Ever since Joe Wilson’s crass display during Obama’s speech back in September, I’ve been truly fearful of what lies ahead for our country. I see stoopid people everywhere and all kidding aside, they scare the Hell out of me. It’s like there’s an undercurrent of hatred and despair about to reach a crescendo the equivalent to watching a long, slow train wreck being set in motion, knowing full well that we the people are about to be thrown underneath it.
I’m as disillusioned with our political system now as I was during the late 60s and early 70s. The political climate is rife with the same kind of hatred and arrogance that led to the chaos and violence at the DNC in Chicago and the slaughter of protesting students at Kent State University. Have we learned nothing from the mistakes of the past? Some of the most insidious statements I’ve heard over the past year and a half have been made by well educated people I’ve known and respected for a very long time. I look at them now and I just don’t understand what has happened to their value systems and their sensibilities and It saddens me.
Maybe I’m making to much of it all. Is it me?
To which I reply:
I suppose Gandhi’s idea of “being the change you want to see” is applicable here.
I am scared by the ignorance and the hatred, but when I look at the way the government is ‘functioning’ I am a lot closer to Glen Beck than Nancy Pelosi.
This has actually caused me to bite my tongue up until now because I am having trouble with the realization that although we are diametrically opposed, we both want the same thing: a government that works for the people and not whoever the hell the government is working for right now.
We have people that spent 8 years screaming about the shredding of the Constitution now silent as lambs about Obama doubling down on those policies. We have a President elected on a platform of Progressive Change doing the bidding of some of the most powerful sectors of our country (Pharma, the Medical Industry, Wall Street, and the Industrial-Military Complex). And we are attempting to placate a country that is literally poisonous to every empire that has attempted to conquer it (Afghanistan).
The anger we see is the inevitable result of the co-opting of our government by extra-human forces (No, not aliens. Corporations.) If you look at the way the Senate acted in the waning years of the Roman Empire you will see many parallels to what is going on in our Congress today.
In other words, JP-B, just business as usual for an Empire that has gotten too big for its britches. My suggestion is that we work on being more compassionate, more loving, and more human. All the rest will happen whether or not we lose our minds.