Looking at the landscape of society today leaves many a reason for concern. In the never-ending spin cycle that is the news of the day, crazy in all corners is the new premium. The voices of moderation and reason are being pushed out to the fringes, endlessly told their views don't apply any more. Perhaps if all these voices came together to form one cohesive, humanitarian unit, we could see a resurgence of these reasonable forces. Unfortunately, reason has no core philosophy beyond that of reason and morality itself. As such, we fracture and fall apart, leaving the operators and the nutjobs to do all the noteworthy talking. Absorbing all of this is a bewildered, oft-clueless public trying to find their way towards what they see as the right solution to what they know instinctively is wrong in the country, and the flourishing of bad ideas continues unabated. It seems to me we are afflicted as a culture with a certain deadly imperviousness in regards to all that which is of true importance.
Some back-stories, to start with. It was with some satisfaction that I awoke this morning to the news of the Rick Saccone fellow losing his race up in Pennsylvania. He's the noxious little guy who blew that Congressional Special Election a couple of months back to a now-'super star' of the opposition party named Conor Lamb. Mr. Saccone is pretty much your typical ruling party good ol' boy who wants to rain God's judgement down upon those he deems lesser people. Most infamously, in the lead-up to that race, he deployed the biggest gun of all, getting President Trump to host a campaign rally for his flagging campaign. My clearest memory of this involved two old guys embracing at a Wal Mart, having not seen each other in some weeks if I recall correctly, and all they could do was gush over the Trump rally. "Tells it like it is," they said, before spinning the imaginary ball of yarn about mainstream media coverage. Did you watch these news outlets? How do you know? Of course, for myriad reasons, I only choose to observe these things from a distance.
This gets into what has always been one of my pet-most peeves, that of lying and, in general, fictionalizing. I have said for years, never on here until now, that no lie or otherwise fiction can ever rival the badness of the truth itself. The mind that creates such fictions can be so given to unpredictability that it can be hard to keep up with the story-line from one day to the next. People will live the lie, imagining themselves to be this person who they are nothing at all like. This mentality results in pyramid-like story-schemes that collapse like a large house of cards, but the truth has no story-line. Rather, it just is. No fiction can be worse than non-fiction, and the imagined never approaches the reality. Why lie ten-fold when the truth will devastate hundred-fold? Politics, and public life in general, is all too welcoming a place for men who aren't cut from a wholly self-serving cloth, and will do and say anything for the amassment of power and resources. To that end, it can be said, as I once did in one of my classic articles, that the lies and broad-sweeping assumptions that come out of public life can lead us down the road to war and death in the most extreme cases.
People like to distort to their selfish ends the truth, often spinning balls of yarn so big that all rationale and reality are lost in the process. It has become something of a professional game, if you haven't noticed. Media and entertainment figures(cinematic, political, and sports figures alike) like to dish out the puffery in a one-upsmanship-like manner, raving about their imagined greatness and boorishly diminishing everybody else. Pervasive, it is. As such, I watch no network or cable news, opting instead to mentally aggregate important stories from various online news-feeds. The only television I watch is Weather Nation and on occasion the local Fox affiliate, who usually covers things more responsibly than their national counter-part. It is not that the media is biased towards the political left so much as they are biased towards ratings and their subsequent profits. From this point, we get the tabloidization of news, where every story is a 'SCANDAL,' a 'SHOCKER,' an 'OUTRAGE!' Stop it! At some point, people will tune it all out, tired of having to deal with severe cases of media whiplash. When will it end? Perhaps when enough people in the target demographics realize what is truly important and cut out this crap that is deadly impervious to reality.
Admittedly, it is re-assuring to see persons like Saccone and West Virginia Coal Baron Don Blankenship lose their races. These developments make me believe for a brief, shining moment that sanity still prevails when the truth has the opportunity to get itself out into the open. However, in the face of all this, it is still stunning that over half of the members of the current ruling party in America today have, by varied extensions, pledged their fealty to some of the not so truthful forces at play, and I am not just talking Trump(he is but only a symptom). Beyond our current leader, their has always been a desire to spread lies in an effort to discredit any source that gets in the way of their agenda, and to what end should all this come? You just know that if Blankenship had been nominated, the ruling party would have engaged in the same wagon circling and slavish quasi-cult worship that took place when they nominated Alabama mall creep Roy Moore. A sure-fire recipe for disaster. When you lose power, all your accomplishments go down the drain in favour of forces effortlessly more corrosive than even you have tried to be. I tell you, one does not need to be a slave to agree with someone or something. Moreover, you don't need to incline your ear to the crazy side in order to believe what you do. A good, solid case made, whether based in empirical facts or (as with me)personal experiences will do just fine.
The only reason they might get off scot free at the ballot box is the fact that their 'Resistance' is even more deadly impervious than they are, and that is a huge problem. Just looking here in Georgia, the Governor's race could be thrown away if the opposition party nominates the more 'Resistance'-flavoured candidate, because the exurban voters who decide Georgia elections don't go for this brand of lies, rat poison, and sexual warfare. Instead of focusing on local issues from the center-left perspective, they want to rile up the small-time farmers over the pressing issues of Trump & Putin, Stormy Daniels, gun confiscation, jailing those 'intolerant' bakers of cake, and the policing of 'insensitive' pronouns. That will get these voters riled up, but not in the way they hope. There are real problems facing our state in the next few years, and yet one guy wants to gloat about the size of his 'deportation bus' while another one wants to emphasize Hillary Clinton/Elizabeth Warren-style identity politics. Neither of these are winning strategies, and will only succeed in blowing golden opportunities at only the most unfortunate of moments.
One wants to imagine a positive future for the country, far-fetched and infeasible though it might otherwise seem. As much as the country has been through of late, the American Spirit as envisioned by the Founding Fathers still lives on in the average citizen living out their day-to-day lives. If only the so-called 'gate-keepers' would give them a chance to think for themselves! People, more than dimly aware of a certain unease in the air, seek out meaning in life and solutions to everyday problems, and are getting it from the most insidious sources. Sources who are deadly impervious to the true realities of the world and are only seeking out of their own acclaim and glory. The ignorance of the average person who falls into the traps of life can be forgiven, but the war that is coming on the Judgement Day for these gate-keepers who set the traps will be epic in its scale.