Saturday, October 21, 2006

Exile


Our forefathers, the very people who Christians love to claim gave them carte-blanch to fashion government according to their own dogmas, were the very people who once and for all denied the validity of the divine right of kings, and told King George to go fuck himself. They knew from hard experience that a government that attempted to establish rule of law based on divine proxy could only degenerate into another form of oppression, so they took a stand and declared that only secular law could protect religious freedom, even if that meant allowing for freedom FROM religion as well. They were men of faith as well as men of reason, and they saw no contradiction in government based on secular realities while keeping faith where it belonged, in the church, in the synagogue, in the mosque, or in the heart. It has been more than 200 years since this amazing document was crafted by this amazing collection of personalities, and STILL, we are so clueless, so self indulgent, so STUPID, as to be arguing about what our constitution really means. And now, in a modern and so-called enlightened age, we have allowed a president and a congress to damage this beautiful creation of ours, staining it with bills that attack the very heart of our freedoms and threaten to return us to the prison of the heart and mind that our founding fathers freed us from.

In the very face of evidence of what happens when you allow religious zealots to infiltrate government and attempt to dismantle it from within, politicians who are taking on the once vaunted conservative elite, namely democrats and independents, are using the same shameless shmoozing of people of faith in order to garner votes. Rather than run on the strength of their own private and personal convictions, presenting who and what they stand for from a secular perspective, they go to churches and assure the congregations that yes, they are still one of them, God fearing people who are somehow better than the supposed God fearing people they claim need to be replaced. It is such a sad display that even deeply religious voters are turned off by their sales pitches. It seems that this new batch of candidates still don't seem to have very deep thoughts when it comes to the mindset that a free, democratic and honest secular government needs to function properly for everybody's benefit. Perhaps it will get so bad that even Southern Baptists, those oh-so righteous and moral Americans that gave us Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich, and the dumbest dimwit ever to steal an election, DUBYA, will blink, and realize that even an atheist can respect their interests better than any of these characters ever did. I'm not holding my breath.

I am living in an occupied country. It was invaded using the "fast and cheap" doctrine, bypassing the polling booths in favor of going straight for the throat of democracy. No thought was given to post-coup management, so convinced were our new masters that we would line their paths with rose petals and praise. Even our allies could not help us, so confused were they that WE actually needed THEM more than they needed US. And so here we are, a once envied former super-power, making loud noises at the world while we crumble from within, a sad paper tiger laid low by a robed madman hiding out in caves in the Pakistani wilderness. I feel a very close kinship with those who watched helplessly and chronicled the fall of the Roman empire as their divinely installed emperor played his fiddle and watched it burn to the ground.

I am living in exile, and I never even left my own country.

7 comments:

I_Wonder said...

"...laid low by a robed madman hiding out in caves in the Pakistani wilderness." I think I would phase this as "...laid low by unethical politicians and critizens without critical thinking who failed to respond with courage and leaderhsip to a robed madman hiding out in caves in the Pakistani wilderness." We've done this to ourselves and can't push the blame to others.

The Michael said...

Well, actually, Paul, that robed madman knew exactly what he was doing. He gave our unethical politicians and shallow citizens the ammunition they needed to shoot themselves in their own heads. It's a shared madness, my friend. And we are in the crossfire.

Buffalo said...

Bin Laden knew exactly what he was doing and succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. Mad though he appears to be, the madness has not made him less intelligent and cunning.

The politicians didn't shoot themselves in the head, bro. They shot the citizen in the cojones and the back.

Miss Cellania said...

Good post, although I sincerely regret the conditions that caused you to write it. My political cyberfriends are all excited about "this time", maybe the election will go our way,and I keep reminding them that bin Laden is scheduled to be arrested on November 2nd. And Diebold is still making the voting machines. So don't celebrate too soon.

anna said...

A very sad and beautifully written post. I, too, have been saying to some American friends that perhaps it's just time for the United States to fall from its super-power status. All good things come to an end... especially when they aren't so good anymore.

Jane Poe (aka Deborah) said...

Absolutely depressing, but well-written as ever ... love the line, I am living in an occupied country. I hope we have enough of an insurgency at the polls in a few weeks to make a dent in this hideous occupation.

Homo Escapeons said...

The Theocracy is very slowly starting to unravel..amazing that what started with the Conservative mission ended up , predictably, as evolving into what they feared most...and broke the bank on the way!
Absolute power corrupts..hmmm..I have never wirnessed a finer example. It will be interesting to see how many people can still be fooled some of the time. I shudder to think that some of your citizens have not learned a thing from this fiasco.
Historians are going to have a field day.

Good Luck my friend.