#FOWC — Mission Accomplice

img_1781Donald Trump has managed to make both the Republican majority in Congress and the swamp creatures he calls his Cabinet members complicit in his mission to undermine everything the United States has stood for since the Declaration of Independence was signed 242 years ago.

What Donald Trump doesn’t realize — or maybe he does and just doesn’t care — is that he is Putin’s unwitting accomplice in the Russian autocrat’s drive to bring down America and to make Russia great again. And relevant again. Putin realizes that he cannot destroy America from the outside, so he has recruited an oblivious Donald Trump to help him destroy the country from within.

And the thin-skinned con artist from the Big Apple has acceded to Putin’s flattery and is tearing apart the diverse tapestry that makes America the great country that it is. Or that it has been, anyway.

There is little solace to be taken in this dire situation, even with the upcoming midterm elections coming up in November. Who knows if the so-called “blue wave” will actually materialize or will be of sufficient magnitude to actually turn the tide on this sad and tragic comedy that is Donald Trump.

Unless something radical happens soon, it will be too late to stop Trump from becoming the American Putin and from the United States from becoming the world’s newest autocracy.

For some excellent insight into how the principals on which our country has stood for have come undone, I strongly suggest you read this post from Judy Dykstra-Brown.

Written for Teresa’s Three Things Challenge where the three things are tapestry, comedy, and Big Apple. Also for the Word of the Day Challenge, “solace,” and for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, “accomplice.”

#writephoto — The Asylum Tree

img_1779“Look at that tree, Ma,” Alex said, pointing to a tree with limbs and branches covered torn pieces of cloth. “What does it mean?” he asked her.

“That, sweetie,” Cindy said, “is known as the ‘Asylum Tree.’ It’s meant to remind us of the struggles of people trying to come to the United States from other countries in order to escape violence and persecution.”

“Why does it have all of those rags tied to it?” Alex wanted to know.

“Well, under federal law, anyone from another country can seek asylum — and therefore entry into the U.S. — by claiming to have fled their countries out of fear of persecution over their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group,” she explained.

“But President Trump is ignoring that law and arresting people from Central America who are seeking asylum,” Cindy said. “ And worse, he’s taking young children away from their mothers and fathers and putting the children into cages.”

“That’s terrible, Ma,” Alex said. “How can our president be so cruel, so heartless?”

“Many of us are asking that same question, Alex,” she agreed. “He is turning our country into a place that many of us don’t recognize anymore. We are embarrassed and ashamed.”

“But the rags,” he said. “I still don’t understand why they are attached to the tree.”

“Each of those pieces of cloth hanging from the tree branches,” she said, “represents a child who has been torn away from their mother or father to remind us of the inhumanity of Donald Trump and those who support him.”

“I hope that the next time we come to see this Asylum Tree, there will be no more rags tied to it,” Alex said.

“I hope so too, sweetie,” Cindy said.

Written for Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt.

FOWC with Fandango — Accomplice

FOWCWelcome to July 12, 2018 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “accomplice.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.