choose and defend

Choose and Defend: The Big Red Button

Jeremy Keith, Flickr Creative Commons

Jeremy Keith, Flickr Creative Commons

You are walking along a downtown street when you pass a man sitting at a desk in an empty shop. On the table in front of him is a red button.

You open the door. “Hi,” he says. “Come on in.”

“What’s this?” you ask.

“It’s an opportunity. Have a seat.”

“Okay, sure. I’ll bite,” you say, and you take a seat across from him. “What’s the deal?”

“It’s kind of like the Powerball, but you’re a guaranteed winner,” he says. “All you have to do is push the button and you’ll receive 1.5 billion dollars. Of course, there’s a catch. There’s always a catch. By pressing the button, you will guarantee that Donald Trump is elected President of the United States, and I don’t just mean Donald Trump — I mean the worst possible Trump persona that you can imagine based upon your most vitriolic social media friends.”

“Not possible. You don’t know my social media friends. Nobody could possibly be as bad as that.”

“Oh, we know exactly how badly he’s portrayed. You don’t build a big red button without first doing your research,” he says, and he pushes the button toward you. “One. Point. Five. Billion. Tax free. That’s private island money,” he says.

It’s a very big, very red button, easily as big around as a dinner plate.  Do you push it, yes or no? Don’t forget to defend your choice, and come on, people: Let’s make Laura B. proud.

 

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15 replies »

  1. I have a penchant for pushing buttons, especially big red buttons. Anyway, he’s right, $1.5 billion can easily get me a private island for four or eight years. Consider it pushed.

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  2. Eventually, I’d have to leave my island. Or my kids would. Or grandkids. I’m afraid what I’d find when I did. On the other hand, if I don’t push it someone else will and i I’ll be stuck living in Trump’s America. I’ll push.

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  3. Call me Pollyanna, but there’s no way I would push that button. I can’t imagine living in the world that a Trump presidency would create. Hillary or Bernie may not get much of what they promise to actually happen, but I’d rather be depressed because idealism didn’t succeed rather than desolate in TrumpWorld.

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  4. Not pressing. Trumples would gleefully agree to his takeover of all button pushers and any ‘ill-begotten’ discretionary funds the reds have. No island, no private drones (not saying what I’d use them for), no parties with the zillionaires, no ruffling of the hair hat. Just TrumpWorld, and even Costner would walk away from that.

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  5. Not trying to be a pot stirrer but could never pass up the big red button….so, definitely a push. With that kind of money, one could hire an assassin or two.

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