Time To Write — Politics as Unusual

65FABB36-29AC-4D35-9CF2-1C97B924E983“What happened?” Jane asked her husband. “Oh my God, what happened?”

“It’s nothing,” Archer said.

“Nothing?” Jane exclaimed. “Look at yourself. You’re eye is swollen shut and is turning black. Your lip is cut and bleeding, as is your nose. What the hell, Archer?”

“Just a slight altercation with a guy at the office,” Archer said.

“An altercation? You mean a fist fight,” Jane said. “With who and about what?”

“Dan, my cubicle mate, was late because he voted this morning on the way to the office,” Archer explained. “He asked me if I had voted yet and I told him that I had voted by mail last week. Then he asked me who I voted for. I told him that I learned a long time ago to avoid talking about sex, religion, and politics at the office.”

“Okay, but then how did this happen?” she asked, pointing at his face.

“He kept pestering me about who I voted for, so I finally told him,” Archer said. “And that’s when all hell broke loose.”

“What exactly happened?”

“He was pissed. He said that my vote canceled out his. Then I said that since I voted before he did, his vote canceled out my vote. Things went down hill from there.”

“But how did things turn physical?” Jane asked.

“I dunno,” Archer said. “He said I was unpatriotic, called me a globalist, said I believed all the fake news, and that I wanted illegal immigrants to overrun our county.”

“You’re kidding!” Jane said. “So he hit you?”

“Well, I might have said a few things back at him,” Archer admitted. “And suddenly fists were flying. Our coworkers had to pull us apart and our boss sent us both home. We both got formal warnings and are on work probation.”

“I hope Dan looks as bad as you do,” Jane said, hugging her husband.

“Worse,” Archer said, a painful smile appearing on his face.


Written for Rachel Poli’s Sentence Starter prompt.

One-Liner Wednesday — Vote

F288B686-B838-4A93-A189-125455455BE6Next Tuesday is Election Day in the United States. Without exaggeration, I can say that this is the most important midterm election in our lifetimes, in that the fate of our American democracy and way of life is at stake.

I never thought I’d see happen what has happened to this country since Donald Trump became president. He has nearly torn the very fabric of America apart. And the only option we have to stop him from tearing it to shreds is to go out and vote on or before next Tuesday. Vote to elect people to Congress who will enable it function, as the Constitution requires, as an appropriate check and balance on Trump, something the Republican-led Congress has refused to do.

So if we care for this country, we must vote. We can’t afford to sit on the sidelines and depend upon others. Voting is our civic responsibility, our duty.

But, hey, I’m just an old man. I may not be alive a decade from now, so while it breaks my heart to witness the events of the past two years, I won’t suffer the brunt of the damage Trump has done and, if left unchecked, will continue to do.

But my children and grandchildren will. So I implore you millennials (and post-millennials who are old enough to vote) — you whose future is on the line — to stand up and be counted. You need to be Supermen and Superwomen. I know it’s a corny cliche, but you need to fight for truth, justice, and the American way.bece7a21-d392-4b3d-8a71-72e966adcc5f.jpeg


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

Stop the Insanity

564531D6-8E94-417F-9601-CF3DFD749E17We have become a nation dominated by extremists. You’re either dead right or you’re dead wrong. There seems to no longer be any middle ground. Far right or far left, with an ever decreasing political center.

Candidates seem to be wearing rose-colored glasses, uncritically and unquestioningly following their party’s talking points. No one is listening. Compromise is a dirty word. Negotiation is a sign of weakness. Partisanship at any cost is flowing like an ever-growing rivulet through the labyrinth of government bureaucracies.

In the meantime, across the globe, far-right politicians are winning elections by stoking fears, fanning the flames of unrest, and appealing to the poor and disenfranchised. And the climate change deniers who are now in charge are ignoring the facts and crying hoax while our planet is dying.

Please, America, be sure to vote a week from today. We need to stop this insanity.


Written for these one-word prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (dead), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (center), Scotts Daily Prompt (glasses), Word of the Day Challenge (rivulet), Your Daily Word Prompt (labyrinth), and Daily Addictions (globe).

Basket of Deplorables

681E68DC-FCF5-41C2-98FB-4375F09CA837Do you remember when Hillary Clinton said “You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables”?

Well, it turns out that she was right. Now I don’t want to disparage all, most, or even half Trump’s supporters by calling them deplorable. But I will say that the Trump administration is teeming with people who are despicable.

And I include in this cast of despicable characters Trump, himself, his kids (except for Barron, who is probably too young to be despicable), his wife, his entire White House staff, every member of his cabinet, every Republican in Congress, most Republican candidates, and several Supreme Court justices.

In just a few weeks, our American democracy will be faced with its greatest challenge in our lifetimes. Republican governors and legislators in red states are doing everything they can to suppress the votes of those who are most likely to vote for Democratic candidates.

And have you seen these hypocritical Republican candidates dissemble when discussing Obamacare, claiming that they will protect benefits for preexisting conditions while voting for and supporting legislation that would eliminate such benefits? Is that not the very definition of despicable?

It’s time for each and every one of us to make a resolution to vote in the upcoming midterm elections and to sweep the Republicans out of control of the House of Representatives — at least.

We need to save our country! VOTE!


Written for these one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (deplorable), Daily Addictions (teem), Ragtag Daily Prompt (week), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (challenge), Your Daily Word Prompt (dissemble), Scotts Daily Prompt (resolution).