Priorities

B8734063-4DD6-43E9-9FD1-6DD3405BBED2It’s such a beautiful, fall day today, Eddie. Perfect for going out to look at foliage,” Donna said. “Why would you want to go to a protest and be just another demonstrator in the middle of all that political bullshit when you know it won’t amount to a hill of beans?”

“Now you’ve got my curiosity piqued, Donna,” Edward said. “How can you be totally uninterested in the political chaos that’s going on all around us? Don’t you find the various speeches and the receptivity to the candidate’s political comeback scintillating?”

“Oh Eddie,” Donna said. “It’s just one tired tirade after another. All of these politicians are full of crap and all they want to do is line their own pockets. They couldn’t give two shits about anyone other than themselves.”

“It’s that kind of apathy and cynicism that has put us in this dire situation in the first place, Donna. It’s our civic duty to know the candidates and to be informed about the issues that are important to us,” Edward said. “The future of our republic and even our planet demands that we are informed citizens and participate in the voting process.”

“Of course you’re right, Eddie,” Donna said. “But you know that there are going to be more demonstrations tomorrow and the day after and the day after that all the way through to the midterms. But the leaves are at their peak color these next few days. Let’s do that while we can still appreciate the beautiful fall foliage.”

“Fine, Donna,” Edward said. But if we run into a lot of traffic on the way, we’re going to turn back around and head to the protest.”


Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (scintillating), Daily Addictions (tirade), Scotts Daily Prompt (demonstrator), Ragtag Daily Prompt (comeback), Weekly Prompts (curiosity), Your Daily Word Prompt (foliage), and Fandango’s One-Word Challeng (traffic).

Rally Fatigue

I think it was number seven. Perhaps number eight. Or number nine. I don’t know. I’ve lost count.

The first one was the day after the inauguration. My wife wore her knitted pink pussy hat to that one. There were thousands of people there. And then there was the one protesting the Muslim ban. The one protesting the attempt to repeal Obamacare. The one protesting the new tax laws. The one to protest the administration’s assault on women’s reproductive rights. The one to protest the rollback of environmental protections and the denial of science and climate change. And the one to protest the separation of children from their parents who were seeking asylum in the United States.

Yesterday’s rally was to protest the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. There were banners and signs. There was music. There were local politicians and other speakers.

D92F7195-7EF0-400F-9DCC-4D108696118B7BC4450C-8189-4D2A-B98E-C7EEACDEA111AAAC8327-253D-4F3D-A597-B2F7C534F57FThe only thing that was missing were the protesters. Maybe 500 or so people actually showed up at City Hall. Not tens of thousands like there were on January 21, 2017. Not the thousands who protested the Muslim ban, the Obamacare repeal, the tax laws, threats to women’s rights, science and climate change denials, and family separations. Not even close to a thousand people showed up yesterday.

I’ve noticed that with each rally to protest Trump-related actions, the crowd sizes have grown smaller. I don’t think the drop off in participation is because the purposes for the rallies are less important, less critical. I think it’s a case of rally fatigue.

Trump has given us so many reasons to protest and to march and to rally. There new are causes to fight with every passing week and I fear that people are growing tired and numb and frustrated because nothing is changing. So what’s the point?

We can’t get lazy. We can’t give up. We can’t be apathetic. That’s what got us here in the first place.

We must continue to resist, to protest, to rally, to march, to make our voices heard if we don’t want Trumpism to become the new American normal.

Time To Write — Ignorance and Apathy

img_1284I arrived about five minutes late for the seminar. The speaker, a notable professor of political sociology from the university, was discussing the topic of ignorance and apathy in 21st century America and how it was adversely affecting our democratic processes.

I was interested in what the professor had to say and to hear his insights, as I believed that it was a combination of ignorance and apathy on the part of American voters that led to the disastrous election of Donald Trump to the highest office in the land in 2016.

The auditorium was packed, but I managed to find an available seat towards the back of the room. I sat down next to a guy who was busily texting on his smartphone.

“Excuse me,” I said. He looked over at me, seeming to be irritated that I had interrupted his texting. “I’m excited to hear what this notable professor has to say about ignorance and apathy. Did I miss anything important?”

With a look of disdain, the fellow looked at me and replied, “I don’t know and I don’t care.”


Another twofer for Rachel Poli’s Time To Write picture prompt and for today’s one-word prompt, “notable.”