Saturday, February 25, 2017
The New Founding Fathers - Mk. 2
Americans love their Constitution and they revere their "founding fathers" which makes it all the more curious that some even devoutly, unquestionably, blindly support the ultimate charlatan who wants to relieve them of both.
Day by day they're working to unravel everything that has gone on before - the founding fathers, the Constitution, judicial independence, freedom of the press and the mechanism of checks and balances. They're doing an end run on everybody - the courts, Congress, the media - and insinuating themselves and their nihilistic ideology between the government and the voting public. They intend to be the new "founding fathers."
I guess that's what has disturbed me most for the past 20-years or so. As a people you've stopped challenging power, often regardless of the facts that you suspected or even knew to be untrue, if you thought there was also enough in it for you and the kin.
What can I say? If revisiting my admitted respect and affection for the Roosevelts can revive my once fairly fond feelings for America, even if it had somewhat gone astray, what might Ken Burns Roosevelt series do to reconnect Americans - as a citizenry, a tribe? Isn't that what today's media and cultural propaganda works to achieve - a diminishment, a diminution of the public so they won't insist on facts, or evidence or proof, in the presence of enough fear, precarity. A sufficiently fanciful and pleasing narrative, sometimes remarkably divorced from fact or evidence, sprinkled with a generous serving of xenophobia, paranoia, fear and anger, will suffice for reality. That's fatally corrosive of any possible social cohesion.,
Okay, I'm done. Watch this series, at home or somewhere else. Leave your own political bias at the door. Ask yourself if you wouldn't have been happier back then than you are now.
BTW, as you have figured out, the text of this is an email I sent to a close friend (nearly 40 years) and his delightful wife. I fear they're willing to just give up, go along to get along or get left alone. I think Americans need something to rally around and I think two Roosevelts have blazed that trail.