The Fish Rots from the Head Down

Fish RotsThe old adage, “The Fish Rots from the Head Down,” refers to failing organizations and how the blame of it should be on its “head” that is its leadership.

We have a clear example of this in the Presidency of the United States. The churn in the White House since Donald Trump assumed the presidency has been unprecedented. High turnover has become synonymous with President Trump’s White House.

He has lost a handful of Cabinet members, from Secretary of State to Secretary of Health and Human Services and head of the Veterans Administration. Others, due to misuse of federal funds and various questionable decisions and misdeeds, are on the bubble.

He had also lost two National Security Advisers, one Chief of Staff, one Press Secretary, and two Communications Directors. He fired the acting Attorney General (Sally Yates), his FBI Director (Comey) and the Deputy FBI Director (McCabe).

Advisors like Sebastian Gorka and Steve Bannon are gone. So are close advisors to the President, like White House staff secretary Rob Porter and Trump’s personal assistant John McEntee.

This churn of senior-level individuals in the Trump administration is just another sign of the chaos and instability that surrounds the man who sits in the Oval Office.

Yes, something about the Trump administration really stinks. But as they say, the fish rots from the head down.

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


19F123B7-39B2-4C60-9BD2-575C1FBE9069Today’s one-word prompt is “evoke.” I thought about what kinds of things, people, or events evoke difference kinds of responses in me.

And then I thought about our Moron-in-Chief, the “shithole” who currently occupies the Oval Office, and all of the negative emotions that hearing, seeing, or even just thinking about him bring to the surface of my consciousness.

So here, in no particular order, are just some of them:


WTF, Republicans?


According to a new CBS poll, 67 percent of Republicans approve of the way Trump is handling the Charlottesville aftermath, while 82 percent of Democrats disapproved. Still, a majority of Americans — 55 percent — did not like Trump’s post-attack reactions.

The poll was conducted from August 14 to 16. That means Trump’s infamous press conference on August 15, where he morally equated neo-Nazis to counter protesters on the left occurred in the middle of the polling.

Seriously, Republicans. What the fuck is wrong with you that two-thirds of you don’t have a problem with the buffoon who occupies the Oval Office? He is the laughing stock of the world. He is slowly destroying democracy in our country.

Do you really want the Republican Party to become the American Nazi Party? Have you no conscience? Have you no decency? Have you no shame?