Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.
– Sigmund Freud
Hubris is the Greatest of Mankind’s Sins
The American Empire is imploding, it has always been inevitable and unfortunately the collapse will now only be accelerating. No matter how egregious the actions or lack of actions of the entire, corrupt fascist empire’s current “leadership” in Washington, if you are holding on to the propaganda and mythologies that support the American democratic mirage and think that the coming elections in November, or those that are, one still assumes, though I have my doubts, to be held in the fall of 2016, will produce a meaningful, quantifiable change of course, you will soon be very, very disappointed. Chaos will be the only handmaiden of this nation for many years to come.
Our national hubris and that of our power elites that rule us requires a long and painful cathartic purging. Obama is but a reflection of the emptiness of our national soul, an accelerant of a process begun long ago. The question is not if, when nor how, for that has been written many times in the history of empires. No, it is the most important unknown for all Americans, perhaps even for all humanity: at the end of the long, dark tunnel ahead, will we be embraced by the bright sunshine of real and lasting freedom or by the night of a new Dark Ages of total tyranny? Every aspect of American culture and civilization has been consistently degraded, mostly through the luxury of the spoils of empire and the dumbing down of the American mind through the insidious, perverted notions of moral, ethical and intellectual relativism.
The indolence, the demands for self-gratification of a diseased, narcissistic civilization whose insatiable blood letting around the globe has had few equals and cannot be stopped from within, at least through the existing architecture of our totally unbalanced, theoretically constitutionally constrained democracy, at least without collapsing first. America is soon to be infected by a political and socioeconomic polarization not experienced since the Civil War. Perhaps it is the plan of the Obama administration, but not likely. It simply is the end game of a process which America accepted when it made the conscious decision to become an Empire.
The art of Norman Rockwell was already anachronistic when his works graced the covers of the Saturday Evening Post, a dream of America that was being eaten from the inside out. The American illusion is wafting away in the winds of reality and those that cling to it will find the waters difficult to survive. The inevitable happens.