America the Beautiful – a patriotic American song first written as a poem by Katherine Lee Bates in 1893.

Today it is America the Ugly—an unpatriotic nation at war with itself, infested with cultural bias, racial hatred, and incurable political partisanship.

Last week my wife and I walked out of an H.E.B. store in Boerne, Texas. My wife had on a “Beto” t-shirt. An old man—a wretched, angry, mean-spirited old white man—stared at my wife with blind hatred. He said nothing.

There was a time in America when individuals with different political points of view expressed on t-shirts, bumper stickers, or signs in yards invited reasonable exchanges, polite political discourse, and handshakes amid laughter.

That was America the Beautiful—freedom to express one’s beliefs and values without open social conflict.

America the Ugly, however, is personified today by the white supremacists, cowardly gun-toting motherfuckers standing at Arizona polling places and other public venues trying to intimidate voters of color trying to cast their votes of choice.

Just one glance at these dimwitted soldiers of racial hatred, dressed out in their paramilitary garb, tells you exactly what they are.

What would these tin soldiers of hatred do if an armed patrol unit of the Nation of Islam disciples showed up to protect the people of color voters that the tin soldiers are trying to frighten.?

I tell you what they would do.

They would break every Usain Bolt record trying to get to their Ford-150s to “get the hell out of Dodge.”

They are cowards, just like that old white man standing in the H.E.B. parking lot fuming at his own inability to say what he was thinking.

And, folks, this is only the beginning – you will not know America the Beautiful a decade from now.We could very well have an exiled Vladimir Putin competing with Majorie Taylor Geen for a vice-presidential slot.


They shit on the House Chamber floor.

The January 6th Committee this past Thursday wrapped up its last scheduled public hearing. The evidence and revelations presented at the hearing presented a summary of what most rational thinking Americans already know: the January 6, 2021 assault on the nation’s capital was an armed insurrection developed, planned, and executed by powerful political leaders, law enforcement personnel, and a litany of clowns and goons affiliated with both.

But one of the most disgusting revelations was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealing to other government officials over the phone as tha attack was underway that some insurrectionists had defecated on the House Chamber floor.

If possible, think for one minute about that revelation.

People had died, at least one had been killed, and hundreds had been seriously injured by a mob of cretins shouting “hang Mike Pence.” And amidst all this human chaos—the screaming curses, the vile death threats, and the senseless destruction of government property—some of these assholes, in the presence of a bunch of other assholes, dropped their pants and shit on the House Chamber floor.

Contemplate for just one more moment about what kind of character and mindset it takes to do such a thing. People normally defecate when a natural biological urge occurs. It takes a crude, filthy, obnoxious, and unhinged person to drop their pants in public and defecate on the House Chamber floor.

The shit those individuals deposited on that floor not only represented but defined the political belief system they were so-called “fighting” for.

Some of the nation’s right wing political leaders—White Christian Nationalists as they like to be known—have called the defecating insurrectionists “patriots.”

Patriotism (which is actually a Greek word, not American) in 17th century Europe was considered a defense of an established order but the American Revolution transformed the term into an assault on an established order.

So I guess those horn wearing, tattooed violence supporting goons who defiled the House Chamber floor with an excrement that smelled much like their breath were, in fact,  “shitty patriots.”