I took this shot a few years ago in the King’s Dominion Dinosaur walk and modified it a little for this presentation. I added some texturing, splotches, etc., to give the photo a surrealistic look even though the reptiles were life sized…bigger than me for sure.
When looking at the photo critically, I began to ponder our current political environment. I realize that Hillary and Donald are only icons of all of our hopes, our fears, our hatred, and our greed (after all, we picked them)…so, as bad as they (and I think they are awful) are they are really just mirrors of who we might be? Perhaps they are just the new lows in a process that has been a traditional showcase of subterranean morals and expectations. But I’m not really sure that the bad actor is so much us…the general population…as the organizations that seem to manipulate the policy and our emotions on a daily if not hourly basis.
A few months ago I would have identified those two, mostly silent, organizations as the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Republican National Committee (RNC). But IMHO today those organizations, while still scary, don’t carry the same level of influence they did just last winter. The RNC seems to have been replaced by the Alt-Right. The Alt-Right seems only a step or two away from outright fascism but camouflages their hate with patriotic platitudes. The DNC seems to have lost all direction and influence and is now entrenching itself with personality-based empires. Conservative and liberal values are no longer debated or discussed or invented or changed or…well, you get my drift. Or? I posit that it’s not the Alt-Right or the Ultra-Liberal but rather “Big Money” that is firmly in charge of our political process and that if one was to take a look at how the $$ “sides” are shaping up, one would have a better idea of what forces are really behind the political, economic and cultural changes happening in America today.
The Donalds and the Hillarys are also probably just pawns or tools in that process although both are wealthy enough to take advantage of whichever party wins. But I’d guess that the stakes are higher for the “secret” supporters since their reach is much broader than just politics. Oil, pharmaceuticals, commerce and technology empires teetering on intellectual property and liability laws that if changed that can impact the wealth and heath of many generations to come.
You might ask who I am going to vote for…
I think Donald Trump is horrifyingly dangerous and I am appalled that he has been successful by encouraging Americans to hate, to be racist, to bully others, and I’m convinced he will instigate “in your face” road rage-like behavior towards the rest of the world. I think Hillary will only do lip service to America’s serious problems and instead will focus her efforts on the next generation of Her Secret Empire. I believe she will certainly cover up everything she would do in the Whitehouse, would hire a cabinet full of cronies that would defy congress, spit in the face of common sense, and will openly or covertly skirt or break the law as necessary to keep that particular brand of what I call “Insider Politics” in power.
so…who am I going to vote for? I really loved what “Washington Post” conservative columnist Kathleen Parker said in her column today and I will quote her to answer the question on who I am going to vote for… “If Clinton gets my vote, it will be because I think she’s the best qualified. But I won’t tell you because I don’t have to. When I do, I’m leaving. In the meantime, I offer a barber’s remark passed along by a reader who surely speaks for many: I definitely don’t want Trump to win and I definitely want Hillary to lose.”
On the hunt!