Daily Prompt: Trick or Trick – must be political.

Let’s imagine it’s Halloween, and you just ran out of candy. If the neighborhood kids (or anyone else, really) were to truly scare you, what trick would they have to subject you to?

Based on the truth.

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“What are you doing?”

“Writing my daily prompt.”

“I though you no longer wanted to do that.”

“Not really, but have nothing better to do with my time, to did you want to go for a walk to the cemetery.”

“No, I want to read the newspaper and why the cemetery.”

“Today is halloween, might be a few dead bodies moving around. I think tomorrow will be more interesting. All souls day, the day we all pay a visit.”

“Like with the rest of the village – no, too many people, rush hour at the cemetery. We got an interesting letter today.”

“From the undertaker.”

“No, from a political party.”

“Oh good, that suits my daily prompt titled “Trick or Trick”. What does it say?”

“They ask if we would like to join as an active member. We have just had elections and now they want to share their triumph with us. An invite to the party meeting in November is included. It will all be about the new budget and the results of the elections. They are sending a form where we can express our wishes for their activities with the opportunity to join in.”

“No, I don’t think so.I am sure that new guy we all voted for will be there and I don’t like him.

“But everyone else did.”

“He wears patent leather shoes.”

“But he is a good politiciant.”

“Politicians with black shiny shoes are suspect. a real trick or trick. Where is the meeting taking place.”

“At the village restaurant”

“Oh good, free food and drink in an Italian restaurant.”

“Who says it’s free? And the restaurant only has an Italian name, but they still serve cervelat salad, like all good Swuss restaurants. It says on the invitation that they are looking forward to seeing us.

There s also a form in attached to the letter to enable you to make an official application to join the party.”

“I am not looking forward to seeing them, especially the guy with the shiny shoes. He also has a beard. “

“So do I.”

“That is different. As I said, Trick or Trick. What do they pay if I join?”

“They don’t, you pay.”

“Huh”

“But they are very fair. You can be a member for 50 francs, if we both join it costs 50 francs for both of us and if you are still studying, go to school or an apprentice it is only 20 francs. Of course you can just be sponsor or patron – that costs nothing”

“Good let’s be patrons.”

“Wait a minute, if you are really interested you can fill out the form and take a job as member, delegate, voting office duty, even president of the village.”

“What do they pay?”

“It is all in the name of the party.”

“I thought that was what Stalin said. Ok, no interest. I will return to my daily prompt.”

“I thought you didn’t have anything to write about.”

“I do now, so many tricks in one letter must be a record.

Daily prompt: Trick or Trick – must be political

Blogger Creative Challenge #287: Void

Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental and no animals were harmed during the writing of this challenge.

Once upon a time there was a small country surrounded by many other countries that were much bigger. The bigger countries decided to stay together, and the little country stayed on its own. There were no problems. The little country was very proud of being democratic. The government of this little country allowed their people to make their own decisions. If someone had a good idea, he just collected signatures in support of this idea and permission was granted to vote. And so it came to pass one day that a leading political party had a wonderful idea, collected many signatures and it was voted.

The voting day arrived and decisions were cast, but there was a problem. There was one person more that said “yes”, meaning that it was accepted. This little country had a new law. All the people that said “no” were not happy. The politicians that wanted this new law were clapping their hands, smiling for the television cameras and were satisfied with the result. There was a small problem in incorporating this new law into the country’s ideals, as the actual government were not so keen and the surrounding big countries found it would not be in agreement with their ideas. The chief politician who wanted this in the small country was asked how this new law would be brought into effect, but he was a clever man. He said it was no longer his problem, the democracy said “yes” with one vote more and it was now for the government to discover how to do it.

Eventually all the people that did not want this law in this small country decided they would go, move to a country where the laws were better. All the big countries surrounding this little country were happy, as this little country was quite wealthy. Half of the population in the little country, plus one remained. As time passed, the little country shrunk even further and was forgotten. The population dwindled and they had even forgot why they were so alone. One day the people in this small country disappeared, no-one knew where they had gone. Instead of this small country there was just a void on the map.

There might be a moral to this story, the politicians have not yet found it.

Migros, Langendorf

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Daily Prompt: Polite Company

“It’s never a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t really know.” Agree or disagree?

Amthaus 1, SolothurnLocal Government Building  – Law Courts

If I don’t really know the person I am speaking to then I could not imagine that my conversation would begin with “What religion are you?” or “Who did you vote for in the last election?” so we have another sort of silly subject to write a blog about. On the other hand, it depends on whether they are invited guests you do not know so well and the conversation turns to religion and politics.

I always have a thirst for knowledge. If my guests were hindu, buddist, islam or another religion then a conversation on their ideas would be interesting. I worked for many years as an export clerk and had a lot of contact, personally or by phone, with the whole world. I was also responsible for the apprentices in our office and they often had other origins. I learnt what Ramadan actually was, I learnt about living your life in a household that was based on another religion and if I wanted to know something more I asked. I found the feedback was interesting and helpful, but I would not actually discuss the basis of the religions. I, myself, am atheist and I never made a secret about it. I too was accepted with my “non-belief”. Tolerance is the basis for a mutual good relationship.

As far as politics are concerned, now that is another kettle of fish. We all have our ideas about the perfect government, but looking around the world, I have come to the conclusion that the perfect government does not yet exist and probably never will. In most Western countries we are striving for a balance, although each politician seems to believe that their way is the right way. If I am confronted with guests that are completely radically right wing, I just let them get on with it. If my guests are from the left side of politics then I also do not discuss with them their political ideas.

To discuss politics with my Swiss guests is not something I would bother about. We are so neutral we even elect a new president every year in December. We have seven ministers in the government, 2 conserative, 2 liberal, 2 socialist and 1 something else, always from the same parties, so what is there to discuss. They take it in turns to become Prime Minister every year. The Swiss call it the magic formula and it is decreed by the country that it should be like this. Of course we have members of parliament from various parties that are voted for by the Swiss citizens, but as far as discussions on politics are concerned, it is a lost cause. The Swiss system is such that if you have visitors that turn the conversation to politics, it usually develops into a conversation about the characters of various politicians, not liking him or her, and not a discussion about the actual political problems.

I prefer discussion with my guests about the weather, perhaps sport, and health. Illness is always a good subject to bring up. Everyone wants to talk about their aches and pains or the weather. If the majority of the visitors are male, then sport is a good subject.

And now to search for a suitable photo in my collection on politics and religion  – I am more into animals and travel photos.

Einsiedelei, Rüttenen

Daily Prompt: Polite Company