H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds has become the apt metaphor for our times. In it the alien invaders from Mars, invincible to all of our traditional military power, are finally stopped by microscopic bacteria. That situation is not dissimilar to this oppressive Presidency having survived innumerable scandals, a two year special council investigation and impeachment without effect. But now the administration is seriously threatened (and hopefully will be similarly devastated) by this invisible virus which had been consequently disregarded by them. May we be so fortunate to experience constructive changes similar to those that H.G. Wells optimistically foretells at the end of his novel following our own societal carnage.
“… it has robbed us of that serene confidence in the future which is the most fruitful source of decadence, the gifts to human science it has brought are enormous, and it has done much to promote the conception of the commonweal of mankind.”