addiction, American government, domestic issues, homelessness, national security, Orwellian trash talk, political coherence, political cohesion, political compromise, public-private compacts
Reactionaries Inspire Revolutionaries
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez caught a bit of criticism today for her control of a “town hall” type meeting — although partisan — on behalf of a portion of those discarded or discounted within the American system.
Regarding the young politician’s social concerns and the knee-jerk branding that is the ever malleable bogey ne “socialism” as framed by a self-righteous Right, a statement about comprehensive governance serving the American People seemed appropriate.
A whole systems approach to the governance of a nation need not be a totalitarian approach but rather sensible in producing and sustaining cohesion and national security, which is in part defined by a nation’s political coherence.
On the present course, the wealthy have become wealthier, the poor more overwhelmed by ordinary lifestyle costs (an issue that reliably drives inflationary battles for higher minimum wage), and the numbers of abandoned, addicted, droned out, incarcerated, and politically impotent Americans continue to rise. While it’s good to push the top of the game, as it were, one might consider it prudent to get a good image of what’s going on in the basement too — and respond to it by other than shrugging it away.
I’ll repeat — or not if I haven’t said this already — I’ve framed the present general challenges to democracies as “medieval v modern”. We have to choose by adjusting ourselves to where we think the _whole country_ needs to be in the next one or two generations. Divided between Left and Right, rich and poor, dotted by islands of prosperity surrounded by seas of misery: that’s not where I would want this ship to go.
While it would seem every age needs its Dickens, and this one seems no exception, our United States of America was born with extraordinary ideals and insight. The nation was given a great future at the outset. Also appearing earlier this in my part of the awesome conversation:
The authors of our Constitution created a document beyond their own time.
Americans have produced miracles in the multidimensional accomplishments designed to ensure “domestic tranquility”. However, much has been done as well to undo that progress and return us all to the capricious rule of the strong while returning the nation to the conditions of feudal estates.
[Steps off soap box].
I’ve had a look at the place; can’t fix it with a Facebook post; maybe it’s time to take another step back . . . .
I keep this scene handy:
Much of the American public has been trained to “argue” using slogans (e.g., “Two legs bad; four legs good”) — and then there’s an Administrative part that actually gets into the issues and argues through them to give us the public-private compacts — agreements that serve our capitalists and our public both. That’s being eroded and there’s not a thing I can do about it but . . . publish.
Homeless Cody, American Citizen 2017
Posted to YouTube April 29, 2017.
Videographer Mark Horvath’s “Invisible People” project has made the “invisible” quite plainly seen and now into the millions of views. From BackChannel’s perspective, there has been a cold and impersonal aspect to life in America despite the Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman humanism built into her foundations. Fill in the gaps in the “precipitating event” part of Cody’s story: how did we become — when did we become — so callous and so cruel a national culture?
No need to blame President Trump on this score. The problem didn’t develop with his tenure. Nonetheless, one may question the developing atmosphere and mentality that “kicks to the curb” or just leaves there 0.17 percent of the nation’s headcount, rejects culpability, and looks away.
Americans – San Francisco Public Transportation Shooting Gallery 2018
Posted to YouTube April 25, 2018.
They may not all be Americans (I don’t know), but America’s opioid crisis also begs the Whisky Tango Foxtrot question: how did this happen? It’s hard linking business and political elements to so troubling an aspect of personal and social behavior, but there too one may wonder how so many, many souls became so unfathomably lost in America.
We know all about machines and systems but seem either unable to defend the vulnerable or address their motivations before the great slide down the groove to a make-shift make-do “Skid Hallway”.
As I’ve referenced Orwell in this post, any interested in a refresher may find it here:
For another sort of “refresher” or an introduction to civic responsibility and sense, I recommend acquaintance with the following:
United States of America: Basic Training