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America’s Terrible Choice

The horror of watching something terrible unfold right in front of you makes it nearly impossible to look away. The 2016 election is such a train wreck, the candidates’ voices like the horrible screeching of metal, so much vitriol like blood spilling onto the tracks.

All the world’s a stage and the greatest nation in the world has sunk to become the world’s stage for reality TV. This campaign has all the makings from bombshell accusations from FBI Director James Comey and Trump’s outright threats (I’ll put her in jail!) to backstabbing within the party (sensible Republicans versus The Donald) and outside interference (I’m looking at you Russia). Could Shakespeare write such a dark farce? If he tried, would scholars label it as tragedy or comedy?

The investigations of Clinton’s emails—opened and reopened during this campaign—ended as much ado about nothing. Twice. Likewise the so-called assassination attempt at a Trump rally. The “assassin” was nothing more than a member of their own Republican Party holding a sign in peaceful protest of a truly terrible candidate.

I feel like the main character in a (more) dystopian version of The Truman Show. Is this reality? Really? The whole campaign is so transparently ridiculous and almost scripted to seem unreal, yet here we are hunkered down on the edge of chaos with a hopeful tyrant snapping at the heels of the only presidential candidate on the ballot.

Netflix casts presidential vote with video release

We watch a lot of Netflix and I subscribe to the company’s feed of video recently released to “Watch Instantly.”

The feed pushes out new titles with a brief synopsis. I’ve never seen one longer than about 35-50 words. Never, that is, until today.

I clocked the synopsis for [*Dreams from my Real Father*](http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Dreams_from_My_Real_Father/70257081) at 274 words. The video is billed as a the “alternative Barack Obama ‘autobiography’offering a divergent theory of what may have shaped our 44th President’s life and politics;” a video that “chronicles Barack Obama’s life journey in socialism.”

The mockumentary poses pressing questions that may even be irrelevant in the mythical [bizarro universe](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bizarro_World) of an alternative Obama:

> The film begins by presenting the case that Barack Obama’s real father was Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist Party USA propagandist who likely shaped Obama’s world view during his formative years. Barack Obama sold himself to America as the multi-cultural ideal, a man who stood above politics. Was the goat herding Kenyan father only a fairly *[sic]* tale to obscure a Marxist agenda, irreconcilable with American values?

It seems odd to me that of the hundreds of Netflix synopses I’ve skimmed, this one stands out like an unpatriotic thumb to perpetuate 1hr 37m of drivel and lies. It seems unlikely that the release of this video mere weeks before the presidential election could be coincidence, and Netflix has been [investing quite a bit](http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=D000036161&year=2012) in Washington D.C.

I hope Netflix intends to commit “equal time” to fictional biographies of Mitt Romney in the run up to election day.