#JusJoJan — The Revolution Has Started

D3947AEF-60FE-4243-A3E6-0379CF37E68CShe was probably the least likely person to emerge as a leader of the revolt. She was an older woman in her late sixties. She had never been politically active. Apathetic is probably the best word to have described her attitude toward politics. Yes, she voted, but it was pretty much a straight party-line vote.

So what changed? What prompted her to become an activist? What triggered her to take up arms and join the resistance?

First it was when the President and his political cronies in Congress said that the huge increase in the defense budget, along with the cost of the border wall, would require that social welfare programs, like Social Security and Medicare, be defunded. She lost her primary source of income and her health care coverage.

That was bad enough, but then the President began shutting down what he called “the fake news” media and started arresting and imprisoning journalists and even bloggers who were critical of him and his administration.

But the final straw was when the President signed two Executive Orders, one naming Christianity as the country’s official religion and forbidding the practice of all other religions, and the other declaring that performing or having abortions would be illegal, with the threat of jail for both doctors who performed such procedures and women who had them.

And that was when she had had enough. That was when she decided that the revolution must begin.

Written for today’s Just Jot It January prompt from Linda G. Hill. Today’s word, “revolt,” was suggested by Sandra, of What Sandra Thinks.

The Silent Majority

Back in the 1960s — and yes, I was alive back then — the phrase “The Silent Majority” was coined by none other than then-POTUS, Richard M. Nixon. He used it in a speech to express his belief that the great body of Americans supported his policies and that those who demonstrated against the involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War amounted to only a noisy minority.

In his speech on November 3, 1969, Nixon said, “And so tonight — to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans — I ask for your support.”

I, of course, was a member of the noisy minority.

In the 60s, there was no such thing as the internet. There was no Twitter, no Facebook, no Fox News. People got their news from newspapers, magazines, and local and national news broadcasts on TV and radio, and not from myriad talking heads on 24×7 cable news channels or from the news feed on their smartphones.

Today, for better or worse, there’s no such thing anymore as a silent majority. Majority or minority, everyone is noisy.

There’s only real news and fake news. Real news is news you agree with. Anything else is fake news. Facts and truth don’t seem to matter in an age where the leader of the free world constantly lies to the public.

Everything and everyone is partisan these days and most are not shy about expressing their opinions, especially when it can be so easily done behind the anonymity of the internet, where people somehow feel free to say things they would be reluctant to say in face-to-face conversations.

Donald Trump was not elected by a majority of Americans. He doesn’t represent the views, interests, or needs of the majority of Americans.

The actions of the Republicans in Congress also do not represent the wishes and hopes of the majority of Americans. They are puppets of the rich donors. Most polls say that around 70% of Americans are opposed to the tax bill the Republicans will likely pass next week and send over to the President to be signed into law. But large corporations and the ultra rich GOP donors are salivating.

Most Americans believe that Trump has been complicit with the Russians during last year’s campaign…and still is. Most Americans believe that Trump is guilty of obstructing the investigation into Russia’s role in the elections and his participation.

The real American majority is becoming more and more vocal. There will be a reckoning coming in 2018, where the vocal, noisy majority of Americans who oppose Trump will be heard and will drown out the minority who somehow still support their con man-in-chief.

I just hope that there will be no bloodshed when that reckoning happens.

This rant was written for today’s one-word prompt, “silent.”

Sunday Photo Fiction — Vacation Home

66D2F4B2-454B-40FA-B915-A5926610D8CF“It’s so picturesque,” Emma said. “Like a picture postcard.”

“It’s not a good investment, Emma,” Paul responded.

“Why not?” Emma asked. “I’ve always wanted a vacation home by this lake. It would be perfect. I know the children would be thrilled.”

“I don’t know,” Paul said. “I think we need to keep looking.”

“But why, Paul? You know that, with that huge bonus you just got, we can afford to purchase one of those townhomes.”

“I don’t like how those buildings are sandwiched between the lake and the cliffs,” Paul said.

“That’s what makes it so breathtaking, Paul,” Emma argued. “What is your problem?”

“My problem, Emma, is climate change.”

“Climate change? Seriously?”

“Yes,” Paul responded. “Water levels have been rising by three to four inches each year in this lake. And that’s likely to accelerate. Besides, this region is prone to earthquakes and they’re saying one is overdue. Can you imagine how large chunks of those cliffs would come crashing down onto those townhouses if there was a large earthquake?”

“Fine, Paul,” Emma said. “I just never thought you’d fall for this Chinese hoax about climate change and succumb fake news.”

“You have to stop watching Fox News, Emma.”

(200 words)

Written for this week’s Sunday Photo Fiction prompt. Photo credit: A Mixed Bag.

But At Least He’s Not a Democrat


Image result for roy moore“You’re doubting what she claimed happened?” asked Sarah. “Why would you believe a sleazy, dirty old man like that?”

“Because he said he didn’t do it. It’s fake news perpetrated by those who want to see him fail,” Michael answered.

“Fake news? Seriously?” said Sarah. “Five women have come forward. More than 30 other sources were cited.”

“I just find the claims to be dubious,” Michael said. “And even if he did it, she went along with it, didn’t she? She got in his car.”

Sarah raised a questioning eyebrow. “She was 14 years old and he was a powerful man.”

“Oh come on. It happens all the time,” Michael said. There are stories throughout recorded history of young sirens spiriting men away from the straight and narrow. This guy wasn’t the first to be tempted by the allure of some young beauty. And he won’t be the last.”

“That may be true,” Sarah said, “but it doesn’t make it right. He’s a pedophile who uses his position and power to take advantage of young, naive girls.”

“Fine,” Michael said. “He may be a pedophile and a really sleazy guy, but at least he’s not a Democrat.”

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

To Be Enlightened

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“I don’t understand,” Hal said. “It’s just a handgun and I got it to protect our home and family.”

“Okay, fine. I’ll enlighten you,” Rosemary said. “Statistics show that a gun in the home is more likely to be used in a homicide, suicide, or unintentional shooting than to be used for self-defense.”

“Oh come on,” Hal responded. “That’s fake news.”

“No, it’s not. It’s true,” Rosemary said. “Having a gun in the home is eleven times more likely to be used for attempted or successful suicides than for self-defense. It’s seven times more likely to be used in criminal assaults and homicides, and four times more likely in unintentional shooting deaths or injuries.”

“But we’d use the gun exclusively for self-defense,” Hal objected.

Rosemary sighed. “Did you know that, on average, nearly 5,000 children in the United States receive medical treatment in an emergency room each year for a gun-related injury? And about 21% of those injuries are unintentional. Almost 1,300 children die annually from a gun-related injury in this country.”

“Really?” asked Hal, genuinely surprised by the statistics.

“Yes, and in just the first nine months of this year, almost 3,000 teens and kids have been shot,” Rosemary said. “Now do you understand why I don’t want you to bring a gun into our home?”


“But nothing. Either that gun goes, or the kids and I go.”

It was Hal’s turn to sigh. “Yes, fine, you’ve enlightened me.”

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