What Progress?

Yesterday, a discussion on Quora pertained to debate over far right wing American ideals. Hot off a ponder on Donald Trump, my comment suggesting runaway conservatism undermined decades of hard won progress, elicited this response –

“What progress? Paying lazy people to do nothing? Is that what you call progress? Allowing undocumented foreigners to overwhelm the US’s borders to introduce interesting new diseases to the U.S. population? Progress in sustainable alternate energy; like turning corn into ethanol to power cars and other motorized machines while at the same time contributing to the starvation of millions of people who used to get that corn for food? Is that progress? It seems to me that the only “actions” I’ve seen in the past few decades are perverted examples of social liberal progress that resulted in health insurance for people who don’t pay for it; homosexuals being able to get married for the federal tax benefits; my tax money being used to support thugs and terrorists who enter the country illegally and subsidized housing and loans that ruined the economy. You call that progress? The only true progress I’ve seen is tremendous scientific progress in automation, robotics and understanding of the universe. None of that has been unraveled so far; thankfully.”

Full of piss and vinegar, stewing in juices of condemnation, vowing to respect sanity by resisting temptation to dabble in places I ought to avoid, poised to forsake further affirmation right wing America hailed from a bat shit dimension, one whose elusive comprehension wasn’t helping my blood pressure – I found myself pondering the last sentence. Intrigue sparked faint impressions of “hang on, not so fast”, that last bit doesn’t fit.

Curiosity in full command, a click on author’s profile tugged predictable down a rabbit hole faster than shut the fuck up crossed my lips. Retired army veteran with 20 years service, 67 years old, gun club member, degree in psychology from University of Maryland, worked as photo-journalist and newspaper editor, life long obsession with science fiction novels, orthodox Jewish father, devout Catholic mother, atheist since the age of 14. Damn rabbit hole, stop screwing with me! Tell me who actually penned this “what progress” dribble.

One truth about rabbit holes – beyond maniacal attempts to distort reality, they never tell a lie. I’m left to dust off rabbit dander – in truth, a welcome distraction from an imminent reassessment of  membership in the right wing club of America.

8 thoughts on “What Progress?

  1. Why is it that such people do not understand that the wealth and power in this country is controlled by less than four hundred families, i.e. the Koch brothers, and that their mission seems to be to get those that are in the same boat with ‘those liberals’ they rant about to shift all guilt and to them when it is those with such power who really don’t give two figs for any of us en masse’. It is a favored ploy of power brokers to to set the weak and poor against the weak and poor in order to keep them weak and poor thus sustaining their own power. This was at its most apparent when the Supreme Court ruled corporations are to be considered ‘peoples’ in their political contributions to candidates, thus ensuring that only those politicians who toe their line remain figure heads in government. Me thinks the Black Panthers were prescient in demanding ‘power to the people’ long ago. We are living in Wonderland if we think the Constitution is anything more than a pablum to be dolled out as a flaccid flag to mark the rights of the common citizen.
    Perhaps it is time to think of finding new environs. Abraham Lincoln said it best when he said it is better to live in a place where there is no hint of democracy and is totalitarian without the hint of hypocrisy.>KB

    • As this Canadian sees it – America is self destructing. Grotesquely bloated constitutional nonsense will be the death of a once great nation. In hindsight, I’m questioning “once great” because America excelled at marketing itself as the global bastion of democracy and freedom – what a joke!
      Any U.S. citizen who thinks government represents interests of the people, are nothing less than indoctrinated fools. Honestly – propaganda, shenanigans and mind fucks aside, one pill I can’t swallow is the rabid acceptance of corporate, religious and special interest lobby funding/sponsorship of policy/politicians.Patience wears thin re any sympathy for a nation where citizens equate constitutional freedoms to corporate manipulation. WTF! One day historians will reflect on America’s collapse, papers will document collapse of a civilization, and any American left standing will still be scratching their constitutional ass.

      • Often it is the tools a civilization uses to build itself upon with all good intentions that lead to its own demise when the people can no longer access the rudiments that made it work in the first place. I for one am glad I have gotten to the age where I will only need to witness the slip-sliding into the pool of self-indulgence and mis-begotten beliefs and not have to deal with the final consequences. My plan is to stay out of radar range and watch the inevitable realization of Vonnegut’s “Slapstick” find it’s full fruition. >KB

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