The Jury

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Dear Wednesday,

Well, the impeachment “trial” is over, conducted without evidence or witnesses, presided over by a corrupt senate. Poor America. The very worst aspect of the spectacle was that the outcome was predetermined; second worst part was the lack of any defence— Trump’s collaborators attacked everything but the evidence. Third was the humiliating position of the Supreme Court Justice who oversaw a massive joke trial without comment or action.

Naturally, this pretty much gives an already smug and remorseless president carte blanche.

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And disgraces the Senate.

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But I still have faith in the American people, if they can overcome the obstacles in the path of a free and fair election.

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Peace and patience,

~~FP

Think of the Ways [Repost]

Prompt: School

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Yes, children: Help the world. Think of the ways. Walk more. Don’t litter. Plant a tree. Recycle your pop cans. If you don’t, everything will die and we will all choke to death. Including puppies.

Something about the way we teach ecology to children rankles. They can be worked into a frenzy over juice boxes. Taught to fear asphyxiation if parents idle their cars beside the school waiting for the final bell. Are willing to pick a square of cellophane out of a garbage bin for the sake of recycling.

Why so much pressure on the kids, when the greater reasons for life-threatening, world-ending pollution rest in the hands of the polluters and the politicians who enable and bless them?

Certainly every little bit helps. It is important to recycle, to value trees and plants, to be aware that small changes add up.

But I don’t remember, as a child, being unable to sleep because the glaciers are melting, or having a panic attack when a juice box ends up in the trash can. Guilt and hopelessness make us panic and give us insomnia. Let’s stop loading the responsibility for a clean future, if we have a future, on six year olds.

Let’s teach them a little bit about ethics and civics. Give them relevant information that allows them to assess choices in the products they use. Let them understand the power of the consumer and of the vote and, yes, even of peaceful resistance.

Children aren’t stupid. I’ve worked with children and they constantly floored me with their wisdom and common sense. Let’s arm these children, sensibly and without terror, with the tools they need to face a real crisis and transform a future that is not as bright as it should be, or as bright as they deserve.


Original Prompt: Atmospheric, November 18, 2017

Small Men

Prompt: Flattery

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When small men begin to cast big shadows, it is a sure sign that the sun is setting.

― Lin Yutang


What does this have to do with the daily prompt, ‘flattery’?

I interpret ‘smallness’ in this quotation as a small-minded man, not a man short in stature, and the sun setting implies a coming darkness. So it made me think of the American presidential election.

Flattery is defined as “excessive and insincere praise, especially that given to further one’s own interests.” One of the candidates, He Who Shall Not Be Named, is given to excessive praise, for himself. He encourages the basest of instincts in his followers for his own gain. But HWSNBN, as a narcissist, is devoted to himself. This alone is not the worst quality ever seen in a presidential candidate, but combined with other characteristics, makes HWSNBN utterly unfit to lead a country. I see darkness ahead if this small man is permitted to cast a long shadow.

I have added a tiny little prompt to this site, urging Americans to register to vote. It appears at the bottom of the window. Please do register, and get out and vote.