The Positive Reframe: Why Trump’s Inauguration is Not the Beginning of an Era — but the End
Peter Leyden
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My. Leyden, I do believe you are sincere. But you are preaching a narrative that is filtered through your hermetically sealed environment. Very few of us can relax from a position of great privilege (with a great view of the bay, but living by the beach I can relate) and wax philosophical. Other commenters have alluded to the State of California’s serious problems and I won’t be redundant. First off, I dispute the rose-colored vision of a globalist utopia with a one-world benevolent oligarchy of enlightened plutocrats awash in a rising tide of billions and trillions somehow magically lifting all boats through the vehicle of unrestricted rampant technological progress. If anything sounds like a recycle of 1950s science fiction, that does. Aldous Huxley wrote of the “Brave New World” a long time ago and your optimism presents an analogy with that, as well as the darker vision of Orwell’s “1984”, often cited by the Left to illustrate the Trump Administration. Let’s take self-driving cars. Motor vehicles are by far safer than they ever were, yet crashes, injuries and fatalities therefrom are widely prevalent. Drivers are constantly distracted, and the solution proposed is to take away their freedom and ability and force them to surrender all control to machines, in the naive belief that tampering can be prevented, that we won’t lose every last vestige of that quaint old notion called “personal privacy”, that we can happily travel from point A to point B without the need to pay any attention to the journey until arrival at the destination. How foolish. The joy of running a sports car on a winding road with a manual transmission and experiencing the exhilaration and satisfaction of total absorption with the act of piloting your vehicle, the sensuality of feeling it move with all the contours of the terrain and controlling it autonomously, is something that would diminish the quality of human life if it were snatched away. “Soma” was the drug in Huxley’s novel that tranquilized the population and made them malleable. Aside from Big Pharma, other technological advances, toys, devices and shiny things as you and other companies like yours propose to foist upon us fit the definition. And what of craft? Pride of workmanship? what of those of us who are too old, too disabled, too unsophisticated to participate in your “innovative” world? What shall we do? More to the point? What shall be done with us? Shall we be euthanized? (especially the “white male” — -“white” including Jews, Italians, Irish and so many of the 19th and 20th Century immigrants who became the most loyal of Americans and worked hard their entire lives for what politicians and the media now deride as “entitlements” — who so many of your commenters hate so virulently). The Trump phenomenon grew out of the fears of such people which were not altogether unjustified. They’re not dummies or trailer park dwellers. They are people who contributed to this country, raised families, helped build the Great Society, fought and died for our freedom, liberty and ability to welcome those from all racial, religious and national backgrounds. They need to be provided an opportunity to contribute to your Brave New World too.

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