JUST SAY NO

Remember how, many years ago in a galaxy far, far away — you know,  during the Reagan administration — our government decided the best anti-drug program was “JUST SAY NO!” Make every person 100% responsible for whatever happens to him or her. As history tells us, this anti-drug campaign was so successful, we no longer have drug problems in this country.

So I thought we might use this same highly successful approach to other major social issues.

NO!

Like health care. As we move from an era of medical insurance to “Good luck, buddy,”  we need new coping strategies. How about “Say no to sickness!” If you feel like crap, just say NO. Cancer or heart disease got you down? Smile! A bright smile and a positive attitude coupled with a firm approach, take-no-prisoners attitude to germs and chronic ailments will wipe away your tears. Let a smile be your umbrella when your arthritis is throbbing. If you can’t breathe because you don’t have an inhaler? Say NO to wheezing. Everything will be right as rain.

Gun violence is another good example of a problem that wouldn’t exist if we each had a better attitude. Alternatively, if you are a devotee of second amendment rights, try getting a bigger weapon. When bullets start to fly, just say NO! Like magic, bullets will bounce right off you. Would I lie to you? There is no problem too complicated that magical thinking will not make it disappear. We can fix everything with firm resolve, a positive attitude, and denial.

Speaking of climate change (we weren’t but now we are), there’s no such thing. Nothing is going on. No need to seek higher ground. Well, what about water pollution? Nonsense! Funny-colored smelly water is merely chock full of extra nutrients. Yummy!

JUST SAY NO is the ultimate, cost-effective way to deal with everything. A few television ads and some billboards along the highway and Bob’s your uncle, the problem vanishes. Maybe you can add some pamphlets. If these don’t quite do the job, you’ll probably die. In which case, it becomes someone else’s problem. We all know — at least those of us who have read Douglas Adams — that someone else’s problem, is invisible. If we can’t see it, it’s not there. (Phew. I was worried for a minute.)

It’s entirely up to you. Just say no. And keep saying it .



Categories: Ecology, Health, Humor

Tags: , , , ,

30 replies

  1. Interesting post, Marilyn…just say no and depression goes away; just say no and addiction does not exist…in the world of what’s his name (the one with a toupé) it is what mental health professionals call delusional and that is scary to see such a person with so much power. I did not realize he could put his promises into effect so fast…I thought they had to go through congress and things had to be voted on. I read my news from independent journalist now and it sure is not pretty. Laughter is good and hopefully will get you through this for a while.

    Like

    • This morning, I encountered news on my way to Farm Town. It was much too early, but I was having very unpleasant dreams and staying in dreamland didn’t seem a good choice. What to my wondering eyes should appear than the news — entirely what I expected, I should add — that just because a Federal judge issued an order doesn’t mean 45 or his minions feel obliged to obey it.

      Our government works ONLY if we all agree that the law and the constitution are rules we all must follow and we ALL obey them.

      This latest move is right out of the Hitler playbook. Now, will all of the people who are telling me how much I’m overreacting please repeat that in a loud, clear voice so the people in the back of the room can hear? Laughter may keep us from going nuts, but it won’t keep the storm troopers from our door. And if bullets fly, it won’t protect our lives, either.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Thanks for the evening satire. I truly enjoyed your post.

    Like

  3. My grandson was in the DARE program around 2002. He graduated with honors. Me and my mom went to the ceremony. After he got to high school and started smoking weed he told me that someone offered him some in the boy’s bathroom and he just said “yes”. On purpose. Today he does not do drugs because his actions got him into major trouble. He learned why he should have said “no”. If enough people just say no to Mr. Trump, though saying it may seem naïve, a change may happen. He is already experiencing backlash from trying to muzzle the media, it has begun early and if we continue to just say no to Mr. Trump there is a possibility he may have an epiphany and check himself. I have never been shot at and said No to bullets and had them bounce off of me like Superman. But I have said No to diabetes. My doctor is so proud of me, my A1C number is down. I am still diabetic but I don’t fret over losing my toes, because I can keep that from happening. Just say no. And keep saying it.

    Like

  4. If only that were all it takes.
    Leslie

    Like

  5. In Chicago we try to say no to gun violence, but the NRA says no to any laws that would try to curb it. For some reason, they always win in court.

    Like

  6. this is what we’ve come to, isn’t it? In a matter of days, 45 has changed us and challenged us and he doesn’t know and doesn’t care. Or maybe he does know…….either way, he still doesn’t care. Because he’s The Best. And this is how we make America great again. Scary as hell post, Marilyn. But a good one.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. i will never stop saying no

    Like

  8. Oh Marilyn what is happening. I know I am not American and I did not always agree with their ideas, but it was OK. We all had free speech, and no-one has the same opinion. Many things that Switzerland do might be encountered with doubt and suspicion, but we have never wanted to stop free speech. We have seven men guiding the country, ministers, and if they do not do the job as expected, they do not get the job again (they are revoted every year). But what is happening over the pond is making us here feel uncertain. That man is a danger to the world.

    Liked by 2 people

    • I wish I could say something reassuring, but I feel like I’ve fallen into some weird, dystopian alternate reality. This is NOT my America. This isn’t the place I always called home. It’s scary as hell. I asked Garry the other day if, by any chance, he’d like to run away with me. We could go to Israel. They would take us in and give us a place to live and medical insurance … but of course, Garry isn’t Jewish and he is American to his bones. He can’t imagine going somewhere else to live. He wants to be here because this is his country.

      Frankly, I’m wondering when the storm troopers are going to start marching in the cities. How this could actually happen in my country. It’s very bad. If YOU feel uncertain, imagine how we feel!

      Liked by 2 people

Trackbacks

  1. SPEAKING OF SPEAKING OUT … | SERENDIPITY

Talk to me!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Our Eyes Open

Come along on an adventure with us!

Keep it alive

A look at life, achieving good physical and mental health and happiness

Covert Novelist

Just another WordPress site

The Small Dog

Life from the Tail End

Cee's Chronic Illness Sisterhood

Peer support and hope for women with Chronic Illness and their support team.

Salted Caramel

Blogging, Motivation, Lifestyle and much more.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Echoes of Life, Love and Laughter

Sarah's Attic Of Treasures

Making My Home A Haven is important to me. Sharing homemaking skills. Recipes and food. Bible Studies. This is a treasure chest of goodies. So take a seat. Have a glass of tea and enjoy. You will learn all about who I am.

Green Screen

The Environmental Movie Podcast

bushboys world

Photos of my world and other stuff I hope you will enjoy too. Photos taken with Canon PowershotSX70HS Photos can be purchased.

musingsofanoldfart

Independent views from someone who offers some historical context

The HOBBLEDEHOY

I use the best, I use the rest

This, That, and The Other

Random musings on life, society, and politics.

My Blog

Just another WordPress.com site

National Day Calendar

Fun, unusual and forgotten designations on our calendar.

Cee's Photo Challenges

Teaching the art of composition for photography.

Trent's World (the Blog)

Random Ramblings and Reviews from Trent P. McDonald

Views from the Edge

To See More Clearly

serial monography: forgottenman's ruminations

wandering discourse, pedantic rant, self-indulgent drivel, languorous polemic, grammarian's bête noire, poesy encroachment approaching bombast, unintended subtext in otherwise intentional context, unorthodox unorthodoxy, self-inflected rodomontade, …

draliman on life

Because sometimes life just makes you stop and think

The English Professor at Large

Posts about old Hollywood, current concerns

sparksfromacombustiblemind

EMBERS FROM SOMEONE DOGGEDLY TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF IT ALL...

The Day After

Musings, Photography, Writing, and More

THE SHINBONE STAR

NO LONGER ENCUMBERED BY ANY SENSE OF FAIR PLAY, EX-JOURNALISTS RETURN TO ACTIVE DUTY TO FIGHT THE TRUMPIAN MENACE!

Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss

Welcome to the Anglo Swiss World

ScienceSwitch

The Fun Side Of Science

A Day In The Life

People, Places, Nature, LIFE!

Curious Steph

explorations on the journey of living

%d bloggers like this: