One-Liner Wednesday — Brevity

2E131322-2144-4A3D-A792-984B83EDC4B9My wife asked last week me if I didn’t “get” the concept of a one-liner. “Why would you ask me that?” I asked her. She then proceeded to point out how long my responses to Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompts usually are. “Way more than one line,” she said. “Does everyone who responds to her one-liner prompt do that?” she asked. I told her that most did not. “So why, then, do you?”

I explained to her that the reason my One-Liner Wednesday posts exceed one line is because I like to help people understand why I decided to choose whatever one-liner I chose and what it means to me.

“But it’s supposed to be a one-line response,” she said. “When you respond to a 100 word prompt, do you write 100 words and then add another 200 or 300 words explaining why you wrote the first 100 words?”

“No,” I said.

“Then you should limit your One-Liner Wednesday post to one line. To quote Shakespeare,” she added, “Brevity is the soul of wit.”

“Perfect,” I said. “I’m going to use that Shakespear quote for my next One-liner Wednesday post.”

I think my wife will be very pleased when she sees how I’ve taken her advice.

One-Liner Wednesday — Home of the Brave

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“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”

Reporter and Peabody Award Recipient
Elmer Davis

I found out about this quote from fellow blogger Léa at Found In France. I’d never heard of Elmer Davis, so I googled him and learned that he was a news reporter, author, the Director of the United States Office of War Information during World War II, as well as a Peabody Award recipient.

Davis had been a reporter and editorial writer for The New York Times before joining CBS radio as a newscaster. In 1942, Davis was appointed to head the Office of War Information, where he won respect for his handling of official news. His liberal stance, however, especially his opposition to military censorship, generated controversy. In 1945 he resumed his career as a news broadcaster, this time with ABC, until 1953. Davis died in 1958.

This quote resonated with me because I fear that we are no longer the home of the brave, particularly with respect to the Republicans in Congress. Rather than serving as a check and balance with respect to the Executive Branch, as the Constitution requires, they have become Donald Trump’s rubber stamp.

So if the members of the U.S. Congress are no longer brave enough to stand up to the unqualified, unhinged man in the White House, how much longer will we, as Americans, be able to continue to consider ourselves to be citizens of the land of the free?


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

One-Liner Wednesday — Deep Thoughts

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“It is better to speak profoundly to just one than to blather at a world of idiots.”

Suze who blogs at “Suziland Too or Obsolete Childhood

Yesterday I wrote a post in which I bemoaned how my blog stats were recently in a nosedive. I admit that I was being a bit whiny, and that’s when Suze put me in my place. She commented, “It is better to speak profoundly to just one than to blather at a world of idiots…yes, you can quote me.”

To which, knowing that today, Wednesday, is Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt, I replied, “I just may do that. Stay tuned!”

I thought that Suze’s highly inspirational and motivational one-liner perfectly fit the bill for this prompt. I believe that Suze was telling me that

  1. I shouldn’t give quantity a higher priority than quality,
  2. most of my posts are nothing more than me blathering on about nothing,
  3. most of the people who read my blog are idiots,
  4. all of the above, or
  5. none of the above.

In any event, I thought Suze’s comment was, in and of itself, profound. Unfortunately, she has now set the bar quite high for me because I feel as though it’s incumbent upon me to come up with something profound to post about.

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One-Liner Wednesday — Brave New World

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“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach us.”

English writer, novelist, philosopher,
Aldous Huxley

On the same day (and in the same decision) that the conservative majority of the Supreme Court justices upheld President Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban, the High Court finally overturned the infamous 1944 Supreme Court decision blessing internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

For the first time in its history, the Supreme Court admitted that it made a very bad decision. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the Court’s decision in Korematsu v. United States, in which the government argued that the internment of Japanese-American citizens was necessary to protect national security, was “gravely wrong the day it was decided, has been overruled in the court of history, and — to be clear — has no place in law under the Constitution.”

It turns out that the government’s argument about the risk that Japanese-Americans were to America’s national security was bogus and had no basis in fact.

Now flash forward to 2018 and the 5-4 ruling on Trump’s travel ban along partisan lines. The Court held that Trump has broad powers under immigration law to act to protect national security. That national security argument put forth by the government in the travel ban case is also bogus and had no basis in fact.

In a blistering dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor compared the majority opinion on Trump’s travel ban to the “gravely wrong” decision in Korematsu v. United States. She wrote, “By blindly accepting the Government’s misguided invitation to sanction a discriminatory policy motivated by animosity toward a disfavored group, all in the name of a superficial claim of national security, the Court redeploys the same dangerous logic underlying Korematsu and merely replaces one ‘gravely wrong’ decision with another.”

Botton line, the Supreme Court justices who ruled yesterday to uphold Trump’s Muslim travel ban used the same bogus national security claim that the justices used to permit the imprisonment of Japanese-American citizens 74 years earlier.

So Huxley was right on target. The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Trump’s travel ban is yet another example of not learning very much from the lessons of history.


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt. Sorry for such a serious post, but I’m just not feeling the humor much in recent days.

One-Liner Wednesday — Laughter

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“Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.”

Humorist Arnold H. Glasow

I need a larger dose of laughter in order to combat the side effects of the Trump era.


Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Lynda G. Hill. Image credit: JudaM @ Pixabay.