It’s been almost six years(!) since
the last time I
linked to the blog of my American friend and colleague,
Dr. J. Gotta cross-link
to your homies to keep our Google rankings up! Anyway, Dr. J works for the
US gov’t, so he may be obligated to write political tracts in support of the
Stalinist dictator Constitutionally-limited
president. He published this tract on a Sunday, perhaps to hide the fact
(if it is one) that he was required to write it on paid government time.
There is a law against that, but it’s widely ignored like most
good-government laws in the USA.
The didactic form that Dr. J chose is the “in an alternate universe, Hillary is actually guilty of something” meme, which isn’t bad as propaganda styles go. Certainly it is less objectionable than the style chosen by Dr. Phil Plait, who basically starts from the reasonable “Global Warming is the most important issue” and the unreasonable ”politicians do not lie” and somehow manages to conclude that Hillary is the best candidate — even though she is pro-WWIII and Donald is against it and the world wars show up as spikes on the historical temperature chart. So I guess I could perhaps join in on this fun, although personally I endorse Jill Stein because she tells the fewest lies.
Before we begin, I should note that Dr. J’s piece is actually funny, which is probably more than I can hope to achieve with my own work. His Churchillian grammar reference is excellent and I found myself agreeing with the imaginary crowd furious at Hillary’s misquote. It’s “shall not”, I say! Yet even in an alternate universe, it is still the anti-Hillary forces that are correct.Alternate Universe № ❰∞,∞,∞,26,∞,0,19,∞̅…❱ (see supernatural numbers, which I don’t actually believe in because ∞ is a figment of the mathematical imagination; Objective Reality probably doesn’t contain any numbers larger than around 10⁸⁵ or so).
Conceit: In this universe (which we can never locate because its ID number is transfinite), Hillary actually had a legitimate reason to operate her honeypot email server that provided live feeds to Russia and Al Qaeda and Goldman Sachs containing the classified info that she received.
Resulting difference: Not much, really. The Espionage Act of 1917 says it applies to everyone, including the president. It does not offer any exemption for politicians who possess a legitimate national-security reason to burn an agent’s cover; if that action results in another agent’s death then the politician is supposed to get the electric chair. So Hillary Clinton is basically in the same category as Dick Cheney. Alternate Universe № 5.2761 (but keeping in mind that fractional numbers which are not ratios might not actually exist; they might instead be mere measurement conveniences arising from the enormous gap between human-sized units and physics-sized ones).
Conceit: In this universe, Hillary actually still has a shred of decency left in her, so she does not make a big deal of Donald’s misogynistic ways. Because, you know, her husband Bill has done most of the same things — except only Donald dared to talk about it when he knew the mic was on, thus showing that Donald is an idiot. And Hillary has insisted all along that absolutely nothing Bill has ever done was actually wrong, so therefore (for her) those same things should also not have been wrong when Donald did them. Donald's contemptible attitude toward women could certainly be criticized by other Democrats (such as Huma Abedin, who divorced her own husband for less) but this would lead to questions about Bill that Hillary doesn't want to hear.
Resulting difference: None. It doesn’t matter which acts of muck-raking Hillary decides are beneath her (if any). Barack Obama has already announced that the winner of the election shall be Hillary. He has also hinted that if for any reason the vote-counting machines ring up “Donald” as their answer, that could only mean that the machines were hacked by the Russians because the American people do not have permission from their president to vote for Donald. Heil☭Hillary! It outta be a crime not to love her! Alternate Universe № 3141592653589793238462643383279502884197
Conceit: In this universe, Hillary is openly working for Goldman Sachs, the vampire squid that wants to RULE THE WORLD by installing its Manchurian candidates as the leaders of all major governments. None of the policies she espouses on the campaign trail have anything to do with her actual plans for her presidency, which consist of transferring all remaining wealth from Main St to Wall St while waging a causeless war against Russia in order to bring about the Nuclear Apocalypse, thus ensuring the Second Coming of Jesus Christ among the poor bedraggled survivors on a burnt-out planet.
Resulting difference: Um, there seems to be a technical glitch in our Inter-Universal Counterfactuality gizmo. Apparently the ID number for this “alternate universe” is actually a synonym of our own. Anyway, by the Reflexive Property, there cannot be any difference between two universes that differ only in name and not in character.