First-time readers, the dialogue in this blog is set in the future (sometime after the year 2020).  Each entry assumes there has been a 5th revolution in the US — the Revenge Revolution.  More about Revenge Revolution and author, Entry #1.  List and general description of entries to date.  Annual assessment whether Revolution plausible.

Note: most characters appear in a number of entries, with many entries building on previous conversations.  Profile of characters.  You’ll catch on quickly.  Thanks for your time and interest…and comments.

Scene: Jordan’s office, Washington, DC, start of work day. 

092615_2031_Characters7.gifGelly (Jordan’s Assistant):  “Good morning, Jordan.”

Jordan:  “Morning, Gelly.  Anything hot on the schedule this morning?”

Gelly:  “Nothing for a while.  You got a minute?”

Jordan:  “Sure.  Let me get a coffee first.  (Gelly hands Jordan a coffee.) You’re really good.   Thanks.  What’s up?”

Gelly:  “Don’t know what caused me to think about this but is anyone writing about the benefits of the Revenge Revolution?  You know — lessons learned.”

TurtleneckJordan:  “Good question.  Greenie is writing a series of articles about the causes.  Matt is helping her on a few articles.  I guess the answer to your question is, ‘no, not to my knowledge.’”

Gelly:  “Well, maybe Greenie and Matt should write a few articles on lessons learned.”

Jordan:  “OK, let me be the interviewer.  What do you think are the lessons of the Revenge Revolution?”

kick-in-the-pantsGelly:  “The most obvious one to me is people have started forcing politicians to act rationally…like the rest of us have to act, or at least most of us.  That change in behavior is a big switch.”

Jordan:  “Such as…?”

Gelly:  “Lots of examples.  One that seems very important is Senators are effectively being forced to vote on judicial nominees.  No more stonewalling.”

three-stoogesJordan:  “You mean like in 2016 when Larry, Moe and Curly…I mean Senators Burr, McCain and Cruz…threatened to block every judicial nominee if Clinton was elected president.”

Gelly:  “Yep.  Those guys acted like the Three Stooges.  Let me correct my statement.  Burr, McCain and Cruz couldn’t hold a candle to the Three Stooges.  For the senators, a better description is more like ‘stupid is as stupid does.’”

Jordan:  “Why do you think their statement about blocking all judicial nominees…and possibly other nominees…is so bad?  The Constitution does not force the Senate to act.”

Gelly:  “True.  But you cannot have a functioning democracy if one body refuses traitorto act on behalf of the people and only acts for itself.  The country cannot operate when elected officials represent only a portion of the populous and, in effect, stab all other voters in the back.  That kind of behavior was a cause of the Revenge Revolution.  And since the Revolution people have been forcing elected officials to consider the electorate, not just special interests.”

Jordan:  “Aren’t you being a bit naïve?  There have always been biases and special interests in Congress.”

Gelly:  “I agree.  However, real people recognize there are different opinions on how to solve problems.  Anyone with any brains, and that used to include Congress before the Republicans in Congress in the 1990’s started taking stupid pills, knows that working through a problem with someone else usually results in a better solution.”

Jordan:  “What does that have to do with approving judicial nominees?”

Gelly:  “Relevant because Larry, Moe and Curly…err, Burr, McCain and Cruz…refused to my-way-or-highwayeven consider working with Democrats to find a solution.  The BMC boy’s idea of a solution was the proverbial, ‘my way or the highway.’”

Jordan:  “But the country experienced the Revenge Revolution and the likes of Burr, McCain and Cruz are now off in the corner with their dunce caps.”

dunce capsGelly:  “And the BMC boys deserve dunce caps.  And eliminating such behavior is one of the lessons that needs to written about.”

Jordan:  “Have another lesson of the Revenge Revolution for Greenie to write about?”

Gelly:  “Making voting easier.”

Jordan:  “Gelly, surely you don’t think Republicans made an effort to suppress Ballot_Clipart_01voting, do you?”

Gelly:  “Your great state, North Carolina…”

Jordan:  “…Please, I’m only a visitor to North Carolina.  A long-term visitor but visitor, nonetheless.”

Gelly:  “…Your state North Carolina was cited by Federal courts twice in about six NC Outlinemonths for attempting to stop blacks from voting.  Both cases were blatant.  One judge indicated the state’s efforts were ‘with precision.’  Oh, no, Republicans made no effort to stop blacks from voting.”

Jordan:  “Those efforts were to protect the other residents from voter fraud.”          

Gelly:  “Jordan, either your tongue is planted deep in your cheek or you need to doctor-clipart-illustration-31325go see a proctologist and have your head put back on the right part of your anatomy.”

Jordan:  “She’s so subtle.”

Gelly:  “No reason to be subtle.  There was no credible evidence of any voter fraud.  All the cases claimed by Republicans were proved to be false.  People who are US citizens have a right to vote, period.  Do these vote fraud-claim yoyo’s ever read the Constitution?”

Jordan:  “You’ve come up with two good examples.  Let’s chat more after I take a break.”