Weekend Writing Prompt — Uncanny

I’m astonished by the large number of Republican members of Congress who are still willing to take their chances supporting Trump after all of his craziness. I just can’t digest how they could capitulate to his madness. It’s uncanny.

(39 words)


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “uncanny.”Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (astonished), Ragtag Daily Prompt (chance), Word of the Day Challenge (digest), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (capitulate).

One-Liner Wednesday — Politics and Money

“There are two things that are important in politics. The first is money, and I can’t remember what the second one is.”

Mark Hanna, American businessman and Republican Senator from Ohio

Mark Hanna was a U.S. Senator representing the state of Ohio from 1897 through his death in February 1904. He also served as chairman of the Republican National Committee.

His quote demonstrates how little has changed over more than a century about what Republican politicians think is important.


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Boy Did I Get It Wrong Five Years Ago

Let me start out by saying that between the time I ended my previous blog in April 2015 and started this blog in May 2017, I created an entirely different blog that I never took live. I just used it as a platform to occasionally write about my thoughts. To that end, this is one of the posts I wrote — but never published — on this day, March 15, 2016. And boy did I get it wrong.

Trump Is So Over

In primary parlance, today is known as “Super Tuesday II.” Some in the media are calling it “Mega Tuesday.” Primaries in five states, including two that are “winner take all” in terms of delegates — Florida and Ohio — are being held.

Establishment Republicans are lining up against Donald Trump and are hoping that the governor of Ohio, John Kasich, can take his home state, while the freshman Senator from Florida, Marco Rubio, can win his home state. That would take away much of The Donald’s early momentum and potentially open the door for one of the other candidates to get the required number of delegates to win the nomination or, alternatively, lead to a contested convention in Cleveland this summer.

The GOP establishment is coming together to fight Trump. Failed 2012 GOP candidate, Mitt Romney, who gladly accepted Trump’s endorsement four years ago, now not only disavows Trump, but calls him “a phony, a fraud,” and says, “His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.” Romney also accuses Trump of bullying, being greedy, being a misogynist, and engaging in “absurd third-grade theatrics.”

The candidates seeking the GOP nomination are doing some strange things as well. Rubio has encouraged Ohio voters not to vote for him in that state, but to vote for Kasich in order to take Ohio’s delegates out of Trump’s reach. Kasich did not reciprocate by asking Florida voters to vote for Rubio and not him or Trump.

Ted Cruz is asking the other candidates to get their delegates to support him. He has gotten an endorsement from Carly Fiorina, but, inexplicably, both Chris Christie and Ben Carson have endorsed Trump.

Bottom line, though, is that I think all of this anti-Trump sentiment is going to take its toll. His competitors, the Democrats, as well as late night comics, have all talked, joked, or attacked him about his failed enterprises, such as Trump Steaks, Trump Airlines, Trump Water, and, most damaging, Trump University. They’ve highlighted how Trump clothing lines are made in China and Mexico and how Trump hires immigrants, rather than American citizens, at his resorts. They’re critical of Trump for not disavowing David Duke and the KKK and for inciting violence at his rallies. And I think even some Republicans and conservatives are getting tired of Trump’s antics.

One of these guys might be the next GOP nominee for president

So my prediction is that Trump’s 15 minutes (or 10 months) of fame as a politician are over. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he didn’t win any of the five primaries today. And if that’s the case, it’s all over but the shouting. Which means that Grampa Munster will likely be the GOP nominee when the Republicans leave Cleveland this summer.

Who Won the Week? 03/07/2021

FWWTWThe idea behind Who Won the Week is for you 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.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). 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.

This week’s “winner” of Who Won the Week is The American Rescue Plan Act.Both the House and the Senate this week passed a sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan, fulfilling an electoral promise from President Biden and the Democrats to shepherd a swift recovery plan to address the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

I have to point out that not one Republican in either the House or the Senate — not even one — voted for this bill. They voted against the bill in a purely partisan way even though polls show that a large majority of Americans, including a significant number of Republicans, supported the bill. These GOP members of Congress should be ashamed of themselves.

The American Rescue Plan seeks to curtail the coronavirus pandemic, bolster the sluggish economy and protect the neediest people within it. It will inject vast amounts of federal resources into the economy, including one-time direct payments of up to $1,400 for hundreds of millions of Americans, jobless aid of $300 a week to last through the summer, money for distributing coronavirus vaccines and relief for states, cities, schools, and small businesses struggling during the pandemic.

Unfortunately, the desire to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, which would have cut poverty in America by a third this year and would plant the seeds for an income guarantee for children, which would potentially cut child poverty in half, was cut from the House version of the bill when two Democratic senators balked at an increase of that size.

Isn’t it interesting that the Republicans had no qualms about passing a massive tax cuts bill in 2017 that had a comparable price tag as the American Rescue Plan, but that mostly benefited the wealthy. But the vote against a bill that is aimed at stemming coronavirus and benefits those Americans with the greatest need. I declare that congressional Republicans lost the week.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Who Won the Week? 02/28/2021

FWWTWThe idea behind Who Won the Week is for you 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.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). 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.

This week’s “winner” of Who Won the Week is idolatry, as in the worship of idols. It’s also defined as “excessive or blind adoration, reverence, devotion, or love for something or someone.” So why am I going this week’s honor to idolatry?

Well, you may recall this post in which I mentioned that Donald Trump will be making his big return to the national stage this weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where he will be giving the keynote speech at the conservative conference tonight.

You may also be familiar with the the biblical story of the Golden Calf. It is one of the most famous stories in the Old Testament. The Israelites, newly freed from Egyptian slavery, have a crisis of faith while God is speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai. They melt down their gold jewelry to construct a physical god — a statue in the shape of a calf — to worship in place of their abstract, invisible deity. It’s a story about the allure of idolatry, how easy it is to abandon one’s commitments to principle in favor of shiny, easy falsehoods.

So what does this Bible story have to do with anything?It seems that someone involved in the CPAC conference constructed a golden statue — not of a calf, but of Trump — and wheeled it out to cheers from conference attendees.

It doesn’t take a religious scholar to see the parallel to this ludicrous idol worship of Donald Trump and the Golden Calf episode in the Bible. And yet these religious Christian conservatives attending CPAC just don’t get it.

I don’t believe in God, but should there is a God, I think it’s time for him/her/it to smite Donald Trump and the GOP.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?