Let’s look at the truth of our American social system from the Bottom Up for a change.
It’s so easy for those who have jobs and are fortunate enough to live in middle-class communities, for those who still own a home to hold their noses and denigrate those who don’t. It’s so easy to paste an ugly label of “Socialism” on every initiative attempted by those who are trying to relieve the suffering of the poor and the disenfranchised, by providing them with a place to sleep out of the rain and the freezing cold and a bowl of food to ease their starvation. The increasingly fewer numbers of us who have a house to live in and food on the table, and a job (or better yet, a nice fat bank account) can point our fingers at all the rest, those who have lost all they had, (or never had it) and label them as lazy bums. And when we want to appear educated and erudite, we call them socialist ingrates.
While you are doing that, take a look at what is happening to our nation — America, the Brave, and Home of the Free…
o Free to starve to death.
o Free to freeze to death in winter, and burn up in the summer.
o Free to suffer in anguish with medical conditions we can’t treat, because we cant afford health insurance, or the services of a doctor, or the costs of hospitalization.
o Free to die alone after suffering the horror of abject poverty, the loss of our family connections and rejection by all the rest of us — because we were unlucky enough to be laid off our job, or not able to get a good college education so that we could compete with the “Joneses”.
There, but for the grace of God, oh ye people of little faith, go we all. None of us is invincible, or protected by the Angels of God (or our better natures — if there is one). None of us is immune to the outrageous misfortunes that can happen at any time, on any day, to every one of us.
While you are standing there, feeling invincible, and thinking that you are a paragon of virtue, your fellow American citizens are suffering and dying in the poverty that is overtaking us all. You think the American Way is above reproach? You think that those who chose to be compassionate, those who chose to join the Democratic Party, are all fools and idiots because we care about our fellow Americans, and don’t want to see them starving to death, and freezing in the rain and snow?
There, but for the grace of God, go you, and me, and all of us. If we do not deal with the needs of our people, who is going to see to our needs, when the time comes? [And it will…]
We are One Nation, Under God… and in our Pledge of Allegiance to our nation, we declare… “With Liberty, and Justice, for All”. But Liberty and Justice is not Enough! Compassion is necessary. Concern for the common man and his children is important — Vital!
So you can stop bragging about how “great” America is… and how “smart” we all are because we have raised up huge corporate monoliths and set ourselves apart from the “rabble of humanity” by virtue of our fancy college educations (that some of us are able to acquire, while many more of us cannot — because Ivy League Universities don’t take in Welfare Recipients and teach them how to become millionaires).
America was, at one time, a great nation. But these days, we’re just like all the world’s nations — where the Strong, and the Rich prey upon the poor and the suffering. Where our cities are sliding down into ruin and the homeless, the hungry and the sick are huddled on the streets, and the rest of us are afraid to go out for a walk at night because our nation is filling up with the Homeless — they, in turn, are capable of becoming predators because they’re starving, and freezing, and they’re ignorant.
Some of us fling around epithets and slurs — calling up the spectre of “egregious Socialists.” Some of us don’t care about the problems of our poor.
For those who make an effort to find solutions and to ease the poverty and the misery of those who are not gainfully employed — for those who are focused on our own successes, and think that we are above the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, for those of us who conveniently ignore the greed and the self-serving political posturing of the Republican pundits and the smug assertions of the wealthy social leaders among us, for those of us who are grasping Republican bigots and fascist hate mongers, it’s time to share some new labels.
Roger Griffin describes fascism as “a genus of political ideology whose mythic core in its various permutations is a palingenetic form of populist ultranationalism”. Griffin describes the ideology as having three core components: “(i) the rebirth myth, (ii) populist ultra-nationalism, and (iii) the myth of decadence”.
Have you seen this term in use in the public venues? It’s becoming a common epithet. I believe it’s an apt description of America’s new “decadence”, and the growing myth that we are entitled to live as opulently as we are capable of, as long as we don’t have to be responsible for anyone else — particularly those less fortunate than we are, those who haven’t found the way to Light and Truth and the American Way of Greed and Self-Aggrandizement.
So, since some of us like slinging around the moniker of Socialism, I’d say that Fascism is a good corollary. It’s not a nice word…brings up visions of authoritarian oppression and Germany’s descent into the deprivation of the Jews before World War II. It’s a term that reflects the choice of a nation heading down the road to Authoritarian control of the masses.
It should not surprise any of us that we have an Authoritarian Fascist in our White House. So, are we going to move away from this dire path that we are moving toward, or are we going to embrace our fascist, authoritarian president and consign our fate to the dung heap of History, the way other nations have done.
Will America fall in ruins like Rome? If we all persist in ignoring the needs of our peoples, our little American utopia will come to an ugly end, and not with a bang, but with a whimper.