I wish I could say I have no words for what has happened in the USA today.
Unfortunately, I have quite a few. Only some of which are printable.
Yeah, I get that Americans want change… Americans always want change, because nothing is ever good enough for them. Foreign fears, domestic fears, personal fears… they are always there, at least with 99+% of the people. I also get that America almost never votes in the same political party after an 8-year term. That explains a lot of the election season we’ve just endured.
But it obviously goes far deeper than that. Americans are afraid of their neighbors, and still label people by their skin color. Americans are afraid of their law enforcement—either going too far to protect them, or not going far enough. Americans are afraid of countries they’ve chosen to never try to understand. Americans are afraid of a world that has changed since 1950, apparently the gold standard for an America that was considered G-rated and acceptable to the Andy Griffeth crowd.
And Americans have not only neglected their education, but they’ve spent so much time in front of television that they think reality shows, and their casts, are real people.
This combination allowed the most fearful of us to be taken in by a con man, a cheap carny huckster who knows all about manipulating the TV generation, but nothing about how to run a country. They swallowed his bilious lies about a woman who has served this country well for decades, ultimately turning against her simply, literally, because she was a woman.
And just as significantly, 47% of Americans did not vote at all, clearly deciding that the only reason to vote for a President is if you’d like them enough to invite them to your weekend barbeque. The verbal smear campaigns turned each candidate into cartoon villains in the eyes of half of the public, which then decided they were better off sticking their heads in the sand than voting. By not voting at all, they abdicated their responsibility to be part of the democratic process that is central to this country’s precepts and ideology. There’s a reason that “Of the People, By the People and For the People” is so significant to Americans, and why it’s so tragic when it is forgotten.
By doing so, Americans have openly and globally condemned everything the US has done in the last 75 years, from technological developments, to social improvements, to political systems. And you can expect every effort will be made to turn most of those improvements back, turning quite a significant number of Americans into thieves, monsters, deviants, outcasts, and—probably—corpses.
Clearly, this is not the America I signed up for. It’s not the optimistic, forward-thinking leader of the free world. It’s not the icon of technological progress and seeker of truth. It’s not the protector of the environment. It’s not the receiver of the tired, poor, huddled masses, yearning to be free.
It is the country that has shunned the intelligent science fiction I’ve written for it, in favor of moronic sitcoms and slasher films, Fox News, Star Wars, Harry Potter and porn. It is the country that has decided whatever race I am, it’s not the right one. It is the country that has demonstrated that it would rather spit in my food than welcome me at its table. And half of my country has decided that, when the going gets tough, they would rather hide than act.
In short, it’s a country that I am more afraid of than I’ve ever been in my life.
Tomorrowland is closed for the season. The idiocracy has spoken.