100 Word Challenge: Surprise

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I stayed up Tuesday night watching the U.S. Presidential election returns. I was hugely dumbfounded by the results, and more than a little uneasy over what that result portends.

Donald Trump, millionaire businessman and reality television celebrity, will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2017. The 100 days following an inauguration is traditionally the most influential time period of  a new administration, and campaign pledges will begin to be put into action. Trump’s success will depend on how well he works with Congress and how much legislators support his proposals.

The U.S. Senate and House remain in Republican control, which may or may not help since Trump did not have unanimous support from all GOP leaders. It will be interesting to see what happens with those dissenters once Trump is seated in office.

Trump has made some outrageous campaign promises:

  1. Build a wall along the U.S./Mexican border, paid for by Mexico, to help stem the influx of undocumented immigrants.
  2. Term limits for Congress
  3. Appeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare)
  4. Issue a moratorium on Muslim immigrants and Syrian refugees entering the U.S.
  5. International and domestic trade reform – repeal the North American Free Trade Agreement,  Trans-Pacific Partnership, and Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; and impose huge tariffs on China and Mexico imports
  6. Do away with Common Core and possibly eliminate the Department of Education
  7. Deport the nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.
  8. Bomb ISIS
  9. Simplify the U.S. tax code, reducing the seven current tax brackets to four
  10. Refuse to fete the Chinese president with a state dinner, and instead take  him to McDonald’s

These pledges are a small drop in his deplorable bucket.

Based on Facebook and Twitter updates from election night, we are witnessing the beginning of the Apocalypse. Be on the lookout for zombies and the Four Horsemen.

“Any man who wants to be president is either an egomaniac or crazy.” ~ Dwight David Eisenhower

This week’s word is:

Surprise

What to do:

Using “surprise” for inspiration, write 100 Words – 100 exactly – no more, no less. You can either use the word – or any form of the word – as one of your 100, or it can be implied. Include a link in your post back here, and add your story to the Mister Linky list. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your submission in the comment section, or as a Facebook status post. Remember to keep spreading the love with supportive comments for your fellow Wordsters.

Author: Tara R.

I believe all good fiction includes an element of truth, and all good photography includes an element of fantasy. In this journal I hope to give voice to the stories swirling around in my head, and to capture the images I see through my camera’s lens.

6 thoughts

  1. Let’s see what is going happen when the testosteron flooding of the past months decreases in the body of your new president. I have heard that he first wants to meet with Wladimir Putin such establishing a new men-friendship!? Who knows for sure: Maybe another populist surprise being a real disease in a lot of countries of our unique world while the actual zeitgeist is really disgusting.

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