A friend told me that she believes that the United States may be at a relative low point in its history, and she wondered whether we would reverse course and lift ourselves up, or whether we are on an irreversible course of continued decline. If you want to know what I told her, look below the fold.
We are at a severe societal, cultural, political, economic, environmental, military, governmental low. Whether we have any chance of correcting this is going to depend heavily on who we elect president and what they do when elected. For one thing, it is going to be essential that all of the totally incompetent political partisan hackfucks that the Bush regime has appointed to all and sundry executive branch agencies are rooted out and those positions are refilled by competent experts. This includes Department of Justice, the Pentagon, Department of State, Health and Human Services, and just about every other agency, large and small, that makes this nation function.
It took decades to build a culture and tradition of competent expertise in the executive branch through the hiring and nurturing of career bureaucrats, experts at what they do, a huge number of whom have been fired and replaced with incompetent morons who spout the correct partisan gibberish and have gone to the correct iron-age-mythology-based institutions of higher learning. It is going to take time and effort to correct this, and these incompetent wackos are surely not going meekly.
It is also going to depend on ensuring that the extreme “conservative” wing of the Republican Party is not allowed any role in our polity except to sit down, shut the fuck up, and do what the fuck they’re told. These are the wackadoodle craven nutjobs who who have brought our country to the edge of the cliff with their insane fantastical refusal to consider reality in policy decision-making and their divisive ideology that has deeply riven, perhaps irrevocably, our polity.
Make no mistake: The reason we are where we are is because of the direction these stark-raving batshit-insane lunatics have taken us over the last 30 years. If we give them even the slightest opportunity, they will do everything in their power to finish their avowed project, and push us right over that edge into the medieval darkness of feudalism that lies below. They want this, very badly.
They are craven purveyors (or buyers) of political, social, and economic snake-oil, and they and their grotesque ideology must be decisively consigned to the scrap heap of history if we are to have any chance whatsoever of repairing this country.