With the news media having failed the American people so incredibly this election cycle, and the very real possibility of a Trump presidency looming in the not too distant future, numerous people and organizations, some of whom who have never weighed in on such things in the past, are beginning to come forward publicly in hopes of shaking the American people awake and convincing them not to cast their ballots for the orange goblin that the withered husk of the Republican Party has selected as its nominee.
A few weeks ago, as you may recall, 50 former national security officials, all of whom served under Republican presidents, came out and said that they would not be voting from Trump, as he would be “the most reckless president in American history”. Then, today, 75 career diplomats came out saying they would not be supporting Trump, as, in their opinion, he is “entirely unqualified to serve as President and Commander-in-Chief.” Oh, and then there was the news a few days ago about how the elder George Bush has told people close to him that he will be voting for Hillary Clinton. These are all things that never would have happened in past elections, and I think it speaks volumes as to just how seriously terrifying the prospect of a Trump Presidency is to individuals who understand what’s at stake.
And I suspect that we’ll see a lot more of this as election day draws nearer and the polls begin to tighten… more people coming forward, pleading with their fellow citizens to do the right thing and not vote to put a violent, racist, non-tax paying, reality television-spawned hate monger in the White House… Speaking of which, just a few days ago, billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban not only went public with his concerns, but actually put up $10 million of his own money in order to help derail the Trump campaign… Today, though, something really interesting happened in Hollywood. Industry players came out swinging against Trump with a big one, two punch.
First, came a video put out by Joss Whedon, the man who came to fame with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and now, as I understand it, is responsible for a majority of the super hero projects coming out of Hollywood. I know some will write off the 3-minute ad featuring the likes of Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson as just one more instance of wealthy, far-left, and condescending actors telling hard working Americans what they need to think, but it’s really incredibly brilliant. Not only does it address that potential criticism head-on, by proactively stating that they’re parading a “shit ton” of celebrities across the screen to motivate us by repeating inspiring words and phrases, but, just when you’re thinking that this is just a really clever PSA urging people to register to vote, Don Cheadle comes onto the screen to tell us, without mentioning Trump by name, how imperative it is that we vote in order to keep “a racist, abusive coward who could permanently damage the fabric of our society” out of office. Boom! …I’m sure there will be other campaign ads this cycle, and I suspect that some will be very effective, but I’m pretty confident that, when all is said and done, this will be my favorite. It’s funny. It’s smart. And it packs a hell of a wallop. If you’ve yet to see it, please check it out, and share it with everyone you know.
And, second, it was announced today that Idiocracy, Mike Judge’s biting, cautionary tale about a future America where a stupid, reality television obsessed citizenry is led by politicians who look and behave like professional wrestling managers, will be coming back into theaters. Here’s the trailer for the film, which will play locally at the Michigan Theater on October 4… Again, if you feel so inclined, please share it.