A Hundred and Fifty Seconds

The doomsday clock was set to two and a half minutes until midnight.
 
The United States president is the midst of an old fashioned flame war on twitter with the president of Mexico over the erection of a border wall. Some compare Donald Trump to Ronald Reagan, but I recall Reagan wanting to tear down walls, not put them up.
 
And the doomsday clock was set to two and a half minutes until midnight.
 
Meanwhile, an egotistical president contests an election he won, stating he should have won by more, spreading doubt on the entire process. His road to the White House was paved with lies, insults and threats. His opponent attempted to rig the election in her favor, failing when a billionaire reality show celebrity pulled off the win. Still, he claimed that three million votes were falsified; the same amount by which the leftists say he lost the popular vote.
 
And the doomsday clock was set to two and a half minutes until midnight.
 
Facts are dismissed as denial becomes more common. Anything the “liberal media” says one doesn’t agree with is “fake news”. Anything the comes from the right is “alternative facts”. Nobody believes anything that goes against what they want. It’s easier to bury one’s head in the sand and claim what you’re being told is a lie. Accepting the truth, even if it means we’re leaving a shittier world for our children, has become universally ignored.
 
And the doomsday clock was set to two and a half minutes until midnight.
 
Mounds of scientific proof of global climate change had to be moved to the Netherlands in fear of a government who refuse to admit or believe its real deleting it. Those employed by the Environmental Protection Agency were ordered to no longer update the general public on their social media feed. They were one of four agencies told to do so. To what end would one want this knowledge hidden? Is it a vain attempt to convince people their world isn’t ending, keeping them calm as the world gets warmer, the ice caps melt, and storms get stronger? Is it an excuse not to regulate conglomerates’ environment impact, keeping those in the shadows who fund our politicians’ campaigns happy?
 
And the doomsday clock was set to two and a half minutes until midnight.
 
The streets of major cities are full of protestors fighting for the rights that are being threatened to be taken away, and the United States president has only been in office for a little over a week. Federal funds are being threatened if the president’s agenda isn’t followed, using the same tactic an exhausted parent would use, telling their child there will be no dessert if their chores aren’t completed. One city has been threatened with martial law, and this may or may not merely be a sarcastic coincidence it’s where the current president’s predecessor began his political journey.   
 
And the doomsday clock was set to two and a half minutes until midnight.
 
People are more concerned with the coupling and uncoupling of celebrities than they are with the state of the world, living in their comfortable slices of content existence, feeling as if what’s on the news has no effect on them whatsoever, that everything is out of control and there’s nothing they can do to stop, fix, or help it. So why should they bother? It’s not them or their family suffering or dying… yet.
 
And the doomsday clock was set to two and a half minutes until midnight.
 
Republicans all spoke out against Donald Trump while he was on the campaign trail, stating that what he wanted to do once in office was unconstitutional and wrong. Now that he’s in office, they’re bending over backward to make sure he gets everything he wants, afraid their comfort and amenities of their political careers will be in jeopardy if they speak out against him, no matter how insane what he’s doing is.
 
And the doomsday clock was set to two and a half minutes until midnight.
 
World War III is on the horizon as well as a second Civil War if the seeded anger isn’t quelled. Instead, the seeds of discord are still being sown. Muslim bans are becoming a reality, focusing on countries that are’t synonymous with terrorists and aren’t the countries from which we get our oil nor our president holds business interests. These steps will do more damage than good, and the president doesn’t care what anyone else has to say about it, his ego telling him he’s smarter than any intelligent agency. Meanwhile, the question of whether or not Putin and Russia had anything to do with election tampering or whether there’s some kind of blackmail scandal happening has not been answered to everyone’s satisfaction, and those who ask these most important questions are told to keep quiet.
 
And the doomsday clock was set to two and a half minutes until midnight.
 
People don’t care about the news unless they can stay logged into their Twitter accounts and be on top of the food chain, making the most offensive comment in a sea of offensive comments, claiming it to be a joke when push inevitably comes to shove, even if there’s no shred of anything humorous in what they’ve said. The same happens on Facebook, where everyone is just refreshing their feeds, waiting for the next meme to appear to get them through their dull existence. The skies would turn black and the seas turned to blood, but everyone will be staring at their phones or tablets, trying to out-offend each other in a vain attempt at “shock humor”, doing nothing to make their short existence on this spinning marble worth anything more than a fleeting fifteen minutes of internet fame that will never come.
  
And the doomsday clock was set to two and a half minutes until midnight.
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