It is hard to imagine that most Americans do not want this maelstrom of immorality in government to stop. It is hard to believe that we think this is just another administration — a bit prone to intemperate thoughts and actions, but still just another one.
How can anyone not see the obvious? This is a disaster, from which we can already recover only with years of effort. And there may be years of the same ahead of us.
The acrimony, hate, deception, manipulation, outright lying, etc is not resolving anything, except perhaps our nation’s moral traditions. And they are being resolved into the dust bin. Lets face the only fact which really counts: damage to our reputation, our economy, our cohesion, our foundations has already been accomplished. The train wreck has already started. It is only a question of how bad it will be before we can move again.
Those behind this collapse have unending financial assets to fuel their assault on American democracy. They can do nothing else: they are driven by morally empty selves which they try to fill with lucre But it just pours through. So, having found that money cannot fill a soul, but believing in the self-justifying Gospel of Greed, they, now want the asset behind the money: power.
In more of their frantic grasping in which nothing can fill their need to be better and therefore have an identity, They have bought legislatures, governors, Representatives, Senators, Presidents, federal department heads, state administrators, local administrators and more. They have contorted the demographic maps of the United States to disenfranchise their opponents and those who are not WASPs. They have bought propaganda which has taught our increasingly less educated fellows utter nonsense: that people, not guns do not kill people, that liberal traditions are inconsistent with Christianity and democracy, that might makes right and therefore we must wage war, that other nations are “shitholes” (do they ever watch Amazing Race?), that the main problems are first the existence of the Federal Government, second Muslims, third Mexicanss, fourth liberals and finally the taxes they have to pay. They have bought the whole nation almost, lock, stock, and barrel. Despite the very obvious fact that it does not work, they will continue to try to own and control everything they can until their focus on position, power, status and prestige blinds them and they get fatally bliindsided.
The failure of democracy is not something we have to avoid, it is hair-close too being a fait accompli. All we can do with our present catastrophe is limit its damage and try to hasten its implosion.
Acrimony, partisan political warfare, hate-mongering, suspicion, one-upsmanship, blame casting, narcissistic grandstanding, and win-lose competition for power all serve only one purpose now: to keep the rest of us who are paying for the greed of wealth and corruption, scattered and incapable of uniting. If we could unite, the bloodsucking leeches of lucre would be discarded like old, infected sick-room bed clothes.. Nothing is more powerful than a democracy aroused to unified action, they could not withstand our wrath and they know it.
We are riveted on them but are paying attention to the wrong thing. Our anguished attention is precisely the high octane their coup demands. We are enmeshed and enabling calamity, All the while we are like the rats in hot water: the temperature goes up slowly and we do not notice that we are beginning to be boiled alive..
It has been an assumption that we have a huge gap to bridge here. I have thought and thought about on what common ground we could rejoin civil discourse and return to governing rather than fighting and negating. I missed the obvious: we are beyond that now, the common ground has been heaved up high down the middle in a bipartisan cataclysmic eruption of intolerance. self righteousness and hate. There is no place to stand on it together. As some of my NJ friends might well have said:: fahgetabaatit.
But in that dark cloud is a silver lining We can treat this as an opportunity to take the train of our future off these old, rusted, dangerous rails and find new ones. We can stop engaging with negation and focus on building once this current national temper tantrum is done with. We can think of the future while refusing any obeisance to those who would be king.
The best statement I’ve read of that and what we must be doing now — those of us with any moral conscience left – was just published. Sojourners’ magazine:
Read it. Hint: it is after all about the Golden Rule, but the Rule riveted to the floor of the morally right path. I believe that our nation–one nation, under God with liberty and justice for all– will rise or fall depending on whether we choose to do what it says there.