Who will we be as a society? Until the bombing attacks, that was a nice academic question, professor philosophy for philosophy professors as it were.
After today no observant, rational person should see our time now as anything except the beginning of a long period of testing.
I have not obsessed on the news about the bomb attempts to kill Democrat party leaders. I have not listened ad infinitum to the 24-7 news: so much of it is biased, right or left, despite the efforts of honest, hard working, deep digging journalists.. Politically biased news has been in the US since colonial times, when newspapers actually invented stories to blacken the reputations of politicians they did not like. And that still goes on today.
The one possible exception I know of would be World War Two in Europe. Reporters like Walter Cronkite, Eric Sevareid, Andy Rooney, Martha Gellhorn, Bill Mauldin, Ernie Pyle et al risked and in Pyle’s case lost their lives too send unedited stories back to the US. Yes they were competing with other reporters, yes they were pressured to get competitive stories, yes some were forbidden to go on the front lines (Cronkite for instance, flew on missions with the 8th Air Force despite having been expressly prohibited). They knew, however, that reality would be more interesting than window dressing,. They wanted the public to know of the courage of those young pilots, navigators, gunners etc who flow into the 20 mm armed teeth of ME 109s and FW 190s, unable to turn, dive, maneuver, dodge.
After these people retired and passed on, journalism in the US returned to its own inglorious bashing and slandering traditions. Both sides.
I say a pox on both their houses and choose to stand back and watch a bit before reacting, if I even do react.. I’ve heard the talking heads cry fire in the theater one too many times. I need to let the PR wave wash up, dissipate and then judge.
In this case, however, I do not need to stand back,.
The chicken has come home to roost. The day of testing our will to remain democratic has arrived.
In a country that puts up with a vile, lying, foul mouthed, easily criminal brainless bully like Agent Orange, who regularly incites to violence and is a model of hate and intolerance for our youth, what else could you expect?
In a society that blithely accepts the self serving PR nonsense from the film and computer games industries that movies and computer games do not teach their users anything at all, what else could you expect?
In our remaining public debate forum where a large minority of our population really believes that there can be alternative facts in any situation, what could we expect but this?
In a country that has no reverence for life, shown by its failure to recognize the inborn right of every citizen to the best healthcare the society can offer, what else could you expect?
In the culture, alone on this planet, which believes so deeply in the myth of the rugged, self starting individual therefore finds little need to offer the safety nets and civil protections of community. We give ourselves NSD: Neo-Social Darwinism. In that land, as was the case in NS Germany, you must expect embedded violent behavior glorified into a virtue. And of course, the quintessential adolescent behavior, is violence. No? How many armies induct older men into their ranks of trained killers? How many armies teach their soldiers about all men having been born equal, about moral rights to the sanctity of the body,to safety+shelter+food+meaningful work? Do we have examples in history of what this does to a society? See the movie, Before the Fall, about the SS Napoli schools in Nazi Germany. What does it mean for us that we now openly proclaim the military to have our brightest and best?
Why is it that Europeans are frightened of, repelled by but not surprised by American violence?
It is simple: it is part of human nature which needs controlling and channeling. No? Watch the movie, Look Who’s Back. We do that because that is what we have rewarded, massaged, developed and built on all the steps that lead to violence as politics — all the good words about bringing democracy to the poor, downtrodden masses and pictures of soldiers giving candy to kids whose homes we have just destroyed notwithstanding.
We are the world’s prime Nation of Violence. Politics by violence is only we Americans, turning what we have taught ourselves onto ourselves for once. his is not the beginning of the beginning of social warfare as a means of governance. It is simply the debut of it in politics here.
Keep your heads down, there will be more.