Let’s You and Him Fight

It’s late in the day and I’m tired.  Normally, at this hour I have two goals: dinner and sleep.  I will be thrilled if the cortisone allows me to sleep a solid five hours.

But all day long I’ve been thinking about something that was brought to my attention:  an interesting graphic that is circulating on social media.   It has the logos of the main Americans’ abroad organizations (ACA, AARO, FAWCO, Dems Abroad) and two text boxes.

Reading from the top the first text box calls these organizations “silent” and “disconnected,” and says this is “unacceptable.”

The author tells us more in a second text box further down and to the left.  It  cites “continued attacks on Americans abroad” and claims that Elizabeth Warren wants to “strengthen FATCA in her ‘Medicare for all’ proposal…”   And where, the author asks, are the voice(s) of the main American migrant/expat organizations in all this?

My initial reaction was a giggle.  Not a great example of effective political communication.  I actually know what all those actors and acronyms mean and I still had to puzzle out what the author was getting at.  For a moment there I wondered if the Russians had written it.

Yes, my skepticism about stuff on social media is at an all time high because manipulative monkeys with keyboards abound.  And that is where it finally clicked for me – why it was on my mind.  The graphic and text made me feel like a not very nice someone was trying to play games with my head.  A someone trying to get me angry and then clumsily trying to direct my fire against their targets to his/her own ends.  A version of “Let’s you and Him Fight” (but without the romance.)

Now that I have that off my mind, I am shaking the whole thing off and moving on.  This past year has reminded me that life is short.  I will, health willing and at my convenience, check out the Warren allegation and I will make up my own mind as to whether or not this is something I should be concerned about.  And while I will happily read any statement put out by any advocacy organization, I don’t need them to tell me how to think or who to be pissed at.  In all the years I’ve been associated with them, they have never tried to do that with me.  Strong point in their favor.

Back to the evening’s regular programming.  Tacos for dinner and I made the shells myself.

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Victoria

Born in Seattle, USA. Generation Xer. Lived on 3 continents (North America, Asia and Europe). Country agnostic. Mother of two Frenchlings. MA in International Migration

3 thoughts on “Let’s You and Him Fight”

  1. Tacos! I don’t make those here. I do make enchiladas, burritos, fajitas, and taco salads. Actually, I make more taco salads now that my hubby has been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. It is impossible to manage though because he is in China so much now. Last time he left the next night I had super nacho and I also made my own tortilla chips for that. Thanks for all the Mexican and Tex-Mex recipes rattling through my thoughts now.

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  2. Tacos are definitely one of my fast foods. I keep a bowls of assorted veggies, grated cheese and prepared spicy ground beef in the fridge. Lunch is made in 5 minutes – a taco with lettuce, tomato, avocado, cheese, a dollop of creme fraiche and a little meat on a flour tortilla. Very tasty. The other day I decided to try and make the tortillas myself and I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was and how good.

    Your note has inspired me to try nachos and enchiladas. Any tips for making really good homemade nachos?

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