The First Stage of Mourning
by Mike Meyer
At what point do we simply acknowledge that America is dead and begin the process of mourning and laying the corpse to rest? Practically this is an issue of economics and public health. To recover and rebuild requires a shared ideal to use as a blue print for reconstruction. That no longer exists for the nation.
A mighty effort has been made to maintain hope with the election of a diverse group of new socialist legislators. This is not to demean them but what is the cost of maintaining a system so badly corrupted and under control of fascists and white supremacists. These are not hidden agendas but blatant and criminal words and actions.
The assumption has been that the fascist supporters are a minority and the majority will correct this in the next election. I have no confidence that the majority will have any effect in the next election. For that to happen there must be agreement on the nature of truth, the reality of oppression, the institutionalized racism, and hatred that is coming from the problem minority. But that reality is denied.
We have massive problems that may be more than our species can handle. We have only twenty or thirty years to implement serious, complex, and massive planetary action to prevent climate disaster. We know that we have failed to act and will, already, pay a terrible price with the bill to be delivered to our children and grandchildren.
To deny this scientific reality is insane. Yet we have a ruling group that seeks to deny everything while demanding that their personal gain is more important than the survival of our children and grandchildren. They have no policy but greed and no goal except hatred and destruction. Their answer is to laugh and mock anyone who attempts to discuss this.
American success and power came from the commitment and work of millions of immigrant people. This was based on an understanding that equity and opportunity must be shared among all. That commitment has been destroyed. We have a percentage of the population that has no standard by which to judge criminal action and self destruction. They refuse any recognition of the true sources of our strength and success.
The corruption of our government is already beyond our ability to correct. Voters are widely disenfranchised and backward states use antiquated rules to block all action that would allow true democracy. We know that democracy was always a pretense here but it was shared as an ideal. The reality of a democratically designed republic is always a work in progress and never fully completed. But when the ideal has been denied and abandoned there is nothing left to work for but the interests of whatever group has gained power.
The minority holds with absolute faith racist, misogynistic and xenophobic beliefs. They deny the scientific knowledge that has made our world possible. All actions not generated by greed and hatred are denied and mocked. What common ground is left?
I have said at other times that our language is also being destroyed. the majority has diverged from the minority by refusing to return to an ancient and disastrous age of racism and death. We cannot even discuss these things because the minority does not recognize truth or fact.
Our scientific knowledge is what has brought us to a higher level of prosperity and health. It is the only thing that can prevent us from descending back to a life of misery, poverty. and early death but we must act together in new ways and with new, open social structures. We are seeing that evolve around our planet in the democratic states and metropolitan regions. The minority areas also benefit but that population is willing to wage war on our future for reasons they cannot even articulate.
What do we do?
We need to walk away. In our ideals of diversity, equity, and freedom we must allow this minority to live their lives as they see fit. But we no longer have to allow them to destroy our planet and our societies through ignorance, greed, and religious sickness.
As a minority they can choose to punish, oppress, extort and kill in their own place but they will be isolated and cannot prevent anyone from leaving who wishes to leave. We should allow them to have their states and then remove those states from our alliance.
It is not morally acceptable to either fight them for something that we don’t want or allow their destruction of our universal rights if they want only their bigotry. We simply do not have the years it would take to create and new language or to manage the education of that population to achieve common ideals. We don’t have time.