In every revolution, the “intelligentsia,”are swept aside. They represent an entrenched notion of superiority and upper class that would keep change within their purview for ever. They call anyone who is not aligned with them “ignorant.”
But Americans have developed a different model of “knowing” called “trending.”
Ignorance is what? What does a person have to “know” to rise above ignorance? Over the past six decades, we Americans have gradually diluted and “re-purposed”public education to reveal a new role for our schools: Day Care and fail-proof graduation.
BTW: What we don’t know, we can, like, Google, right? Like, the internet is a great source, right? And, like, almost better than rumors. And Twitter, hey. Right? It is not only right; it is right now! Who needs to be smart when they have smart PHONES;)
Each generation allowed to drift away from personal responsibility and thoughtful challenge dims our future, and insults our past. Then the child become the parent, their children become parents, ad nauseum. There is a saying, “Wisdom comes with age.” But apparently, sometimes, age comes alone.
What has come of the devaluation of deep education, and elimination of critical thinking/learning skills? Is it fair to castigate an electorate that has been hoodwinked into accepting whatever their equally educated associates and self-proclaimed leaders tell them?
What do we expect from uber-indulged offspring, un-chaffed by the requirements of self-reliance? Why should we be surprised when 4th generation union laborers cry out in pain when their family traditions leave them without a clue or a paycheck?
We find ourselves in 2016, after wrenching damage to our smug image of ourselves as Americans with unlimited potential, who need only show up to garner success. The wounds inflicted by 9/11 are still with us after 15 years of missteps in response. We have tried to deny the damage; we have launched counterattacks on the phantoms of suicide using oceans of borrowed money to fund distant wars with professional warriors; we have salved our pain with money borrowed to buy homes and the trappings of wealth against a mirage of future prosperity; we drowned in the aftermath of deluded excess; we barely made our way back to the shores of reason and a semblance of recovery.
Now, we use deceitful yardsticks to measure our return to Camelot. Empty words like “employment” when a person finally finds a job at 60% of their former pay.
We make false implications like “college education” when a barely literate and numerate high school “graduate” borrows the price of a new home to learn to read, write, and use a computer; then, the search for work that will pay the student loans, while the “college graduate,” either stays in the family basement, or shares desperate apartment space with like-indentured contemporaries.
When I say “we,” I mean our shackled culture. We have been fooled into believing what we are told, minding our “political correctness,” and allowing mobs to control our justice system when, the results do not satisfy them. We have allowed loud minorities of no more than 3-5% of our population to direct our legislatures and judiciaries to give them control and sanctions over the rest of our society. We have succumbed to the notion that Americans have to allow others to flaunt our laws, treaties, and alliances because we should never stand firm, confront evil, or fight dirty.
The idealized America of the past was pretty hard-nosed, and seldom a patsy for, “that’s not NICE.” Our heroes were tough guys who would not stand for threats or false promises. Somehow we believe we are still tough when we are just the opposite.
The social organizers, the media and professional politicians have informally colluded to keep Americans in their recliners, consumers of what they conjure, passive observers of life in America.
But we all have our limits, and when those limits are breached, we get up and fight the bullies who have tried to keep us under control with their well-honed rules. Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are appealing to the Americans who have suffered and who see not relief, but more suffering. They are mad as hell, and they are not going to take it anymore.
Even if these gladiators are martyred by “the System,” they have awakened those who have let things go too long. These revolutionaries will not accept sophisticated “ideas” or convoluted promises; they want palpable relief. They want to push the buttons, and pull the levers, and see results that make a difference.