Saying goodbye isn't always difficult

Whether its a 19-year-old heading off to college in another state, a military service member receiving an assignment overseas, or a long-time employee of a company leaving for greener pastures, saying goodbye can be difficult. For the younger sibling of that 19-year-old…for the father of that service member…for the friend of the long-time employee, for all that they may be happy for their sibling/son/friend, there is often a great degree of sadness. Sadness over being unable to go fishing with that older sibling-at least not for the foreseeable future. Sadness from the father who hates the thought of spending the holidays without one of his children. Sadness from the friend who will miss the daily talks with that long-time employee.

There are other times, however, when we say goodbye to someone and the accompanying emotion is joy, rather than sadness. Over at Addicting Info (don’t click the link yet), I just learned that a particularly odious individual may soon be making Costa Rica his home. Were it someone I cared about, someone like a sibling, or one of my [hypothetical] children, or a much-loved co-worker, I would no doubt be filled with sadness. In this case, I do not feel an ounce of sadness. I feel much joy.

Joy at the thought that USAmerican airwaves will have one less slut-shaming asshole spewing shit like this:

“A Georgetown coed told Nancy Pelosi’s hearing that the women in her law school program are having so much sex they’re going broke, so you and I should have to pay for their birth control. So what would you call that? I called it what it is. So, I’m offering a compromise today: I will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want. … So Miss Fluke and the rest of you feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”

One less so-called “pro-lifer” polluting the airwaves demonstrating that they really don’t care about children? Joy fills me.

“If you feed them, if you feed the children, three square meals a day during the school year, how can you expect them to feed themselves in the summer? Wanton little waifs and serfs dependent on the State. Pure and simple.”

Who wouldn’t be happy to hear less sexist bullshit like this?

“I’m a huge supporter of women. What I’m not is a supporter of liberalism. Feminism is what I oppose. Feminism has led women astray. I love the women’s movement — especially when walking behind it.”

One less science-denying nincomfuck? Yippee!

“Cholesterol has nothing to do with heart disease. Nothing wrong with saturated fats.”

I could very nearly jump for joy at the thought of one less person perpetuating Rape Culture.

“Public and private polling indicates that Ohioans, by a substantial margin, want to overturn the new law. Which means, if this is true, that people in Ohio want to rape themselves”

How could I not be filled with joy at the thought of a racist asshole departing the U.S.?

“Holocaust? Ninety million Indians? Only four million left? They all have casinos — what’s to complain about?”

Or the homophobia. I can definitely do without the homophobia (as well as the sexism).

“When a gay person turns his back on you, it is anything but an insult; it’s an invitation.”

Have you figured out the identity of the mystery man? Do you know who this racist, homophobic, sexist, misogynistic, Rape Culture enabling, faux “pro-lifer” is?  No? Here’s a hint:

Why am I saying goodbye to this bigoted, bloviating blowhard? He told us he was leaving back in 2010:

“If this [Obamacare] passes, and it’s five years from now, and all that stuff [from Obamacare] gets implemented, I’m leaving the country. I’ll go to Costa Rica.”

Well Rush? It’s been 5 years. Have you made all the necessary preparations? Have you bought your plane ticket? Is your stuff packed?

Dammit, turns out he wasn’t serious!

Now I’m sad.

A Limbaugh-less U.S. would be better for us all. For Rush, it would mean he wouldn’t have to bear the indignity of living in a country where millions of previously uninsured people now have health insurance. For the rest of us, we’d have one less hatemonger on the airwaves. Win-win! Of course if he did move, that wouldn’t be good for the citizens of Costa Rica. Perhaps a one-way trip to a deserted island would be better.

Saying goodbye isn't always difficult

2 thoughts on “Saying goodbye isn't always difficult

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    Sadly people like this are all too common – and the U.S. seems to have a particular knack of elevating stupidity to prominent media and political positions.

    I am not sure how you change this and find ways to encourage evidence based thinking. I suspect that the biggest factor for change today is from people like John Oliver who can talk about these things to a very broad cross-section of society (because comedy, celebrity!)

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    I think one important thing is developing critical thinking skills in people when they’re young, as well as teaching them the importance of science, logic, and reason.

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