#FOWC — An Abundance of Loyalty

6693F921-D4B5-4126-9041-FC5229E741C4Ron and Mary sat on the rug in front of the fireplace enjoying their glasses of wine and feeling toasty in front of the abundant flames that warmed the entire room.

“The one attribute I admire most in people is being loyal,” Ron  said. “That’s why I admire Donald Trump. Loyalty is very important to him.”

“Are you crazy?” Mary said. “That man is one of the most mean-spirited human being ever to occupy the Oval Office.”

“Do you really mean that?” Ron asked.

“Yes, I mean that!” Mary said emphatically. “Loyalty is more important to that man than qualifications or competence.”

“That’s a mean thing to say.” Ron said.

“Open your eyes, Ron,” Mary said. “As far as presidents go, he’s well below the mean.”

“I think he’s way above average,” Ron said.

“You’re an idiot,” Mary said, putting down her wine and heading toward the bedroom. “I guess it’s true that Donald Trump is breaking up families.”


Written for today’s Three Things Challenge from Teresa. The three things are admire, loyal, and fireplace. Also for today’s Word of the Day Challenge, “abundant.” And, of course, for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, “mean.”

Loyal to a Fault

In the era (or should I say, error) of Donald Trump, the word “loyal,” which has always had a positive connotation, has shifted. Let me explain.

New presidents are expected to nominate highly talented, well-qualified people to fill appointed positions in the executive branch of the federal government. Appointees should be able, creative, and experienced people who will serve the needs of the government and the people it serves.

I’m not suggesting that loyalty to the ideas and ideologies of the president shouldn’t play a role in making political appointments. But that should not be the primary criterion.

The president should not be appointing someone to head up the Department of Justice who is a well-known segregationist and racist. Nor should he appoint someone who has sued the EPA and is a vocal climate change denier to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Secretary of the Interior should not be someone with deep ties to the fossil fuels industry. The Secretary of Health and Human Services should not be someone who profited from insider trading of health care company stocks and who is devoted to his boss’ aim of destroying health care coverage for 20+ million Americans.

The president should not appoint as his senior strategist a right-wing nut job and white nationalist who wants to dismantle the establishment. The president should not ask the FBI Director to pledge his loyalty and then fire him when he doesn’t. And nepotism is not a qualification.

I could go on and on, but I think you get my point, which is that loyalty should not trump qualifications.

It’s a shame that our president has turned “loyal” from something positive to something questionable.


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

Donald the Deplorable

Donald the Deplorable

Donald Trump’s response to the events in Charlottesville, VA this weekend makes my skin prickle. Here’s what he said about what happened.

We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time.

On many sides”? Are you kidding me?  The President of the United States can’t even bring himself to condemn the white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and supporters of the KKK who instigated the violence that ensued in Charlottesville.

Why can’t or won’t he? Because these deplorables, as Hillary Clinton rightfully called them, are his base, and all Trump has left who support him is his hard-core, alt-right base.

Donald is loyal to his base, which is loyal to Donald Trump. He may not defend them, but he just can’t bring himself to condemn them.


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