Another Year in America

Here comes the long night. Does this year simply fade into the darkness? Do we want it to?

Americans have found Orwell’s Big Brother to be real, thanks to the Snowden Revelations. On the other hand, big government cannot seem to make a healthcare website function properly. Something seems askew when the world’s greatest hackers cannot make a website work, doesn’t it?

Some Republicans in the House of Representatives held this nation hostage because they do not like some of the laws that have been passed. We would probably be hard pressed to find any American who wasn’t dissatisfied with some law in these United States. However, most Americans recognize that it is impossible to run a democracy if any individual, group, or other subset of the population is to dictate terms to the rest.

It probably is not coincidental that the political party opposed to universal healthcare also stubbornly promotes legislation that benefits big business. It is not coincidental that three decades of “trickle down economics” resulted in one percent of the American population holding the nation’s wealth. Americans have become as dogs fighting for the crumbs that fall from the banquet tables of the opulent Lords and Ladies. While Republicans accuse Democrats of promoting socialism, the Republicans appear to have successfully resurrected feudalism.

Does it really seem coincidental that the world’s greatest hackers have trouble making a website work when a faction within American government is staunchly opposed to the subject of that website? While that faction may not have a majority, bureaucracy is a soulless creature with a long history of being susceptible to corruption. If that seems unbelievable, take another look at how American leaders are publicly conducting their affairs; they do not even bother hiding their corruption. Here is a hint:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America (Constitution of the United States).

Another year has passed and we may not like what we see, but what outcome can be expected if this year is allowed to fade into forgetfulness because it is not pretty? Ultimately, We the People are responsible for what happens in American government. Here is another hint:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed (Declaration of Independence).

Another year has passed, and we might like to forget this year, but can we afford to? It is the first year after Doomsday and we have been given a glimpse of what the American future may hold; it is a familiar pattern in the history of the governments of humankind. The ideals established as the foundation of this nation are what makes America special, not its military might. Emerging from World War II as a superpower apparently intoxicated many, and we have lost sight of what really makes America great.

It is time to remember what being an American is really about. It is time to take stock of what our government has become. Do you consent to this government?


NOTE: These links were discovered after posting this article. It is particularly interesting to read the comments in the second link.

Updated: Federal Judge Finds NSA Spying Unconstitutional

U.S. NSA Debates Amnesty for Edward Snowden



5 thoughts on “Another Year in America

  1. Well told, my Friend. Our hope is not in this matrix of greed & deceit. We may be *in* that world, but we are not *of* it. The American government is dying of the cancer of corruption. It is up to us to establish in our own communities a new expression of the old ways: compassion, service, kindness, cooperation, and faith. That’s where magick begins.

  2. Well argued. I’m not wholly opposed to feudalism, believe it or not. It’s a relatively stable system, although it’s not conducive to long lifespans. Given a choice between a stumbling, top-heavy bureaucracy that seems most effective when preventing action and a localized, more personal but more rigid structure I can’t say which I would prefer. I don’t like either one. I’m not entirely convinced that humans are really meant to live in groups larger that large villages or small towns. We demonstrate surprising generosity and understanding when we feel any sort of connection to one another. In huge cities we tend to lose that personal connection and terrible things start happening. The folks on Capitol Hill these days are so removed from the rest of the population that it no longer surprises me that they demonstrate such sheer callousness and selfish ignorance.
    Generally speaking, I believe that law and order are good things. Obviously. I also believe that most laws originally entered the books with the goal of keeping people safe- sometimes from themselves. I also accept, with a rather feral looking grin, that sometimes order must be broken down into anarchy for a while so that corrupted bits may be removed. I suggest that the world as we know it won’t last much longer, not because of any particular prophecy or even of any action on my part. Rather, the Great and Inexorable System is going to fall apart under its own weight. Kind of like Rome.
    I do believe, and while believing I apologize for rambling, that the lifetime of nations is cyclical rather than linear. Humans in groups require order. Order begets corruption. Corruption begets resentment. Resentment begets rebellion. Rebellion begets a group of humans who see the need for order. We’re well on our way to resentment becoming rebellion.

  3. I agree that it is an all-too-familiar pattern from human history; a prophecy is not needed. However, I hold certain self-evident truths very dear and close to my heart. I am offended by the individuals and groups that openly violate our laws and reason, but I am discouraged by a general population that appears to simply ignore it.

    I do agree that there is a limit to the effective size of social organization that is fundamental to the development of urban gangs; people can identify and bond with a small, local organization much better than a distant and insensitive government. However, it seems the People should take advantage of the blatant demonstration of corruption to call for an accounting with the hope of preserving the rights that this government has not only failed to secure, but is actively destroying. Otherwise, we run the risk of acting like the people of 1930s Germany who allowed the Nazis to usurp authority and perpetrate heinous crimes. If there is any value to history, it is in the lessons that can be learned from it.

    You are welcome to ramble as much as you want. I welcome discussion here (and you allow me to ramble on your blog!) I am honored that the Lady of Rains has so much to offer.

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