All posts by Michael Valencia

#NeverHillary People Were Wrong. As Are The #NeverBernie Crowd

It’s happening once more. In fact, it never stopped. But it has seemed to ramp up recently. All of the online fuckery that kept us in a nearly constant state of anger and agitation in 2016, while simultaneously creating an opening for Trump to get into the White House, is upon us again. Several news reports have indicated that Russian troll-farms are filling social media with disinformation meant to keep Americans divided, attack Democratic candidates, and sow chaos in the run up to 2020.

One particularly insidious concept has been simply flipped and re-applied in reverse. In 2016, Twitter and Facebook saw frequent use of the #NeverHillary hashtag. The idea was that Hillary Clinton was such a monster (she wasn’t) and that Bernie Sanders had been cheated out of the Democratic nomination (he wasn’t – he lost) that people could not in good conscience vote for her. Even against Trump.

It was bullshit, and it’s happening again. Only this time it’s #NeverBernie folks who are pissed off at Bernie for various reasons, including how long it took for him to finally endorse/stump for Hillary, as well as the damaging political narratives that he espoused during the campaign.

Look, I’m not happy with Bernie these days either. Although I supported him early in the 2016 race and he was by far my first choice, I ultimately voted for Clinton. Because that’s what reasonable people do. But the point is, since then, a lot of things have changed. I no longer see Bernie as someone I will throw my support behind. Does this mean that I would not vote for him, should he become the Democratic nominee? OF COURSE NOT.

This is not a game. Trump and Republicans are taking us down a road to authoritarianism. They are fascists. The lot of them. Not to mention, they are part of a larger scheme by Russia to install Trump as an authoritarian puppet of Vladimir Putin. No matter how odious people might find Bernie, he is by far – BY FAR – a better choice than Trump. Unless the 2020 race reveals Bernie to be a serial killer or something along those lines, I refuse to buy the argument that he even remotely comes close to Trump’s incompetence and complete void of human empathy, compassion or values. We have to remember that there is a good chance some of those “#NeverBernie” hashtags are generated and/or pushed by Russian bots or trolls. We have seen what can happen when people in large enough numbers stomp their feet and fold their arms on election day. If the choice comes down to Bernie or Trump, the right thing to do is obvious. As it was in 2016. Let’s not repeat the same mistakes. Our country and democracy depend on it.

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To The Person Who Still Struggles With Alcohol – Hang On.

In January of 2010, I made a decision to stop drinking.  Looking back over the positive events that have transpired since then, and seeing the direction I had previously been heading with my abuse of alcohol, it is clear to me that it was one of the best decisions I ever made for myself.

I am absolutely convinced that, if I had continued down the path I was on with heavy/binge/blackout drinking, there is a very good chance I would either be dead, in jail, or otherwise would have had my life in a shambles.  In deciding to quit, I had finally come to a point where I could see very clearly just how destructive the alcohol was to my overall well-being, and to that of the loved ones surrounding me.  I realized that, if I wanted positive things in my life, alcohol couldn’t be part of that equation.  So I stopped.  Like that.

But it wasn’t easy.  In fact, it was fucking HARD.  But, let me tell you, if you currently struggle with drinking and want to stop – as difficult as it is, and as much as it SUCKS – you can do it.

I remember thinking “how am I going to do this?” when it came to quitting.  I just didn’t see any way that I could enjoy life the same way that I did when I was buzzed or drunk.  It always seemed like there would forever be a part missing from my life.  But I was wrong.  What I couldn’t see at the time, what seemed impossible – was the notion of being alcohol-free and comfortable at the same time.  This is because the main, fundamental reason I drank was that I wasn’t able to be comfortable in my own skin without booze.

So, when I stopped, even though I cut out the negatives of drinking to excess out of my life (the hangovers, the lack of memory about what happened the night before, etc.) – I still had this idea in my head that life was going to forever be missing an element of enjoyment that I just couldn’t seem to experience while alcohol-free.

I’m telling you, it gets better.  The expression “one day at a time” may be cliché, but that’s for a reason.  It’s true.  Getting off alcohol is hard.  It is critical to maintain perspective, though.  Tell yourself, each day – “just today, without alcohol.”  And stick to that, every day.  At times it will seem insurmountable.  It’s not.  Don’t let yourself think that.  When you start thinking that, tell yourself it’s bullshit.  Because it is.  And here’s the cool part – every day that you don’t drink, every day that you don’t rely on alcohol for a sense of comfort or peace, it gets a tiny bit easier.  You might not see it or feel it, but things are always changing.  And in time, you will find that it gets easier.  And easier.

It was a struggle for years.  And in rare moments, sometimes there are echoes of cravings.  But the amazing thing that happened a while back is that, while I was reflecting on things – it occurred to me – “wow, I don’t think about alcohol anymore.”  As hard as it was to believe that was possible at one time – it had happened.  I didn’t need it anymore.  I wasn’t lacking for having it out of my life.  In fact, it has been quite the opposite.  I am able to appreciate and experience things on a much deeper level now.  Whereas I once thought I would always resent not being able to drink anymore, now I am grateful for being free of alcohol’s chains.  I never thought I would be able to say that.

Hang on.

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“When It Gets Down To Having To Use Violence…”

So, earlier this year, comedian Michelle Wolf stirred things up by being brutally honest about the Trump administration.  Needless to say, the man-baby squatting in our White House wasn’t happy, and it appears that the White House Correspondents’ Association has buckled.  For the 2019 dinner, a historian will do the speaking (sounds thrilling.)

Upon hearing this news, this quote from John Lennon was the first thing that came to mind.

Because “Let Them Eat Cake” Is So 18th Century…

I thought this was fake at first. It’s real.

No, this is not the most important issue we are facing, by far. But it’s an embarrassing symbol of just how out of touch this disgusting family is with anything less than opulence. And if you think they’re not aware of how this looks, I’ve got a wall to sell you, which Mexico is going to pay for.

Trump Is A Traitor

Anyone who has been paying attention already knew.  But this week, Trump confirmed it on the world stage, as he stood next to his boss, Vladimir Putin, and slammed his own country’s intelligence agencies, blamed current relations with Russia on the United States, and accepted Putin’s narrative that Russia wasn’t behind the 2016 election hacks.

This piece of shit is a traitor.

Hubert Humphrey “The Moral Test Of Government…”


Let’s see…Between the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of separating immigrant children from their parents, the desire to cut Social Security, and the attempts to destroy Obamacare – I would say that Republicans are 0 for 3 in the context of this quote.

Apparently Fox News And The Right Are Okay With Trump Saying He Wants To Be Like Kim Jong-Un

I thought Fox News and their viewers were totally against government tyranny, etc. At least they were when Obama was in office.  And one of the most tired arguments that we often hear from 2nd Amendment people is that guns are needed to protect against tyrants, dictators, etc.

Now, right-wingers are apparently just swell with Trump literally saying he wants to be like the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-Un.

The disdain for Obama must have been for a different reason…Can’t quite put my finger on it…