Trump as President? The Only Possible Explanation Is That I Have Been Transported To Some Sort of Dystopian Alternate Reality?
Mere words cannot express how everything is just somehow so much the same, but on the other hand so very wrong. I have no idea how I came to be here, but I do know where I have come from.
You see, I was born in 1958, in the real United States of America, not this bizarre alternate United States where our basic values and ideals have been twisted and turned upside down.
I was born in Southern California to politically conservative parents right at the beginning of a period of radical political change. Of course, as an infant and an as a small child, I was not aware that the 1950’s nuclear age of; My Three Sons, Donna Reed, Leave it to Beaver, was rapidly drawing to a close. The radical 1960’s were rapidly coming upon us and my liberal political awakening was about to begin.
January 20, 1961. John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States. Although I do not remember the moment when he was elected, I am absolutely certain that he left a major impression on my young impressionable mind.
“Let the word go forth from this time and place to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans” JFK 01/20/1961. I was part of that new generation of Americans. The world was changing fast, I watched it all on the 6:00 News. I may not have understood everything, but rest assured, I was soaking it all in.
In 1963 Martin Luther King gave his amazing “I have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C. This was an epic event in mankind. The civil rights movement was in full swing. For me, everyone was equal as long as you were nor trying to take my toys.
John F Kennedy was eventually assassinated on November 22, 1963. Honestly, I don’t recall if I remember this from when it actually happened, or from seeing it repeated over and over as I grew up. However, this tragic event certainly made a huge impression on me.
At about this same time music was radically changing as well, music has always made a huge impression one me. One of my favourite bands to this day came out with this song in 1964.
You have to understand, from what came before this was really radical material.
Then came 1965, I was 7 years old. Bob Dylan came out with Like a Rolling Stone.
The Vietnam war was raging on, we watched all the killing every night on the 6:00 News.
1968, by this time I was 10 tears old and fully aware of my surroundings. The Vietnam War, The Cold War, Anti-War Protests, Equal Rights, Women’s Rights, Black power, Civil Rights, Gay Rights, Riots, Protests, Animal Rights, SLA and Patty Hurst, Eco-Terrorism, Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Marijuana, LSD, and especially my friends older sister who lived across the street.
As a 10-year-old boy, I still can vividly remember my friend’s 18-year-old sister who used to dress in a halter top (bra-less) and short, short, pink hot pants. It’s funny the things you remember decades later. Everything else going on all around me, politically and socially, was perfectly normal and I accepted it for what it was.
But my friend’s bra-less sister with the hot pants really stands out. Maybe it was just hormones. I assume this is the moment that I realized that I was a heterosexual, not that there is anything wrong with being anything else.
By 1969 we had already successfully landed men on the moon, and brought them back home safely, Martin Luther King had previously been assassinated as well as Robert Kennedy. The entire world was in turmoil. But, I can safely say that by now, my core beliefs, politics, and philosophy about life and everything was born, nurtured, and grew into what I am today.
Flash forward to 1976, I was 18 years old and was able to vote for the very first time. I proudly voted for Jimmy Carter (D). As a proud liberal and a Democrat, I have never looked back.
Next, there was Ronald “Raygun” Reagan (R) who destroyed the economy with his massive tax cuts and supply side economics. It was perfectly clear to me that by Reagan’s 2nd term he no longer had the facility to run the country and everything was actually being run by his aides and the cabinet.
Next, came George HW Bush (R), a one-term President who didn’t do very much one way or the other. After that came two terms of Bill Clinton (D), a morally bankrupt, but economically effective President who actually sold out a lot of Democratic core values.
Of course, who could ever forget our next two-term President, George W. Bush (R)? GW Bush, got us into an illegal war in Iraq that was never paid for, introduced torture that is against the Geneva convention and destroyed the U.S. economy with his zeal for non-regulation of the financial industry.
And then, a little known Senator Barack Obama (D) was elected President in 2009. President Obama, a slightly center-left Democrat saved the economy from the worst economic recession since the great depression. President Obama’s 28 greatest accomplishments include:
1 – Rescued the country from the Great Recession, cutting the unemployment rate from 10% to 4.7% over six years
2 – Signed the Affordable Care Act which provided health insurance to over 20 million uninsured Americans
3 – Ended the war in Iraq
4 – Ordered for the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden
5 – Passed the $787 billion America Recovery and Reinvestment Act to spur economic growth during the Great Recession
6 – Supported the LGBT community’s fight for marriage equality
7 – Commuted the sentences of nearly 1200 drug offenders to reverse “unjust and outdated prison sentences”
8 – Saved the U.S. auto industry
9 – Helped put the U.S. on track for energy independence by 2020
10 – Began the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan
11 – Signed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals allowing as many as 5 million people living in the U.S. illegally to avoid deportation and receive work permits
12 –Signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to re-regulate the financial sector
13 – Dropped the veteran homeless rate by 50 percent
14 – Reversed Bush-era torture policies
15 – Began the process of normalizing relations with Cuba
16 – Increased Department of Veteran Affairs funding
17 – Signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act
18 – Boosted fuel efficiency standards for cars
19 – Improved school nutrition with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act
20 – Repealed the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy
21 – Signed the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, making it a federal crime to assault anyone based on sexual or gender identification
22 – Helped negotiate the landmark Iran Nuclear Deal
23 – He signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to combat pay discrimination against women
24 – Nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, making her the first Hispanic ever to serve as a justice
25 – Supported veterans through a $78 billion tuition assistance GI bill
26 – Won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”
27 – Launched My Brother’s Keeper, a White House initiative designed to help young minorities achieve their full potential
28 – Expanded embryonic stem cell research leading to groundbreaking work in areas including spinal injury treatment and cancer
(Obama’s 28 greatest accomplishments courtesy of www.good.is)
We were finally on the right track. Things were moving forward and we finally had a President that was; intelligent, honest, a great family man, and was a great leader that we could all be proud of.
November 7, 2016, everything went wrong. Everything was fine the day before, and then on election night, 2016 when I woke up the next morning, I realized that I had suddenly been transported to some sort of dystopian alternate reality where the impossible had actually happened.
Somehow, I was transported into a reality where a reality TV star, real estate developer who bragged about grabbing women’s pussies, incited violence against African-Americans, advocated banning Muslims from entering the country, quite possibly colluded with the Russians to hack the U.S. election, is delusional, and lies literally all the time. Trump also fired the FBI Director who was actively was investing the Russian hacking. And this is just a small sampling of all the bizarre things he has said and done. And don’t get me started on his Twitter rants. All this in only his first three months in office.
(Keep in mind that this video is over three months old. There are a lot more bizarre rants since then.)
And, this is just a small sampling of all the bizarre things he has said and done. And don’t get me started on his Twitter rants. All this in only his first three months in office.
This is the world where somehow this is all OK. This minority elected President seems to be able to hold onto his 30% base of supporters no matter what he says or does. I mean most of the people around me seem to be the same as they ever were. My home, loved ones, job, co-workers, dog, family, and neighbor’s still seem to be the same as always. There are some subtle differences though.
A few of my friends have mysteriously become Trump supporters. I found this really weird as these are really smart people and suddenly, they have drunk the kool-aid and now support a xenophobic, bigoted, racist, authoritarian, misogynist. How is this even possible?
The other subtle cues that this is some sort of dystopian alternate reality is the fact that racist hate crimes and racism are on the rise and seem to be the norm in this reality, bigotry seems to have become normal behaviour. The uneducated and deplorable are the ones calling all the shots politically as well as socially. Political correctness has broken down and in this alternate reality, America is on the decline.
How did I get here, thrust into this bizarre alternate dystopian reality? I have no idea. How do I get back to the real United States of America, to my own timeline and reality, where we have a normal government and a real President who actually cares about all the American People? A President who has integrity, honesty, and the intelligence to lead all Americans not just the minority who voted for him?
Right now, I have no idea how I will get back to my own reality, but I will keep trying every waking moment, every single day. Somehow, someday, I will get back to where I belong.
I still believe in the America that I grew up in. Sure, we had huge societal issues, but we worked together to overcome them. Everyone worked together to make the world a better place.
Nightmares can’t last forever, can they?
This News Commentary is an original article by; Thomas Dyson.