(ATTN)–When I was a kid, they promised me flying cars. Although no one mentioned flux capacitors at the time, my mind was filled with a vision of the future.
It was a heady time; there were threats of nuclear extinction from above and satellite spies from even higher than the sky. They had us diving under our desks with the false promise that American Standard classroom furniture would protect us from a megaton atomic blast!
The “space race” had us dreaming about space stations with hotels and building a base on the moon. Star Trek had us dreaming about light speed and molecular transportation.
And British television producers were creating science fiction TV shows with something called Supermarionation—using puppet characters to fight futuristic foes.
Again, they promised that I would have a flying car! But, the idea of your average housewife or a teenager in command of a flying car was, how should I say this, completely boneheaded! Today, we’re still trying to make cars self driving to make them “safer”—with mixed results.
Imagine even a minor accident at any altitude. We’re talking falling-from-the-sky fatalities. And let’s not forget the people on the ground who would have those infamous flying cars’ pieces-parts falling on their heads!
No. It was never really a good idea. So, no flying cars!
Ah, the PicturePhone. What a great idea! They promised every home would have one in ten years from now. Except for one thing: women hated it. Extensive consumer focus group research by the Bell System (now AT&T) clearly showed women felt they had to look good before they would let other people see them—or have their picture taken.
Bathrobe and curlers in their hair?
There was no way they were going to answer the PicturePhone! As a result of this research, however, we did get the “answering machine”—which has now been digitally morphed into today’s voicemail.
So, no PicturePhones!
Ad-Free Cable Television.
When Cable TV was first being sold to customers—and the city councils that had to approve all of the pole-to-pole wiring in their city—the cable TV companies promised us that a coaxial cable would eliminate television commercials—because you had to pay for Cable TV! And they invented the term “Commercial Free.”
Well, that didn’t happen.
Yes, there are “movie channels” that play movies uninterrupted by commercials but, those channels are extra and can cause your cable bill to be in the hundreds of dollars a month!
And the rest of the channels?
They all still have their eighteen minutes of commercials every hour, as allowed by the Federal Communications Commission—with more per hour in the sixty days before an election. And political campaigns are also given the lowest commercial advertising rates, as mandated by the FCC.
So, no ad-free television!
Computers make life easier.
Yes, the computer is going to make everyone’s life easier! From now on, they promised us, workers using computers won’t have to deal with “the drudgery of repetitive tasks” and the headache-causing mathematical brain twisters.
And oh, we would no longer have to use paper!
What really happened was, the computer made our lives more complicated—impossible for some to deal with—with a learning curve for just about everything you need to accomplish in your daily life.
Employers quickly realized they could get much more work from their employees, doubling or even tripling the workload—because computers made work faster! Workers were expected to match that speed “because the company spent so much money buying this technology for you.” Ha! Fool me once….
And only Star Trek fans thought the communicator was a good idea. Not so, today! Now, of course, everyone has a communicator in their pocket and we all say “Siri” or “Okay Google” instead of “Computer!” or “Kirk to Enterprise.”
So, no “easy” computerized everything!
But, you promised!
And paper? If computers were going to eliminate the need for paper, why did they invent the printer!? We still need paper, because paper’s batteries never die, for one thing. What’s more, paper can tear, burn, become waterlogged or faded. And paper can also be lost.
But, paper will never crash.
On a side note, even the promoters of “Earth Day” admit they print Earth Day flyers and posters that use over 16 acres of forest every year! Seems a little counter productive to me.
So, no paperless anything!
Trump promises a lot.
Every friggin’ day, Donald Trump makes a proclamation that isn’t true (many fact checkers have said Trump only speaks the truth some 5-7 percent of the time!). And Trump promises to do something he can’t do. What a Dodo head. Does he think we’re really that stupid to believe his empty promises? Apparently he does think so.
Do you really need examples?
Okay, just a few, then: We already have a lot of “wall” built along our southern border. Is Trump going to tear that down and build another wall, like he has done with buildings? If you’re an American, you should know right now it is not Mexico that’s going to pay for a new wall. It’s you.
Broken promises are Trump’s lifelong history.
Should we expect anything different from a man who has spent his entire adult life defaulting on contracts, not paying vendors and contractors for their products, work and services and failing to perform while blaming everyone else for his failures (or simply deciding later to not pay)? The answer is: of course not! At the very least, Trump is consistent in stiffing the small companies that have done work for him.
But, is he honorable? No.
Only Congress can do that.
Trump has promised to change the tax code. Promised to spend more on the military. Promised to change the nation’s immigration policies. Promised to install tariffs. Promised to change treaties with other countries. Promised to rebuild an already rebounding post-recession economy. Promised to create non-government jobs. Promised to desecrate ISIS with his small, bare hands. Promised to stop the news media from reporting the news.
And promised to change the Constitution.
On and on, he goes, making promises he can never fulfill—because just about everything he is promising to do, a President cannot do! The vast majority of his promises must be accomplished by the Congress, not the President—and no one is sure it’s going to remain in the hands of Republicants after November.
Unconstitutional and unAmerican.
The Constitution? That’s a whole ‘nother story. If you’re over 10 years old, you should know by now that Congress drafts an amendment and three-quarters of the States must ratify that amendment before it becomes part of the founding document. And even then, the Supreme Court can declare whatever survives this lengthy process to be unconstitutional.
I’m fairly certain we won’t be seeing a nation of morons putting Donald Jumbo Trump into the Oval Office (just kidding, his real middle name is Jerk!). That way the “Trump” moniker will go the way of flying cars, PicturePhones and commercial-free cable TV.
So, no truth from Donald Trump! If someone else wins the Presidency, it’s us who will be the winners—and Trump will be the loser. A huge, Dodo bird loser!
And that’s the news.