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Hiding unspoken secrets
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Hiding unspoken secrets
I wrote this originally as a six sentence story in March, 2016. Perhaps I was having a Nostrodamus moment…
It had started off as a boast, born from a late-night party with his friends, and had somehow mutated into an unstoppable train. At some point he was bound to be derailed; at least that’s what the pundits had opined month after month. But now he had arrived; admittedly by the skin of his teeth, but a win was a win nonetheless. His offensive rhetoric and inconsistent fomenting had made no difference, or had it? He had played a dangerous game and was quite surprised by how far he had been able to rally people’s rage to achieve his aim.
He felt exhilarated as the director called one last time, “We’re ready for your address, Mr. President,” tears welling in her eyes.
I penned this six sentence story 8 months ago. Unfortunately, it appears to have been prophetic.
Good Luck, fellow Americans.
Shortly after his 23rd Birthday, Donald Trump embarked on the Apollo 11 Mission and was with Buzz Aldrin when he walked on the moon. He even took a photograph as can be seen the reflection in Aldrin’s visor, if you look closely…
Except it was in a back lot in LA, not the moon, obviously, I mean why would we go to the moon, there’s nothing there… no, wait a minute, I never said that, it was actually Vegas and I wasn’t there … etc., etc., ad nauseum…
In a few hours we can breathe a collective sigh of relief as this part of the circus show draws to an end. I am sure the results of the “debate”, if one can really call it that, will be hailed as a victory for both sides some the late evening. No doubt tweets will fly and the insults will keep flowing.
The great country was once hailed as the greatest democracy on earth. This year’s Presidential election has really put a dent in that perception.
Donald Trump may well be the most ill-suited candidate for President that has ever stood for the role, and he will probably lose the race come November 8th, but his bombastic bigoted bullshit has left its mark on our society.
Let’s hope it’s not an indelible one.
Recently there have been several stories from across the world concerning sinister clowns. It seems to have started off as one clown being photographed in odd places and at odd times but has then spread across the world in copycat fashion associated with web memes.
People appear to be genuinely concerned that a clown may appear in their neighborhood.
However, it seems odd to me that the most terrifying clown of them all has been hiding in plain sight for months.
Just imagine if this Bozo the Clown was given any real power, like the codes to the US nuclear arsenal…scary, eh?
Having sat through part of the grate (sic) debate on Monday and then listened to the “highlights” over the last couple of days I remain convinced that we are teetering on the edge of a dystopian precipice.
Donald Trump truly seems to believe that he can actually rewrite the truth simply by denying his past statements and actions, even when they are part of official record. Welcome to DonaldSpeak, a true Orwellian phenomenon, albeit 22 years later than the author predicted. It will be an interesting ride if he actually pulls off a victory in November and becomes Commander in Chief…
As I write this post there are 15 minutes to go before what has been predicted to be “the most watched Presidential debate ever” occurs on TV. I don’t know what to expect but I am sure it will be entertaining and riling.
I have written a few things about one of the candidates this year and I will link them together here. My opinion is unlikely to change at this juncture…
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Democracy is voting FOR something
A lot can happen in a few days. The Brexit vote in the United Kingdom has shown us just how the real world and virtual world are connected and controlled. In a democratic referendum last Thursday 51.9 % of those who voted (17.41M people) voted to leave the European Union, against 48.1 % (16.14M) who wanted to remain.
The fallout was almost immediate.
As the Pound Sterling fell to it’s lowest rate in 30 years, there were mass protests from both sides, and cries of “foul play” not only from those on the losing side, but strangely, also from many who voted to leave but on waking to the result, think they were cheated somehow. Many have said that they would have voted differently and they only wanted to register “a protest vote.” Others have claimed they were misled, didn’t understand the full implications, or thought their vote “wouldn’t count.” Well, here’s some sobering news – your votes do count!
Still, at least those complaining did actually vote. At 72%, voter turnout was very high by modern standards, but it still means that more than 1 in 4 voters couldn’t be bothered. That’s 13.04 million wasted opportunities for a voice in the shaping their own future!
The glory days of Britain may have waned but this small island has given one last lesson to all who live in a hard-won democracy – USE YOUR VOTE and vote wisely. Most importantly, vote on something you believe in, not against something as a rhetoric-fueled protest.
Consider this wisely as we live in dangerous times.
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