I know that Donald Trump is telling us that the world is crumbling all around us. He paints an apocalyptic picture that goads us into fearing everyone outside of our own circle.
I’m not actually afraid, on a daily basis, of ISIS or of my Muslim neighbors or Mexican rapists.
Here’s what I fear.
The ignorance of far too many of my fellow citizens, that’s what.
Yesterday we woke up to find that our router wasn’t working. We headed off to the nearest coffee shop to use their wifi and cheer up with pumpkin lattes.
The lattes were great, the wifi was spotty. We were talking about our frustration with unreliable internet service when another customer chimed in. He asked if the wifi was up and running, saying that he had planned to get some work done, too.
“The internet everywhere is acting up,” he said. I agreed, thinking about new cable being laid and the recent hacking.
“It’s another Obama move, you know,” the man said. “Another executive order. He turned over control of the internet to the U.N.”
This man was not crazy. He was not a beat up smelly derelict. He was a guy about our age, from our town, drinking coffee and getting some work done.
There was a silence for a few seconds. Then I shook my head. “Uh, no…,” I began. He interrupted me to repeat, “Yes. Obama passed an executive order giving control of the internet to the U.N. It’s all part of the globalization plan.”
Now, my husband is both smart and non-confrontational. He shrugged and said, “Who know. Maybe so.”
But I couldn’t. I couldn’t let that go. I mean, that statement was ignorant on so many levels!
“That’s not true.” I said to the man. “That isn’t even possible.”
“Oh,” the guy said, turning away. “You’re Hillary supporters. OK. I’m for Trump. All about Trump.”
It would be easy to dismiss this guy as an idiot. But I don’t think that’s the problem. What I wanted to do, what I want to do now, is to ask him “Did you check your sources?”
It would be SOOOOO easy to look up “Obama Executive Orders.” Or to research, “Does Obama control the U.N.?” It would be a snap to google “Who controls the internet?”
It’s so easy to find out information. Easier than it has ever been.
There is no excuse for ignorance.
That’s what I fear. The ignorant and uninformed.