Yesterday was Thursday the 12th

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Florida Rep. Dennis Ross are the latest Republicans to announce that they will not be returning to Congress following this term. That brings the total to, I think, 27 rats fleeing the Trumping ship.

My guess is that we’ll see at least one more Trump-complicit member of Congress announce their impending retirement soon, because tomorrow morning, Saturday the 14th, is going to be a rough one for someone, somewhere in America.

Please note that I present this story, as always, not because I believe in ghosts, but rather because I do not. If ghosts were real — if the dead could return to haunt the living — then stories like this one would certainly be true. As far as I know, it is not.

As far as I know.

But while I do not believe in ghosts, I do believe in ghost stories. The past is unsettled and unsettling. Justice is rarely achieved within a single mortal life span, and justice ought not to be denied because of that. Ghost stories are a way of reminding ourselves of that truth. Injustice ought to haunt us, even if its multitudes of victims cannot.

Today is Friday the 13th, but that is, of course, not necessarily relevant to this story. The mournful wail of millions can still be heard every night, just before midnight, by anyone with ears to hear.

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