OMG! It’s happening again, I appear to be thinking…
I hope I am wrong, but the election of President Donald Trump and the attack on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh appears to portend an even darker period in the not-so-distant future.
A dystopian period if you will.
A period when our nation is further divided by hyper-partisans along class, race, gender, and political party.
A period when our increasing class of professional politicians is replacing the “grey-beards” which have long-ago ceased to represent their constituency and now appear to represent themselves first; their party second; and the nation as a distant third.
A time of technology oligarchs whose platforms are little more than surveillance vehicles, uselessly consuming the time of the young, education is no longer education, but a form of indoctrination, and worst of all, there is no compelling national purpose as we sit back and watch our inner cities decay and mass murder is accepted with much talk, but a studied indifference. Platforms that have made themselves indispensible for communications, discovery, and marketing. All algorithmically and secretly controlled without oversight. Symptomatic of an upstart company who has replaced their “Don’t be evil” with ‘Do the right thing.’ A major difference in a world of political doublespeak where right is left, evil is good, and up is down – all depending on your politics and the peer pressure of the mob.
A time when companies that have never turned a profit are funded by gamblers who consider themselves “investors,” as a bubble continues to expand at valuations that beggar traditional companies that sustain life with their goods and services.
A time when former President Dwight Eisenhower’s “industrial-military complex” keeps conflict alive for the sole purpose of accreting money and power, further corrupting politicians and institutions in their wake. A time when fearsome war machines are artificially constrained into ineffectiveness. Witness sending 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles into an airbase at a cost of an estimated $94 million (without launch and support expenses) without hitting any runways and to see that airbase operational within a day. An example of political theatre that saw useless infrastructure destroyed with few deaths. Something is wrong with this picture. Something akin to tasking a B-52 to investigate a suspect Taliban compound consisting of a few building. Not to mention putting our own troops at risk with artificial rules of engagement that favor enemy civilians over American lives.
I never thought I would see the day when Members of Congress would unleash a vicious attack on an individual fueled only by the slightest of allegations, willing to destroy the personal and professional life of the individual, and by extension, their family.
So what does it mean?
Consider, if you will, the last input of sanity as being the collective wisdom of the American people. Many of whom voted for President Trump simply because he appeared to be a plain-talking individual so unlike his predecessors who spoke of lofty goals while they watched the nation decay further. Implementing ego–projects while the nation’s decaying infrastructure continued to crumble.
One look at the nation’s bellwether, California, reveals the rot and corruption of a single-party state. How can one political party stand by and watch infrastructure desperately in need of repair, replacement, build-out, or hardening against attack give way to a trillion dollar train to nowhere? A train that is nothing like the one promised when the voters approved a bond measure. A train that has served as a “gravy train” for land speculators, consultants, and special interests – including the unions who continually increase employee headcounts and reduce productivity with their arcane contractual rules. Without integral checks and balances, formerly golden California is turning into a catastrophe waiting to happen.
Speaking of checks and balances, what happened to our Constitution and the checks and balances between the nation’s three branches. We see the law-making power of Congress ceded to faceless bureaucrats in the Executive Branch who put forth administrative rules and regulations with the force of law. We see the Judiciary become a 9-person super-Congress, not only nullifying the efforts of Congress and the Executive Branch, but usurping the power of the other branches with its “bright-line” tests and lower court injunctions. We see Executive Branch agencies conspire with third-parties to deliberately settle artificial lawsuits to bring about administrative rules and regulations that never passed through Congress. And, few appear willing to risk their personal and professional political careers to stand-up and cry foul.
What does it mean when functionally illiterate people, an unthinking mob driven by emotion and celebrity, are swayed by deliberately deceptive advertisings and mislabeled ballot propositions where a ‘yes’ vote means no, and a ‘no’ vote means yes? What does it mean when a state implements a ballot program that shuts out diversity in political thought and simply lists the top vote getters, regardless of political party? What does it mean when a political party resists a tamper-resistant election by requiring photo-identification? But, worst of all, what does it mean when a political party encourages voter fraud, almost as if they were conferring citizenship on felons and illegal aliens?
In what universe, do the well-protected politicians attempt to disarm the law-abiding population to create an even larger victim pool to increase the public’s demand for more government control? In what universe, does a nation commit suicide by allowing an overwhelming hoard of illegal aliens into the country? Aliens who for the most part are illiterate, impoverished, diseased, and possibly criminals?
We are in a period of conflict and transformative change without a clear national endpoint in an assimilative culture. We are weakening individualism and our institutions. We are ceding control over our energy, industrial base, and individual healthcare to faceless, but partisan bureaucrats. The air we breath and the water we drink is now subject to state control.
We appear to be screwed and I cannot see any way out of our dilemma without a precipitating event of such a magnitude that neighbor will turn to neighbor and politicians will do the right thing. Could this be a world war, a domestic attack with nuclear or biological weapons, a pandemic that appears to be overwhelming and unstoppable, or another great depression triggered by the bursting of bubbles that are not limited to one or two asset classes – but universally affect all asset classes? Or a rampaging civil war between the haves and the have-nots, the legals and the illegals, the newly arrived immigrants against everyone else.
I do not have a crystal ball, but the handwriting is on the wall. Unless Americans do something to reduce political corruption driven by the special interests, we are so screwed. I suggest we start with strengthening the GOP and reducing the power of the radical socialist democrats. Not because it is the right thing to do, but because it is the lesser of two evils. Capitalism taken to its end is simply more capitalism whereas socialism taken to its end become totalitarian communism.
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius