When I observe what has become of us, it is a world I never believed I’d see in my lifetime. The United States of America. Divided—at one another’s throats.
Say it ain’t so. Wishing I could…
We’ve lost our way as a civilized society. I guess where we are today was inevitable. It began with complacency, self-importance, a society so focused on itself. The audacity of arrogance – we the people delusional enough to believe we’re better than everyone else in the world. Complacency and arrogance will ultimately sink your ship when you’re not looking at the big picture. Just ask The Romans about their lost empire – arrogant enough to believe they were invincible.
Seems few, especially politicians, are interested in the greater good— but instead only themselves. We are the great fakers and always have been. Our message to the world has always been “We’re here to save you and make your world safe for democracy…” however, this has never been true in 245 years of our great republic. There’s always a hidden agenda to nearly everything we do. Rarely have we ever run to the aid of a country without there being a little something in it for us. We’re interested in minerals, real estate, and cold hard cash. If a nation doesn’t have these elements – something we want – we always manage to look the other way.
Humans be damned.
We are a free society—but only in theory. Americans put up with a whole lot of delusion from corporate America the rest of the world would never tolerate – the endless shell game and deception from American commerce and government. Government and commerce have always been in bed together. It is something of a love/hate relationship and has been for decades.
Corporate America likes peddling its agenda to sell you a product. I think of this whenever I see these tiresome and lengthy home and automobile warranty commercials, or the bottling companies telling us to responsibly recycle plastic bottles while trading pollution credits to get themselves off the hook. Remember those repetitive cigarette commercials from the 1950s stressing how good smoking was for you while Ricky and Lucy puffed away on Phillip-Morris tobacco products?
I believe the original framers, our Founding Fathers, rolled out a terrific blueprint for the Great Society—as long as you were white, male and had wealth. Our Constitution was—and still is—a great work in progress aged and deteriorating piece of paper. It placed a lot of safety valves in place to prevent what is happening now.
What is happening now is a Constitutional crisis – the continuing effort to undermine democracy and slip into authoritarianism and absolute power – a government no longer by the people – but instead the limited and privileged wealthy few.
In the end, The Constitution is only as valid as lawmakers and citizens make it. Lawmakers like adding amendments—some good, some not so good. Again—a work in progress for two and one-half centuries.
The minute we wander off course, the Constitution is only but a piece of paper. The present Constitutional crisis has placed The Great Society in danger—potentially lost to autocratic power mongers—those who would have absolute control over our lives.
We’re in deep trouble due to warped perception—what the masses believe. Politics is telling Americans the same tiresome story repeatedly—and to what end? In the end, it is all about self-interest and how the ship is steered. The next two elections and the January 6th hearings will determine where we go next.
We appeared a civilized society on the rise in a post-war environment as John F. Kennedy took the oath of office some 62 years ago, however, how civilized were we under the surface? If you were black and decidedly poor, society was anything but civilized—nor fair. Women were considered second class citizens without a voice. They had the vote—but not the voice. This has been where amendments to the Constitution have been so important.
It is my hope we will find our way in the months and years ahead and recognize the trouble we are currently in before it’s too late. Otherwise, we are the great collapse of the Roman Empire 2.0.