2021: Start Here

For the 2nd time in a few years, I have de-activated my Facebook account. I allowed the algorithm to win. I reacted to the crazy and let it take over. I really can’t let that happen again and decided to use my space here to clear a few things out of my brain. If this affected you, I am sorry I allowed it to happen. Facebook to me was bike, MINI, Beer and adorable grandkid photos. Now I have ruined it.

Can this be fixed?

Let’s start with the big one. You are incorrect and I truly believe that.

You, however, think that I am incorrect and I think you truly believe that.

This is not an agree to disagree situation. In this, we are both right and both wrong. Can this be fixed?

  • Can you provide proof that the election was rigged? By the way, saying it was rigged is not proof.
  • I can provide proof that it was not rigged. Will you listen?

I do not believe you can provide proof that has not already been debunked, multiple times over. You do not believe that the election was fair, no matter how much proof I can provide because I believe you have lost trust in everyone that does not tell you what you want to hear. I believe there is no one that can convince you that the election was fair. There is no proof you would believe. No person that you trust. If DJT were to come clean today and say the election wasn’t rigged, that he lied, you would probably think he was being forced to do it against his will.

You: Gets news from Fox and OAN (really?)
Me: Gets news from The AP, NBC and CNN (really?)

When I get news I don’t like from my sources, it bums me out. I don’t go in search of a source that gives me news I do like. You thought Fox News wasn’t being fair? So you switched to OAN? Whether the news there is accurate or correct is not the arguement here. It’s the fact that you keep searching for news you agree with.

You: It’s censorship. Why don’t they kick the Ayatollah off?
Me: Good point. Also, public safety?

I still don’t understand why the Ayatollah gets brought into this argument. Even worse, I don’t understand why this argument exists. After what happened on Wednesday, January 6th? Did you not see the posts leading up to this? Did you not see the posts as it was happening? Did you not see what happened? After all of that, your biggest concern is that the Ayatollah still has a Twitter account? There is nothing you can tell me here to change my mind. Much as there is nothing I can say here to change yours.

On January 20th, we get a new president, that I voted for. And, to be clear, even though I did vote for him, my vote was not for him. My vote was against the outgoing president. While I’m not a huge fan of the new President, I am certain that he is not, or will not turn into, an autocratic fascist that is willing to do everything in his power to try and topple the US government, our democracy and our constitution. I’m positive that he will take these words to heart

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

To me, that means he will not attempt to incite violence against his fellow countrymen. He will not try to disenfranchise millions of Americans by telling them their vote doesn’t count because it wasn’t for him. He will denounce white supremacy, racism and sexism, not embrace them. I might not like his policies, but I will like his character. To me, that is as important, if not more so, than the policies he creates.


If you are wondering what happened to White Roof Radio or Ride Bikes Radio; this. Besides the pandemic, besides BLM (you really need to stop saying all lives matter by the way, it makes you sound ignorant and racist), besides other things that I have spoken to the other hosts about. This is why there hasn’t been a show. I can’t begin to explain how this last year has affected me, just as I am sure I can’t even begin to understand how it might have affected you. Anger, anxiety, knowing people that seem to be living during a completely different timeline, lack of understanding. All of it. It has affected me greatly in ways that I can’t even begin to explain.

As soon as 2020 ends, on January 20th, 2021 at 12:01PM EST, I’m hoping things will be different. Be better. Check back.

By Don

Lead bottle washer at donburnside.com, host at whiteroofradio.com and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.

8 comments

  1. Well said. I have avoided FB for years as it turned quickly into a shitshow every time I opened it. The only reason I did not delete is that is one of the few ways my deployed son can reach me quickly when overseas.

  2. Thank you DB. I agree and glad you took a break. Glad your surviving in these crazy times. Looking forward to traveling again when it’s a safer world.

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