If you follow this blog at all you will know that it has increasingly been occurring less often than before. I’m sure the quality has been decreasing as well. Frankly, I think this is because I’ve finally “had it.”
The government of the United States for all intents and purposes has simply ceased to function. There are three main reasons for this: (l) the take-over of the world by a few huge international companies that simply ignore national interests in favor of their short-term profits, (2) the coming into prominence in the U.S. of what is best described as the “Tea Party,” a group of mostly know-nothings that do not believe in government at all, and (3) the irrational racial hatred of our first Black President. As a result of these three developments our government has become completely dysfunctional, virtually nothing is being accomplished, and what now passes for domestic and foreign policy has nothing to do with the well-being of the citizenry or the nation. In short, what used to be, according to Lincoln, “Government of the people, by the people, and for the people,” has now become government of the greedy, by the greedy, and for the greedy.
The greedy have managed to bring us to this through bribery and their ability to control all elements of our supposedly “democratic” two party system. The result of this, as you are doubtless aware, means we have slave wages, few unions, outrageously expensive health care, lousy education, decaying infrastructure, private prisons, and a population increasingly living in poverty. All of this while living in “the greatest country on earth.” If this continues, and the powers that be have their way, it will not be long before they will privatize water and air. The disparity between the “haves” and the “have-nots” has never been greater, with a few families possessing more wealth between them than 90% or more of the rest of us.
I simply cannot continue just writing about the idiocy of our current government as I am so disgusted with what is going on I have basically just lost interest in it. People manage to get elected that have no business in government, no interest in governing, and barely enough intelligence to dress themselves, and they represent constituents who are just as stupid and ill-informed as they are. The fact that we have people in our Congress who do not believe in evolution, are often religious nut-cases, do not even believe in science, and seem to worship the worst hate-mongers in radio and television, does not augur well for our future. In fact, our present situation, when it comes to global warming, failing infrastructure, coming generations so deeply in debt they are virtual slaves to their interest payments, foreign policy based on the colonialism of the past and delusions of empire we can no longer afford, a failure of leadership at all levels of government, a media controlled by a mere handful of corporations that only tell us what they think we should know, a false sense of entitlement and exceptionalism, and other myths of greatness, we should not have much longer to survive at all, let alone thrive.
I hate to admit it, but at long last I think unless something extremely unexpected and dramatic happens soon we may well be doomed. There seem to be little hints of rebellion here and there, a teacher strike, a sit-in, a demonstration, an occasional bright spot, but nothing serious enough as yet to make a difference. I try desperately to avoid hopelessness but it is becoming more and more difficult.
More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.