The rain fell erratically throughout the day - alternating between torrents and drizzle. The electric poundings seemed loudest in my bedroom - not just because the house had no attic but because my bedroom had no tv.
I like the sound of rain as I can lose my self in its oscillating rhythms without much effort. Tonight, however, the tap tap tapping did not hypnotize or lull.
The presidential election is a few days away. I am not exactly worried about the outcome. I predict that there will be a regime change either by ballot or some other means.
I am, however, most concerned about how easy it has become for anyone with financial means and a propensity to hack computer code to replace facts with fiction.
When all signs proclaim the splendor of the Emperor's new wardrobe, who dares contradict even as he appears naked and unabashed on national tv?
TRUTH is not relative. FACTS are not partisan.
But any one of us can twist FACTS to formulate a certain TRUTH that can be wielded to an advantage. This type of manipulation is not a new concept.
American leadership has always adjusted facts to formulate a truth to benefit a select few. America has always used propaganda to justify its inhumanity to others.
Yet as history demonstrates, power grabs of this nature often serve as a harbinger of a revolution to come. I recall the decadence of the House of Romanov, dining sumptuously while the populace literally froze to death in the streets.
The House and Senate left for recess after pushing through the Amy Barrett confirmation; but, failing to pass a stimulus plan or strategy to address the Covid-19 crises. This is the type of apathy that heralds a regime change.
The conservatives overplayed their hand. Their greed and disregard for the truth increased their wealth and power while simultaneously helping to build up a new Democratic party. I just hope the fragile anti Trump coalition will last long enough to undo the damage to the justice department, foreign policy, race relations, economy and the environment.
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