“Individuals who have been wronged by unlawful racial discrimination should be made whole; but under our Constitution there can be no such thing as either a creditor or a debtor race. That concept is alien to the Constitution’s focus upon the individual. …To pursue the concept of racial entitlement – even for the most admirable and benign of purposes – is to reinforce and preserve for future mischief the way of thinking that produced race slavery, race privilege and race hatred. In the eyes of government, we are just one race here. It is American.”
President Trump (PT) – Mike, Mike! Where the hell are you Pence?
Vice President Pence (VPP) – I’m right here (under his breath) as always.
PT – Good. Look Mike I need to talk to Kennedy.
VPP – Supreme Court Justice Kennedy?
PT – Well obviously I don’t mean dead Teddy. Yeah, Justice Kennedy. I need to advance my agenda and since Congress is hopeless, a new SCOTUS appointment feels like the right thing. Summon him to my office and make it snappy.
VPP – Mr. President, you can’t summon a supreme court justice, no one can.
PT – Well then ask him to lunch at the White House.
VPP – Certainly, when would you like to meet with him?
PT – Today.
VPP – But suppose he’s already scheduled for a meeting or a case?
PT – Pence, come on man! Show me something here. I’m starting to think I should have replaced you with Lying Ted. Alright, have it your way. Ask him when he can come.
VPP – What should I tell him is the subject of the meeting?
PT – Pastrami and corned beef.
VPP – What?
PT – We will be discussing the finer points of New York Deli sandwiches. That should get him.
VPP – Yes Mr. President.
Scene 2: Two Weeks Later, White House Dining Room
PT – Well Tony, do you want anymore sauerkraut on that plate or maybe the potato salad.
Justice Kennedy (JK) – No thank you Mr. President. I couldn’t eat another thing.
PT – Please Tony call me Don. All my friends do. Well, except the ones I don’t like.
JK – Okay Donnie.
PT – Just Don. Let’s keep things friendly here.
JK – Sure Don, sure.
PT – Okay. So, you’re probably wondering why I called you in for this meeting. I mean in addition to the salted cured meats.
JK – Can I guess it has something to do with my retirement?
PT – Bingo. See you’re a smart guy. You know what’s what.
JK – Well Don, I hope you’re not going to try to convince me to retire before I’m ready.
PT – Nonsense, I would never try to force anyone to do anything he wasn’t ready to.
JK – Good Don, because it would just spoil our friendship.
PT – Right, right, sure. Say I was just wondering do you do much golfing?
JK – No Don, I don’t. I’m more of a yoga kind of guy.
JK – I like that and modern expressionistic dance.
PT – …, hmm … dance you say.
JK – Yes it’s one of my great passions.
PT – You a married man, Tony?
JK – Don, I’ve been married to the same wonderful woman for more than fifty years.
PT – So, Tony does your wife share your … passion for dance.
JK – Oh, far from it. She thinks it’s a silly thing for a man to do. She’s very old fashioned that way. Not a free spirit like me, Don.
PT – Yeah, I’m starting to get the picture. So, Tony, I was wondering if you know that Trump Resorts for Retirees includes several very prestigious locales that you might find … interesting.
JK – Where for instance?
PT – Well, South Beach, Provincetown, Fire Island.
JK – Those are all gay havens.
PT – Are they? I didn’t know.
JK – Of course you do. What are you implying?
PT – I’m not implying anything.
JK – You think I’m gay! Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
PT – Of course not, it’s nobody’s business whether you’re gay or bi.
JK – I’m not bi!
PT – Tony, calm down. No one’s saying you’re gay or bi or anything for that matter. I’m just wondering.
JK – Well, stop wondering. I’m 100% straight. Not that there would be anything wrong if I weren’t.
PT – Of course not. Well I’m glad we got that straightened out.
JK – Right.
PT – So, Tony, you may not be aware but several of Trump Resorts properties have clothing optional sunbathing.
JK – Really? That seems very strange. Which ones?
PT – Oh, let me check this brochure. Well, by a strange coincidence, South Beach, Provincetown and Fire Island.
JK – Okay, I’m outta here.
PT – But Tony, I wasn’t implying anything.
JK – And that’s another thing stop calling me Tony, Mr President.
PT – If you insist Tony.
JK – And for your information I intend to serve on the bench until I’m one hundred and eleven! Good day! (leaves in a huff).
PT – …hmmm… (speaking into an intercom) Mike summon Justice Booth Gator Beanbag or whatever her name is for lunch tomorrow.
Since my readers don’t always stop by every day I figured I’d paste this poll on each post for a while to see what folks call themselves. This is the post the poll came from Who Are We?
… And that got me thinking. Who are the people who read my blog? I thought it might be fun to see what the cross-section looked like. If you feel like saying what you believe in, feel free to leave a comment and/or pick a label from the poll below. I think it might be interesting.