Just take a second to let the ridiculousness of that headline sink in.
Bear in mind it’s not click bait.
Thanks in no small part to the utter instability of Donald Trump and the fact that he now has the power to unleash America’s nuclear arsenal whenever the wrong person criticizes him at the wrong, or well, anytime for that matter, the folks at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist just moved their famous Doomsday Clock 30 seconds closer to midnight.
Seriously. Take a second and let the gravity of that sink in.
The man has been in the White House barely a week and he’s already shifted us closer to the brink of nuclear annihilation than at any point since atomic bombs were in their infancy.
Obviously, there’s nothing official about the Doomsday Clock. It’s just an estimate, a best guess at the situation the world currently finds itself in.
But what is so profoundly disturbing about the movement of the Clock is not just the speed at which Trump caused it to move, but the fact that unlike 1953 (when the Doomsday Clock was last this close to midnight), we have a totally unqualified, temperamental, thin-skinned man in the White House who has openly questioned why we don’t use the nuclear weapons at our disposal.
One of the many safeguards that kept the United States and the Soviet Union from blowing each other up was the so-called doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction or MAD. It was the understanding that if one side initiated a nuclear attack, the inevitable and unavoidable conclusion would be the destruction of both sides.
But that doctrine worked in large part because it was supported – on both sides – by people who had a firm grip on reality, who accepted scientific consensus, and who knew the catastrophic consequences of being too thin-skinned and trigger happy when you’re leading a global super power.
Donald Trump, it goes without saying, is the opposite of all those things.
That’s why the Doomsday Clock was moved forward.
And that’s why we should all be praying to whatever God we worship – whether it be Jesus, Muhammed, of the Flying Spaghetti Monster – that Michael Pence (as undesirable of a President as he would be) finds the courage to gather a majority of the Cabinet and invokes the Section 4 of the 25th Amendment as soon as possible.
The future of humanity may literally depend upon it.