Whatever happened to the notion of leading by example?
Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden have chosen to ignore calls from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to cancel rallies and other large events because of coronavirus fears. The CDC has been absolutely clear that people should avoid congregating in large groups.
Donald Trump isn’t slowing his pace, either, even though he — like Sanders and Biden — is in his 70s, which is a high-risk group for “getting very sick from this illness,” according to the CDC. There are now more than 600 confirmed coronavirus cases and 22 deaths in the U.S. And many of those who have died are in the same age range as the three finalists in the presidential campaign.
Seriously, guys, what are you thinking?
“The hubris of the man is unmatched,” Mark said. “I wish that some Republicans in the Senate would vote to remove him.”
“I think you’re being a bit rash, my friend,” Danny said. “Sure, Trump is a total moron, but if he’s kicked out office, Pence will take his place. You know what will happen then, don’t you?”
“Yeah, guys like us will be sent to gay conversion therapy camps,” Mark said.
“Exactly,” Danny said. “So let’s just finish putting the tinsel on the tree and cherish the excitement and joy of Christmas.”
Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “hubris” in exactly 94 words. Also for these daily prompts: Daily Addictions (wish), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (rash), Word of the Day Challenge (tinsel), Your Daily Word Prompt (cherish), The Daily Spur (excitement), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (joy)
“Those who can make you believe in absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”
French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher, Voltaire
Voltaire, who also said, “If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him,” was likely making reference to religion in this week’s one-liner. Followers and believers are expected to unquestionably accept the teachings of the church and the stories in holy books such as the Bible, which to my rational mind, can be quite absurd. After all, look back across human history at the myriad atrocities that have been committed through the ages in the name of God and religion.
But I have a more contemporary interpretation of Voltaire’s quote that has to do with the way Donald Trump keeps saying and doing a absolutely absurd things, which his loyal base, the Republicans in Congress, and the “on-air personalities” and viewers of Fox News not only believe but embrace.
And his atrocities that they seem to turn a blind eye toward include, but are not limited to:
- separating migrant families at the border and putting children in cages
- attempting to ban immigration based upon religion
- calling neo-Nazis “very fine people”
- obstructing investigations into Russian meddling in our 2016 presidential elections
- extorting a foreign leader to dig up dirt on a political opponent in advance of the 2020 presidential elections
- obstructing Congress with respect to its impeachment hearings
- rolling back virtually every regulation designed to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat
- calling climate change a hoax and pulling out of worldwide effort to combat climate change
- selling out our country to Vladimir Putin and Russia
- profiting financially from his office as President
- abusing the power of the presidency
I could go on and on, but I think I’ve made my point. Besides, this post has gone way beyond being a one-liner.
Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.
“I don’t understand how you can get anything done when you work at such a snail‘s pace.” Charlie said. “Don’t you have any pride in your work?”
“That’s not fair, Charlie,” Carla said. I’m extremely fastidious about completing my assigned tasks. I find doing my job the right way to be very uplifting and it’s important to me that I’m thorough and complete. I want to make sure I decipher these top secret, coded communications correctly. And it doesn’t help to have you all over my ass. So you choose. Are you looking for speed or accuracy?”
“You’re right, Carla.” Charlie admitted. “There’s too much at stake if these covert communications are misinterpreted. Take your time and continue to decipher these transactions between Putin and Trump.”
Written for these daily prompts: Daily Addictions (snail), The Daily Spur (pride), Ragtag Daily Prompt (fastidious), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (task), Word of the Day Challenge (uplifting), and Your Daily Word Prompt (decipher).