Saturday Night Live – The Opposition Party

With the close of another week, the American people and the world were witnesses to more absurdity and stupidity coming out of Washington. They also received their comedic medicine during these scary times, another episode of Saturday Night Live that displays the folly of electing a reality-t.v. billionaire to be the leader of the United States. Hopefully, it serves a big flashing warning for America for 2020 – don’t do this s*it again!

is speaking for America, or maybe liberal America, or the America that does not believe in “alternative facts” and Bowling Green massacres.  I am not sure, but they are on a roll.

Maybe it’s speaking to the  America that gave Hillary Clinton an overwhelming popular vote win, or maybe it’s just talking to California, or black and brown people, Millenials, or all remaining sane white people.

I am not sure exactly who it is speaking to, but I have to believe millions of people out are horrified and concerned, right? Millions of us cannot understand what has happened to our government and how it has been hijacked by radicals, seemingly intent on its destruction from within. There will be enough people to ensure something like this does not happen again in 2020, right? Here’s to hoping…

At times it feels like SNL is doing a better job than our media at calling a duck a duck, or as is more often the case with this administration – a lie a lie.

SNL has been serving as the conscious of America, through comedy, skewering and lampooning the travesty that is President Trump and his attack on our values and institutions. It is sad, and spectacular all at once that the leader of the free world is bothered by the withering critique of a sketch-comedy program.

The cast of SNL has served as more of an opposition party to Trump than the Democratic Party, finding a clear voice and showing they have some big cojones. Week after week they have been calling bullshit, through comedy, on the President and his cronies. The Democrats need to take some notes and maybe ask to borrow those cojones as well.

If you have not seen this week’s episode, I don’t want to give it away, but Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer is over the top wonderfulness. Melissa was a total clown, but of course so is the Press Secretary, which is kind of the point and it worked marvelously. Alec Baldwin, Kate McKinnon, Weekend Update – all the usual stuff – was excellent as well.

Back to Melissa, where do I submit a petition to make her a full-time cast member, or at least make sure she returns at least once a month to be Sean Spicer? The gloriousness of her impersonation cannot be overstated.

Yes, as I sat in my liberal bubble of education and “real facts” here in Manhattan,  I thoroughly enjoyed myself, which means the President surely did not. I am waiting for this week’s angry tweet about the joke that is SNL, but as all sane Americans know the joke, at least on Saturdays, will always be on this President. Maybe Kellyanne has the phone under lock and key.

Great work SNL – keep it up.

You can watch a brief clip here:

 

 

 

Trump and the Villification of Muslims

Because President Trump campaigned to make America safe again, he signed an Executive Order banning all citizens from Saudi Arabia entering the United States, as 15 out of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 came from that country. Also, because of years of mass shootings primarily committed by white men, the Trump Administration moved to round up those found to be lonely, reclusive, weird, and “wacky.” The concern being that white men seem to have a tendency to shoot up high schools, elementary schools, black churches, and movie theaters  – among other things.

Oh, wait, that didn’t happen. All of that would be silly and not a real solution. But in keeping with doing things that don’t solve problems, the President actually signed an Executive Order that bans entry from seven Muslim-majority countries – Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, and Yemen which is even sillier than the fake news I outlined in the first paragraph.

The thing about Trump and his Administration is that they are bratty children throwing a tantrum on the world’s stage. We have left uneducated children who think they know everything in charge of the Executive Branch. So on Friday, we received a bunch of theater, meaningless hullaballoo and another  Executive Order, an especially vile one, for the cameras to see – banning Muslims – supposedly to make America safer. He was so gleeful in the signing of this order, I was waiting for him to beat his chest.

Trump and that apprentice of the devil, Kellyanne Conway, can call it what they want, but it is a small down payment on his pledge to ban Muslims – period. Yes, they didn’t ban all Muslims, only some so I suppose that is meant to make it less abominable, right? There was excitement over the weekend about a New York judge temporarily blocking the order, but that only applied to people already here and stranded at the airport – not the entire Executive Order.

As an aside, if I have to see this peeled cantaloupe, as my friend calls him, proudly signing orders like he is Henry VIII one more time I might scream. I thought Republicans hated Executive Orders.

Who is going to tell the King that the majority of these attacks on our soil have been conducted by American citizens? Was this information not in his briefings? Was he too busy tweeting? Too busy fighting with Alec Baldwin? Too busy insulting Meryl Streep? Too busy applying pressure to the Parks Department to find “alternative” photographs showing his YUGE crowd size at the inauguration? Who is going to explain to the President that ISIS is an ideology, spread on the internet and that people already within the United States have been, and can be, radicalized?

He talked about totally defeating ISIS in his inauguration speech and, to be fair, Obama talked in the same absurd terms regarding ISIS. American President’s tend to talk in sweeping terms about threats, but smart people know that one might be able to defeat an occupying army, but you can never defeat an ideology – what’s in the hearts and minds of people.

Are we going to ban French nationals too as some of the recent attacks in that country  were conducted by radicalized citizens? What about Germans? What about banning people from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, or the United Arab Emirates? I believe there were some 9/11 ties there. Oh, wait, it’s being reported Trump has some business interests there so they can’t make the list.

In voting for this man, the American people have unleashed a rabid dog on their fellow citizens and the world. He is irrational, angry, lacks impulse control, and is uncontainable – except in regards to Russia. Vladimir Putin must be holding some sort button to an invisible electric shock collar around Trump’s neck because Trump is oddly quiet, polite, and non-offensive related to all things Russian.

At the end of the day, I don’t believe we should be banning millions of people outright of any country. If the United States is in such a state of fear and unable to vet people, maybe we shouldn’t allow anyone to come into the country, as clearly there are threats from many, many areas of the globe.

I like reality television (don’t judge me), and since we have our first reality television President, it is important to point out a constant on all of those shows, especially the most appalling. Turn on Love and Hip Hop, Marriage Bootcamp, or The Real Housewives of Fill in the City of Your Choice, for instance, the casts are filled with self-important people, usually doing crappy things.

They’re bad husbands and wives, bad business partners, disloyal friends, etc. They are usually all the things we would teach our children not to be. Even though they themselves can go back and see their own bad behavior at all times, the footage is always there, these people rarely believe any of their actions create the drama or causes problems, it’s always someone or something else. They are also abnormally confident in their own behavior and decisions and, of course, being right.

Filling a television program with people like that and then allowing cameras to roll sets the stage for great conflict and drama. It can be tons of fun to watch when you’re just talking about boozy wealthy women with nothing else better to do than to lunch and gossip.

In the past, American’s looked at these sort of people, shook their heads while being entertained and went about their lives. In 2016, the American public chose to elect one of these people to the highest office in the land.

Call him a rabid dog, a stupid peeled cantaloupe, or a reality tv star President, he is dangerous and woefully unfit for this position. His words matter. His poorly thought out Executive Orders matter.

I am ashamed to be witness to this ban and hope an adult in the room convinces the King to change course for the sake of those people, America’s reputation and, yes, our safety – because this action does not make us safer.

Uh, this man makes me so disgusted I had to write on a Sunday!