Once upon a time, a fellow from Tawas City, Michigan, expressed a political sentiment about what he thought America has become. His thoughts on that matter were published on July 9th this year in an opinion piece in the Iosco County News.
The photo above shows Huber’s article as printed in the paper. His original words are available online only in transcript; secondary sources (a mere three of many are cited in Sources, at the end of this article) sent the sentiment online in full. From there it went viral.
What does it mean for a piece to go viral?
If you take a single online communication and send it to two people, and each of those two people send it to two more, twenty levels of such dispatches will reach about a million people. This is the law of exponential growth. And computers can accomplish those million communications in a couple of seconds.
How long it really takes, of course, depends on how fast each person does the forwarding. For myself, I forward things infrequently and rarely open forwarded e-mails. So, even accounting for people like me, it’s amazing how far reaching and fast Ken’s words got around. Perhaps billions have read Ken’s piece to date.
Rampant political perspective
Ken Huber’s piece reached not millions but untold numbers of people in the 4.5 months after appearing in print. What it tells us is that Huber’s opinion is rampant, and that it has captured the political essence of the country in expressing what people are thinking privately.
Here’s what Huber thinks America has become when talking pure politics.
“…we got rid of communist and social threats by renaming them progressive;
we are unable to close our border with Mexico, but we have no problem protecting the 38th parallel in Korea;
if you protest against President Obama’s policies you’re a terrorist, but if you burned an American flag or George Bush in effigy it was your 1stAmendment right…
we take money from those who work hard for it and give it to those who don’t want to work…”
People forward e-mails they think are clever, cute, or significant. The clever and cute ones suffer attrition on their own; the ones of significance take on a life of their own. Ken Huber cast words of significance that were cast around the cyber nation when he bespoke the two faces of government, Congress, and the Constitution:
“…if we lie to Congress, it’s a felony and if the Congress lies to us it’s just politics;
if we dislike a black person, we’re racist and if a black person dislikes whites, its their 1stAmendment right;
we all support the Constitution, but only when it supports our political ideology;
we still have freedom of speech, but only if we are being politically correct…
The government appoints a committee to determine who’s at fault, then threatens him, passes a law, raises our taxes; tells us the problem is solved so they can get back to their reelection campaign.”
Which brings us to this week. Maybe Ken Huber’s opinion gone rampant will be reflected in the midterm elections. We’ll know soon whether his forwarded remarks will get a rest. And whether they’ll be expressed in the booth for those elected to forward.