One-Liner Wednesday — Patriotism Versus Nationalism


“Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.”

Former French President Charles de Gaulle

The current President of the United States, Donald Trump, proudly calls himself a nationalist. ‘Nuff said.

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

One-Liner Wednesday — Vote

F288B686-B838-4A93-A189-125455455BE6Next Tuesday is Election Day in the United States. Without exaggeration, I can say that this is the most important midterm election in our lifetimes, in that the fate of our American democracy and way of life is at stake.

I never thought I’d see happen what has happened to this country since Donald Trump became president. He has nearly torn the very fabric of America apart. And the only option we have to stop him from tearing it to shreds is to go out and vote on or before next Tuesday. Vote to elect people to Congress who will enable it function, as the Constitution requires, as an appropriate check and balance on Trump, something the Republican-led Congress has refused to do.

So if we care for this country, we must vote. We can’t afford to sit on the sidelines and depend upon others. Voting is our civic responsibility, our duty.

But, hey, I’m just an old man. I may not be alive a decade from now, so while it breaks my heart to witness the events of the past two years, I won’t suffer the brunt of the damage Trump has done and, if left unchecked, will continue to do.

But my children and grandchildren will. So I implore you millennials (and post-millennials who are old enough to vote) — you whose future is on the line — to stand up and be counted. You need to be Supermen and Superwomen. I know it’s a corny cliche, but you need to fight for truth, justice, and the American way.bece7a21-d392-4b3d-8a71-72e966adcc5f.jpeg

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

One-Liner Wednesday — That Never Occurred To Me


“One thing a person cannot do, no matter how rigorous his analysis or heroic his imagination, is to draw up a list of things that would never occur to him.”

Economist Thomas Schelling

Think about it. It makes perfect sense.

It also makes me wonder about those who are strict constitutional constructionists, who believe that a judge should apply the text within the United States Constitution only and precisely as it was written in 1787, when there were 13 states and the population of the mostly rural country was around four million people.

I wonder if it ever occurs to those who favor strict constructionism that maybe, just maybe, not everything that exists in 2018 — a country with 50 states and 325 million people living in a global economy with technologies and challenges unimaginable 231 years ago — occurred to our country’s Founding Fathers when they drafted the Constitution.

What do you think?

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