This just in: “Every nation gets the government it deserves.” – Joseph de Maistre
Last night I had a dream. I was some sort of Terminator-type guy and I was fighting off an alien invasion that was enslaving mankind. In the end, I saved the world. There was a brief celebration and then everyone turned against each other to see which of them would be the new leader and thus, the new “enslaver of mankind.”
At this point, I turned my back on the populace and walked away knowing I had accomplished…nothing.
I think the moral of the story is that the enemy is within.
Our government is in a shambles. I can’t blame Trump. I can’t blame the Republicans. Why? Because if we get rid of them, the “system” that gave birth to them will endure and thus…produce replacements that are just as bad.
What do I mean when I say “system”?
I think if I had to choose one issue…it would be the absence of accepted facts.
Pick any issue. Let’s use tariffs. I think we should know exactly why the tariffs are in. We should know exactly how these affect our target (China) and our allies. We should know how they affect us. We should know how, as a tool, tariffs stack up against other options that may achieve the same goal.
We don’t clearly know any of this.
What about the tax cut that was passed? What about immigration? What about NATO or the Paris Accord? What about Kavanaugh? What about auto emissions? What about Net Neutrality? What’s the impact of income inequality? Can we do better with healthcare?
Suppose we knew exactly the impact and various solutions to these and many other issues. We could then make good choices. Perfect decisions come from perfect information.
This brings me to the title of this post: Shame.
The “Shame” is that we are completely able of finding the answers to these issues and making them public. We are smart and capable. We can do this.
But we don’t.
We don’t because people are “influenced” to turn the other way. It could be “vote this way for me and I’ll vote that way for you” type of thing. It could be “I don’t’ want Trump to give me a nickname.” It could be, my billionaire campaign contributor won’t back me if I don’t vote a certain way.” Once influence, the fact are often hidden as they may contradict a desired action.
These types of influencers are what got a tax cut passed that is adding trillions to our debt so the extremely rich have even more money. These types of influences gives us a circus for Supreme Court nominations where 90% of Kavanaugh’s history is kept secret even from the Judicial committee’s Democrat members and the FBI is directed to apparently “not find anything.”
What’s that you say, “We don’t know what the FBI was directed to do.” That is true. So I ask, “Why don’t we know exactly what the FBI was directed to do?”
We now have permission to lie. We have permission to hate. We have permission to ignore science. We have permission to scam the tax system. We have permission to ignore the plight of women and minorities.
And with this permission came an astonishing revelation: We have been waiting all along for this to be okay.
The most shameful thing of all is that the mirror has been turned towards us and the picture is not pretty.
That Shame may also be the hidden blessing. I can pretend that my face is not dirty so long as you don’t make me look in the mirror. When confronted with the fact…maybe I’ll decide it’s time to bath.
Time to save the world.
Up, up and away…