So, The Donald muses that Cruz’ dad was around Lee Harvey Oswald just prior to the JFK assassination. I’d like to say that we’ve reached Peak Stupid with this, but then again I’ve been living my whole life in a nation where about half the people think that Astrology is real. Someone who thinks the positions of the stars at the time of their birth can bear a relation on their personality and fate is someone who could believe that Ted Cruz’ dad had something to do with Oswald. People also believe that aliens have visited us – as if an alien race intelligent enough to figure out how to travel inter-stellar distances would not make itself completely known to the intelligent (sort of) species it located on Earth. Just to give you an idea of how highly advanced you’d have to be to get from one star to another – Voyager 2 is traveling at 55,000 kph and it will get to Sirius – a mere 4.3 light years away – in 296,000 years. The closest Earth-like planet we’ve discovered so far is 13.8 light years away…so, someone able to cut down a couple million year travel time to a time short enough to get here to visit is NOT GOING TO BE VISITING YOKELS IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, DAMMIT. Nor would such a person allow himself to be captured and held at Area 51.
People seriously believe they are the reincarnation of some past person – invariably, of course, someone who was in a really cool position in the past. No one seems to have a past life where they were just a miserable, illiterate peasant massacred by invading barbarians for no reason at all. People believe that placing crystals on or around your body can heal illness. People believe in acupuncture, ESP, seances, biorhythms…in short, lots of people believe things which are utter nonsense. And they get to vote.
This does make the task of constructing and maintaining a civilized nation rather difficult – but the trick has been done, and been done for quite a long while, at times. I bring this up because a lot of people are getting rather frustrated. We’ve all been rather frustrated with the impervious belief some have in Obama even though the record clearly shows him an absolute failure…and now we’re getting frustrated with Trump supporters who simply cannot or will not see Trump for what he is. But do not despair – built into us, even when we’re being stupid, is common sense. God does not leave us orphans, as it were – there is always an internal corrective.
We know this because all of us have at times fallen for something rather stupid in hindsight. Well, I guess there might be some out there who haven’t – and if you are one of them: congratulations! But for 99.9% of us, folly walks with us our whole lives. We naturally tend to concentrate our memories on those times we saw through the scam, but if we honestly look over our lives we can see the large number of times we were suckers.
My advice for those falling into angry despair over Trump is: get a grip. It’s just a thing which is happening. I don’t like it, either – but I am not in control of the destinies of the world. I can only do what I think is right each day. I’m not gulled by Trump – and so I won’t support him. I hope that those who do support him realize where he’d lead us. But it might take hard experience to instruct – and if that is the case, we as a people will emerge from this that much wiser. And this is true whether Trump wins or loses – if he wins, we’ll get a load of what that sort of person does while President; if he loses, we’ll get a taste of what throwing aside near-certain victory to someone like Hillary is like.
Shortly we’ll know how the Indiana battle came out – and we might find that the die is cast and Trump is the Republican standard-bearer. Deal with it. Move on. Vote the way your conscience tells you in November and however it comes out, just keep trying to do what you believe is right. When your time comes to exit, as long as you’ve at least made an effort at doing that, you’ll have fewer regrets…and by just decently trying to do your best, you might sway more people your way than you imagine.