What I See

7C8260CB-C309-4420-9093-4A31A7483F8ESome of you may be critical of this post because it isn’t reflective of the spirit of Christmas. And you’d be right, it’s not. But that’s because I’m upset, angry, and disgusted.

I see the stock market tanking, wiping out gains in people’s 401(k) retirement savings accounts, including my own. I see the prices for consumer goods rising thanks to Trump’s unnecessary, ill-conceived trade wars.

I see a man and his Republican sycophants bound and determined to take away healthcare benefits from the citizens of the country who need it the most. I see the government shutting down just before Christmas, putting hundreds of thousands out of work, because of Trump’s wet dream about building a wall on our border with Mexico.

I see America’s standing in the world in free-fall due to Trump’s nationalistic lunacy. I see the president of the United States being seen as a laughing stock around the globe. I see our so-called leader being so easily manipulated by our adversaries. I see the rise of racism, hate crimes, misogyny, homophobia, and division in America, all enabled and encouraged by Trump’s rhetoric.

I see a human tragedy unfolding at our southern border, where people seeking legal asylum are being literally jailed in makeshift detention centers and young, innocent children are being indefinitely separated from their parents.

I see a conscious and deliberate effort to roll back environmental protections, to promote fossil fuels (coal, gas, oil) over clean energy sources, like solar and wind. I see a separation from the rest of the entire world on climate accords.

I see total chaos in Washington with a dangerous, paranoid, vindictive, lying narcissist sitting in the Oval Office. I see a man in the White House who is an unfit, unhinged, unqualified conman, who has no business pretending to be the leader of the free world.

So, at the risk of being called a grinch, I say to all of the lemmings who voted for and continue to support the abomination, Donald Trump, Merry fucking Christmas. I hope you’re happy with the coal in your stockings that you hung by the chimney with care.

Too Thin and Too Rich

B82B390A-4CE8-4430-BC59-BC6C2227547E“Oh my dear,” Beatrice explained to her granddaughter, “you can never be too thin or too rich.”

Anna looked at the old lady with a mix of curiosity and pity. “But Grandma,” she said. “You’re in a wheelchair now because you fell last year and broke your hip. Didn’t the doctor say that that was because you were too thin?”

“No dear,” Beatrice said. “I broke my hip because I have osteoporosis, which means my old bones had grown too thin.”

“Dad said that you lost a lot of money a few years back when you got scammed by that younger man who got you to give him most of your savings in some bogus pyramid scheme,” Anna said. “He said that you were targeted because you were so wealthy.”

“That wasn’t my fault, my dear,” Beatrice said. “How was I to have known that that conman only wanted me for my money?”

“And now you’re living with us because you can’t walk and you’re broke,”Anna said.

Beatrice looked at her granddaughter, sighed, and said, “So I guess maybe there is such a thing as being too thin and too rich after all.”

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “thin.”

Oh right, the emails

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“What did you expect?” Blake asked his co-worker, Aaron.

“I really thought he’d change after the election. You know, become more presidential.”

“Oh, for crissake,” Blake said. “He’s a 71 year old man. He is who he is. He’s nothing but a loud, obnoxious carnival barker. And he’s a conman. Everyone who voted for him fell for his con.”

“But I honestly thought he’d grow into the role,” Aaron responded. “I figured that the things he said and the way he behaved during the campaign was just a bunch of  bravado and that if he won the election, he’d become a serious president, maybe even a great one.”

“A man that age doesn’t ‘grow into the job.’ And that old man, the one who is now the most powerful man on the planet, grows more senile with each passing day. Thanks to people like you, Aaron, who ate up all of  his bullshit, our country is being destroyed from within. It’s like what Abraham Lincoln said. He said, ‘America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.'”

“Yeah, well, Blake, I just couldn’t bring myself to vote for his opponent,” Aaron said. “You know, man. The emails and all.”

“Oh right. The emails.”

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “expect.”