Thursday, August 04, 2005

Getting Well

Mustang Bobby posted a quote from E.L. Doctorow today which I have reproduced below.
The president we get is the country we get. With each president the nation is conformed spiritually. He is the artificer of our malleable national soul. He proposes not only the laws but the kinds of lawlessness that govern our lives and invoke our responses. The people he appoints are cast in his image. The trouble they get into and get us into, is his characteristic trouble.

Finally, the media amplify his character into our moral weather report. He becomes the face of our sky, the conditions that prevail. How can we sustain ourselves as the United States of America given the stupid and ineffective warmaking, the constitutionally insensitive lawgiving, and the monarchal economics of this president? He cannot mourn but is a figure of such moral vacancy as to make us mourn for ourselves.

While I am pretty fragged from a quick trip to the west coast I felt the need to comment on the idea before I crash. The quote above resonated very sharply and I will read the full article. I have been trying to understand why things are the way the are and continue to be. There is a large force of people who are not happy with the things that are happening and the way the country is is evident in the polls. So why are things continuing to turn to shit? The quote above explains a lot of it. Regardless of our wishes the reality is that Georgie is our leader, he's the guy that poops in the oval office potty. We don't have to like it but that is the way it is.
Georgie's karma is our national karma and a bad sumabitch karma it is. It is not our absolute but it is biased toward it. The country is shallower, less inquisitive, more vindictive, ignorant and most of all less loving or uncaring, if you prefer, because of it. We will probably never know all the machinations used to promote this spoiled and meanspirited failure to the top of the pile but he is and as such he is us to the world. I know it is a sickening thought and something we try to reject from our thinking but it is undeniable. It is heart stopping and soul withering but true.
Ok, so we are sick by association but regardless, sick. The first step is to accept the sickness as real. Don't deny it. Make it tangible. Make it solid. Make it something real enough to reject will all your will. Don't pretend it is just a scratch and will go away of it own accord. This is a serious injury to our national soul and requires the most immediate and decisive action. An enemy denied is an enemy victorious. If we don't recognize this poison in the nation's blood as real and dangerous and react accordingly, we will regret it to our dying day.

Update: Fixed Broken Link to Mustang Bobby's post

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