Although it won’t be done in any traditional sense.
“Sunlight is said to be the best disinfectant” – Justice Louis D. Brandies
And this is precisely how America will survive the brutal onslaught of abject idiocy in the highest offices.
There is plenty of irony in this story. Take for example the mass media that decided some 30 years ago to give more credence to sensationalism than journalism and bred this phenomenon of “fake news.” The same media outlets that played a role in building this monster may be the only chance we have to subdue it. By changing their policy of “what’s whacked over what’s fact” (returning to truth in journalism), we just might be able to combat the erosion of American security, education, and ultimately economic might, all threatened by the reckless idiocy of this administration of top-honors graduates of the University of Bullshit. Only facts can combat the real and present danger presented by just the right mixture of fundamentalist religious ideology and corporate greed to thrust America into a 21st century dark age.
Case in point: anyone who would tip the vote in favor of a person with no experience in education who publicly expresses her primary interest as “evangelizing America” (Betsy DeVos) to a position of authority over the nation’s public school system is on a religious crusade the likes of which has never been seen in the same great nation that found its greatness in transcending this way of backwards thinking and joining hands with all religions (and no religion) through a secularized public contract.
DeVos in 2001 listed education activism and reform efforts as a means to “advance God’s Kingdom”. In an interview that year, she also said that “changing the way we approach … the system of education in the country … really may have greater Kingdom gain in the long run”.
Katherine Stewart (December 13, 2016), Betsy DeVos and God’s Plan for Schools, The New York Times. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
“Kingdom gain?” WTF is that?
We can always use our collective might to mitigate the damages. The American people are not disappointing us in this regard. When you lose the popular vote by 3 million votes, you cannot pretend that your ideas are accepted by the majority without hearing FROM the majority. Many of the people who voted for Trump simply didn’t like Hillary or thought a businessman might help their financial outlook. They had no idea they were voting for what they got. Many of the Christians who aren’t phased by the mention of certain people in office being Christians did not realize that they were THOSE kinds of Christians. Americans are so busy working two jobs with zero benefits – so their employers can show growth on the shareholder reports next year – that they simply could not pay enough attention. Keeping Americans exhausted and complacent worked not only in the favor of the greediest among us, it worked in favor of the slimiest among us; it worked in favor of the evangelical creationists; people who thrive not only on fake news, but fake charity, fake history, fake concern for women, fake science, and fake smiles. The people our great presidential consumer of fake news surrounded himself with could only be the most fake people on Earth, right? It’s a given. And so he got evangelicals.
Thankfully, we humans who know how to discern fake news from real news are are able to group and plan and respond. People who never before would have ever thought they would be working together will be working together. I for one don’t care what your religious or political ideologies are, if you know the difference between fake news and truth and you are willing to fight for truth, you just became my new best friend.
Bring on the sunlight!!!
(In the photo, you can see clearly the dynamics at play: Pence is enthralled with the idea of having a mindless parochial-schooled billionaire with the goal of grooming American children with his very brand of intolerance, while trump – the [possibly unwitting] cause of all of this – can only bask in the glory of his blissful state of making himself feel great again. Meanwhile DeVos can’t believe she was able to buy her way into a political position that gives her the ability to evangelize using the tax money of Americans rather than her own donations as she has since the 1980s. Her position as head of public education is about as much irony as I can handle in a lifetime.)