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The Darkest Hour is Just Before Dawn

Dave Randall

Posted on September 27, 2018 21:38

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Our country is set on a grim course only clarity of thought can alter.

Our national politics crossed the Rubicon of decency in 1856, when Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina entered the Senate chamber, took his cane, and beat Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts to the floor. In the 162 years since, there has been an ebb and flow of progress and regression, of darkness and light. 

What November promises (should the Former Soviet Union not succeed in what will most likely be a renewed effort to interfere) is a chance to flip a switch and feel our way out of the darkness we've recently been witness to.

What we saw, on September 27th and in the foregoing weeks, has been a territorial circling of partisan wagons. Not really to ensure one particular man be appointed to a seat on the Supreme Court for life, but to exercise absolute control over all three branches of government by one party, one ideology and its silent credo: that the accumulation and protection of wealth and power trump all else (no pun intended, but it's certainly germane to the point).

Human behavior consistently adapts to its environment. The norms of political behavior, the provincialism, the tribalism, the lack of peripheral vision, have only worsened with accumulated knowledge of technology and how to use it as a means to and end.

No one has been caned on the senate floor, but only because cameras are there. It's that ugly, there is that much ill-focused rage and sheer lack of objectivity, predominantly by one party. Mainly older men, positioned through manipulating our system of ad buys fill the coffers of broadcasters, and resulting spots that play havoc with accuracy and perception.

The foot-in-the door wedge issues exploit the fears and passions of a targeted, misinformed part of the  electorate that fashions a partisan "House that Jack Built:" the desire to consolidate party power, , the drive to loosen and lessen the laws and regulations so that bottomless amounts of money can fuel campaigns to retain that power, and the machinations to secure rulings that will placate the voting base that keeps said party in power.

We have a House that Avarice Built--it doesn't do the right thing for the general base, but mesmerizes them into believing they do.

If it means obfuscation, outright lies, demagoguery, hate, or histrionics (that's for Senator Graham--to paraphrase Shakespeare he, "...doth protest too much."), so be it. As Americans, as viewers as human beings with any capacity for empathy, we cannot have experienced September 27, and not know who was telling the truth in that hearing room.

Objectivity, life experience and detachment from political zeal will set you free. The truth was not in anger, but the fear.

What is deeply wrong here, is within our capacity to change--and it's time. As voters, as human beings, as citizens of this country, free of misplaced loyalty, we need only be vigilant in November, turn on the light, and watch the cockroaches scatter.

 

 

Dave Randall

Posted on September 27, 2018 21:38

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