- Jeff Wright
"The tyranny of the ignoramuses is insurmountable and assured for all time" -- Albert Einstein
We are in trouble indeed. The marriage of television and propaganda may well have been the funeral of reason. Television and propaganda exercised within a country where 70 percent believe in angels, 50 percent believe Saddam Hussein was responsible for taking down the World Trade Center, and more than half reject the 150 years of scientific research concluded since Origin of Species. It's pretty easy to see where this is headed.
We now live in a period when a Toby Keith comes along and defines American foreign policy as a "boot in their ass" and the crowd wildly cheers for more.
Even worse, we are left to the moral and intellectual decrepitude of the Democratic Party to define an incredible opposition, while the Republicans find it impossible to stifle the roar of the Neocons.
It could be trumpeted a thousand times that none of the stated reasons for invading Iraq had any credibility and have been demonstrably disproved. Colin Powell's United Nations briefing looks like a comic routine if played now.
But now it doesn't matter. We're in Iraq and we'll be there until well past 2,000 are dead and 10,000 wounded (instead of the 512 and 3,000 today), and it will have been done for the "American Way." Whatever the hell that is anymore. The citizens of this country seem to exist in a giant black hole of contradiction, apathy and totally self-absorbed complacency.
Has anyone except the American parents and close relatives of those soldiers envisioned the actual deaths and maiming of our younger fellow citizens? As their bodies exploded, fell out of the sky, drowned, were shredded, blown apart and were sliced and crushed?
Or of the thousands of parents and relatives of Iraqi bystanders that have suffered a similar fate burying their relatives and neighbors since March 18, 2003? Has anyone out there seen a single report on the deaths of Iraqi civilians since March 2003? Does anyone even care in this country why the death toll of Iraqis is never reported? Are those folk subhuman? Were those deaths "better" at the hands of the one from across the ocean instead of their own dictator? Do they somehow deserve to die because we had to go "free" them?
We are more obsessed with finding a way to remove excess fat, getting a makeover, who makes it on the next Survivor, whether Ryan and what's-her-name have great sex, than contemplating what those soldiers and Iraqi civilians dying every day mean to us.
We e-mail pictures of flags and tributes to tell each other "we care." We simply don't care. To care means everyone is responsible for actually fully thinking through their position and how they arrived at it. Then defending it. But that is obviously not happening. Meanwhile, the blood and treasure being expended in this "great" American cause we are embarked upon just rolls along because George W. Bush says it needs to and Congress applauds. And does anyone even remember Afghanistan?
After the next election, there likely will not be a Democratic Party that means anything at all, except as a nexus where all the whining simps of the country go to convene in their joint misery.
Bush and the Neocons will have their way with us in any position they please. Via CALEA and PATRIOT Act, the War on Terror, Drugs and States, TSA, DEA, FBI, IRS, ATF, FDA, FCC, FRB, the SS, HSA, NSA, CIA and the rest will continue, unabashed, in their single minded assault on freedom and liberty. The War on Everything must be fed. And it will, to the tune of trillions.
It is certain that our "leaders" sincerely believe that they know what is right for the country and the rest of us are idiots. They are exactly what we are today. There needs to be a point soon where Toto pulls back the curtain and reveals the man who is working the levers.
If not, please tell me what exactly is happening to America that is really good right now? Oh yeah, does anyone even remember this started out being about Osama bin Laden?
Jeff Wright is a local technology entrepreneur. He and his family live in Peyton on the eastern plains of El Paso County.