But from time to time, I feel I must address major public issues such as this, because in a free and open society, where the very future of the world hinges on decisions made by our elected leaders, you never win large cash journalism awards if you stick to the topics I usually write about, such as nose-picking.
-- Dave Barry, "At Last, the Ultimate Deterrent Against
I have been waiting to write this post for the last four years and I'm so happy that the moment is finally here. If you still worship at the altar of Trump, you will not like what I have to say. I am not pulling any punches. The time for a reckoning has finally arrived.
The last four years under the Trump regime have been an utter nightmare for most Americans. From my perspective I watched aghast as the country abandoned facts, data, logic, tradition, compassion, trust and all acceptable forms of reason and traded it all in for zealotry, insanity and wild off the wall conspiracy theories. I watched President Trump use his Twitter account the same way that Al Queda used planes on September 11th to torment and terrorize the American public. If you remain skeptical, let me point you to the 400,000 Americans who have now died from COVID. That is the only evidence required to show that Donald Trump was a far more effective terrorist than Osama Bin Laden could've ever dreamed of being.
The world is one hell of a fucked up place right now. If you are reading this around the time I posted it, then you know exactly what I mean unless you've been living under a rock. If you really have no idea what I'm talking about, put on your big boy pants and go read some news first. In any event, as a result of recent political events (you can read my opinion on those here if you are interested, but its not required reading) the social network Parler has effectively been summarily executed by Big Tech.
Now this is not the first barrage in Big Tech's role in these events, but as of right now it is the most significant. While it may soon be upstaged as this situation is moving extremely fast, right now it is the shadow looming over all of us in tech. This particular part of the story is absolutely huge from our perspective.
As some of you have noticed, I took a bit of a break from this website for the last few months. In addition to that, I temporarily removed some of the content I thought might be incendiary to certain segments of people. Let me respond to the obvious follow up question: "What segments of people?" Trumpers.
The truth of the matter is that I am a socially liberal person and I live in a deeply red state. This has historically not been much of a problem other than me having to tolerate being referred to as a godless liberal from time to time. But in this situation your skin tends to grow a bit thicker so things like that aren't that big of a deal. Well not until recently when Donald Trump's base decided to worship him like some sort of living God and as such, treated as if he were infallible, no matter the consequence.