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

092615_2031_Characters7.gifGelly:  “We have an unexpected visitor.”

JC:  “Hi Jordan.  Glad to see me?”

Jordan:  “Of course, JC.  I’m always glad to see you.  And you’re in town because…?”

JC:  “Greenie is adding a few chapters to her book about the causes of the Revenge Revolution.  She wants me to research if and how the tone of the transition after the election and the tone of the Inaugural speech might have influenced the effectiveness of the administration.”

092615_2031_Characters1.jpgJordan:  “Interesting topic.  So, if the transition was smooth, the incoming might be more effective, right?”

JC:  “Exactly…and vice versa.”

Jordan:  “Speaking of inaugurations, do you remember our conversation in 2017, just before Trump was sworn in?”

JC:  “Of course.  And the loser, or winner depending on one’s perspective, never paid off the dinner bet.  Whadda say we have the payoff this evening?”

TurtleneckJordan:  “Gelly, am I free this evening, please?  And, if so, would you like to join us for dinner?”

Gelly:  “Yes, you’re available and I would love to join you guys.  But I don’t know all the background about the bet, just bits and pieces.”

JC:  “Here’s the short version.  Remember I stopped by the office a few days before Trump’s inauguration?”

Gelly:  “Yes, but just after you got here I had to leave for a meeting.”

(Conversation from January 17, 2017)     

Jordan:  “JC, you must be in town for the inauguration.”

JC:  “You’re right about the inauguration but not here for the swearing-in.”

Jordan:  “Listen, if you need tickets, I can get you a couple.  Lots of members of Congress are not attending.”

tweetyJC:  “Not on your life would I attend.  I’m in town to join a protest march against Tweety Bird.”

Jordan:  “Now, now, you should show the incoming president some respect.”

JC:  “Why?  He never showed any respect to president Obama.”

Jordan:  “But still.”

JC:  “The Republicans never showed any respect for Obama either, especially old Mitchie McConnell.  What a hypocrite.”

Jordan:  “Some people think McConnell was just doing his job…and quite effectively.”

RantJC:  “Now we’re headed into an era where the Republicans…more appropriately called the Republicants and Republirants…actually have to do something other than say ‘no.’  And we’ve got an incoming president who thinks an oligarch is a hero and people with education and experience are trash.”

Jordan:  “The oligarch – you mean POTUS’ love for Putin?”

JC:  “Please, the Trumpster is not yet POTUS and, yes his love for Putin.  I mean really, Jordan, aren’t you upset?  The man is crazy!”

Jordan:  “You are a bit pumped.  Why do you say he’s crazy?”

JC:  “Look at his behavior.  Remarks during the campaign were bad…and frequently way out of line for a presidential candidate.  But his behavior and remarks since the election have been worse.”

Jordan:  “Such as…?”

trump-scowlJC:  “The list of ‘stupid is as stupid does’ is almost endless and keep growing daily.  Let’s start with trashing Representative John Lewis.  Trump tweets that Lewis is ‘all talk and no action.’  Really, Donald?  Lewis no action?  Every read any history?  Of course not.  And Donald what have you done that merits noteworthy ‘action’?”

Jordan:  “You consider that the attack on Lewis classifies him as crazy?  Maybe it was just a bad tweet.”

JC:  “You know my degree…my degrees are in psychology.  Diagnosing from afar is a bit risky.  But his behavior is so blatant and so consistently outside the norm that I goofy006think there’s a rock-solid case to label him as delusional.  He has exhibited no reasoning skills whatsoever.  In fact I’m not sure he can differentiate between what’s true and what’s not true.”

Jordan:  “Could his behavior be an early sign of Alzheimer’s?  Although when first diagnosed I think he was older than the Donald, Fred Trump was afflicted with Alzheimer’s.”

JC:  “I didn’t realize his father had Alzheimer’s.  Wouldn’t wish that on anybody.  Early-stage Alzheimer’s really hard to separate from some other mental illnesses and even dementia caused by say a chemical imbalance.”

Jordan:  “No way to really know?”

JC:  “If we take his brain out we’ll know for sure.  I know, I know.”

Jordan:  “So what’s the solution?  Your protests aren’t going to change his behavior.  He’s so thinned-skinned he’ll probably double down and bully even more people.”

gangster-cartoon-clip-art-540pxJC:  “The only solution I know of is to take him out.  Where’s the mafia when you need them?”

Jordan:  “You serious?  Take him out?  Really?”

JC:  “Tell me how else to control the guy?  He shows no sign of understanding the complexities of many domestic and international issues, let alone how to solve problems.  Tweeting does not constitute well thought-out policy.  He’s simply dangerous to the country.”

Jordan:  “I agree he doesn’t come across as the brightest bulb around but many presidents have not been the smartest guy in the room.”

JC:  “But no president that I’m aware of exhibited such irrational behavior.  On the Trump scale of behavior, Nixon look almost normal.”

Jordan:  “If he’s so bad, then how long do you think he’ll last?”

JC:  “Want my honest opinion?”

Jordan:  “Yes, please.”

JC:  “He’ll be taken out after a year…OK, I’ll give him two years.”

kick-in-the-pantsJordan:  “You really mean taken out…or just booted out, like impeached?”

JC:  “He will not be president in two years.  And I’ll bet you a dinner and drinks I’m right.”

(End of earlier conversation.)

Gelly:  “So now I have the whole story.  And I’m invited to the payoff this evening.”

(Entry to be concluded sometime.)