I was going to write a post today about how Americans seem to be losing many of the liberties that we hold near and dear and that are guaranteed to us by the Constitution.
Religious liberties, civil liberties, political liberties, and personal liberties.
But instead I’m going to take the liberty to state that our president is an unstable, incompetent, narcissistic moron and our Congress is a dysfunctional body comprised of a bunch of highly partisan, spineless, amoral politicians who care more about their own unenlightened self-interests than they do about what is in the country’s and its citizens’ best interests.
I wonder how much longer I will have the liberty to make a statement such as this without fear of arrest and/or imprisonment.
Written for today’s Just Jot It January prompt from Linda G. Hill. Today’s word, selected by Capt Jill over at Capt Jills Journeys is “liberty.”
She was probably the least likely person to emerge as a leader of the revolt. She was an older woman in her late sixties. She had never been politically active. Apathetic is probably the best word to have described her attitude toward politics. Yes, she voted, but it was pretty much a straight party-line vote.
So what changed? What prompted her to become an activist? What triggered her to take up arms and join the resistance?
First it was when the President and his political cronies in Congress said that the huge increase in the defense budget, along with the cost of the border wall, would require that social welfare programs, like Social Security and Medicare, be defunded. She lost her primary source of income and her health care coverage.
That was bad enough, but then the President began shutting down what he called “the fake news” media and started arresting and imprisoning journalists and even bloggers who were critical of him and his administration.
But the final straw was when the President signed two Executive Orders, one naming Christianity as the country’s official religion and forbidding the practice of all other religions, and the other declaring that performing or having abortions would be illegal, with the threat of jail for both doctors who performed such procedures and women who had them.
And that was when she had had enough. That was when she decided that the revolution must begin.
Written for today’s Just Jot It January prompt from Linda G. Hill. Today’s word, “revolt,” was suggested by Sandra, of What Sandra Thinks.
I have to be honest with you. I don’t think I have ever, in my life, felt forlorn.
Hmm. Let me think about that. Have I ever felt desolate or dreary; unhappy or miserable? How about lonely and sad? Forsaken? Hopeless? Bereft? Destitute? Nope, nope, and nope. Never ever have I felt any of those things.
It’s not that I’m a Pollyanna, an excessively cheerful or optimistic person, or anything. It’s just that there hasn’t been any reason for me to feel forlorn about anything.
Oh wait. I take that back. For a brief, wonderful moment, I was in a great mood. Then I remembered who our president is. Now I’m forlorn.
Written for today’s one-word prompt, “forlorn.”
“May God have mercy on his soul,” the minister said just before they injected the fatal cocktail into the man’s arm.
“He has no soul,” an angry woman said loudly to the others who were witnessing the execution.
“If there really was a god,” another said, “how could he have allowed someone to commit such a heinous crime?”
“There are bad people out there,” said yet another observer.
“I can’t stand it,” said a sobbing woman from the back of the observation room. “My son wasn’t a bad man.”
“Well,” said the man sitting beside her, “he should have known better. It’s no longer permissible to criticize the president. And what he posted in his blog was pretty strong.”
“He was just a foolish blogger,” she said.
“The Ministry of Information has super computers that use artificial intelligence to scan every blog post or news article posted. They’re looking for anything that in any way might be viewed as derogatory about the president,” the man explained. “Those journalists and bloggers who get tagged are rounded up and imprisoned…or worse.”
The woman began sobbing even harder. “Who would have thought back in 2016 that openly criticizing the President of the United States would be punishable by lethal injection?”
“It’s a whole new world out there,” the man said.
Written for today’s one-word prompt, “mercy.”
When I wrote my earlier post today in response to today’s one-word prompt, I quoted Abraham Lincoln, who famously said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
After publishing that post, I remembered something said by Henry Louis (H. L.) Mencken, a prominent newspaperman and political commentator during the first half of the 20th century. His quote, featured in the image at the top of this post, was published in the Baltimore Evening Sun on July 26, 1920.
Well, old H. L. was quite prescient, wasn’t he? It took 96 years, but in 2016 “the plain folks of the land” would elect a moron as their president.
How did he know what to expect?