Pac Man Kill Screen

A funny thing happens in old video games when players reach a point that exceeds the cartridge’s available memory: the “kill screen.” The character may die, although sometimes users can continue playing a jumbled mess that ostensibly makes no sense. The reality that Donald Trump will square off against Hillary Clinton to be the next U.S. commander in chief is a clear indicator America has reached its own kill screen.

Hillary Clinton

Kill screens may be fun to watch — there is no doubt that cable news networks are thrilled with the 2016 election season — but on another level (no pun intended), they are sad affairs. If you do not believe the U.S. is at its own kill screen, then ask  yourself the following two questions:

  • What led to the rise in popularity of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (a self-described socialist), and Donald Trump?
  • Will the election of Mrs. Clinton or Mr. Trump mitigate or exacerbate the nation’s underlying problems?

Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton has vowed to continue doing exactly what President Obama has done for eight years, which was a catalyst for Sanders’ groundswell of Democrat support.

Donald Trump’s popularity is based on the illusion that he is a political outsider who will “make America great again” via giant walls along U.S. border with Mexico and “great” deals with Congress. Ironically, the same people who have deified Mr. Trump regularly go apoplectic when “deals” are made in Congress. Unless Trump plans on becoming a dictator, his own supporters are in for a rude awakening if he wins in November.

Here is what the 45th president of the United States will encounter on Day One:

  • The U.S. is $19 trillion in debt, but there is no political will to get spending under control. This is due to economic illiteracy (thanks public education and academia), greed (it’s easy to rob from future generations when you know you’ll be old or dead when the bill comes due), lying politicians, and a whole host of other issues. There will be a day of reckoning.
  • The U.S. is culturally lost. Multiple generations have simmered in a stew of cultural relativism. Tens of millions of people have no idea why they believe what they believe — they just do. They have been taught to loathe the principles that made America the freest nation in the history. They have been conditioned to yearn for tyranny and not to care about it as long mindless viral videos, Facebook “likes,” and free pornography flows on their computers.
  • American media outlets are corrupt. The news long ago ceased to be about informing people and turned into a never-ending quest for “clicks” and “shares” and “tweets” and ratings. Journalists are usually more interested in showing they’re as witty and cool as John Stewart in his heyday than objectively reporting facts. Cable news shows are inspired by WWE wrestling matches and reality television shows, which is why the more appealing option is to just watch Food Network or turn off the TV all together.

In short, unless someone rewrites the U.S. “code” in the near future, we will soon disappear in the “integer overflow.”

Welcome to the kill screen. I look forward to seeing you after the “reset” button is pushed.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

6 comments

    1. “Ever see that HBO political satire VEEP? It’s terrifying how true to life it is now.”

      I know about it, but I do not have HBO. The only shows I’ll occasionally make time for are The Blacklist, Brooklyn 99, and anything Marvel puts out through Netflix.

  1. Well said! You made me laugh in the face of doom, so that’s a good thing. I don’t see a way out of this mess, not one that ends well. However, never say never, I’ve played enough video games to know that just when you think all is lost, you win. Maybe there’s something good here I’m not seeing. Also, I try to remember Christ is the leader of the free world so to speak, and He reigns.

  2. “if he wins in November”

    Trump will never win in November. I know that because (in-between bouts of comparing Trump to Reagan, Washington, and Goldwater*) his most devoted supporters on Fox and talk radio are already making excuses for a November loss. “RAWR, IT’S THE ESTABLISHMENT’S FAULT! IT’S DONORS’ FAULT FOR NOT SUPPORTING HIM! IT’S YOUR FAULT! IT’S EVERYONE’S FAULT WE SHILLED FOR THE ONLY GUY WHO LOST IN POLLS TO HILLARY!” Suffice to say, they wear their lack of confidence on their sleeves.

    Honestly, this is why I’m okay with Trump being GOP nominee. You think the mere mention of a deal makes Trump’s supporters go apoplectic? Just wait until Democrats start the ad campaign, as well as when the non-Fox media cut off Trump’s free airtime and focus on his many problems. I mean, I just got grief from some Trump supporter simply for mocking the statement of another Trump supporter. These guys are hyper-sensitive, and they’re gonna melt down when Hillary’s team goes to work. A Hillary presidency will be terrible, but I will enjoy seeing Trump’s various supporters freak out. The entertainment that provides will last me through 2018 when things can hopefully get back on track.

    * Today, AJ Delgado’s praise for Trump led to her comparing him to Goldwater. Look, I know nothing about Goldwater as a person, but I do know he lost in a massive landslide. I also know the #NeverTrump has regularly compared Trump to Goldwater for that very reason. You’d think someone who spends so much time whining about #NeverTrump would’ve grasped that.

    “American media outlets are corrupt”

    Which is why I am positively thrilled that Fox has lost to CNN in the ratings for the first time in 14 years. It’s a sign that maybe, just maybe, GOPers and general conservatives will turn away from the frauds who enabled Trump nomination and a Hillary win.

    1. “Trump will never win in November. I know that because (in-between bouts of comparing Trump to Reagan, Washington, and Goldwater*) his most devoted supporters on Fox and talk radio are already making excuses for a November loss.”

      Anyone who likens Trump to Barry Goldwater has never read The Conscience of a Conservative. Trump is not the second coming of Goldwater from an ideological perspective.

      “Just wait until Democrats start the ad campaign, as well as when the non-Fox media cut off Trump’s free airtime and focus on his many problems.”

      Agreed. The mainstream media will gladly cut to a Trump live-feed when he is tearing Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz to shreds, but I don’t think they’ll go to random stump speeches when he’s doing the same to Hillary.

      Will it feel really good to see Hillary squirm in a one-on-one debate with the Trump? Yes. He is going to draw serious blood. But I refuse to support a man just because he’s going to say things to Hillary Clinton’s face that will make for glorious television, memes, etc. He has shown that his only allegiance is to the Trump brand. I may have said this before, but I do not think I have ever heard him bring up the U.S. Constitution unless prompted. That is bizarre for anyone who claims to have a real interest in limited government.

      “I am positively thrilled that Fox has lost to CNN in the ratings for the first time in 14 years.”

      Hannity’s tantrums are becoming classics. He can’t take the fact that he is partially culpable for giving Trump legitimacy when it mattered most. He threw endless softballs at the man and apologized for infractions that he would have skewered “the establishment” over. He and Bill O’Reilly can deny it until the cows come home, but that is the truth. Greg Gutfeld is one of the few honest guys with any clout over a Fox. I’m surprised he still has a job.

  3. Apparently a muslim may be a lock to become London’s Mayor, I don’t want to make any headlines about it because the polling results are coming in right now, but it should be an interesting landscape for Britain if Trump ever does become a lock for the presidency

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