There are points in a person’s life at which it seems impossible to continue pushing forward. When the hard work and honesty you thought would eventually pay off just doesn’t seem to be enough to make the struggle worthwhile. It can happen to societies as well. These are times that make it appear as if humanity has lost itself in hate and fear and there is no way to reverse the damage done by hateful manipulation, fearful obedience and moral cowardice. The United States is at such a point right now.
A disgustingly hateful predator has been elected to the highest office in the land. He didn’t win in the sense we traditionally think of when we think of winning – as in the concept of “fair play” where the contestants observe rules designed to allow for equitable participation of all involved. Elections in the U.S. have become selections. They are selections by the priesthood of the state religion who have the power to destroy anyone who disobeys. They select a few corporate-owned puppets of the dominant culture and we are “allowed” to choose one to lead the executive branch of a government that is called democratic but has actually become a corporation owned by wealthy executives.
That this system has been so successfully foisted upon a seemingly unsuspecting population is something of a miracle (validation of the corporate priesthood?) The current state of politics is worthy of extensive study by sociologists.
Of course, we all know that the will of the people has been ignored for many years. People complain about it every so often, but when their “team” wins – whether by clever deception or an outright purchase of elections – it doesn’t seem to matter anymore. The “losing” team cries while attacking the “winning” side in the media and waits for their turn because in a two-party system they will always get their turn to be on the “winning” side.
The obscenely myopic mindset this betrays would seem to be too embarrassing to continue, but somehow people get so caught up in the game (like angry adolescent children bent on hurting whoever gets in the way of their winning) they lose all sense of what matters in life. Pathetic behavior infecting the electoral process has created a government so dysfunctional it would be humorous if it wasn’t so sick. And sick is an appropriate term to use because it allows for sickness of the soul, mind and body to set in. And, perversely, this perpetuates the entire mess. It’s perpetual madness and won’t end until people step back, observe with a fresh perspective and admit what’s going on.
The corporate indoctrination can only work if we refuse to pay attention and address what is actually wrong. We allow predators to break the system, then point at it and scream that it doesn’t work. And we listen to them explain that it needs to eliminated because life is about survival of the fittest. Never mind that the disabled, young and elderly can’t pull their own weight. And the majority carry the weight of the rulers who then blame their economic obesity on “others.”
We only have to look around and see millions of children without proper nutrition, millions living in the streets, hundreds of thousands dying from preventable deaths every year in hospitals, a healthcare system that has become sickness care, hedge fund managers each collecting more wealth than entire schools of teachers, legal poisoning of air, water and soil…
And then we elect a “leader” who preaches hate and intolerance while promising to continue destruction of the planet and hold greed and anger as more important than helping others?
Donald Trump will do what’s best for Donald Trump. Occasionally it will help others, but that is incidental. He will allow some good things to happen, but that will merely serve as public relations. He has an ego the size of the planet and the temperament of an angry boy filled with hate who has figured out how to hurt others. He will do what he wants because he has always done what he wants. He has no moral guidelines and I believe that will ultimately lead to his downfall. We will see.
As for the rest of us, instead of giving in like we always have (following the path of least resistance), we need to be strong and creative to survive his control-obsessed regime. We have to accept, for the time being, that he is president. That doesn’t mean to accept his disastrous agenda of planet-wide raping and pillaging. It doesn’t mean widening the huge divisions in the population that he managed to use as a tool in “winning” the election.
We need to show those who were fooled into electing him how dangerously suicidal that was. It will be difficult because the mouthpieces of the fear industry have their own agenda and it doesn’t align with what’s best for the rest of the planet. Maybe if we show them that taking inspired action instead of reacting to hate and fear can lead to solutions that will benefit everyone, we will make incremental steps toward lessening the divisions. This could start us on a path toward taking our government back from the tight-fisted control of corporate manipulators and stop the suicide we’ve learned to embrace as inevitable.
When there is blood in the water, sharks will attack. And starting today, the sharks lurking in the swamp are bigger, badder and more treacherous.