Truth, Justice, and the American Way

BCE4D36B-60CA-461A-AA27-9344E9B14287“I’m afraid that all of these investigations and hearings will be in vain.” Frank said. “You know that, between the White House and the Attorney General, who is in Trump’s pocket, they’ll do everything they can to sabotage the hearings and obstruct getting to the truth.”

“As your best friend, Frank, I think you’re being too much of a cynic,” Darren said. “I believe, by the end of the day, truth, justice, and the American way will carry the day.”

“I hope you’re right, Darren,” Frank said. “And for Trump’s sake, maybe they’ll be able to accouter his cell with a gold-plated commode.”

Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (vain), Ragtag Daily Prompt (sabotage), Daily Addictions (friend), Fandango’s One-World Challenge (cynic), The Daily Spur (carry), and Your Daily Word Prompt (accouter).

The Odds Are Against It

3ECBD246-68FD-4DAB-A045-539EACED3754The official line from the White House is that, despite all of his documented wrongdoings and ethical violations, it’s one big conspiracy from the so-called “deep state” that is leading toward the impeachment of Donald Trump in the United States House of Representatives.

The issue, for those of us who know that Trump is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors, is that in order to obtain a conviction, thus leading to his removal from office, it would take a two-thirds supermajority vote (67 senators) in the United States Senate. As it stands now, the Senate has 53 Republicans and 47 Democrats (including two independents). And that means that 20 of the 53 Republicans, plus every Democrat and the two independents, would have to vote to convict.

Despite all of the irrefutable evidence of abuse of power, obstruction of justice, and extortion of a foreign government for political purposes, against Donald Trump, it’s unlikely that the Republican senators, who worship Donald Trump as if he were a god, would see the light and vote to convict him.

Thus, the odds of ridding our country of the scourge of Donald Trump through impeachment and conviction are slim to none. So voting him and his Republican sycophants out of office next November will be our best and last chance to end this insanity and to save our democratic republic.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (official), Ragtag Daily Prompt (deep), Your Daily Word Prompt (conviction), The Daily Spur (worship), and Word of the Day Challenge (light).


Supporting TrumpI just read an article that showed up on my iPhone’s newsfeed this morning. CNN’s Alisyn Camerota held a panel discussion with six voters from swing districts in Pennsylvania. When the group was asked by Camerota if they were “tired of the divisiveness,” they all agreed that they were. But they were split down the middle over whether Donald Trump was responsible for that divisiveness.

“Do you think that President Trump plays any role in that divisiveness?” Camerota asked.

“No,” several voters responded. When Camerota asked the group if they think the President is “being helpful,” one Trump supporter replied: “I think he’s being helpful, yes.”

Camerota asked that same person if there was anything Trump could do that would make her not vote for him. “No.”

“If he shot someone on 5th Avenue, would you vote for him?” Camerota asked, referring to Trump’s infamous comment during his 2016 campaign that he could shoot someone on the busy New York City street and still get elected.

“You’d have to know why he shot him,” another Trump supporter, said.

“Yeah, why did he shoot him?” yet another supporter echoed.

Are you fucking kidding me? These people are the very definition of delusional. If this is the way half of American voters think, the American republic is doomed.

20/20 Hindsight

39E625E9-865A-4370-B949-F6D0E93D065B“What would you say is your biggest regret?” David, the interviewer, asked.

“You know what’s strange?” Michael said. “There were so many opportunities to do the right thing, options that could have yielded a different outcome.”

“Can you elaborate?” David asked.

Michael’s eyes got watery. He took a deep breath, put his right hand on his chest over his heart, as if he were having a heart attack, and said, “Well, I shouldn’t have put all my eggs in one basket.”

“Well, Michael, you can’t blame yourself,” David said. “After all, even though he’s a conman, he is also a charismatic guy.”

“And yet here I am, having lost everything and spending years in federal prison, while the man I did all of these illegal deeds for is still out there, unpunished, doing his thing,” Michael Cohen said. “Using 20/20 hindsight, I rue the day I first met Donald Trump.”

This strictly fictional tale was written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (regret), Your Daily Word Prompt (strange), The Daily Spur (opportunities), Word of the Day Challenge (yield), Daily Addictions (chest), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge. Image credit, Job Carter at

See, Hear, Speak No Evil

1141D16F-F961-4944-B4B9-A4565821C218The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution today laying out the framework for the next phase of the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump’s actions regarding holding aid to Ukraine hostage unless they would gather dirt on Trump’s political opponent and for obstruction of justice in the investigation of those actions. The resolution passed on a vote of 232-196.

Apparently the Republican members of the House of Representatives are acting like those infamous three monkeys who, as the old adage says, see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil — at least when it comes to Donald Trump — as not one Republican representative voted to support the resolution. Not one!FAB4C148-BDE4-465F-939E-D22608BB7DE8The symbolism of the three monkeys is that it depicts a lack of moral responsibility on the part of people who refuse to acknowledge impropriety, looking the other way or feigning ignorance. Such people turn a blind eye to something that is legally or morally wrong. In this case, these elected officials see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil and pretend that they have not witnessed wrongdoing, and, therefore, abdicate all responsibility for righting a wrong.

Clearly 100% of Republicans in the Congress of the United States of America have abdicated their responsibility to uphold the U.S. Constitution and to act in the best interests of their constituents, the citizens of America.

They truly are a basket of deplorables.