One-Liner Wednesday — Take Heed Republicans

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“Not to punish evil is equivalent to authorizing it.”

Leonardo da Vinci

I actually saw this quote in a post by Paula B, at The Temenos Journey, titled “The Evil of Standing By And Doing Nothing.” It’s an excellent post and well worth the read.

Leonardo da Vinci was the epitome of a renaissance man: an inventor, artist, painter, sculptor, architect, scientist, mathematician, engineer, botanist, geologist, astronomer, and paleontologist.

His centuries-old sentiment was remarkably prescient for today’s day and age. And as for those Republicans in Congress and in Donald Trump’s administration who do and say nothing as they watch Trump fiddle (tweet) while the country and the world burns, they are not only enabling his evil, they are authorizing it.

It is necessary and appropriate to impeach Donald Trump now.


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

One-Liner Wednesday — Don’t Be An Asshole

18854FBE-1D3C-47FA-9DD2-22314DA989FDI know this is supposed to be a one-line quote for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt. But this week I decided to include an entire quote from Texas Republican Congressman Will Hurd. Last month, Hurd, the only black Republican in U.S. House of Representatives, announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2020.

At a meeting this past June of “Log Cabin Republicans” — an organization that works within the Republican Party to advocate for equal rights for lesbian and gay Americans — Hurd said of the Republican Party:

“This is a party that is shrinking. The party is not growing in some of the largest parts of our country. Why is that? I’ll tell you. It’s real simple. Don’t be an asshole. Don’t be a racist. Don’t be a misogynist, right? Don’t be a homophobe. These are real basic things that we all should have learned when we were in kindergarten.”

 

One-Liner Wednesday — Open-Minded

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“People are very open-minded about new things — as long as they’re exactly like the old ones.”

American inventor Charles F. Kettering

Yeah, I know. My One-Liner Wednesday post from last week was also about open-mindedness. And truth be told, this is actually my third One-Liner Wednesday post on essentially this same topic, because I also posted this one last November.

So why am I posting so many One-Liner Wednesday quotes about being open-minded? It’s because I have recently had some contentious interactions, both in the real world and within the blogosphere, with individuals who seem to be stubbornly closed-minded. Facts, logic, reason, or rationality could not sway them or penetrate their thick skulls.

So possessing an open mind — or not — is at the forefront of my consciousness.


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

One-Liner Wednesday — An Open Mind

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“Your mind is like a parachute: If it isn’t open, it doesn’t work.”

American engineer and former astronaut Buzz Aldrin

3D36C51A-E5F0-4817-847D-72D2091C9993Some sources attribute this quote to Frank Zappa. Either way, it’s very true.


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