A part of me died—
When my son’s lifetime expired.
And now that barren ground
is sprouting: weeds of cynicism.
Where there was once hope,
peace flowers and laughter,
Now there’s fear and remorse!
I grieved when democracy died.
They carried away—my freeman—in a box.
By: ElRoyPoet © 2021
Commentary: This is how the 75,000 Taliban domestic terrorists overthrew the Afghanistan democracy. When the US signaled that they were pulling out of the country after 20 years of occupation. The 300,000 strong national armed forces that the US had fully trained and equipped became demoralized. This caused their collective state of mind to become deprived of spirit and courage, disheartened, bewildered and disordered or confused. Since the citizens’ morale was rapidly eroding, the Taliban seized this opportunity to exploit their vulnerability. They marched on the capital and since the people were already in panic mode, all the Taliban had to do was show up, in order for the government to retreat and surrender. The moral of the story is: when you allow the enemy of democracy to maintain a strong presence, even a form of “shadow government” and to conduct “psychological warfare” by demoralizing the citizens, even a mob of a their radicalized members are able to take away your freedom. How can a militia beat military soldiers 4 times larger than them, unless the standing army was fighting the battle on 2 fronts, 1 of physical combat and the other emotionally. This can occur in any democracy, even ours, if government traitors and cowards are allowed to getaway with it.
When a country throws up its arms in disgust, because nobody wants to compromise and everybody is constantly digging in their heels because they don’t want to relinquish the ideology of their polarized parties or culture groups. It becomes easier for said society to become cynical about it’s democratic government protections and the freedoms it provides. Physical and emotional fatigue makes cowards out of all of us, and when a patriot believes that he can’t win, he resigns to the temptation—that he perceives to be the easier way out—to forfeit democracy and let a power hungry strong man do the governing for him. In the Bible the Jews had the opportunity to govern themselves with judges, but they always defaulted to taking the easy way out, by choosing instead to relinquish their freedom to a king. This provided temporary peace of mind, but eventually the honeymoon is over and the domestic abuse begins.
“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities!” By: Voltaire
“When members of one major political party turn inward and reject discussing a diversity of ideas, radicalization happens, and the capacity to work with and create policy to benefit as many people as possible diminishes significantly.” Excerpt from Democrats’ isolation puts democracy in danger
“I am a democrat [proponent of democracy] because I believe in the Fall of Man. I think most people are democrats for the opposite reason. A great deal of democratic enthusiasm descends from the ideas of people like Rousseau, who believed in democracy because they thought mankind so wise and good that every one deserved a share in the government.
The danger of defending democracy on those grounds is that they’re not true. . . . I find that they’re not true without looking further than myself. I don’t deserve a share in governing a hen-roost. Much less a nation. . . .
The real reason for democracy is just the reverse. Mankind is so fallen that no man can be trusted with unchecked power over his fellows. Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves. I do not contradict him. But I reject slavery because I see no men fit to be masters.”
Quote by: C.S. Lewis, “Equality,” in Present Concerns (reprint: Mariner Books, 2002), p. 17.