What's It Going to Be, Then

What's It Going to Be, Then

Oct 30, 2018, 8:10:29 PM Opinion

My mother drove everyday for 2 years. Forty-five minutes each way. She was in her 70’s and had learned to drive in her 50’s. I drove her there occasionally. Our visits to the dementia ward of Veterans Hospital were the same each time but I never got used to that unknowing stare on the face of the man whose genetic structure I shared. One of the questions they asked him when he was admitted was, “Who is the president of the United States?” He didn’t know.

Back then I worried about my father’s Alzheimer’s being passed on to me. Now Alzheimer’s doesn’t seem so bad an option, if part of the affliction is that I don’t know the Clockwork Orange is the POTUS.

Still I worry I’ve become delusional. Did he really suggest armed guards at churches? Putting armed guards in place will definitely increase the number of church-goers. When the clockwork orange sees the result he’ll probably suggest we arm every priest, minister and rabbi. Not a bad idea according to National Rifle Association management. They will then discount AR-15 sales to religious organizations. The only country in the world with religious belief in the right to bear automatic weapons and mass murders will be even safer then.

Another delusion of mine is Clockwork Orange saying that we shouldn’t let the politically motivated murder of green card-holding Jamal Khashoggi influence our opinion of Saudi Arabia because we have an arms deal with them. My delusion is that our Clockwork Orange has morphed into Gordon Gecko. Remember ‘greed is good?’

My 3rd delusion has to do with Anthony Burgess, himself. According to Burgess a clockwork orange has ‘the appearance of an organism lovely with colour and juice but is in fact only a clockwork toy to be wound up by God or the Devil’. Do you think our Clockwork Orange could have been wound up by God? 

“What's it going to be then, eh?”, asks main character, Alex, when the book starts. This is Burgess’ way of telling us his story is about free will. Mid-term elections are next week. They are also about free will. Am I deluded in thinking that middle class Euro-Americans, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Latin-Americans will exercise their free will and begin to take their country back from the corporations and Citizens United v. FEC.

Millennials of America, help me with avoiding the onset of Alzheimer’s. I don’t want to know our clockwork orange is still around in 2020. A newly-elected House, Senate and President can fill the Supreme Court with 11 judges like FDR threatened in the 30’s to get a new social order in place. Eleven judges are allowed by the Constitution, btw. Campaign finance reform can be the law of the land by overturning Citizens United v. FEC, so that corporations are replaced by THE PEOPLE in the political process. The UK has limits on what is spent in an election, so can the USA.

Before there is blood in the streets vote the oligarchs out!


Published by Bill Snyder

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