Sunday, December 03, 2017

Steady Decay in Retrograde America

With the American government currently in the hands of a mentally deranged and unstable president, who appears to be a pathological liar and narcissist bordering on psychosis, and a Republican Congress determined to propel this remarkably diverse country backwards to a time when the affluent controlled all aspects of ordinary life, there is a darkness that is beginning to permeate the nation’s future.

Within such a government, wealth, power and profit subsume all other considerations including the health of the nation and the well-being of its people.  This myopic view is so extreme that even the prospects of unabetted Climate Change will not compel them to action – it seems that that the primacy of profit supersedes any concern about the health and quality of the natural environment upon which all of humanity depends.

The reins of political power currently in the hands of predominantly white males – much akin to, “the old boys’ network” -  are inexorably pushing the nation to a state in which any remnants of the social safety net would be effectively dismantled.  The rationale for such a political ideology is that without imposing draconian constraints, the nation will plummet into economic chaos. in spite of the fact that their policies and affiliations are ever-increasing the gross inequities that exist regarding the distribution of wealth.  Such behavior makes such an argument pointedly spurious.

In fact, beneath the nearly transparent veneer of economic and moral certitude, lies a philosophy that enfolds racism, white supremacy, and is surprisingly devoid of compassion with a blatant disregard for social and economic justice.

If this path that the nation is presently on is not altered by massive public involvement in the political process and the full use of our collective democratic rights and responsibility to fashion our own future, that future may, indeed, be a grim one.

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