“The Emperor’s New Clothes” (Danish: Kejserens nye Klæder) is a short tale by Hans Christian Andersen about two weavers who promise an emperor a new suit of clothes that they say is invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. When the Emperor parades before his subjects in his new clothes, no one dares to say that they don’t see any suit of clothes on him for fear that they will be seen as “unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent”. Finally, a child cries out, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!” The tale has been translated into over 100 languages.”
Help, I think we’re stuck in a political nightmare scenario from which we can’t escape, in…The Twilight Zone. Doesn’t the above sound familiar? Yet many citizens appear unable or afraid to come out and state the obvious. I think I’ve lived too long, to witness insanity on such a grand scale repeating itself, and sheep being hypnotized by it.
I have no effective say in the matter, other than to vote, and to voice my bafflement. I hear people attempting to contact their Congresspeople just get shunted aside or ignored. In a sane world, all the corrupt criminal stuff Trump has engaged in would never be tolerated. Repubs would be screaming bloody murder if Dems did a fraction of same. But we appear to have regressed into medieval times, where the feudal lord and Goldman Sachs reign supreme.
We oldsters may or may not survive the cuts to our safety nets and healthcare, but our kids and grandkids are screwed. Any progress on human rights, the environment, etc. will be set back centuries. I just hope one of those kids will have the courage to stand up and declare, “The emperor has no clothes!” He and his cronies are the ones who are unfit for their positions, stupid, and incompetent.