I’ve been thinking a lot lately about our country, the economy, the lack of enthusiasm for the upcoming election, democracy, homosexuality, Chik-Fil-A, and all the crap we as Americans deal with on a daily basis. First and foremost, let me say that this post is not intended to be inflammatory or sensational, so if you get offended, you probably need to grow a thicker skin because I’m not intending to be offensive.
We live in crazy times, an era defined by rampant intolerance. That intolerance is not restricted to one political party as some would have you believe. It comes from both sides. Look at the recent uproar over a fast-food chicken restaurant. One side wants the company put out of business, while the other created traffic jams to get their unhealthy glob of grease. It was sheer insanity, a classic example of irrational hate mongering by both extremes. In America, if you truly want to be free, you have to drop this us versus them mentality. If you don’t like a company’s policies, simply don’t do business with them. Soberly and politely encourage your friends who share your values to do the same. But don’t try to infringe upon that person’s rights to think and believe as they see fit. That’s not democracy; that’s called fascism.
On the other hand, if you think you’re ordained with an inherent right to dictate to others what is right or wrong because you think your invisible man in the sky told you to, you need to back up. In this country, we have the right to believe or not believe as we see fit, and you don’t have the right to shove your religion down anyone else’s throat. You can believe in your guilt-god all you want. That’s your right. The moment you start telling me how to live my life based on your beliefs, we’ve got a problem. I don’t believe it and refuse to live my life based on ancient books written by barbaric peoples and rewritten by feudal kings to control peasants. Fortunately, based on our Constitution, we each have the right to our individual beliefs.
Our economy is about to collapse. I really believe that. We’re too out of balance, and the wealthy are too convinced of their divine right to more for anyone to fix it. The only way to fix our economy is to fix wages and get more people earning a livable wage. Everything else is just a photo op. Until the average worker can once again own homes and save for retirement and afford healthcare, our economy will continue to spiral out of control. By the end of this year, many of us will be facing hard choices between buying a tank of gas or buying enough food for the week. That’s not a sustainable economic reality, and it’s about to come crashing down.
This coming election is the biggest farce I’ve ever seen, laughable if not so tragic. If those two men are the best we can do for the leader of the free world, then we’re already too far gone to save. Politics has become theater of the grotesque, and I’m done being part of it. Until we remove money and lobbyists from controlling elections and policy, we have no hope of a government that serves the people. All we have is a circus sideshow, going through the motions of pretending to govern, closer to a Banana Republic than a functioning democratic republic.
All I can control is my own life. I will continue to write my books and try to grow my own food and prepare for the New Dark Ages as best I can. I won’t worry about whatever is coming because I can’t control it. I won’t worry about who others choose to love because that’s none of my business. I won’t boycott or support a fast-food joint out of irrational rage at “them.” I’m simply going to live. I’m going to work on forgiving those who’ve wronged me and bettering myself as a man. That’s all I can do. The rest is just a theater of mass distraction to keep the peasants bickering amongst themselves, while the plunderers finish emptying the coffers.