When I was drinking coffee this morning while reading the newspaper, my wife commented that nothing has been done since the 2016 election to fix the issues with voting machines being hacked, to combat Russian interference, to address voter suppression, or to fix state gerrymandering where Democrats receive more votes but Republicans win more seats.
“I have no doubt that, given all this, Trump will be re-elected in 2020,” she said. And then she suggested that Trump is positioning his daughter, Ivanka, to run in 2024, hoping to keep the Trump dynasty going. “That would also make Ivanka Trump the first woman president,” she added.
Ugh. Talk about a worst-case scenario!
And then, on a totally unrelated topic, I read an article on a site called Daily Writing Tips that “Google likes 1,500-word posts now, and dislikes 500-word ones.” 1,500 words? Seriously? Dislikes 500 word posts? Oh crap. My average post length so far this year is only 227 words! So much for having any of my posts show up highly ranked in Google searches.
Did you ever hear the expression, “Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile”? It basically means that if you make a small concession for someone, that person will be emboldened to take further advantage of you, instead of being content with what you have given them.
This is the trap the Republicans have fallen into. They have kowtowed to Trump and freely given him just about every “inch” he’s demanded.
So, that old saying about giving an inch and taking a mile needs to be updated in the era of Donald Trump.
Written for Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot It January prompt. Today’s prompt, “inch,” was suggested by John Holden at The Sound of One Hand Typing.
Anita was crafting her intricate sign to bring to the rally. Donna brought her a cup of coffee and set it down on the table. “What are you hoping to accomplish?” Donna asked.
“My quest is to call attention to women’s rights,” Anita said. “Ever since Trump and his criminal associates took over, the rights we fought so hard for are frail. We must take umbrage with what they are doing not just in our words but with our actions.
“Well, it just so happens I read your horoscope today,” Donna said. “It said your endeavors will bear fruit.”
Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt. Photo by T. Chick McClure.
Also for these one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (intricate), Nova’s Daily Random Word (coffee), Ragtag Daily Prompt (quest), Your Daily Word Prompt (associate), Daily Addictions (frail), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (umbrage), and Weekly Prompts (horoscope).
On a bill that would have formally rebuked the Trump administration before it moves ahead with plans to lift sanctions on companies linked to oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Republicans in the U.S. Senate, under the leadership of Majority Leader and Trump flunky, Mitch McConnell, banded together to block the effort.
The bill that would have blocked the Treasury Department from easing sanctions on a trio of Russian companies needed 60 votes to advance to passage but fell three votes short in the Senate. As a result, the bipartisan attempt to condemn the Trump administration for relaxing Russia sanctions stalled.
There no longer remains any question that Trump is a traitor to his country, and the sycophant Republicans in Congress are equally complicit in this treason to the United States. Period. Full Stop.
“Okay, so what’s the plan?” Eric asked.
“I think the first thing we should do is take up a collection at the church service this coming Sunday,” Don said. “We should hit up those who are his avid supporters, those who share his ideology, as they’re leaving the evangelical church.
“Well,” Eric said, “we’d better do it sooner rather than later. His support is starting to decay somewhat.
Don laughed. “You’re watching too much fake news, Eric. Dad still has plenty of support on the Christian Right. We’ll take in a boatload of money from those zealots as they are exiting the building.”
Written for these one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (plan), Ragtag Daily Prompt (collection), Nova’s Daily Random Word (service), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (avid), Your Daily word Prompt (ideology), and Daily Addictions (decay).