There was some trash talking recently by a parasitic megalomaniac who has lived a life of lies and had the disgusting audacity to use the word “honesty” in public. It was a truly embarrassing thing to behold since this particular person has never understood the meaning of the word throughout an entire life of hate, greed, deceit and obsession with money. This is the type of person who talks about things to be able to profit financially, then does the opposite, for the most part, a person who helps make rules for “others” to follow. It reminded me of how far into an abyss of immorality and indecency we’ve fallen as a society. Here’s a quick story about someone a bit different who managed to play the mainstream game and become mildly successful:
There was this boy who grew up with the idea that many people call “the American dream” and who actually acted upon it. (Let’s set aside, for the time being, the fact that this idea is a clever and sordid tool of manipulation, this boy was born with the “proper” skin tone). He didn’t have much as a child, but he got up at 4 o’ clock in the morning and used what he had, turning a small profit, taking that and investing it along with hard work to grow it larger and continuing this until he had enough money to buy land.
It wasn’t a large piece of land, but he had made himself a landowner. From there he continued working hard, living simply and making sacrifices – without personally doing violence to others – paused to join the U.S. Navy to help fight Fascism during WWII, then continued working, often for the benefit of others until he made it all the way to becoming president of the United States.
This sounds like the basic blueprint of a successful, politically conservative person who screams incoherently about how the U.S. was built by unswerving entrepreneurship, waves the flag (of genocide, slavery and economic terrorism) and preaches dogmatic adherence to the state religion of Capitalism.
Who was this intelligent, patriotic, hard working entrepreneur who showed what a strong work ethic and perseverance could accomplish when the ministers of Capitalism haven’t completely taken over economic control of the country?
Was it wealthy businessman donald trump? Was it one of the wealthy Bushes? Was it the figurehead of Greed & Manipulation Inc. Ronnie Raygun? Maybe the charismatic fake democrat Bill Clinton?
It was not a parasite (the first three), an imbecilic actor playing the role of a politician (the fourth) or a very clever politician who knew precisely what strings to pull to get what he wanted no matter the cost to others (the last).
It was the last person to be president of the United States whose honesty and moral courage were stronger than his ambition: Jimmy Carter.
Yes, yes, say what you will about the corporate indoctrination of “a failed presidency” or a “weak president” who didn’t have what it takes. There is some truth to the latter description. Jimmy Carter definitely did not have what it takes to kneel at the altar of fear, hate and greed, massage the egos and fatten the bank accounts of our corporate rulers and to swallow his integrity and shit it on the heads of the people of the world. He was not perfect, but no one who has been president since the Great Depression was close to as decent of a person.
However, this is not about “nice guy” Jimmy Carter. And to those who laugh derisively at the idea and loudly proclaim that being a good person is meaningless when it comes to leading people and that strength and aggression are all that counts, I say that you have forgotten what it is to be moral and what the true definition of leadership is. Strength without compassion is not courage, it is recklessness. It takes courage to stand up against hate and put its practitioners in their place, to expose them for the cowards that they are.
We’ve developed a barbaric habit in recent decades to put either vain, ambitious people (who makes us feel good) or immoral, reckless people (who make us feel protected, often from an invisible enemy) in government instead of people with the courage to show compassion and the integrity to tell the truth. It’s easy to make people smile and actually say nothing while asking them to vote for you. It’s even easier to give them a big smile and make false promises. And it’s easier still to frighten people into following you when they’ve been reared on fear and hate. It’s another thing altogether to tell people the truth and ask them to find the courage to do something they’ve never done before – in this instance, to take responsibility for our collective actions and sacrifice comfort for compassion and integrity.
And for survival.
We’ve been traveling a path toward suicide for quite a while. There are people who’ve been pointing it out and asking us to face reality and take responsibility, but the parasites who care about nothing other than personal gain tell us it’s acceptable to continue on this path. They question the wisdom of science and facts – they make war on truth – all to get us to put them in control and continue our suicidal dive into the aforementioned abyss.
“It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” – Albert Einstein
Those among us who refuse to stand up for truth, justice and integrity have been taken in by the manipulations of those who lurk about in corporate boardrooms and exist without putting anything at all into society, the parasitic rulers who want to own and control everything but have no empathy, no love, no compassion. These rulers who call themselves leaders (but who rule instead of lead) are narcissists and psychopaths who present themselves as successful by pushing the buttons of fearful people and convincing them that possession and control over others is the definition of success.
A quote from a GOP president that might be of help to those who still can’t find the decency to stop voting for a terrorist organization: “To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”
That was Theodore Roosevelt, not exactly a liberal in his day and definitely not someone who could be described as weak.
What will it take to climb out of the abyss? Maybe, instead of asking self-described leaders this question we need to ask ourselves. What can each of us do to stop this madness?
Working a job without regard to the consequences of that particular business or that industry, obediently making more babies, obediently consuming whatever the con men in advertising obediently tell us we “need” and blaming only “others” instead of looking at what we can do just won’t work. It never has. Industry still gets a free ride on the taxpayer’s “dime” while brutalizing the workforce and contaminating the planet. Overpopulation is strangling all of us. Our repugnant selfishness has become mindless suicide.
And who we elect (if we finally choose electing over selecting here in the U.S.) to lead us into a possible future is a reflection of who we are to the rest of the world. The United States is at the end of its reign as the dominant force in global politics. The end might drag on, but it is upon us. Consider the state of affairs in this country (shithole?) and it should come as no surprise to those who have retained some capacity for understanding. The section of the U.S. population who gave away their ability to think for themselves and who dwell in an echo chamber of self-indulgent preaching to the insane choir due to a delusional, oxymoronic combination of ignorance and arrogance will be bludgeoned with the inevitable club of reality one day.
Is it too late to reach them? Is it too late to teach them? Maybe. Maybe we need to do what it takes and let them wallow in their fear and hate while we save them as well as ourselves. Maybe that’s the lesson we need to learn. Whatever choices we make, the time to act is now.