My Mixed Response

I have a mixed response to the debacle going on in Washington D. C. right now. On the one hand, I don’t think the Tea Party should be given anything whatsoever. They need to be utterly broken—by which I mean exposed. Their illogic has to be exposed and dispensed with. They aren’t right about anything, and it shouldn’t be hard for an adult to get that across to the people. When they say they believe in freedom, what they’re really standing up for is a brutal Darwinian existence where the biggest, most ruthless egotists get to take whatever they can get their hands on. And they don’t really favor small government per se. What they seek is the abolition of all protections for the weak. But also an enormous military and intelligence apparatus to maintain power. They are constantly calling for increased military spending—every single budget, which is insane. But we have rules against speaking these particular truths in this country, so what should happen, won’t. Obama is not going to take the Tea Party on once and for all. We’re going to have these “budget” issues as a continuing problem well into the future.

Which brings me to the reason for my mixed response. I believe that if you look to the longterm—the real longterm, not a polite fiction—it doesn’t matter much who wins this fight. What we’re really witnessing is the ongoing collapse of an empire. All empires collapse and ours is in the process of collapse—right now. Our rise was steep and fast, and our fall will be the same. I tend to see it starting with the war in Vietnam. I don’t think we’re good at being imperialists. We’ve always claimed to have ideals, to be a bright shining light, and being an empire is in conflict with our supposed idealism. So the national mindset ends up being a big fantasy. What a perfect representation of that fantasy mind was Ronald Reagan! He glorified greed as a virtue. But greed always undermines those who practice it. That’s as much a universal law as thermodynamics. Our downfall will be our gross materialism and the militarism required to maintain it. I do see hope for the future. But our only hope is to regain our status as a republic. Only when the empire has given way will we have the opportunity to assume the goodwill, calm, and simple contentment that will enable us to begin to create a way of life that makes sense, where wisdom and love have meaning again. There are things we can be doing now, but I tend to think that the great work cannot commence until the monster has given up the ghost.

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6 Responses to “My Mixed Response”

  1. Kathy Says:

    All I believe in right now is the small, rural (ish) grass roots movements that the recession produced: a return to the simpler life, a return to the older ways which we can share with each other on the internet, a return to the old ways of healing, a return to the folklore and homesteading, a movement against the giant corporations, a recognition of how large corporations are poisoning us daily, a fight against the poisoning, an understanding amongst a group of people who are questioning and finding their own ways. The movement is small, and loud and amazing, were we to just look for it. People know, some do and all the knowledge is available. I appreciate and celebrate the sharing, and my life is by such informed. We return to our small communities. I wish I could put it better, however I must say I am very pleased to find so many of like minds in the middle of runaway politics and economies. We return to our roots, perhaps, and none too soon

  2. Tim Mueller Says:

    Yes and yes. Instead of the “shining city on the hill”, we’ve become the “shining missile silo on the hill”. It’s kind of like teaching: once you get over the desire to have absolute control in your classroom, monitoring and correcting every undesirable behavior, you become a more effective teacher and a better human being. It’s healthier for the students AND for the teacher.
    We Americans love to boast about the aid we send to other countries in times of crisis, but never stop to think that often it’s our own economic policies that have caused or exacerbated the crisis. Thanks for the words of hope, Mark, now go back and proofread! Dear God, did you write this in the middle of the night? You’re getting as bad as ma! Me! (Caught it!)

  3. Ben Robinson Says:

    BRAVO. I Agree wholeheartedly with what you say here and I have never seen it stated better. No apple polishing here; I mean this.

  4. stiegem Says:

    We are all pretty much “forced” to look at the political state of the state now. When I first read Mark’s book, and then saw the movie, (both of which I have purchased), I felt things might be getting better, especially for the few who see it.

    Stand firm, Mark. Go back. Stay with your true heart.

    For those who have come to know you, just stay true.. ❤

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