In the last week, the news has been dominated first by Trump firing FBI Director Comey, then by reports that Trump gave classified information to Russia that could harm a US ally. These are both very important stories, but while the media has been focused almost entirely on these two events, we should consider what else has and has not happened.
The American Conservative Union (ACU) was founded in 1964 at a time when the conservative movement was in its infancy. Barry Goldwater had just lost a crushing election, but something new was starting. The ACU served two purposes – to consolidate conservative gains and to define its boundaries. The new organization brought together conservative thinkers to formulate the ideology and was part of the movement to distance conservatism from the John Birch Society, a conspiracy minded group that tried to claim association.
In 1973, the ACU held the first annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to bring together conservatives from across the country. It is one of the major events for conservatives, and proudly boasts of regular attendance by conservative icons such as Ronald Reagan, who headlined the very first CPAC. I have attended CPAC for the last four years, including this weekend, and have noticed a startling change this year.
Ok, it happened. Donald Trump is officially the 45th president of the United States. He is now the leader of the richest, most powerful nation the world has ever known – the birthplace of modern democracy.
As is traditional, President Trump gave an inaugural address to outline his vision for his presidency. Trump’s was much shorter than most in recent history, but it was just as telling.
There is a theory known as the multiverse. It is a real scientific(ish) theory, but is most popular as a dues ex machina in TV shows and movies. According to this theory, every time you make a decision, other universes are created in which you made a different decision. This leads to all kinds of different universes where alternate histories have drastically changed our world. If you’ve watched Man in the High Castle, The Flash, or Community, you have an idea of what I’m talking about.
I used to think the multiverse was a ridiculous idea only useful for tv shows. Now I’m convinced we live in one of those split off alternate realities.