Stephen had the brilliant idea of founding his own town where no discrimination of any kind was allowed, and everyone had free healthcare. Sadly, he didn’t understand the importance of social media in these short-attention-span times, and no trains ever arrived. He found out later that the Republicans got wind of his equality efforts and they had diverted all the trains to TeaPartyopolis, a non-existent destination funded by nameless donors who welcomed the Citizens United ruling but not anyone of color.
Stephen was a bit blue about the situation.
Speaking of blue, President Obama suddenly approached the station. “Hey, buddy.”
Stephen: “Hey, Sir. Fancy meeting you here.”
Obama: “Well, I’ve got a little bit of time on my hands these days. There’s only so much you can do in Hawaii this time of year, what with all the tourists, so I thought I’d take a walk, see what’s going on. I hear you aren’t happy about what the Republicans have been doing to this country.”
Stephen: “Well, sir, I wouldn’t think you would be happy either, what with Trump trying to destroy everything you accomplished just because he’s a racist who can’t stand that a black man made some progress.”
Obama smiled. “There’s that angle, sure. But it’s more than that. The Republican Party, for at least the last 50 years, has increasingly based its platform on fear-mongering and social difference. My skin color, although a convenient and easy target, is somewhat irrelevant. As long as the Republicans can find someone to demonize they will continue to be relevant, because it’s a sad truth that some Americans are not happy unless they have an enemy that they can hate.”
Stephen: “But this whole mess lately with Trump licking Putin’s soccer balls is an outrage. The Russians are enemies of this country, proven over and over again. Why aren’t the Republicans hating on that?”
Obama smiled again. “Oh, a few of them are, getting in some solid sound bites and almost appearing to be patriots. But sound bites don’t mean a thing when they have actual ways to stop this Orange Express from derailing the country. And they won’t do that unless there is a fundamental change.”
Stephen: “And what would that be?”
Obama: “The results of the 2018 mid-term elections. Because if you are a true patriot, you won’t vote for a party that licks soccer balls.”
Originally published in “Crusty Pie” on 04/07/15. Massively changed for this post. Please excuse the lack of humor with this piece. The image of an American president lustily pursuing a bromance with an enemy dictator burns my soul and isn’t the least bit funny.
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