In case you hadn’t noticed, my postings to “WhyIsAmericaSoStupid.com” ceased abruptly on the morning of Wednesday, November 9, 2016. After waking up at around 12:30, and seeing that there was apparently more than a snowflake’s-chance-in-Hell that Donald Trump might be the next POTUS, I managed the self-comforting thought that it was still early in the returns and the outcome of the election was yet to be decided. This, and the knowledge that I had to be up for work the next morning at 5:30 AM, convinced me to return to the safety of my bed. Though I did achieve a few protracted blinks of sleep, I awoke again at 3:00AM, stumbled out to my living room TV a within seconds found myself, head in hands, shaking a slow negation at the TV set. In retrospect, the closest analogy I can make is what it might be like if Harry Potter learned that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named had just been made the new Headmaster at Hogwarts.
Over the following days/weeks/months, I, like a slew of my fellow travelers, went through feelings of despondency similar to those perhaps felt at the death of a loved one, or maybe even the disaster of 9/11. If one uses the Kübler-Ross model that defines the Stages of Grief experienced by terminally ill patients, I experienced Denial (Oh my God NO! This can’t really be happening!), Anger (Holy crap! America is stupider than I realized!!!), Bargaining (Okay, look…. If there are any deities around who can rectify this shit-storm tout-fucking-suite, I’ll give up my membership in the Quasi-Atheist’s Club), Depression (Gained at least ten pounds and, found myself focusing a wistful gaze at the appropriately bleak November sky.)
However, with regards to Acceptance. (Just give Adolf Hitler a chance. He doesn’t mean everything he says; it’s just politics.) I have never reached this fifth and final stage of the journey…. And I never will!
My hiatus from this website was extended and my disgust with this low-point in American history exacerbated by the fact that that every time I start to write a diatribe on one of Trump’s latest mind-boggling fiascos, he never failed in word or deed to accomplish something even more idiotic, abhorrent or dangerous than he had just a few days previously. Thus, a well-thought out article on our Demander-In-Chief’s pissing contest with Kim Jong Un, became old news when Obergruppenführer von Scheisse-Kopf (General Shithead) began to equate gun-toting neo-Nazis and the KKK with Antifa (Anti-Fascist) protesters. in that there was in his words “(an) egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides — on many sides”
Trump’s continuing spiral down into the depths of “oh-my-fucking-God, what has he done now!” repeatedly made me do the electronic equivalent of crunching my discourses into paper balls and tossing them toward a trash can. (Fortunately, if you empty your comp’s trash can as often as I do, you can still fish it out if need be.)
Since I have said pretty much all I care to say in previous writings regarding the indisputable stupidity and the emotional illness of that portion of the American public who succeeding in electing Donald Trump to the highest office in the land, I would now like to turn a brief spotlight on things that the saner part of America can do to help make sure nothing, NOTHING like Donald Trump ever sees the interior of the White House again:
How to Prevent Another Trump-tastrophe
- All states must do away with Gerrymandering. (The redistricting method in which state political machines disenfranchise minority voters by manipulating voting districts in order to give their party a majority in the House of Representatives and subsequently the Electoral College as well.)
- Get Rid of the Electoral College. Closely related to Gerrymandering, this archaic institution has no place in any county that has genuine aspirations toward democracy.
- If a two-party system is going to continue in the United States, (and I am not really sure that it should) the Democratic Party must go out on a limb and embrace its liberal/left leanings and develop a new hard-hitting, non-centrist leadership that can set the Democrats clearly apart from the Republican Party in its proclaimed platforms and its demonstrated policies.
- Lobbying by professional, well-connected advocates that undermines the functioning of the American government and perverts the essence of a true representative democracy must be outlawed or at least strictly restrained by law. Furthermore, the Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United and its assertion that corporations should be treated with the same rights as individual citizens must be overturned.
- If people are only given a single viewpoint, one which already appeals to their presupposed biases, they are not apt to look any further in ascertaining the truth of a matter or the exposure to an idea that might be more advantageous. Politicians can brazenly lie to their constituencies and propagandists can broadcast baseless conspiracy theories that not long ago would have had them laughed off the airwaves.
In reality, it must be acknowledged that we live in a different world than the one existing when Ronald Reagan did away with the Fairness Doctrine. (A policy in which the FCC made sure that every opinion was countered with another opposing editorial.) Back then even in major metropolitan areas there were at most only seven or so TV channels. Today, reinstating such a policy on the hundreds of cable channels and thousands of internet sites would be near to impossible.
Therefore, there should be established a non-governmental organization which, with an unbiased eye, can put a “stamp” of legitimacy on media releases be they Internet, audio, video or written word, in the same way that the Underwriters Laboratory does when it certifies that an electrical component is safe.
In Trump-land facts are no longer based in certitude. In the hands of unscrupulous manipulators, once perceivable truth has slipped into to a nebulous morass of (to borrow a now-famous Stephen-Colbertism) “truthiness” or even into out-and-out lies. The establishment of such an extra-governmental, extra-media organization, whose objective certification can give consumers confirmation of the “facts” they are being provided and verification that the audio/video sources they experience have not been edited into propagandistic sound bites that suite a particular political agenda.
With this brief, and no doubt unfinished, manifesto I will return to my cavernous lair. I hope there are those out there who will take up this flag and pass whatever caveats you deem worthy on to your law makers, whom, we must all remember work for us. Whether they like it or not.