:30 in the morning – just 3 hours after the most painful and limited attempt at movement yet – my arm suddenly came back into being.

It was like seeing magic, and in that moment, I could barely breathe. I began to cry, in joy and relief. I don’t know what to take from this – many lessons are tempting. But all I know for sure is that even the most seemingly hopeless of situations sometimes changes for the better. And that change can happen in a single moment, when you least expect it.

With my renewed use of my arm, I wrote this poem:

Rediscovery

I move my arm through the air
Like I am dancing through time
and space
Like a child discovering my working body
For the very first time
I smile and laugh
Giddy and delighted
At what once escaped my notice for 29 years

How wonderful would life be
If we could rediscover it
With each new sunrise?
To awaken to ourselves
And witness
Every breath
Every sound
Every sight, feeling, and movement
As the miracle it is?

© Michael Bihovsky, 2016

In Solidarity with the Dallas Police

July 8th, 2016

I would be incredibly remiss after my post yesterday about the brutal and tragic murder of Philando Castile if I did not also take time to express my horror and outrage about the slaying of five Dallas police officers out of supposed “revenge” for the murders earlier this week.

There is no revenge for murder, let alone revenge that is aimed not at an individual, but at a group that an individual belongs to, whether it is his profession or the color of his skin. There is no revenge for murder. There is only more hate and more murder.

Policemen are, on the whole, extraordinary. They offer us their service, their protection, and in terrible cases like this, their lives. My heart goes out to the victims of this senseless violence, and to their families. I thank and honor them for their service and protection, and pray that by some miracle such acts of hate will demand that we all look at each other very closely, beneath race and sex and religion and politics and every other trait, and see our own selves in each other’s eyes.

To Not Close My Eyes

July 7th, 2016

Today I forced myself to watch the most terrible thing I have ever seen: the brutal aftermath of the murder of Philando Castile at the hands of Minnesota police. The screams of his girlfriend, her four-year-old daughter softly saying, “It’s okay, Mommy. I’m right here with you.” That will haunt me forever. As it should haunt all of us.

Why did I watch this? Because in a country where black men and women are gunned down daily, where people I love are posting in multitudes about their fear for their own lives, the only thing that is in my power is to not close my eyes.

My eyes are open. And my heart is open, even though I know it will provide little if any solace. I am so sorry that this keeps happening. May we all rally together with the balance of love and anger to create a better world. We can do better. We must.

How Many More? The Orlando Shooting

June 12th, 2016

I know you’re not supposed to “politicize” a tragedy, but I also don’t know how to live in this world if we don’t learn from mistakes, especially when they have such deadly consequences. Just last week, President Obama talked about how because of the NRA (and the politicians they fund), the government can’t even prevent people on terrorist watch lists and known ISIS sympathizers from buying guns. Well, this gunman was both of those things, and the subject of two FBI investigations. The government KNEW he was dangerous, and because of the NRA, was powerless to stop him. He bought this gun legally. And now 49 people are dead, 53 injured, thousands upon thousands of family and friends in mourning. How many more will there be?

This “assault-style” rifle is the type of weapon al-Qaeda encourages followers to buy in the US to inflict mass casualties. It was illegal until 2004, but then Congress let that ban expire. This gun’s job is mass murder, and it does that job well. An “assault-style” rifle was the San Bernadino gun, the Aurora gun, the Sandy Hook gun. Now it’s the Orlando Pulse gun, too. And if you want to go buy one right now – you can. Even if you’re on a terror watch list and a public ISIS supporter. Even if you are mentally ill or a convicted felon. This gun is yours, if you want it.

I refuse to believe that there isn’t a way to protect people’s right to hunt and/or protect themselves, and still get weapons like this off the market and out of the hands of terrorists. 91% of people want it done, including most NRA members. But it doesn’t happen because of the demagoguery of NRA leadership and the cowardice of the overwhelmingly Republican politicians they pay off.

I don’t ever want to hear again that Republicans are the ones who are “tough on terror.” Because THIS is terror. And they let it happen. And they will let the next time happen, and the next, and the next. Make your own decision of what to do with that information.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/06/12/the-gun-used-in-the-orlando-shooting-is-becoming-mass-shooters-weapon-of-choice/