The Death of Reason

R.I.P America 
b. 7-4-1776
d. 11-9-2016

What the hell, Uncle Sam, you had a good run. I guess all things must come to an end, I just didn’t think that when the time came it would be at our own hands. I’m trying to keep a positive frame of mind, but it is hard to be happy about anything today.

It is indeed the death of reason. Is is also the death of facts. Most of the blame can be shared by the news/entertainment industry, and social media. The news channels and papers for playing for drama and entertainment instead of honestly discussing the differences in the candidates, and social media for replacing facts with rumor, innuendo, hearsay, and outright lies.

This election saw social media hit new heights in sinking to new depths. There are organizations that were pumping out the most outrageous lies as “click-bait”, willing to deceive and confuse for the sake of turning a quick profit. It is amazing how the Internet, which can be such an empowering source of knowledge at your fingertips, has been debased and used instead as a money-making propaganda machine.

For the second time in my adult life, a candidate has won the popular vote but lost the election. But that’s not the problem today. The election is over, and there’s no point playing what if games. I just can’t shake the feeling that America as we know it is gone forever. I never thought more than 41% of voters would be fooled by a TV reality show host. I feared a stagnant Clinton presidency, with Congress and a rogue Trump blocking all progress and trying to overthrow the election results with constant hearings and investigations. I never imagined that we would choose the Doomsday Scenario – Trump Triumphant, and backed by both a GOP House and Senate.

But it’s over now, both the election and America. Looks like the terrorists finally won. They’ve succeeded in bringing us down with our own fear and hatred.

So it’s time to say goodbye, Ol’ Lady Liberty. It’s been swell, but now it’s over between us. Say goodbye to health care, 24 million people. So long to Planned Parenthood, and adios civil rights. Goodbye to gay rights, and a fond adieu to any kind of reasonable immigration reform. Toodle-oo banking regulations and consumer protection programs. Au revoir to a Free Press. Ta-ta to the environment while we’re saying goodbye to things.

There’s some hellos to make too – hello, Stop and Frisk. Say hi to a more militarized police force. Greetings to a conservative Supreme Court. How’s it going, punitive bombing? Здравствуйте to our new Russian allies. Welcome rendition programs, and don’t forget to say howdy to global economic collapse.

I wish I saw some ray of sunshine, some sort of hope to cling too, but it is frightening to think that the only thing standing between the US and total chaos is the good sense and restraint of a GOP Congress.

Instead, I keep thinking of the final two lines from the poem “The Second Coming” by the Irish writer W.B. Yeats. It was written in the aftermath of the First World War, but seems all-too appropriate today.

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

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