Subtitle: What’s the relationship between the two?
For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to put my finger on the similarity that I notice between the current US Presidential race and the frequent rants by my fellow tribespeople.
We have the Reality TV Series, the Republican Primary with the lead star Mr. Donald Trump, and we have the Game Show, Truth or Dare!, starring Sen. Bernie Sanders and Secy. Hillary Clinton. Sen. Sanders keeps telling the truth to the viewers which wins them over, and Secy. Clinton keeps daring him to unseat her rightful place as the Democratic Presidential nominee.
It’s been so fun watching this, I’ve barely written anything recently! 🙂
Today I was wrapped up into reading all sorts of newsbytes and articles about these two shows and simultaneously thinking about the big day, April 2nd Autism Acceptance Day, when it finally occurred to me the connection between the two.
Angry Americans are finally getting their frustrations voiced by either voting for Sen. Bernie Sanders or Mr. Donald Trump in their respective primaries.
Angry Autistics are getting ready to blast the internet with Light It Up Gold on April 2nd and for the entire month of April.
In fact, we autistics usually use April to really let off a lot of pent up anger towards Autism $peaks and the companies that support that organization, both in personal posts on the myriad of autism related Facebook groups, and by some amazing autistic bloggers and thinkers that really know how to rally the troupes!
One thing that has become pretty clear to me watching and reading about these political reality and game shows is that the media is the glue and distributor that makes or breaks a political candidate, and they are also responsible for the success of Autism $peaks.
I rarely see nor read any media report about the faction that is anti-Autism $peaks. It is completely one-sided with stories about an Autism Walk in Timbuktu or some story with photos about some building that is lighting it up blue for autism! [barf]
In a previous post I suggested that we autistics need an autistic Sen. Bernie Sanders or an autistic Mr. Donald Trump to lead us if we are going to have a revolution to get our autistic voices heard in order to change how money is used to fund autism related research and services. That’s part of the solution.
After thinking about the similarities we share with Angry Americans, I think the most urgent problem to solve is getting the attention of the big media outlets.
So Lighting It Up Gold on the internet is a start, but we need to Light It Up Gold in realtime in a really big way.
The Washington Monument and most importantly the Golden Gate Bridge comes to my mind…
[To be continued…]
Happy Autism Acceptance Day April 2nd!