If my father’s nation
Devolves into a totalitarian regime,
I’m a dead man—
Because I’m a freeman blogger.
If the country of my youth
Evolves into a fascist state,
I’m an imprisoned man,
Cause’ I’m also—a propagandist.
By: ElRoyPoet © 2019
Goldberg perfectly presents the dilemma for a large number of Americans who are politically cheated by an archaic, anti-democratic Constitution. It seems common sense has sidelined most radical affronts to our democracy, keeping the ship afloat. Now, sadly, there’s simply no conceivable way to correct the litany of bad laws and rules keeping us locked in this partisan nightmare. Realistically, we can engage in a winner-take-all civil war or opt for the gentler solution: creating Old America and New America. Both sides get their way. Each state votes a preference. Old America will forge a Christian government, free of abortion, gay rights, taxes and gun controls. New America can have majority rule, no electoral college and proportional representation. Citizens would move to their preferred America. Yes, it would be messy, but in this age of absolute polarization, compromise is no longer an option. Excerpt from: Letters to the Editor: The pesky Constitution is slowing liberals down. Thank goodness
Governments are good at recognizing the faults in other places and times, but they are terrible judges of the injustices built into their own foundations. If a country could sail the seas unrivaled and put humans into outer space, it had little incentive to look inward at what was rotten at the core. “The regime considers itself the acme of perfection and therefore has no wish to change its ways either of its own free will or, still less, by making concessions to anyone or anything.”
Countries decay only in retrospect. Powerful states, as well as their inhabitants, tend to be congenital conservatives when it comes to their own futures. The “comfort cult,” as Andrei Amalrik called it—the tendency in seemingly stable societies to believe “that ‘Reason will prevail’ and that ‘Everything will be all right’”—is seductive. As a result, when a terminal crisis comes, it is likely to be unexpected, confusing, and catastrophic, with the causes so seemingly trivial, the consequences so easily reparable if political leaders would only do the right thing, that no one can quite believe it has come to this.
“This isolation has created for all—from the bureaucratic elite to the lowest social levels—an almost surrealistic picture of the world and of their place in it”, “Yet the longer this state of affairs helps to perpetuate the status quo, the more rapid and decisive will be its collapse when confrontation with reality becomes inevitable.”
Where is the breaking point? How long can a political system seek to remake itself before triggering one of two reactions—a devastating backlash from those most threatened by change or a realization by the change makers that their goals can no longer be realized within the institutions and ideologies of the present order? Excerpts from: How a Great Power Falls Apart, Decline Is Invisible From the Inside
The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. Where there is no vision, the people perish….Many seek the ruler’s favor; but every man’s judgment comes from The Lord. There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps. The wise fear The Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure. Bible, Proverbs 29:7,18,26; 14:12,15,16