First Line Friday — The Nightmare

E0009EAF-8755-4349-8439-B0FCBE761D72“Someday, this will be over — only remembered like some half-felt and fading nightmare,” Kevin said to his older brother, Randy.

“If you believe that, Kevin,” Randy said, “you are, at best, naive, and at worst, ignorant.”

“I really believe he’ll lose in November and that normalcy in our country will be restored,” Kevin said.

“You’re assuming that there will be an election in November,” Randy said.

“Of course there will be an election,” Kevin countered. “It’s required by the Constitution.”

Do you think Trump gives two shits about the Constitution?” Randy said. “And who would stop him from canceling the election? Not his Republican sycophants, that’s for sure. The only way there will be an election is if he knows he’ll win. And if he somehow loses, he’ll say it was rigged and declare it null and void.”

“You’re such a drama queen, Randy,” Kevin said. “Our democratic institutions won’t allow that to happen.”

“You’re a fool to believe that, Kevin,” Randy said. “He’s a dictator who controls the executive branch, the courts, and the Senate. No one is going to stop him. Between him, his sons, and Ivanka, this nightmare will not be over any time soon. And as Trump’s ass-kissing attorney general Bill Barr said, ‘History is written by the winners, so it largely depends on who is writing the history.’ I’m afraid this nightmare ain’t gonna simply fade away, brother.”

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday, where the first line is, “Someday, this will be over — only remembered like some half-felt and fading nightmare.” Image credit:

Stand Up and Be Counted

095367B1-7B2B-48F9-A71A-CC25BB07E032“It doesn’t take having a college education to see the danger that this brood of naive and gullible Trump supporters is having on our society,” Edward lamented.

“You’re a highly educated, sapient man,” Carla said. “There must be a way to get them to see what a con man Trump is.”

“You know,” Edward said, “I don’t think there’s a snowball’s chance in hell of getting his rabid fans to change their almost fanatical support for him. They think he’s the second coming of Jesus, for crissake.”

“But don’t you feel,” Carla said, “that the racist things he’s been saying over the past month are starting to snip away some of his support?”

“Well,” Edward said, “we are seeing a few random Republican Congresspersons making a tentative transition away from blind, unequivocal support for him. But we’re going to need more than a handful of Republicans to be willing to stand up and be counted.”

“And were going to need the Democrats to start a formal impeachment inquiry,” Carla added.

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (education), Word of the Day Challenge (brood), Nova’s Daily Random Word (sapient), Daily Addictions (chance), Your Daily Word Prompt (snip), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (random), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (transition).

O is for Optimistic

I’ve always thought of myself as an optimistic person. I try take a positive view of people, events, or conditions and hope for the most favorable outcomes.

I look for the good in people. I try to see the bright side of things. I perceive the proverbial glass filled to the halfway point as being half full rather than half empty.

I believe that my attitude and actions can, and often do, result in positive things happening and that I am responsible for my own happiness.

That said, while my nature is to be optimistic, I’m not some sort of Pollyanna who is an unrealistic optimist. Unlike Voltaire’s Dr. Pangloss from Candide, I don’t subscribe to the notion that everything is for the best in this “best of all possible worlds.”

Nor am I so naive that I play the “everything-will-be-terrific” game. I don’t talk about how wonderful things are or how terrific everything will turn out when faced with genuinely bad or unfortunate events.

I don’t overlook real problems and issues that need to be addressed. I understand that, in certain circumstances, positive change cannot be achieved, and I am able to accept that.

97129394-F143-4E14-97C6-AF07927B167DBut, all things considered, I am optimistic. The sun will come out tomorrow.