One of the bigger ironies in the collapse of the American Experiment is the complete destruction of morality and ethics by people wielding fake morality as a club. These are the people who spent much of the twentieth century claiming American exceptionalism and promoting the bizarre christian fundamentalism that originated in this country in the early 19th century. With little or no knowledge of history or philosophy several generations of them have been cultivated by the very wealth with a “morality” to keep minorities oppressed and employees poor.
I’m old enough to have watched from the fundamentalist Midwest as god was inserted on our currency, added to the Pledge of Allegiance, and used to justify segregation, the Legion of Decency, the Moral Majority, and racist censorship.
From this perspective it all makes sense. Totally attack the Enlightenment morality and ethics based on knowledge and scientific principles by creating a new religion completely open to opportunistic distortion. All for power and personal gain. In other words, greed.
Repeated analysis of the 2016 voting records show that economic angst was not a factor for those that were able to give us Trump. It was racism, bigotry and wilful ignorance. Our inheritance.
Morality is not based on superstition, ignorance, greed or hatred but on openness, humility, and knowledge. Ethical standards are developed from careful analysis, hard thought, and understanding the nature of the universe of which we are a component. All the things that are now completely devalued.
So it ends with Trump.