I spent the weekend getting used to the idea that, for the fourth election in a row, Americans have chosen the most manipulative, unworthy man for the job. This election there was a person offered who truly was not the lesser of two evils and may have been just what the country needed, but through much trickery and deceit, and an unhealthy dose of obstinate, blind partisanship, that fact was well-kept from the general public. I truly believed that the American people could not and would not be fooled all of the time. I now own that error in thinking, and perhaps I am cured of my naiveté. Time will tell.
After spending a few days taking it all in, and then another few tuning it all out, I am as resolved as ever. The election didn’t change the facts on the ground, which are that W. Bush and Obama are cut from the same cloth, and to the same ends: the fabrication of a wholly different America than we have previously known. The main difference between W. Bush and Obama is that W. Bush was held accountable for everything, and Obama is held accountable for nothing. What the election did change was the will of the opposition to persevere. Thus I do believe we are in for much worse.
The attack on civil liberties and imperialist foreign policies that were the staples of the Bush administration will continue unabated and will not be commented on by anyone but people who have been effectively marginalized, yours truly included. If the scandal unfolding around General Petraeus right now is any indication, it’s likely to get much, much worse. It’s becoming obvious by the day that some sort of purge is in effect. Now there’s talk of Kerry at Defense, Rice at State, and Powers at the UN. The grand shuffle of a second administration is shaping up to be a nightmare beyond expectations. We are headed in the exact opposite direction we need to be.
Much worse than that, the American people themselves have been targeted for the same kind of authoritarian policies. That, too, will continue. From Obamacare to NDAA, Americans are in for a rude awakening, some sooner than others. A sustained attack on certain constituencies is coming, in fact it’s already happening, and I do not relish having to watch as the nation uses the problems it faces to justify increasingly authoritarian rule. I don’t look forward to watching as some people have their lives cut short so that others can have access to cheap or free medical services that do not address life-threatening conditions. But that is what will happen. We have simply decided as a nation that it is okay to sacrifice some for what we are calling the common good. That is a heartbreaking shift in our values.
This is not the world I want to live in, it is not the future I want to witness coming to fruition, and it is not what I want to bequeath to my daughter. So many people are and have been sounding the alarm bells. Why aren’t people hearing it? Do they just not care? I can’t tell you for sure right now. What I know is that I have lost a lot of faith in the American people this year. And what I can tell you is that giving up or giving in is not an option, not for me anyway. I have no idea what comes next, but know that I’m looking and working and I will never give up.
I do want to thank the many people who commented on my last thread. You did much to restore some of my faith. I’m sorry I did not follow up that post sooner, but events in my life have been such that I have had to focus on what is important. I’ve got a lot on my plate right now as I finish up the final week of classes before the Fall break. Next week I will be off for the entire week, and I hope to have more time to shuffle through these thoughts and feelings, and connect with readers again.