Monday, November 14, 2011
The Deconstruction Of America
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
Politics is rotten … period.
The form of government the American people chose at their founding was unique. It still is. Many have sprung up around the globe in imitation of the American constitutional “representative” republic. None have yet hit the mark -- though they have come close.
Ours is an imperfect form of government. It is a government “of,” “by,” and “for” the people. The key word, of course, is “people.” And therein lies the problem.
The American government was flawed from its beginning. It is a result of the human touch. It could not and cannot be helped. But it has worked miraculously well, for over two centuries.
From time to time, America has touched on destruction, even self-destruction. But, so far, we have managed to pull back, at the last moment, and survive to become a colossus astride the world.
There have been costs. There will be more.
Some say America is hard on the world. Maybe. But America is hardest on itself. The internal war between Americans to determine what we will become still rages. For, you see, America is never static. America is always “becoming.”
The continuous swirling vortex that is America wounds and wounds deeply. Our leaders come and go. They ascend to the pinnacle of power with grandiose ideas only to be swept to the kneeling benches below by the American people, fickle, as they are, who choose not to accept those ideas or that leader’s choice for the direction of travel he intends to take America. We have seen it time and time again.
America’s current leader, Barack Obama, is experiencing the backhand of the people of America. His policies, his directions, his political philosophies have been rejected by “the people.” He is in a desperate fight to salvage something for posterity.
Obama’s mistake was to drag America, kicking and screaming, in a direction it did not want to go. As a result he will earn an asterisk by his name in the history books as America’s first black President -- and very little else.
America finds itself at another crossroads. We have one chance to take the right direction. The cost of choosing wrongly is the destruction of our great nation.
The process of choosing a leader for the future of America is well underway. It is a spectacle seen nowhere on earth save for America. We push forward a number of men and women we think we would like to see lead America -- then we begin the process of striping the flesh off their bones. There is no mercy.
Candidates who survive the process are not necessarily good leaders just very good at perseverance and dodging those proverbial slings and arrows.
America is rich in citizens who would be leaders about whom future generations would sing songs. But they will not step from the safety of the sidelines and join the fray. But then, who can blame them. Of course, that means America tends to be led by the second best, or the least best, or the lesser of two evils, all soaked in mediocrity. It is a rare occurrence, indeed, when America actually gets a better President than it voted for.
The fact is – there is no outstanding leader among the candidates for President from either side of America’s political spectrum in this election cycle. At the very moment America is in desperate need of a lion at the helm -- we have only mice from which to choose.
America can do better than this. The nation deserves better than this. But THIS is where we are.
From today’s perspective, the American future is bleak with decay as far as the eye can see. Why? -- Because we are no longer a single people. We have become far too diverse a population. Until we decide, again, who we are and coalesce around that certain, singular, American character, we will remain, for all intents and purposes, ungovernable.
Diversity and inclusion have murdered the singular American character and culture. We are adrift, unclaimed, and un-claimable. Electing another mouse to lead us will do nothing more than seal our destiny as just another consignment to the dustbin of history.
J. D. Longstreet