Clear, Present

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SCENE: Mitch BERG is mowing his lawn. He stops to clear some crud from around the blades as Avery LIBRELLE slowly walks up behind him, picking up a flattened pop cup from the sidewalk. LIBRELLE gets behind BERG and throws it at him. It catches the air and planes away from BERG, who notices the sound of it flopping to the ground.

LIBRELLE: Merg! Get the hell out of public!

BERG: (Shakes head wearily) Hey, Avery. What, now?

LIBRELLE: We’re shutting you down!

BERG: I’m mowing my lawn. On my own property. Why so violent?

LIBRELLE: Oh, yeah? What about when the Tea Partiers yelled at us progressives during the Town Hall meetings in 2009?

BERG: Individuals expressed anger – but not violence – at events intended to be public dialogues. No GOP leadership called for violence against the opposition…

LIBRELLE: I am the Resistance! I am going to attack you, because Trump is literally Hitler. So get off your lawn before I kill you!

BERG: Seems a little drastic (Resumes clearing blade).

LIBRELLE: Besides, you need to know…

BERG: You know I have surveillance cameras on my yard, and our entire interaction has been taped, right?

LIBRELLE: DON”T YOU DARE! YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO TAPE ME! HOW DARE YOU! (Turns and runs).

BERG: (Shakes head, restarts mower)

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