The history of America may well be written as the story of a people who turned the garden of Eden into a dystopia of resentment. A place where hate became the new currency and the people delegitimized their own government. Transforming what was once business, labor and government working together as complimentary pillars of society, to what can only be described today as a hostile takeover. A radicalized ideology steeped in religious and nationalistic undertones that has managed to convince the working-class to hate their own government and vote against their economic interests. An old Turkish proverb reminds us that while the forest was shrinking, the trees kept voting for the axe, as its handle was made of wood and they thought it was one of them., radical.
In elevating and celebrating Donald Trump, conservatives have replaced traditional republican values with pretenses of patriotism and religion. They have become complicit in perpetrating deceptive tactics, bad economics, historic corruption and moral disease in our government. This new ideology traffics in division and inequality. It gives license to prejudice those who are less fortunate based on their worthiness rather than our compassion.
The reality is a nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. For the traitor appears not as a traitor; he speaks in familiar accents and appeals to the fear that lies in the hearts of his victims. He trades in hypocrisy. He distracts the public discourse and undermines the pillars of institutions to the point they become weak and ineffective. This November we’ll stand at a crossroads: one path leading to equality and sustainability, another towards despair and utter hopelessness. The third path leading to total extinction. Let us hope we have the wisdom to make the right choice.