Saturday, May 7, 2016

MEET AMERICA IN THE 21st.CENTURY

Clearly, it is not my 1950's America, not even the 60's or 70's. It is an angry, bitter, and divided America between the haves and the have nots, the peaceful and the warriors, those who trust politicians and those who would never.

It is an America that sticks to its democratic principles, except when it doesn't really want to and decides to change or bend the rules. It is a country where authority is hated and disruption is applauded and voted for independent of the details. Wall-building, persecution and all around xenophobia, and racial discrimination is a little (maybe a lot) too much like Nazi Germany for my taste, but the masses love tough-talk, like they love cage matches of no holds barred battles or the seemingly boring NASCAR. Beer talks and wine walks away shaking its head in perplexity.

The Donald's presumptive and presumptuous nomination is an inkblot projection of our current culture that seeks war instead of peace and blood—the more, and the redder the better. Bernie's unanticipated surges also reflects the disenchantment of our youth and their need for a kind and helpful grandfather, even  though like my grandpa he would never have the money to fund his ideals.

America is the most beautiful and important nation around the globe, but  it gets really scary when we think of the leaders who have a chance to turn it in the wrong direction. People of both parties talk about either blocking a candidate by their vote or not voting at all. Many seek a third choice, which for all intents and purposes can skew the election the wrong way—whichever way that is.

And we are faced with the dilemma of not quite knowing which is the wrong way given that both ways may be that way.

The only good that has come out of our new America is that people are more interested in this pre-election than ever before in the history of our country. More people are thinking, talking and engaging in it, which after all is what democracy is all about.

Make no mistake, America is turning on its axis, and dramatic and possibly traumatic changes are, like Mr. D warned us,  blowing in the wind.

Bye for Now,

Bill

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