In a recent message, I said that the GOP has gone off the deep end. That started me thinking about why they have done so. How can thinking adults leave logic and rationality in the dust? This is what I have concluded so far.
Demagogues in the media, you know who I mean, are playing upon our fears to increase their clout and income. Some Americans are following their lead like lemmings racing to a cliff. The TEA Party is acting to corral and shepherd the lemmings so that none dare vary from the course. Thinking for oneself is actively discouraged, and expressing differing thoughts vociferously opposed.
Empathy for our fellow Americans is fading virtue. It is ironic that many who don’t believe in Darwinism, evolution, are those most favoring social Darwinism, survival of the fittest. Monetary success is a mark of divine favor while failure is stigmatized as divine disapproval or plain old laziness. In other words, only those who should succeed are worthy and the rest of us are doomed in this life and the next. Each of us must succeed or fail on our own. What social Darwinists seem to forget is that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to gain entry into Heaven. Since camels are not native to the US, I think that those preaching divine approval of wealth over helping your neighbor don’t realize that camels are large animals.
Government is criticized as a barrier to freedom, yet it is government that provides the playing field on which we all must compete, and that playing field is not a level one. It does not matter how much wealth one accumulates if our society becomes so divided that the wealthy cannot savor the freedom they claim to seek on our behalf. No one can be free in a cell, whether that cell is in an institution or self-created within a gated community.
Please see Lemmingly we roll along
- Lemmings, the Cliff and 2012 (dakotavoice.com)
- Following the Lemming (indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com)
- Budget Wars: As the Lemmings Approach the Cliff (wisejargon.wordpress.com)
- Neanderthal’s and Social Darwinism: Perverting Science? (jonathanturley.org)
- The Stream He Swims In: (brothersjuddblog.com)