Things are pretty caught up on the research front for a change, so a brief political digression, which I would not blame you for skipping if you don’t want to read my ranting, or even more sober analysis. And once more, I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone for reading and for the many contributions from people sending in information and sharing comments. I appreciate it deeply.
Anyone who reads history knows that nations don’t always follow an upward trajectory; that in relatively short order their governmental and social lives can fall into disarray. We are at such a point in the United States. You cannot follow events over the last few decades in our country without having a real perception that the quality of our public life has deteriorated substantially. Social media contributes immensely to the decline in rational thought and policy, but the fundamental source is our supposed institutions of higher education, which are nothing but the detritus of foul and disproven ideologies, whose apostles have corrupted and polluted every aspect of American life.
The current administration represents a new acme in idiocracy or a new nadir in competence. Is there a single person in the country who actually believes these absolute buffoons are doing a good job of governing the country? We have no coherent foreign policy and we have alienated all of our natural partners. We have emboldened even further those who believe in governments of oppression and kleptocracy, which are eager to extend their domain over even more of the world’s people. We are no beacon of light guiding the huddled masses to freedom and opportunity; we are a broken-down back alley streetlight reflecting on a morass of wasted minds and lost souls.
We can’t protect our borders. We can’t deal with an epidemic that has obvious solutions. Criminal activity has spiked to previously unseen levels. There is no effective effort to constrain drug cartels and overdoses soar. Our economy lives on massive government handouts and debt, sparking inflation and hindering truly productive activity. We have replaced rewarding achievement with punishing achievers based on their skin color or gender. And on and on.
If you believe we can survive this without permanent dysfunction, you are wrong. Every single institution we rely on has been corrupted–the law, the media, education, government itself. How do you fix that? I won’t give up trying to change what is so obviously wrong, but let’s don’t be delusional about the depth of destruction to the values and structures that made this country great.