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Stupidity and Blindness Have Destroyed Whatever Democracy the US Ever Had

Republicans and Democrats are the problem

There are other problems too, of course. To a certain extent, both Republican and Democratic voters in the US are blinded to reality. In the case of Republicans, who tend to be less well educated, or even if they have higher degrees, to be in thrall to fanatic religious doctrines that over-ride any scientific thinking they might once have learned, this blindness to reality is celebrated. Among Democrats, who fancy themselves to be the “reality-based” voters, however, there is also a blindness to reality. Democrats refuse to see the larger picture: for example that the US is absurdly over-militarized and badly in need of being pacified and disarmed. No amount of calls for better funding for social needs can succeed without first closing down the over 800 bases that the US operates abroad, terminating all the undeclared foreign wars and military adventures in places like Syria, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, etc., shrinking the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Special Forces and the nuclear forces and slashing the overall military budget by at least 75%. To fail to recognize this reality is as stupid as your typical Republican yahoo’s refusal to accept the reality of rampaging climate change. It is simply Democratic yahooism.

A Republican can visit the lower stretch of Miami Beach’s Alton Road — the main concourse of the city — at high tide and watch the sea surge up through the storm drains. Even if this leaves the observer standing in calf-deep seawater that wasn’t there a few years ago, he or she will insist that climate change is a “liberal hoax.” Laughable? Sure, but no more so than some liberal Democrat standing a mile or so back from the Pentagon — the world’s largest office building! — and, while taking in the view of its vast parking lots holding the cars of some of its 23,000 employees, denying that the US military is a bloated monstrosity in need of epic downsizing.

These two particular blindnesses — the one a Republican and the other a Democrat affliction — get to the heart of our national political disaster. Unless both are overcome, or at least the Democratic one, nothing of real consequence can be done to escape the mind-numbing political morass into which this nation has sunk.

It is both fascinating and inspiring to watch the explosive movement of women suddenly coming out of their isolation to decry and condemn the horrors they have suffered over their lifetimes at the hands of sexist and often criminally abusive men in positions of power. I wonder what it would take to ignite that same degree of passion and heroic insurgency over the continued political inaction on climate change and over the nation’s continued war-mongering and imperial foreign policy actions. (Trump signing a record $700 billion military funding bill this week doesn't seem to be doing it.)



story | by Dr. Radut