The sharp political division in our country has been growing over the past five years until it has reached the definition of a vast chasm between both sides in which vitriol of the vilest kind has been hurled back and forth to a point of no return. We seem, as a nation, to be on the verge of returning socially and politically to the early 1860’s.
Self-righteous ardor is exchanged daily and puffed up even further by news media that see it as their true bread and butter. The orange man still has a huge audience in his star-struck worshipers in whose eyes he can apparently do no wrong, which takes me back to a comment he made before he was even elected, in which he claimed that if he shot and killed any passerby on 5th Avenue, he would get away with it, because no one would arrest or even question him. At the time, I thought it a characteristic example of his poor taste in attempted humor, not the reality that ensued.
The rage in many voters was already seething below the surface even before the orange guy appeared on television, but he knew well the buttons he needed to press in order to hoodwink half our nation into its current bowing and scraping posture, one in which he has adoring fans questioning nothing he says or does, his monstrous ego consuming everything and everyone in the fantasy land of Maga World.
January 6 was only a sample of his insatiable and blind lust for power and absolute control, despite the necessary ocean of lies upon which it had to sail. The result is that reason, logic, and unbiased analysis have become mere incumbrances to his determination to be crowned and enthroned again.
We are now in a world where an increasing number of passive worshipers exist and thrive upon bowing to tyranny. We are not the only nation to be experiencing this scary phenomenon of lazy passivity, which I think of as social and intellectual sloth, where bowing to megalomania of one despot is indolent but easy in terms of no longer having to do any thinking for oneself..
Again, history shows us the inevitable result of bending to the strong will of dictators like Mussolini in Italy, Hitler in Germany, and Stalin in Russia, where too many were fooled but who realized and acted upon the truth much too late. Being gullible is not an option. Another round with the orange man in the White House could bring about another blur of mass confusion in deciding which god is to be worshiped…the one in heaven or the one in The White House. JB