SoCS — I Want You to Pay Attention

55CCF9FF-2D07-484E-8A43-8B2443A35340I want you to pay close attention to what Donald Trump said recently. I want you to think about it. I want to give you a glimpse into the convoluted way the President of the United States thinks. Are you ready?

Donald Trump tried to downplay the severity of America’s coronavirus outbreak by arguing that the U.S. wouldn’t be leading the world in cases if it weren’t for the fact that so much testing is being done. I swear I’m not making this up. Here are Trump’s own words.

“Don’t forget, we have more cases than anybody in the world. But why? Because we do more testing. When you test, you have a case. When you test, you find something is wrong with people. If we didn’t do any testing, we would have very few cases.”

So Donald Trump, the leader of the free world, believes that coronavirus cases simply wouldn’t exist if we didn’t test to find them.

Oh, he also promised that the U.S. will reopen “vaccine or no vaccine.” He said, “The U.S. will overcome the coronavirus crisis with or without an effective vaccine.” Then he added that the disease will “go away at some point” either way.

Hmm. This reminds me of when he predicted in February that the U.S. would go down from 15 coronavirus cases to nearly zero. Or when he claimed in early March that the virus will be gone by April because, when temperatures rise, “the virus will miraculously go away.” Or when he predicted in April that there would be zero coronavirus deaths in the U.S. by mid-May.

I want you to think about what Donald Trump has said and how he’s responded to the pandemic.

I especially want you to think about all this when you vote in November.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where we are asked to “make the word ‘want’ the first, second, or third word of your post.”

One-Liner Wednesday — What’s Seen and What’s Not


“I could see what was there, but what wasn’t there was what was demanded of me that I see.”

Ursula at An Upturned Soul

I saw this line in a recent post by fellow blogger Ursula, whose blog is “An Upturned Soul,” and it resonated with me. It hit home and so I thought I’d repeat it here for my response to today’s One-Liner Wednesday and JusJoJan prompts from Linda G. Hill.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

A54DF262-617A-425E-ACA6-42ED1757558CI used to believe that to be thought of as “uncompromising” was a good thing, a positive attribute. To be uncompromising means to be resolute, determined, purposeful, steadfast, and strong.

But I no longer believe that being uncompromising is such a good thing. Well, at least not in the context of American politics. Because in that context it means stubborn, intransigent, pigheaded, inflexible, rigid, obdurate, and obstinate.

Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones famously wrote (and sang)

“You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You just might find
You get what you need”

What this country needs is a functioning federal government where our elected representatives at least attempt to get for us, their constituents, what we need.

In order to be functional, our representatives — Republican, Democratic, and independent — are supposed to meet, present the views and desires of the people who elected them, and try to come to some kind of compromise through negotiation.

But compromise requires that all sides sacrifice a little in order to move the ball forward. It requires a bipartisan effort where legislators are willing to find a middle ground in order to achieve a greater good over self-interests.

Instead, “compromise” has become a dirty word in Congress. To be willing to negotiate is a sign of weakness and of party disloyalty. As a result, our government is in gridlock, with little getting done on behalf of the people.

Because of our uncompromising lawmakers, we, the people, are not only not getting what we want, we are not getting what we need.

And now, just for fun —