Todd and Janelle are dicks, but I've gotta warn them. You got a quarter?
-- John Connor, Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
The January 6th Committee announced that they have pretty solid evidence Trump himself personally by his very own hand totally committed some crimes. Personally. Himself. He did it. Crimes. Yep, it's true.
Right? Oh boy! We got him now! Ha ha!
The press is beside themselves this morning. The phrase BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS! fills my social media feeds and the alert scroll running down the side of one of my screens is red with glee.
We got him now! This time for sure!
Whenever this comes up, and it does come up repeatedly on a very, very regular basis for the last year -- Breaking news Trump committed crimes Oh boy -- those who follow me on Twitter see me quote Edward Furlong as young John Conner from Terminator 2, i.e. "We really got Skynet by the balls now, don't we?"
Heh heh. Man, I love that line.
I love how wrong that kid was.
See, they had the robot arm and the microchip brain from the first time-travelling terminator and without those, Cyberdyne would never be able to build Skynet and thus humankind would be safe from nuclear war and killer robots.
Right? You saw the movie.
They had the microchip. They had the arm. Now, all they had to do was destroy those key items and they'd save the future. Yah! And they spent the next 45 minutes of the movie trying to do exactly that, ending with Robo Arnold giving the world a big thumbs up as he melts into the molten steel and saves the day.
...there have been what? four sequels and at least three reboots since then and it seems the future is still producing murder robots and Skynet (or Dominion, whatever its calling itself these days) is just fine up there in the future and it's still us who are the endangered species.
"We really got Skynet by the balls now, don't we?"
I mean, don't get me wrong. It's a great flick.
But every time I watch that movie and they get to that line, I laugh.
Yeah, Kid, sure.
Where am I going with this?
Here: At this point, if the big "breaking" story doesn't prominently contain the words "Trump Indicted" you can just save telling me about it. Because I just don't care. Oh, wow, they found evidence Trump committed more crime? Well boy howdy, how about that.
I guess he's going to jail now!
I guess we really got Skynet by the balls this time.
Except, he's never charged.
There's always another sequel. Always another reboot. And he just keeps on being Trump.
And goddamn if it don't look like we're rushing towards a future where we're the endangered species and not him.
Like move to Mexico and start training my kid to fight murder robots.
John Connor: We're not gonna make it, are we? People, I mean.
The Terminator: It's in your nature to destroy yourselves.
John Connor: Yeah. Major drag, huh?
-- Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)