So now we have 12/2 to go along with 9/11. And while the death and injury this time isn’t of the magnitude it was 14 years ago, the hysteria seems to be greater. Only five days after the tragedy, the leading Republican candidate engages in a form of hate speech not seen in mainstream American politics since Joe McCarthy.
To say that I’m appalled doesn’t begin to describe it. That people cheer on and support this blustering carnival barker speaks directly to the decline of real American values and principles. Trump is a childish clown seeing how much he can get away with.
It’s the people who follow him that scare the crap out of me. The ignorance and lack of critical thought is — as I have long said — very dangerous.
Look at it this way: When one of America’s premier princes of darkness, Dick Cheney, says you’ve gone too far… well, yikes!
It’s also been pointed out that Donald Sterling gets caught making private racial comments, and they take away his basketball team and ban him from the NBA for life. Donald Trump makes public campaign racial comments and is applauded.
And if don’t wake up and come to our senses, he may just end up winning the nomination.
The experts have been predicting his downfall since he started. And the phrase they use is that: “People will come to their senses.” His campaign is assumed to be a joke and that we’ll eventually see the punchline.
That punchline just might be: This country has lost its mind (or perhaps: soul)!
My misanthropy has never been stronger.
This is the flip side — the dark side — of the “heart” coin.
Everything we’ve seen in the last week, the terrorism and the hyperbolic emotional response to it, comes from leading with your heart and not your head.
We got here by being mentally lazy. We got here by abdicating our duty as citizens of a democratic society. (This would be a good time to go re-read my post about Leon Wieseltier, who touched on exactly these issues.)
In the search for solutions we constantly ignore the most important one: Be smarter. Take education seriously. Learn. Be smarter.
I’m still sorting through my thoughts about the shooting, our response on all levels, and terrorism in general. I have notes, but it’s so hard to wrap my mind around. I was born in NYC and became an adult in Los Angeles (and have family in San Bernardino), so both terror attacks have specific personal connections.
Now, perhaps because his polls are slipping, perhaps because the spotlight was on real news and not the absurd unreality show of his campaign, America’s strangest clown has stolen the spotlight. The 24-hour news coverage of his campaign is starting to equal that of the shootings themselves!
Think about what a stupid, sick society this must be that the terrorism-driven assassinations of 14 Americans at a Christmas party hold our attentions for three straight days and engenders strongly emotional — often agenda-driven — reactions from all sides…
And now we’re on day two of solid coverage of The Chump who acts like a spoiled child. And the strongly emotional — often agenda-driven — reactions from all sides are pouring in…
I feel like an alien anthropologist studying a primitive race that has potential that might someday flower into intelligence.
Have we become so besotted on reality shows that people see politics as just more of the same? Is the whole world a kind of infotainment to people?
Our worst natures are coming to the fore.
We defend our own wrong behavior by pointing to the wrong behavior of others. As if two wrongs made a right.
We talk about what is successful or popular but we don’t talk about what is right or moral, about what coincides with our American values of liberty and freedom.
We increasingly have lost our way and, like all lost people, will seek solace in any port of refuge that seems strong and secure. But fear drives us to foolish, short-sighted, decisions.
The way out is to be smarter. For over forty years I’ve been stressing the idea that education is a major part of the solution. I believe it still.
Be smarter. You get fooled less.