The sketch continued with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey — played by “SNL” cast members — joining as guests. “SNL”‘s “Zuckerberg” bragged, nervously, “Fundamentally, Facebook still works. Not only does it help form communities online, it has helped people meet and connect in real life,” adding obliviously, “For example, at the Capitol.” McKinnon quickly dismissed these “guests.”
In response, Carter told the nation, “The threat is nearly invisible in ordinary ways. It is a crisis of confidence. It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will.” He then added a line that truly resonates in today’s America, “The erosion of our confidence in the future is threatening to destroy the social and the political fabric of America.”
That was the essence of this “SNL” sketch as well. America feels like it’s not working. But the hopeful news is that from those dark days in 1979, America endured and flourished in the decades to come.
I believe that will be our future as well — but it won’t be easy. As McKinnon aptly stated at the close of the “SNL” sketch, “I’ve been…slowly losing my mind along with all of you,” adding, “Stay strong. Or weak…Weak is a great option, too.” Bottom line is don’t give up on America. It has worked before and if we stay engaged, it will work again — hopefully this time for more Americans than ever before.