If “The Destruction of Civilization as We Know It” Were Really at Hand…
“The destruction of civilization as we know it!” is at hand, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump twitters and tweets. (Thank you, Donald, for clarifying that this would be “so sad!”.)
If the “destruction of civilization” were really at hand, the Department of Homeland Security would have issued some kind of terror alert. There hasn’t been a new terror alert since December 16, 2015, more than four months ago. The old alert acknowledges openly that “we know of no intelligence that is both specific and credible at this time of a plot by terrorist organizations to attack the homeland.” That’s hardly destruction-of-civilization talk.
If the “destruction of civilization” were really at hand, NORAD would have made some kind of declaration of military status. There have been no NORAD statements for over a month.
If the “destruction of civilization” were really at hand, the President would have been hunkered down this week. Instead, he was visiting two foreign countries this week to strengthen diplomatic ties.
If the “destruction of civilization” were really at hand, surely Congress would be in session to receive updates and work to handle the crisis. Congress has been out of session for two days as its members go home early to campaign for re-election. It doesn’t plan to reconvene for another three days.
If the “destruction of civilization” were really at hand, surely Donald Trump would be spending his time doing more than bragging that his wife looks better than Ted Cruz’s wife. Ahem:
If the “destruction of civilization” were really at hand, Donald Trump’s rival for the Republican presidential nomination would surely have something to say about the carnage. In actuality, Ted Cruz has taken advantage of the absolute absence of carnage to point out that “Donald Trump may be a rat but I have no desire to copulate with him.” The presence of the word “but” in that odd sentence has generated wild speculation, another indication that we are in a light civilization-not-currently-being-destroyed-after-all news cycle.
On the other hand, what’s been coming out of the Republicans’ mouths lately suggests that perhaps a little part of civilization has been destroyed. It wasn’t a refugee from war who did the damage, though. We have home-grown terror on our hands.