These are strange times. The World is in turmoil. Many of us find we’re living in a topsy-turvy World – what belongs up – is down, and what belongs down – is up! To many it’s Disturbing and Disorienting – and rightly so.
For many of us, we find we’re living in a world of Confusion and Terrorism. Domestically, to our Astonishment and Total Disbelief, we have a President communicating and acting in ways no one has ever seen before – even historically. Congress is almost totally incapable of performing the function it was imbued with in our Constitution – its only acts seem to be its members at war with other members.
And speaking of war, we are all painfully aware of the current wave of World Terrorism, and unfortunately, Domestic Terrorism – mostly initiated by our own Citizens.
The number of Urgent and Important issues not being dealt with by our Administration and Congress is growing into an encumbering pile. With every passing week – the Chaos seems to progress proportionately. And worse, much of it seems to be created by the very Departments to whom we look to for Resolutions. The on going conflict between The Administration and the FBI and Department of Justice – to name one example.
Little did I realize then – less than two years ago – how quickly the deterioration of our Governance would proceed! No, I’m not about to compile the dreary list of all the offenders – every day – every hour! – it’s been splattered over every news network and newspaper this last year. To the Nausea of almost everyone I speak to, and rightly so to my Mind.
Yes, there are currently conflicts and upheavals aplenty in our Governance, our Political System, our Social Structures, and in our Foreign affairs. Realistically, it’s a Mess!
Well, here is the latest news bulletin in that regard. There have been upheavals in our Governance, Political System, Social Structures and Foreign affairs, from the very beginning of our Country. And have continued pretty much unabated in one form or another – through most every Generation since!
I write what follows, not as some momentous discovery, but as a reminder to myself (and any who may be reading this) about where we came from and what was accomplished.
Our Country has seen many times of severe National Political distress: Corruption, Intrigue, Duplicity, Incompetence, Ideologues, and worse, Demagogues. I’ll even throw in one or two Megalomaniacs! But almost always before, our Governmental Institutions were able to maintain the high ground, whether it was from the Presidency, Congress, the Supreme Court, or all three – along with the innumerable millions of Individual Citizens, who settled and built this Country from Ocean to Ocean.
They were People of all Races and Creeds, diverse Ethnicities and Heritages, who were, for the most part, Resilient, Self-Reliant and believed in varying degrees of The Rule of Law and Justice for all. I would say we’ve done pretty damn well these 240 odd years – From the writings of our Founding Fathers; the War of Independence, Civil and Foreign Wars through unimaginable and extreme trials and conflicts; – both internal and external – to now.
In the process, they Created and Built – though still not perfect – the American Dream and Spirit. And yet, once again, it seems we are in an era of internal Conflict, Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt, as to the strength of that Dream and Spirit. The outcry I hear is that we are precipitously close to the end of those more than two Centuries of the American experience.
I don’t believe it!
The American Spirit is more than just a Dream. Whatever our dissatisfactions are with it, I think we have to admit to the fact that the American Spirit is a force of Governance and Freedom that has been the envy of the World. And that force has been handed down Generation to Generation as their Gift to us. Else why are there so many millions of Citizens of other countries wanting to live here today – and take the chance on the Opportunities – to prosper here?
Has it ever been worse than now? Each era would have to speak to that. But those that I have read about, sure sounded very much like the voices speaking today. On one side the voices of Duplicity, Corruption and Demagogues – and in response to those voices – Fear, Doubt, or the slanted Ideological Rantings of so-called News Analysts and others.
But each time, those voices of Doubt were met by a Population who refused to accept attacks on their cherished beliefs in The Rule of Law. They needed Reasonableness and Clarity, fortunately provided by unbiased Administrators, Political Leaders and Analysts who also believed in the rule of Law – not the Confusion sown by Power seekers or Political Opportunists.
Today, unfortunately, those groups of unbiased voices seem in very short supply. I can assure you they are there. It is still very early in this Process of Confusion. There will be more voices of Sanity. There will be more acts of Bravery. Yes Bravery! There are many forms of it – not just for the Soldier in Battle. It’s the Bravery of the Intellect, of the Heart and Soul on Speaking out against Injustices, if it’s no more than writing to your Representative – or even directly to your President.
Early last year, I posted an article: ON SPEAKING OUT!
It gave an abbreviated history of how – during the entire history of our Republic – a few voices initially, grew, most every time, into Major Movements.
A few excerpts from that article:
“It may have taken decades[…] or, a century or more[…] but those initial few
voices speaking out, gathered over time, multitudes of sympathetic voices,
dissidents, and activists, eventually culminating in successfully changing, not
only our Constitution, but also the lives of untold millions.
“Obviously, from what sits at the beginning of my blog site, I am a fervent
believer in Free Will and Choice for every Individual. So each of us has the
choice to vote – or not, to speak out – or not, become even more aggressive as a dissident or activist – or not.
“With one caveat: If you choose nothing, then you leave the field of governance to others. I would hope everyone reading this has a belief system. Do you really want to leave something so precious as your beliefs to the control and governance of others – others, whose belief systems may be diametrically opposed to yours?”
So! What will it be? Them – or You? Be assured….They ain’t Quitting!
Not Today! Not Tomorrow! Not Ever!
IT’S TIME – FOR BRAVERY!
A HAPPY, BEAUTIFUL, AND BRAVE NEW YEAR