Presidential Reality Show
Even the smartest among us has been emotionally dragged into this 2016 drama of presidential candidate pimping.
With the social media tweeting-trending-taunting us with a constant flow of tasty and tasteless tidbits, we all sit and wait for the next vacuous item that has little to do with our reality. Even the best of us has started yearning for those sound bites that make our eyes light up. Useless information is fun. We can’t get enough. We’ve all become addicts–might as well shoot all this trivia right into our veins. Oh, wait! Isn’t that what we’re doing?
Whatever happened to journalism, a profession that generally used to take the high road to enlightenment or at least provide us with real information? Those people used to do their jobs–ask the hard questions and not let politicians get away with not answering. Think of Edward R. Murrow. That’s the journalist that killed McCarthyism. Oh, wait. Who remembers him? Who cares? I’m busy.
What the hell!
What ever happened to the quest for the truth?
While we’ve all been occupied with mindless entertainment, politicians are using our lack of attention to steal our country and everything it once stood for.
Here are things I thought were on the way out, but are back stronger than ever:
Racism. Maybe it’s time to shackle white people so they get a taste of what it’s like to be a slave. Especially now that they are a minority.
Misogyny. Women have had to claw their way up the mountain only to find a horde of men standing in line to shove them back down. Whether it’s their reproductive rights or their right to earn money that matches their talents, these men want women put in their place–at the bottom.
Hunger. We no longer care if people starve, as long as it’s not us.
Children in poverty. Let them fend for themselves.
Veterans. We’re finished with you. Get a peg leg.
Education. The more the people know, the more trouble they are. Cut those funds. We like them dumb and dumber.
Why is all this happening?
We’re too busy getting our daily fix of useless information. Time to shoot up! Don’t bother me–I’m busy with my smart phone, my television, my computer. Way too busy to sock it to the politicians that, along with their families, lead a pretty secure and good life contributing absolutely nothing. Remember we pay for them even though they don’t do their jobs. And everyone of them becomes a millionaire while in office.
How can all of this happen?
Because we allow it.
In This Fast-Paced Political Thriller:
Washington politicians and U.S. healthcare executives are conspiring in a sinister cost-cutting scheme to legalize selective euthanasia for the seriously ill and dying, primarily for the poor and powerless.
If secret legislation can slip through the quagmire of Congress, it will diminish the annual deficit by billions, if not trillions; catapult corporate healthcare profits; and get an unpopular President re-elected.
What the powerbrokers don’t anticipate is an in-your-face, militant seniors advocacy group becoming suspicious and hires an aggressive, semi-retired investigative journalist to expose the behind-the scenes manipulations.
The deadline: Seven days.
Can Ted Yost stop the power brokers? Or will arson, attempted murder, blackmail, and kidnapping stop him?
Some Reviews of THE KILLING VOTE:
Ambition, greed, hypocrisy—and murder. Bette and JJ Lamb have taken the battle over medical care and fashioned a droll, lightning-paced political thriller with more plot twists than Washington has scoundrels. I thought of the great Ross Thomas as I hummed through the pages. Prepare to laugh–and get ripping mad.
David Corbett Writer & Teacher
“The Killing Vote starts off with a bang, literally, and never lets up. Bette Golden Lamb and J.J. Lamb pull no punches in highlighting behind the scenes politics. Gripping.”
Cara Black Aimée Leduc Series
“…I don’t want to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the book, so let me say that I locked all the doors and turned on all the lights in the house then stayed up all night reading.
Ana Manwaring Writer & editor