The Grass is Not Always Greener

As things in and around the White House deteriorate before our eyes, millions of Americans continue to steadfastly support the President. Meanwhile, millions of Americans revel in the idea of his ouster, assuming that any situation would be better than the one we're in. Assumptions tend to result in uncomfortable situations, and it may never be truer than in this case, as Pence might be worse than Trump!

Pence is more conservative, more right-radical and more myopic than even the current White House resident. He is against abortion, completely unsupportive of the LGBTQ community, against women's rights and downright afraid of same sex marriage. Worst of all, and more important than anything else, he hears voices. People that hear voices and act upon what they're 'told', regardless of whether they believe the voice belongs to a hippie from Galilee or a neighbor named Sam, have mental health issues. Period. End of story. Cut and dry. ¡Loco es loco!

Wouldn't we be better off with atheist leaders - just generally? Wouldn't we be better off with leaders that examine and question and evaluate and come up with rational conclusions, than leaders that just believe what their parents told them to believe? Wouldn't we be better off with leaders that don't have a stake in a God - whose only concern is running the county or state or school district or nation in real time, in the real world, based on things we can all see and touch? Wouldn't we be better off - really - with leaders that understand that the enemy also thinks God is on their side?

Many of our Founding Fathers were atheist, or at least unconvinced, with the separation of church and state a primary tenet upon which our nation was built. Do today's Americans that believe in a God have so little conviction in their faith that prospective leaders must believe similarly - or at least profess to - in order to vote for or follow them? Honestly and truly: would you rather have White House level decisions being made by logic and reasoning, or a voice in the night?

As difficult as it is these days to find things upon which we can all agree, maintaining the status quo and hoping that the current administration doesn't mess things up too badly or start a war, may be a good place to start. With a bit of luck in 2020 the Democrats will have regained enough sense to prop up a candidate with attributes beyond gender or race and give us a viable candidate under the age of 70 (for goodness sake), and the nightmare will be over.

So let us join together and hope for the best for the current administration, for our great nation and for each of us. And may God bless the USA.

Hey Doc! A Little Help Please?

I did it. I turned down the Vicodin during the pre-op appointment. When he asked why, I replied, "I like it too much". Instead of considering the acknowledgement I'd just made that I am to some degree addicted to opiates, or perhaps even complimenting me on my self-restraint and self-awareness, he pressed the idea that I would need some pain relief over the weekend, and we compromised on a prescription for ten pills of something 'similar' to Vicodin.

During interactions with doctors, nurses and support staff in the hours before and after my surgery, I told five other people that I like Vicodin too much. Each time I expected them to make a note in my chart but no one did, although Heaven knows that anything else you tell them gets noted and is then impossible to get deleted, even if it is in error! Two of the medical professionals made comments along the line that there aren't enough pills in a normal post-op prescription to make a difference - meaning not enough to rekindle an addiction, which is of course completely wrong. Without exception, my obvious cry for help and support: "I like it too much" was ignored and pain killers pushed. I don't know how to tell you this Mr. President, but if you're going to kill opiate pushers, you'll need to start with two doctors, an anesthesiologist and three nurses here in my town.

Several years ago my doctor prescribed four Vicodin a day to deal with arthritis. Month after month I swallowed those along with others that I finagled from my dentist. When it became clear that the time had come to stop taking them it wasn't terribly difficult, but it wasn't easy either. If I had accepted the normal prescription of thirty Vicodin for this recent operation, by the fourth day after surgery I would have already been scheming to get more.

It's great that as a nation we have become more aware of opiate abuse. It is not great that the old white politicians always automatically assume that any problem is with the poor, the not-white and criminals. America did not get hooked on opiates by the poor, by any race more or less, or by those whom we normally label as criminals. America is hooked on opiates because of doctors and a medical industry et al. that are both compassionate and very concerned about you having a good (pain-free) experience so you won't hesitate to come again, while being unconcerned about whether or not you get hooked or re-hooked.

The proliferation and furtherance of widespread opiate addiction may be aided by a more typical 'criminal' element, but they are merely providing a supply for a demand created - and also proliferated - by the medical industry. If anything should ever be noted in one's medical chart, it is an admission of an addiction! Once noted, a cessation of offering that substance to the patient would then be in order. It is truly amazing that the very nice and otherwise competent people that saw me through this surgery, and the medical industry in general are getting this so very wrong.

I did it - I turned down the Vicodin. Good for me. Hey medical industry - how 'bout a little help next time?

Hey Mr. President - killing opiate dealers will wipe out the all medical professionals; got another idea?

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