Mad in the USA

16 Apr

The United States of America is rarely an innocent party in world affairs anymore. We have little validity other than being the greatest threat to life and limb on the planet.  We do no trade of consequence for our size; we help no one without a strategic purpose lurking near. We stalk constantly about the planet as a harbinger of doom and still, as Americans, we see none of it.

There is a madness about us; we are as a people, unhinged.  For decades we have been doing the same vile and stupid things to other peoples and we forever expect different outcome. Proof of national insanity could not be clearer. The roots of this malaise are deep and strong and of long standing.

We have been taught from childhood to regard all other countries as lesser entitities. We reluctantly grant them small notice for accomplishments but with a caveat of some flaw in their nature.  All lose with comparison to us; always.  This has been a singular fact of civic discourse for decades.  Surely there is a price to pay for such one-sided judgment and subsequent projection upon others and perhaps clinical insanity is it. 

Different leadership appears on the national scene with regularity bringing agendas that may differ from a predecessor’s. Very soon the institutional mindset envelopes the newcomers and they too exhibit the national syndrome.  If only the old Doctors Freud or Jung, or especially Adler, were with us today to analyze these hapless enactors as they go through their mad antics as if they were sane and reasonable citizens. They might then explain us to ourselves. The world would be a better place indeed.

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2 Responses to “Mad in the USA”

  1. Jim Christian April 19, 2017 at 9:07 am #

    “Different leadership appears on the national scene with regularity bringing agendas that may differ from a predecessor’s. Very soon the institutional mindset envelopes the newcomers and they too exhibit the national syndrome.”

    So true. They take new leadership up to that hill on Custis-Lee at Arlington, point out two graves, the Kennedy brothers. This one a President, this other one a Senator, both “martyred”. Jack and Bob Kennedy, they were the last two in or close to power that said no to bullshit wars, the CIA and the bankers. Among others.

    And so, naturally, new leadership must “exhibit” the National Syndrome. After all, just LOOK at all the real estate remaining on that lovely hill for new “martyrs”. Senators, Congressmen, Presidents, they all get the tour, they all get the message. No need to “martyr” truly patriotic candidates on the way up anymore, if they win, just give them the tour. The persistent and resistant? There’s always a nut in the weeds with a magic bullet waiting, there’s always a pretty graveside available. Ain’t that a shame, we’ll say.

    • ibonobos April 19, 2017 at 11:31 am #

      I take it from Gore Vidal, half brother to Jackie and intimate of JFK that Jack was a war-monger. Beyond that the history gets muddy vs CIA, Oswald, the Mob, Cuba etc. As to Saran Saran sp. what was he all about?

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