I started this blog to write about technology—officially how technology and society interact. I’ve worked in tech my entire career. People who know me would say I’m a bit of a gadget freak, a geek, a nerd.
Out of focus
This year, however, it’s been nearly impossible to stay focused on the mission of this blog. Technology, one of my passions, seems so unimportant these days. And other pursuits—music, sports, movies, books—they, too, have lost some luster lately.
Whether you love or hate Donald J. Trump, he is our president. He holds the office. He wields power and may very well be the most powerful man in the world.
Consider that for a moment.
This erstwhile playboy, real estate tycoon, father of five children, husband (or ex-husband) to three women, connoisseur of gold toilets—he is the 45th man to hold the office of President of the United States.
He is also the most manifestly unfit man to hold the office. Draft dodger, racist, birther, white supremacist, misogynist, failed casino owner. Pro tip: no one fails in the casino business. The house always wins. But Trump, who loves to call other people “losers”, is actually one himself.
And his second most favorite book (next to the Bible, he says) is his The Art of the Deal. Although his name is on it, Trump didn’t write it.
Tony Schwartz wrote “The Art of the Deal.” Schwartz, who spent 18 months with Trump, interviewed him extensively, and perhaps got to know him objectively as well as anyone, is not a big Donald Trump fan.
In fact, Schwartz will tell anyone who will listen that Trump is “pathologically impulsive and self-centered.”
In a lengthy interview with New Yorker magazine, Schwartz explained: “I put lipstick on a pig. I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is. I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”
Of course, that’s old news. Trump did win the election. He does have the nuclear codes. And he has entertained the possibility of nuclear war with North Korea.
Adding to that, the Republican-led Congress seems to be putting up little resistance to Trump’s arbitrary malfeasance.
I just want to write about technology. But I can’t. Everything on this planet pales in the face of the narcissistic sociopath in office. I’m worried, and I’m not alone.
Trump is deconstructing the US government and relinquishing America’s place as leader of the free world—as the inspiration for many who are looking for a better life.
No longer is it give me your huddled masses, it’s close our borders. Ban Muslims. Mexicans are rapists, drug dealers. Immigrants are taking our jobs.
Even worse, some white supremacists are “very fine people.”
An illegitimate president?
It would be one thing just to have a bigoted, narcissistic man-child in office. But there’s a caseload of circumstantial evidence that Trump’s election was tainted, perhaps even illegitimate.
Back in April, I wrote about a then-emerging theory that Trump had stolen the election from Hillary Clinton.
Since then, there has been a steady drip, drip, drip of new evidence supporting the theory.
After Trump fired James Comey, then FBI director, for what Trump himself said was “this whole Russia thing,” an FBI investigation that had been ongoing since May 2016 kicked into full gear, led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
So far, the investigation has led to arrests and indictments. There’s definitely something there. How closely the investigation will come to Trump’s own doorstep is still to be determined, but clearly Trump is rattled, saying and doing some rather strange things.
What’s the point?
My point is not to document in gory detail the Trump/Russia investigation.
Rather, the point is that tech-52 is likely not going to be as active as it has been in the past, cheerily going along publishing technology pieces.
Unless we, the good old USA, go back to some semblance of boring normalcy.
Until that time, I’m going to spend a lot of time and energy trying to get Democrats back into majorities in the House and Senate.
There’s much work to be done.