It is with some reluctance that I write words that we do not want to hear: our democracy is dead, and the two major political parties work for economic forces that they cannot control. Criticizing the Democrats for forsaking their constituents is now a waste of time, and the Republicans march virtually in lock-step behind a leadership which we do not see. Our trips to place our ballots, voting for effective political representation, is something like a ceremony begging the rain-gods to bring us rain. Upon the clouds promising rain are the faces of our politicians, drawn by our imaginations, working from materials provided us by the political presentation industry.
Recently, Congress voted to nullify a regulation initiated by the Federal Communications Commission which aimed to prevent our internet service providers from harvesting information from our individual internet usage. Note that compilation of such information can give a very clear picture of what you are reading, thinking, desiring, fearing, and where you do your business. Of course there were no voters at home asking for any such thing. And survey polls showed that up to 70% of the adults surveyed were opposed to this personal invasion. Do the rain-gods hear us now? And do they care? How CAN they, being just paintings on the passing clouds.
Wait, surely there is the Constitution! The Constitution can save us! But then some squinty-eyed analyst will tell you that it is all only words on paper. Chem-lab 101: Words; Paper.
Of course, any reflective reading of this great document will reveal ink distilled from centuries of thought, experience, struggle and wisdom. And yes, the words have no meaning - except that provided by a society with a beating heart which understands and undertakes to institutionalize the ideas, ideals and mechanisms inscribed there.
Recently, a high-level Officer, charged in service to the people, vowed allegiance to The Constitution. And in the next breath he said this: “we have to recognize that we can no longer allow (Julian) Assange and his colleagues the latitude to use free speech values against us.” … “they pretended that America’s First Amendment freedoms shield them from justice,” …“they may have believed that, but they are wrong.” … “To give them the space to crush us with misappropriated secrets is a perversion of what our great Constitution stands for. It ends now.”
And so we stand by with breaking hearts as the Constitution is painted-over with layer upon layer of nonsense and agressive nihilism. We can cry, but we must try to remember what democracy was about. Presist, on the far-side of heartbreak there can be light.