Weekend Writing Prompt — Preposperous

I’ll tell you what’s preposterous. It’s that George Santos has been sworn in as the representative for New York’s 3rd congressional district.

Santos is guilty of a series of lies about his qualifications, work background, his claims that he is the descendant of Holocaust survivors, fabrications about his education, and past employment.

That this Republican, who has confessed to lying about his background and qualifications, was sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives is preposterous.

(Exactly 75 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the prompt is “preposterous” in exactly 75 words.

WDP — Political Views

How have your political views changed over time?

I’ve always, ever since I was old enough to have formed political views, thought of myself as a social liberal and a fiscal conservative. And in both cases, I would have said my positions were moderate. Neither far left on the social side, nor far right on the fiscal side.

But my political views have, over the past two decades, shifted more to the left. It started with the 2020 presidential election when the conservative Supreme Court handed the presidency to the Republican candidate, George W. Bush, even though the Democratic candidate, Al Gore, had half a million more votes nationwide, than did George W. Bush.

But it was when the totally unqualified egomaniac, Donald Trump “won” the presidential election in 2016, even though the highly qualified Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate, received three million more votes nationwide than did Trump, that I moved even further to the left.

And when Trump lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden, but claimed the election was stolen and, to this day, has yet to concede, and then orchestrated an insurrection to attempt to stay in office and to prevent Joe Biden from being officially declared the winner, that is when I moved very far to the left and lost my faith in politics in America.

So my political views in the past two decades have changed from one who believed in and supported the political process in America, to one who has lost all hope in that process.

Reblog: I’ve Been Pondering …

Had I written this post, I would have titled it “The Gaslighting of America.” Jill has written a great post, one worth both reading and pondering. But I think she buried the lede. Americans have been gaslighted. We have been manipulated and persuaded that talk and actions that once were considered to be unacceptable — and still should be unacceptable — are small blips and minor annoyances. And instead of responding to them as we should, we whine about them for a few days and then move on, in essence, normalizing the unacceptable.

Please take a moment to read Jill’s excellent post. If you have thoughts or comments about her post, please express them on her post.

I’ve been pondering what seems like the recent ‘normalization’ of such things as anti-Semitism, Naziism, racism, political corruption, disrespect, …

I’ve Been Pondering …

Who Won The Week — 12/11/22

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

This used to be a weekly prompt, but it’s been almost a month since I last published a Who Won the Week post. Frankly, there hasn’t been much to crow about in my humble opinion. But this week there is. And that winner is sanity.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that the election was a such a close one.

Sanity? In today’s crazy world, when sanity happens, that deserves acknowledgment. But more specifically, sanity this week refers to the voters in Georgia who elected Raphael Warnock to a full term in the U.S. Senate when he beat Trump-endorsed Herschel Walker for the seat in this past week’s runoff election.

Nearly 49% of Georgia voters cast their ballots for a totally unqualified candidate who may not even be a legal resident of their state. Of the more than 3.5 million votes cast, Warnock won by fewer than 100,000 votes. Seriously?

Well, I don’t want to focus on the negative, so I congratulate Senator Warnock on his narrow victory and the sanity of the 51.4% of Georgia voters who voted for him. And Warnock’s victory gives the Democrats a 51–49 majority in the U.S. Senate.

Oh wait…

Arizona’s Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema Announces that She’s Leaving the Party to Become an Independent

So who (or what) do you think won the week?

If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

SoCS — We Should Have Known

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has assigned us to find a word that contains “dict” and use it in our post. Alrighty then, let’s have a go at it.

This was entirely predictable
We should have known

But now the verdict is in
The man “we” elected as president
Is the dictionary definition
Of a dictator
He is addicted to power
He has issued an edict
Disbanding Congress
Declaring the Constitution
To be null and void
Because he’s so vindictive
Anyone who contradicts him
Will be immediately arrested
And indicted for treason

This was entirely predictable
We should have known