Truthfully… I rarely ever tell the truth. I am a retired school teacher who now spends a majority of the time left to me on writing fiction and drawing colored-pencil pictures. Truth is not an asset for that kind of fantastical foolishness. But that doesn’t mean that the truth is irrelevant. In fact, after the last round of politics as usual (if 2016 even remotely qualifies for that) it is more important than ever to divine the trends and consequences for who we are about to elect.
If you look at the events in Flint, Michigan… the world becomes a scarier place. What are the actual consequences of having Republicans in charge? Because of cost-cutting measures by Governor Rick Snyder’s spend-less-on-the-people so we can give-more-tax-breaks-and-wealth-to-the-wealthy initiatives, the water system of Flint, Michigan has been neglected to the point of poisoning everyone who is poor enough to have to drink city water. Reptile-man Snyder reassures people with a Republican grin that shows his fangs. Then he lies, first about the water being safe to give to your children, then that he will do everything in his power to fix the problem… as long as it doesn’t cost actual money. And the truth is every city in America is under the same threat. Texas is a Republican-controlled paradise for billionaires. You can taste the taint in the Texas frogwater that comes out of the tap. Plus, we have all kinds of fracking going on underground, pumping toxic stuff into the ground to pump shale oil out. North of here in Oklahoma, the fracking has caused powerful earthquakes. We have felt lesser shakes here in the Dallas metroplex. The animals are so mad for meat in their feeding frenzy that even the ground under us is not safe from their appetites.
After the Iowa Caucus it became very possible that the Republican nomination could end up in the claws of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. This shape-changing lizard man is the popular choice among the rabid evangelicals. He is supposedly the most conservative and the most Christian of the Republican candidates. But if you type into Google the phrase “Is Ted Cruz…” you get a result that says “the Zodiac Killer?” Of course, he was not born at a time that allows him to be the actual mysterious serial killer who was never caught. But people are searching this question for a reason. According to the New York Times, in 1997 a young man named Michael Wayne Haley was convicted of stealing a calculator from Walmart. The crime carried a maximum two year sentence. Texas, the loving State that it is, mistakenly gave him 16 years. When Haley tried to get the courts to fix the mistake, Ted Cruz was Solicitor General for Texas. He took the case all the way to the Supreme Court to try to force Haley to serve the entire sixteen years. The Supreme court ruled that Haley should be released for time served after serving six years of a maximum two year sentence. The man has no compassion, no mercy, no Christian love in his reptile heart. It is entirely possible that he could become President of the United States. I confess, ttuthfully…, I am deeply afraid of that happening. He is the Zodiac Killer.
So, I have run out of truth for today. Telling the truth is hard to do. Especially for a practiced liar like me. But I promise you I will tell more truth in the days that are left to me. Truth is important. And the thing about writing fiction, especially humorous fiction, is the point of telling all those lies is to ultimately get at the truth.