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“In Fum-Fudge great is a Lion with a proboscis, but greater by far is a Lion with no proboscis at all.” Lionizing, Edgar Poe

There is a vote for nothing.

We can desire nothing. We can think of nothing. We can move towards nothing.

We can choose nothing.

It is a very pleasant thing.  I think I will do nothing today.

We love and need and want nothing, like nothing else.

When love speaks to us—and what is more desired than love?—it whispers “sweet nothings.”

When we are in pain, we always feel something: whatever is hurting us, we feel.

The opposite of pain is simply to feel—nothing.

To feel nothing is bliss.

When we are truly comfortable with a friend, we can be at ease with them—doing nothing. That’s the test of friendship.

In friendship, in love, we find it meaningful and reassuring and pleasant to be next to someone we care about, doing absolutely nothing.

Nothing is the elixir of those voting for Hillary.

Voters for Trump want lower taxes and less regulations to stimulate business and grow the economy and create jobs and wealth.  They want borders against illegal immigrants for the safety and success of all Americans. Things like that. Agree with it, or not, to vote for Trump is to vote for something.

Likewise, with Jill Stein.  One votes for her to help protect the environment.

The libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson.  We know what that means. You are voting for the philosophy of less government and more individual freedom regarding issues that don’t harm others.

Ah, but none of these votes reach the profound bliss of nothing.

These voting choices preach good, but good with conditions: goods which are good, but which must be worked for.

But a vote for Hillary.

What is a vote for Hillary?

It is a vote for nothing.

Many people are voting for Hillary just… because… she is… a woman.

Just as strong friendships exist when two friends can hang out together doing nothing, so it is with the unconditional love of one woman for another.

You are a woman.  She is a woman. That’s it. That’s enough. It is nice just knowing there is another one similar to you in your presence. And of course this can work with any group with which you identify.

Just wanna be with my peeps. Nothing more.

It is the utterly simple companionship based on nothing—just two people occupying the same space together, in the simplest kind of empathy.  Nothing else is required.  Nothing.

What did Hillary do when she was a senator?  Everyone agrees.  Nothing.

In any manner that can be measured, in terms of speech, or policy, or legislation—what has she contributed?  Nothing.

What is her legacy?  Nothing.

Hillary is most famous for the nothing of erased emails, the nothing of vanished documents, the nothing of unnamed villains conspiring to make it seem she has done something wrong.

In Hillary’s case, we look in vain for something.  Does she have a personality?  Is there anything, when we look at her?

No. There is nothing.

A vote for Hillary says: let the future be the same as the present.  No change, please.  Nothing.

It is her secret appeal, if she has one.  No, there isn’t any appeal.

But of course, it is a greater appeal than any other.

The appeal of, and for, nothing.

And to argue with the Hillary Clinton status quo of blissful, unthinking nothing?  Is there anything we can say?

No. There is nothing.

We argue for—something—in vain.






  1. Gary B. Fitzgerald said,

    November 9, 2016 at 12:17 am


    I know that you’ve transgressed
    for haven’t I, as well?
    You have sinned, as have we all
    for aren’t all of us but human?
    All feel the sorrow and the rage,
    the joy and pain.

    We are all sometimes selfish and petty,
    thoughtless or vain,
    but also forgiving, often kind.
    We help others try and understand,
    feel sympathy and pity.
    But still we get angry!
    We hurt them anyway!
    Aren’t all of us but human, after all?

    It’s just that some of us
    are more human than others.

    Copyright 2010 – Ponds and Lawns: New and Corrected Poems, Gary B. Fitzgerald


    Through tall grass two stones fly
    from opposite directions, simultaneously.
    Kill the same rabbit!
    Two men, surprised, look up through the grass
    from opposite directions, instantaneously.
    Then at the rabbit.
    Circling, both approach slowly, slings dangling,
    curious, suspicious, eyeing each other,
    then look at the rabbit both sought.

    Both hungry under Neolithic skies,
    each has need of what the other’s got.
    Both move, drop slings for spears and throw!
    One man dies. One eats, one not
    for two have claimed one rabbit.

    Copyright 2010 – Ponds and Lawns: New and Corrected Poems, Gary B. Fitzgerald

  2. November 9, 2016 at 5:12 am

    Looks like Trump’s going to win. Are you happy now?
    Be careful what you wish for. One never gets SOMETHING for nothing.

  3. noochinator said,

    November 9, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Money for nothing and chicks for free:

  4. thomasbrady said,

    November 9, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    The last Clinton ad I saw was children watching Trump say bad things. In this TV ad, Hillary is absent. The message is: I have nothing to say but vote for me because my opponent isn’t nice to children.

    I didn’t think that message boded well for Hillary. It was kind of a non-message. Did she ever say what she was going to do? “My opponent is gross. Vote for me.” Really? With your husband??

    • noochinator said,

      November 9, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      I agree with you about that ad—made me recall how little kids got an education about blowjobs and semen-stained dresses circa 1998-9…. Anyway, Gary shouldn’t blame us, we’re both from blue states!

  5. thomasbrady said,

    November 9, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Maybe she would have won if TIna Fey had played Pence? 😉

    • noochinator said,

      November 9, 2016 at 10:44 pm

      Take heart, Clinton supporters: only ~730 days until election day 2018—I predict a Democratic sweep of both houses of Congress. And always remember that Nixon won 49 states in 1972, and was gone less than two years later….

  6. November 9, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    What state are you from, Nooch? I live in a state as spilled blood.


    • noochinator said,

      November 9, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      I’m a native Masshole, but I’m carpetbagging in Maryland. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say that Maryland is carpetbagging me!

      Apparently Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey (she’s still alive, turns 80 in January!!!) spent a long-ago night with Mr. Trump:

  7. November 10, 2016 at 1:51 am

    Our local Pacifica radio station played a couple of songs to commemorate the election. First they played Sympathy for the Devil by the Stones and then they played Ding Dong, the witch is dead.
    Hee her.

    • Desdi said,

      November 10, 2016 at 3:48 am

      You’re progressive; and so you must denigrate
      our triumphant victorious candidate.
      Yes, you shot off your mouth.
      Now you’re trapped to the south
      of the land where you promised to emigrate.

      Before your resolve starts to stall,
      you must heed the Canadian call.
      Pack your bags and go forth
      to your home in the north.
      (or climb over that Mexican wall).

      It’s the END ! Now the Right will resurge,
      and a new coalition emerge.
      A Canadian rental
      might help with your mental
      well-being. We’ll play you a dirge.

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