One-Liner Wednesday — America’s Fragile Democracy

“Cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government.”

President George Washington, in his celebrated 1796 Farewell Address, cautioned that the American democracy was fragile. How prescient was he to have, 220 years earlier, envisioned Donald Trump and his enablers in the Republican Party?


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

Friday Fictioneers — Paint What You See

“Dennis,” the art teacher said, “you know that the purpose for bringing the class here to this scenic spot was for the students to paint photorealistic scenes of clouds over the water.”

“I know, Mrs. Briggs,” Dennis said.

“Then why have you painted cartoon animals, instead of clouds?” Mrs. Briggs asked sternly.

“You said that we should paint what we see,” Dennis said. “I see a walrus, an elephant standing on its hind legs, a mouse….”

“What is that?” Mrs. Briggs interrupted, pointing to a bright white cloud in the center of his canvas.

“That’s George Washington,” he said, beaming.

(100 words)


Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers prompt. Photo credit: Bradley Harris.

Delusional

I read in the just published book, “I Alone Can Fix It,” by Washington Post journalists Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, something that made me think of the image that Frank (aka PCGuy IV) uses in his Truthful Tuesday prompts.

In that book, Donald Trump was quote as having said…

“I think it would be hard if George Washington came back from the dead and he chose Abraham Lincoln as his vice-president, I think it would have been very hard for them to beat me.”

This is reminiscent of a few years back when the White House, on Trump’s insistence, reached out to the governor of South Dakota and asked what the process was to get his likeness added to Mount Rushmore.

This man is delusional to think, much less to say aloud, that his name should be mentioned in the company of Washington and Lincoln or that his face should be carved on Mount Rushmore along side of theirs.

And now he truly believes that he won the election this past November and that he is going to be reinstated as president.

Trump belongs in a psychiatric facility, not as a serious candidate for president in 2024. Open your eyes, America — especially Republicans. It’s time to let that madman go.