If you give a turtle a cookie,
He’s going to ask for a SCOTUS seat.
If you give him a SCOTUS seat,
He’ll probably fill it with an ultra-conservative, partisan hack.
When he’s finished, he’ll count his money from the NRA.
Then he’ll want to take away your health care.
When he tries to take away your health care, he might notice that he doesn’t have the votes.
So he’ll probably blame it on the Democrats.
When he’s finished blaming the Democrats, he’ll want to have an unethical lunch with the ultra-conservative partisan hack he put in the SCOTUS seat that he stole from you after you gave him a cookie.
He’ll tell the ultra-conservative partisan hack to start sweeping away all the rights granted to everyone a turtle could possibly hate.
He might get carried away and sweep away voting rights for people of color and every other Democrat-leaning group in the land.
He may even end up banning Muslims as well!
When he’s done, he’ll probably want to destroy workers’ unions and LGBT protections under the law.
You’ll have to listen to the pundits lecturing you about civility,
while the turtle crawls into his insulated turtle-hole, makes himself comfortable and laughs and laughs and laughs.
He’ll probably ask you to read him a story.
So you’ll read him newspaper reports about brown-skinned immigrant babies in DHS jails at the border, and he’ll ask to see the pictures.
When he looks at the pictures of crying babies in cages, he’ll get so excited he’ll want to draw one of his own.
He’ll draw a picture of a woman forced to carry an unwanted or life-threatening pregnancy to term, even in cases of rape or incest.
Then he’ll want to hang the picture on his turtle-hole wall.
Looking at the picture will remind him that
Roe v. Wade is still the law of the land.
So … he’ll ask for another cookie.
In retrospect, you should never have given that slimy bastard a cookie in the first place.
(With apologies to “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond .)
©Joyce Millman, The Mix Tape 2018