FOWC with Fandango — Ardent

FOWC

It’s August 24, 2022. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “ardent.”

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.

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23 thoughts on “FOWC with Fandango — Ardent

  1. bushboy August 24, 2022 / 3:01 am

    I often am glowing with feeling and earnestness writing comments. Some may say I have a burning passion to comment Fandango 🙂

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  2. donmatthewspoetry August 24, 2022 / 3:07 am

    ODE TO ARDENT

    I am an ardent poet
    Like to say my bit
    Don’t like me being sanitized
    Just to make me fit

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  3. Rall August 24, 2022 / 3:51 am

    her love for him
    was so ardent
    so overwhelming
    she even sent him
    hand written letters
    by snail mail
    when she was without a computer
    no greater love than this

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    • Marleen August 26, 2022 / 4:20 pm

      https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/01/prosecution-executive-branch/617647/

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      … political recriminations. Hunt, for example, did not bend to the law quietly. He blamed his downfall on an elaborate “Democratic plot” to force him from office. (He may have borrowed that language from President Richard Nixon, whose presidential library—until it was turned over to the National Archives in 2011—described the Watergate hearings as a “coup” by his rivals; or Ronald Reagan, who declared them a “witch hunt” and a “lynching.”) When Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher and a coterie of administration officials were indicted in 2006 for placing loyalists in government in contravention of merit-hiring laws, the governor charged that his predicament was “politically motivated” and “media-driven,” whipping up a victim narrative and galvanizing supporters.

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      • Marleen August 26, 2022 / 5:24 pm

        https://www.msnbc.com/transcripts/all-in/transcript-all-chris-hayes-8-24-22-n1298318

        I can’t find the video, so I’m sharing this from the transcript:

        HAYES: Coming up, the most sensitive secrets we hold. That`s a phrase from a stunning [new] report on what the FBI expected to find [at] Donald Trump`s retirement home. That`s next.

        (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

        [20:20:00]

        ~ “ … Even after [National Archives and Records Administration] officials were told by a Trump lawyer the document should be returned according to an email from the top lawyer at the record-keeping agency.”

        [20:25:12]

        So, the emails dated May 2021, about 100 days after Trump vacated the White House, just one of many efforts the Archives officials made for months and months to get the records back discreetly. In the end, it took the FBI showing up to Mar-a-Lago to retrieve a lot of those records just a few weeks ago.

        Two people familiar with the search tell [The Washington Post], “Some material covered is considered extraordinarily sensitive because it could reveal carefully guarded secrets about U.S. intelligence gathering methods. …

        Ian Bassin is a former Associate White House Counsel under President Barack Obama and co-founder and executive director of Protect Democracy, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to fighting efforts to undermine democracy. And he joins me now. Ian, first, let me start about this revelation here in this reporting, and I want to read this here because I thought it was it was interesting.

        So, you`ve got the White House`s own lawyers apparently saying, you got to give this stuff to the Archives. I`m quoting from a letter. “It is also understanding roughly two dozen boxes of original Presidential records were kept in the residence of the White House over the course of President Trump`s last year in office have not been transferred to the archives despite a determination by Pat Cipollone in the final days the administration that they need to be.” That`s the NARA folks writing.

        You worked in the White House Counsel`s Office in the — in the Obama White House? What`s the significance of that?

        IAN BASSIN, CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PROTECT DEMOCRACY: I mean, we when I was in the White House Counsel`s Office, constantly briefed senior White House officials all the way up to the President on the importance of following laws like the Presidential Records Act and the host of others that govern executive branch behavior. And one of the things that we would say in those briefings is that there are serious consequences for violation of these laws. And as with any set of rules, the fact that consequences exist is one of the key reasons why people follow rules.

        So, I say that because it`s hard for me to imagine being in the White House Counsel`s Office trying to train people on the right things to do and having there being a clear precedent that there are no consequences for violation, which is just one of the critical stakes here for what is going to happen after all these facts have come out. And it`s fairly clear, as you indicated just now, that the former president, you know, seemed to be fully aware of what he was doing.

        HAYES: Yes. I will just say, first person, my wife worked in the White House Counsel`s Office in the Obama Administration as I`ve said many times. She, you, all of you guys were neurotic obsessives about this kind of stuff. I mean, truly to what I found, like an almost deranged degree, like, I-dotting, T-crossing. But to your point, the stakes here, particularly when you`re dealing with sensitive information for people that are sort of […] like, what`s the big deal about documents, what do you say to them why do you take it so seriously? What do you say to them about what the stakes are here over and above whether people follow the rules?

        BASSIN: Well, I want to link this back to what you were talking about earlier in the show about threats to democracy, right, which is about something about accountability and threats to democracy. So, I think one of the most enduring shifts in American perceptions over the last several years, and you wrote about this in your first book, Twilight of the Elites, has been after the financial crisis, there was a real change, whereas before the financial crisis, there was the sense that Americans felt that if they worked hard and played by the rules, that they too could succeed, that they could get rich, that they could get ahead.

        And after the financial crisis, there was this notion that for, you know, average Americans, if you — if you worked hard, you weren`t going to get ahead. And if powerful people broke the rules, they were going to get ahead. And that was a real fundamental shift.

        And it`s one of the reasons why one of the most effective lines that Donald Trump had in 2016 and one of the elements of his appeal was to say, if you average voter had done what Hillary Clinton had done, you would have gone to jail.

        Now that was false, but it played on this notion that there`s a different set of rules for the powerful and everyone else. And that shift is actually driving a loss of faith in our system and is driving the democracy crisis of which Donald Trump is a symptom. And if the end result of all of this is that the average realtor from Dallas who entered the Capitol on January 6, the rank and file person gets prosecuted with a full weight of the American government, but the leader at the top who has orchestrated all of this law- breaking gets a free pass, that`s not going to solve our democracy crisis. That is going to cement the sentiment driving it that the American Dream, that the rule of law, that equality under the law, that no one is above the law is a lie.

        That`s the stakes above and beyond whatever the secrets are that are really important this country, and those are independently really important. Those are the stakes here as to whether our system … really can hold … is true.

        [20:30:19]

        HAYES: Yes. I mean, just ask reality winner. what happens when the government comes at you for leaking a single document to the public, the longest Espionage Act conviction, four years in prison for one single document. That`s what happened to her. We`ll see what happens to Donald Trump.

        Ian Bassin, thank you very much.

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