Some time ago (since my last posting) I read the biography of John Adams. I was blown away by the intention and the work that went into creating the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
We were supposed to be a Republic. We are not supposed to be a democracy. We elect the best leaders and let them govern. In a democracy everybody has a vote. We don’t operate that way, and never have. Some of our founding fathers were concerned about the survivability of our system of government. They were right. Our system has one great weakness. Our people, our greatest strength is also our greatest weakness, which is why we are loosing the battle, and the war. People vote for what lines their pockets(me), not what is best for the country at large(us).
Somewhere in the sixties with the explosion of drug-use we lost our way. Oh, we had started earlier, but we could still keep it in check. In the last half of the 20th century we became more interested in “me” rather than “us”. It became fashionable to blame others, or drugs for our misdeeds. It was OK to do anything, because we had been mistreated in childhood, or abandoned or didn’t have Nintendo. Soon we created a plethora of sicknesses (that can’t be measured or seen) that our pharma/medical complex wanted to “cure” with drugs. If your child cried because his/her diaper was wet, mothers soon took to giving them Ritalin to keep them quiet. I heard somewhere that over 60% of our children have been given Ritalin. Schools get paid when they give Ritalin to kids. That led to more lack of responsibility on the part of individuals. Then children in schools had to be kept happy at any cost and it was not OK to scold them, lest they loose their sense of worth or some other hogwash.
Our political views have become polarized and our leaders are always looking for the soundbites for the evening news.
I was greatly saddened to realize that we had become a fascist state.
fascism |ˈfa sh ˌizəm| (also Fascism)
an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.
• (in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.
The term Fascism was first used of the totalitarian right-wing nationalist regime of Mussolini in Italy (1922–43), and the regimes of the Nazis in Germany and Franco in Spain were also fascist. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one national or ethnic group, a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach.
fascist noun & adjective
fascistic |faˈ sh istik| adjective
ORIGIN from Italian fascismo, from fascio ‘bundle, political group,’ from Latin fascis (see fasces ).