The Odds Are Against It

3ECBD246-68FD-4DAB-A045-539EACED3754The official line from the White House is that, despite all of his documented wrongdoings and ethical violations, it’s one big conspiracy from the so-called “deep state” that is leading toward the impeachment of Donald Trump in the United States House of Representatives.

The issue, for those of us who know that Trump is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors, is that in order to obtain a conviction, thus leading to his removal from office, it would take a two-thirds supermajority vote (67 senators) in the United States Senate. As it stands now, the Senate has 53 Republicans and 47 Democrats (including two independents). And that means that 20 of the 53 Republicans, plus every Democrat and the two independents, would have to vote to convict.

Despite all of the irrefutable evidence of abuse of power, obstruction of justice, and extortion of a foreign government for political purposes, against Donald Trump, it’s unlikely that the Republican senators, who worship Donald Trump as if he were a god, would see the light and vote to convict him.

Thus, the odds of ridding our country of the scourge of Donald Trump through impeachment and conviction are slim to none. So voting him and his Republican sycophants out of office next November will be our best and last chance to end this insanity and to save our democratic republic.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (official), Ragtag Daily Prompt (deep), Your Daily Word Prompt (conviction), The Daily Spur (worship), and Word of the Day Challenge (light).

See, Hear, Speak No Evil

1141D16F-F961-4944-B4B9-A4565821C218The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution today laying out the framework for the next phase of the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump’s actions regarding holding aid to Ukraine hostage unless they would gather dirt on Trump’s political opponent and for obstruction of justice in the investigation of those actions. The resolution passed on a vote of 232-196.

Apparently the Republican members of the House of Representatives are acting like those infamous three monkeys who, as the old adage says, see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil — at least when it comes to Donald Trump — as not one Republican representative voted to support the resolution. Not one!FAB4C148-BDE4-465F-939E-D22608BB7DE8The symbolism of the three monkeys is that it depicts a lack of moral responsibility on the part of people who refuse to acknowledge impropriety, looking the other way or feigning ignorance. Such people turn a blind eye to something that is legally or morally wrong. In this case, these elected officials see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil and pretend that they have not witnessed wrongdoing, and, therefore, abdicate all responsibility for righting a wrong.

Clearly 100% of Republicans in the Congress of the United States of America have abdicated their responsibility to uphold the U.S. Constitution and to act in the best interests of their constituents, the citizens of America.

They truly are a basket of deplorables.

Don’t Forget To Vote

Linda G. Hill has opened the polls for her 2019-2020 Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS) Badge Contest.

Linda said that, “the poll will be open for 24 hours — all of Thursday, October 24th, – 5GMT. Vote once, vote carefully, and be sure to tell your friends!”

I have no idea what time “5GMT” translates to in my own time zone, much less in whatever time zone you’re in, but I’d suggest voting early — now might be a good time.

And while you’re at it, please consider my proposed badge:img_0179If you like my badge design, I’d appreciate your vote, but there are nine other contenders, and all are worthy.

And, as Linda suggested, tell your friends to vote, too. Once again, here is the link.

SoCS Badge Contest

I’m a regular when it comes to participating in Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, so when she put out the call for a new SoCS badge, I searched my photo library for something I though might be suitable.

I came up with this photo of a family of ducks floating along a stream on Stowe Lake in Golden Gate Park. Per Linda’s instructions, I added the “Stream of Consciousness Saturday” banner and my name and blog address to the photo. Here it is:SoCS Badge EntryAren’t those ducklings the cutest little things?

Anyway, Linda will be posting all submitted badges on her blog on Thursday October 24th, along with a poll that will close the next day, on Friday the 25th. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to go to Linda’s blog next Thursday and vote for my badge. This blog post will self-destruct in five seconds, Mr. Phelps.

So, easy peasy, right? Thanks for your support and for your vote!

Friday Fictioneers — Queuing Up To Vote

F373B8DF-2209-47D8-A326-E816F916CEBA“I can’t believe that it’s raining today, of all days,” Lucy said.

“Tell me about it,” Shirley said. “And it’s not just a rainy day, it’s a cold rainy day.”

“And look how long this damn line is,” Cindy lamented. “I’m definitely going to sign up to vote by mail for the next election. This is bullshit.”

”Zip it, Cindy,” Lucy said. “You only do this once every few years and it’s your civic duty. You ain’t the Wicked Witch of the West. You ain’t gonna melt.”

“She actually does resemble the Wicked Witch of the West,” Shirley quipped.

(100 words)

Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo prompt: Na’ama Yehuda.