Ever watched the movie, 'Idiocracy'?
I always thought it was a completely forgettable movie until the 2016 election cycle began and Donald Trump entered the race.
Now I'm convinced that America has made this film become a documentary, rather than a fictional satire of a future America.
How else do you account for the popularity of a Donald Trump? Or the polling success of a Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders?
To paraphrase a line from the film 'Men in Black', our nation has become everything we've come to expect from years of government education.
My brother, who is as intelligent and as well-read a person as anyone I know, just declared Donald Trump the winner of last night's debate when NO ONE WHO ISN'T A TRUMP SUPPORTER thinks Trump won the debate last night. A good friend of mine whose judgment I usually respect just declared that she voted for Trump. More people think Hillary Clinton is dishonest than she is honest (and who, in the real world, would already be under indictment for improper handling of classified documents), yet she is the leading candidate for the Democrat nomination. Close behind her on the Democrat side is an unabashed Socialist promising to virtually shred the U.S. Constitution by giving away healthcare and college tuition.
We've become a nation of lazy, pampered, frightened everything-phobes, believing what blogs tell us rather than taking the time to research the issues ourselves, and as a result, this country is deteriorating right before our very eyes. And only a few of us can see it.
Trump insults everybody, and his supporters call it "plain-speaking" or "debate". Hillary lies about her previous lies, and can't just say she won't ever lie to the American people. Privacy advocates are all a-twitter regarding the FBI wanting data off of a terrorist's phone, creating grand conspiracies of Big Brother hacks of software the FBI hasn't even requested, nor wants to have in their possession. We're afraid of immigrants. We're afraid of responsibility. We're afraid of terrorists. We're afraid of guns. We're afraid of government.
We follow the base, crass, and crude who would divide us, while shunning the hope of the orator who would unite us.
Even the news media is getting involved. Apparently, if you've ever been elected to the U.S. Senate or served time in Washington, D.C., you're now part of "the establishment", even though your voting record and policies are as conservative (or more so) than Donald Trump's ever could or will be. If Trump, Clinton and Sanders are just saying the things Americans are thinking, then America as a whole is no longer thinking.
Idiocracy didn't take five centuries to come to pass. One decade after the film was released, we're living in it.
And it isn't a satire anymore.
Hi! I'm Dave Richard, your host. I hope you enjoy your visit. We'll be talking about current events, politics, the occasional sports (I'm a HUGE New England Patriots fan, so get over it), and some "Get off my lawn!" issues.