The Doomsday Clock is a Measure of Liberal Hysteria, not Armageddon
If you listen to the naysayers, we’re on the precipice, just a few moments away from nuclear Armageddon, ever since Trump became President of the United States of America. As people asked during the campaign, is Trump the right person to trust with “the nuclear football”, the button that enables the President to launch a retaliatory strike against a foreign nation in the event of clear and present danger?
We’ve been here before, of course. When forty-two-year-old Teddy Roosevelt took office upon the assassination of President McKinley, people were convinced that his no-nonsense shakeup of government as usual and breakup of the unions marked the end of America as a nation. Heck, back in 1795, our first president George Washington approved of the Jay Treaty, detailing the post-Revolution relationship between America and England, only to have Thomas Jefferson accuse Washington of treason for favoring the British over the French.
In modern times, however, we have abstract metaphors for treason, for war, and for danger. Agitprop rules the day, which is why we have a War on Drugs and a War on Terrorism. And now we have the resurrection of yet another Cold War-era metaphor: The Doomsday Clock.
The Doomsday Clock was created by a group of scientists who managed a publication about nuclear warfare research called the Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists. The clock itself first showed up back in 1947 and its starting position was “seven minutes to midnight,” with midnight symbolizing earth’s end.
The group describes the clock as: “symbolizing the urgency of the nuclear dangers that the magazine’s founders—and the broader scientific community—are trying to convey to the public and political leaders around the world.”