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Talking Trash without Substance

Updated on April 7, 2017
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POISONOUS FUMES FILL THE POLITICAL AIR

Seagulls circle the sky as rats scurry from one pile of noxious filth to the other. Flies have swarmed over everything and a bacteria is spreading as if we were in the throes of the Bubonic Plague. Noticeably absent from the landfill are old and discarded appliances like refrigerators, stoves, VCRs, boom boxes, washers, and dryers. Instead, the junkyard I’m referring to is the refuse being dumped on American people by the Waste Management Departments of the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement. The vapor lines of stench fill the air and smother the majority of a population. It is time to close the dump of lies, innuendos, and half-truths. We need to bulldoze over the reeking mess which has been assaulting our senses before our history, freedoms and middle class have perished forever.

GOD, COUNTRY, AND GUNS

Each election cycle appears to bring forth a host of candidates who spew swill like a cowboy using a spittoon in the old west. Rather than having coherent discussions and debates on substantive subjects, the voting public is littered with hot-button social issues, religion, war, isolationism, immigration, homeland security, union busting and basically anything and everything but the real problems that face our nation. Each statement or off the cuff comment is meant to incite the audience and with an ever increasing uneducated populace, their strategy seems to be working. The mantra of those on the far right surrounds God, country, and guns and has become the bilge pumped out to a fan base with limited vision and scope. For whatever reason, hogwash and folderol stir the emotions of the sanitation workers these political hacks employ. However, lurking just beneath the surface of the foul odor of rubbish are the sickening remnants of racism. bias, intolerance, and fear.

SOCIALIST, MUSLIM AND A WEIRD NAME...OH MY

Curbside pick-up commenced with the repetition of enunciating Barack “Hussein” Obama’s name. Saying with a deliberative emphasis “Hussein” was the smog to hang over Obama’s head. Being a community organizer became as dirty as the slop being castoff. He’s not a Christian, but rather a Muslim, he’s a socialist and where’s his birth certificate filled the trash bags hurled into the air of uncertainty. Then we are faced with vermin who so wretchedly make analogies between President Obama and Hitler. Inflammatory remarks should be tossed into the compactor…never to be heard of again.In the throwaway world, we live in, we are also getting rid of levelheadedness and replacing it with absurdity.

GARBAGE IN AND GARBAGE OUT

A sinkhole of misinformation is forming due to the weight of rubble, hyperbole and just plain malarkey being discarded in the junkyard of today’s politics. The hydraulics remain well greased on the Waste Management trucks as they let loose one load after another of untruths, smears, and character assassinations. The gates to the landfills of political punditry remain open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. As the saying goes, "There is no rest for the wicked." Do we, as voters leave this toxic mess the way it is or do we bury its ugliness and turn the poisonous area into a green space? Personally, I loathe being around garbage…but do you?

WRITTEN BY: DENNIS L. PAGE

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    • pagesvoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis L. Page 

      6 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Thank you Ginger for taking the time to read and comment on yet another one of my hubs. I will certainly find time to return the favor. Thanks again.

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      Ginger Ruffles 

      6 years ago

      Loved this hub and it made me want to check out your other hubs as well.

    • pagesvoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis L. Page 

      6 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Thank you.

    • feenix profile image

      feenix 

      6 years ago

      Hello, PagesVoice,

      Yes, my friend, I am certainly a passionate person. And the courteous manner in which you responded to my initial comment on this page served to remind me that I must always work to keep my "passion" under control.

      And not only am I honored by the fact that you are one of my followers, it is an honor for me to be one of your followers.

    • pagesvoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis L. Page 

      6 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      @ feenix - We are two passionate people who enjoy the power of the written word. Political bantering can be a dirty business. I am reminded of a pair of political strategists. James Carvill (D strategist) and Mary Matalin (R strategist) are a powerful couple, but on opposite ends of ideology. Still, these two manage to be married and go home together at the end of the day. To me that is a great example of putting differences aside and still respecting each other. I am one of your followers and I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

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      feenix 

      6 years ago

      Hello, PagesVoice,

      And I thank you for responding to my comment in such a civil way. You are truly a gentleman, and I admire and respect you for that.

    • pagesvoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis L. Page 

      6 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      @ feenix - Thank you for leaving your comment to my article. One thing about politics and people who are active in the political arena is disagreement. If we all agreed then there wouldn't be a need for a 2 party system and I think we will agree where that would leave us. In any event, I know I won't change your mind on political opinion and you sir most likely will not change mine. Neither of us are enemies of the State. Instead we are two people who happen to write and who also happen to have polar opposite political views and that is okay. For you see, one thing about living in a free society is the fact we can both agree to disagree. Thank you again for stopping by and commenting.

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      feenix 

      6 years ago

      When it comes to writing a negative article about a particular political party, that is a very easy thing to do.

      For example, I could quickly punch out an article that began with the following remarks:

      The Democrat Party has inflicted more damage on "my people," blacks, than the whites who enslaved my forebears ever did.

      The Democrats and all of their left-wing allies in the news and entertainment media, and educational system, are destroying black society.

      The obscene and counter-productive practices and policies of the Democrat Party and its allies has caused millions of blacks to get killed before they are even born, the destruction of the black family, and millions of black people to be permanently and hopelessly dependent on government handouts and the goodwill of whites.

    • pagesvoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis L. Page 

      6 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      @ junkseller - Thank you for stopping by and your kind words. "Rats scurry" is a great way to describe all of the high pitched squeaks coming out of the mouths of political candidates. Writing this article was exhilaration on steroids. With the type of people running for political office it is easy to write farcical pieces. For me, writing becomes tedious if I am simply using humdrum words and phrases. Thanks again and I too look forward to reading and commenting on your works.

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      junkseller 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Bravo Sir!, you turn a phrase with delicious flair. I read an article lately about dumbing down writing for consumption by average readers. The suggestions included things like writing "use" instead of "utilize" and I sat there thinking, "is this really what it has come to." And so I would like to say thanks for writing something that included words like "drivel" and "folderol" and for understanding that readability comes more from clarity than from using three letter words. Nice work.

      I wish I had been surprised as others were, but I guess I pay too much attention to politics, since it was the first thing I thought of after reading "rats scurry".

    • pagesvoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis L. Page 

      6 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      @ Sooner28 Thank you for taking time out of your day to read and reply to my story. The junk being bantered about is toxic on so many levels and it stirs the fires of hatred, bigotry, sexism and homophobia.

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      Sooner28 

      6 years ago

      @Pagesvoice,

      I really enjoyed the analogy you used with garbage. I think it served your point well.

      One thing I really liked that you said, "Curb side pick up commenced with the repetition of enunciating Barack “Hussein” Obama’s name. Saying with a deliberative emphasis “Hussein” was the smog to hang over Obama’s head. Being a community organizer became as dirty as the slop being castoff. He’s not a Christian, but rather a Muslim, he’s a socialist and where’s his birth certificate filled the trash bags hurled into the air of uncertainty. Then we are faced with vermin who so wretchedly make analogies between President Obama and Hitler. Inflammatory remarks should be tossed into the compactor…never to be heard of again."

      I really don't understand how Republicans cannot see how ridiculous they look when they call Obama a socialist Muslim. Nor can I see how anyone votes for them in their current form. They have gone off the deep end! I think in an era gone by, Obama would have fit better in the Republican party, but sadly today it's a completely reactionary group of people still holding to the failed policies of Bush.

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      Dennis L. Page 

      6 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Thanks for reading and leaving your footprint, Ms P. I hope you are feeling better too. You are so right noticing my passion about politics. I enjoy a good debate, but despise those debates that turn nasty with name calling and innuendo. Then I get really fired up...but in a good way I think, because I express myself in words and petitions.

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      Priscill Anne Alvik 

      6 years ago from Schaumburg, IL

      I too expected a garbage dump!!! Quite the surprise! I am not very political either, and have a rather quiet side to the subject that I hold dear to my heart and pray a lot about.

      Your article displays the heat and color of fire I feel is burning in your belly over the up coming election. You did a wonderful job of painting passion with words!!

      Most excellent Mr.D!!!

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      btw..i was giggling when you revealed it wasn't a real garbage dump! Unexpected and funny!

    • pagesvoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis L. Page 

      6 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      @maxoxam41 Thanks for reading and commenting on my pile of junk. lol Print, radio and TV are filled with tons of waste being thrown at the public in a 24 hour news cycle. The world must be laughing their arses off at us.

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      Dennis L. Page 

      6 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Thank you Charlie for not only reading my Hub, but also in taking the time to leave a reply...I do appreciate it. There was the 20th debate on CNN tonight and I just couldn't bring myself to watch these wannabe hopefuls anymore.

    • pagesvoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis L. Page 

      6 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Thank you Jessica for reading and replying to this Hub. I do get fired up when it comes to political hacks speaking on emotional issues, but not addressing the problems in front of us, i.e., jobs, infrastructure, living wages, fair taxes, women's rights,etc.

    • pagesvoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis L. Page 

      6 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      How the hell did these people get elected in the first place? Better still is that these misfits even have a base of followers. Their views of the world scare the daylights out of me.

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      Deforest 

      6 years ago from USA

      Nice piece of work full of vivid allegories! I, too, loathe being around garbage.

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      Jessica 

      6 years ago

      I do not consider myself an expert in the political world, and honestly I have a hard time grasping it all. I enjoy that a lot of people have such knowledge to impart to those like me, who would otherwise remain in the dark. Whether you agree or disagree with the words themselves, it is helpful to shed some light on this topic for me. And I agree that the garbage, the lies, and the pulling the wool over our eyes needs to stop. What is so hard about telling the truth, and sticking with it? Grrr! Nice job, Dennis.

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      Sigh..You know that you and i are on the exact same page where these fools are concerned. All i can say is...OY! Heaven help us all - and this from a girl who doesn't believe in heaven..THAT'S how bad it is! As always, D - so well written and plainly stated! Up it goes..

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      Charlie 

      6 years ago

      Once again you've hit a home run. Excellent! I become more and more irate with each new and ridiculous statement from the Republicans. They have no shame and obviously, no intention of doing what is right for the country. They've sold their souls and their votes to the dollar sign.

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