Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Death By Blabbing

If you want clarity on what is going on these days here in the United States, read Shirley Jackson's short story, "The Lottery." It sounds like science fiction but it's actually a realistic depiction of how our society works: Once a year an ordinary citizen is randomly chosen for slaughter. In Jackson's haunting story, the victim is stoned to death by a crowd of perfectly normal people who are just following orders. Each one in turn picks up a rock and throws it onto the growing pile, feeling nothing less than patriotic.

But that's so barbaric; we are, after all, a civilized people! We would never do such a thing! So instead, we do it with words. This year's loser is Donald Trump, and the ceaseless piling on by almost everyone is simply appalling to witness. It matters not what the man says; he got the losing ticket -- ironically, by winning -- and that's that.

Just following orders, thousands of average, know-nothing townsmen and women are jumping on the anti-Trump bandwagon, repeating and even manufacturing wrong information simply to be on the "right side." Daily, the rocks pile higher and higher.

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