We certainly live in interesting times.
Last year, the least popular Republican candidate for president, ever, beat out the least popular Democrat candidate for president, ever – through a technicality – and became the least popular POTUS of all time.
He immediately went to work to enact the least popular presidential agenda we have ever seen. He has routinely failed to enact said agenda while working with, or against, the least popular Congress I can remember.
Currently, they are working together to pass a tax plan that no one wants. Everybody already knows it is (a) tipped heavily in favor of the rich at the expense of the middle class, and (b) being pushed through simply because “they” need a legislative victory in calendar year 2017. But some do not care.
Plus, those tricky rascals on the hill planted a bomb in the bill to blow up health care. They didn’t think we’d notice.
Because we live in interesting times, we noticed. We live in an age where information is accessed easily. The ruses of an inglorious president and a smarmy House and Senate are front page headlines. So damning is the evidence against these buffoons that they have no recourse but to embellish their honorable attackers as “fake news.” The hope is that the least enlightened among us – the base of the president – will buy this chicanery. They do. They need a victory, too, and will take it at any cost.
At any cost is apparent in the great state of Alabama, where the denizens of the Heart of Dixie would prefer a serial child molester to a Democrat. I can’t make that last part up; folks have admitted as such. “Even if it’s true, it’s still better than a liberal!” Sure. I get that. Alabama would rather see their daughters violated than have their reproductive rights protected. Got it. Way to own up, Southern Man.
Across the ocean, the craziest leader on the planet not named “Donald Trump” has just completed construction of a missile that, we believe, can cross an ocean. They will equip it with an atomic warhead soon. We are just over two minutes to midnight. It has been 64 years since humanity was this close to atomic annihilation. The American president, in answer to this, puts his thumbs in his ears, wiggles his fingers in the air, and exclaims “nana nana boo boo!”
The height of diplomacy.
There is a saying, often mistakenly interpreted as a Chinese adage or American blessing, that states “may you live in interesting times.” It’s origin actually appears to be American and it’s meaning ironic. Interesting times are times of war, where that rider can be seen with his brothers famine, plague, and death, in every corner of the globe. Interesting times are times of Jong-un and Trump.
We live in interesting times.
May we all survive long enough to be bored once again.