Postmortem…

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The single most harmful thing that ever happened to the United States…

This morning, I got into a social media “discussion” with an individual who seems to believe himself a constitutional scholar.  He’s got ALL kinds of information about what the Constitution says.  It doesn’t even seem to bother him that the Constitution says no such thing.  It seems that conservatives have been conditioned to believe that if they just say, “the Constitution says,” then there can be no more discussion about it.

It got me to thinking…

This country was declared – as most of us know – on July 4, 1776.  It didn’t actually become a country until 1789, when the colonies finally signed off on the deal.  When the Constitutional aspect of this once-great nation finally failed will be a question for future historians.  I think one could put the date of demise at January 20, 1981, when Ronald Reagan was sworn in.  That was certainly a dark day for the vast majority of Americans but I think future historians will pin the actual, final death of the country a bit later.  Reagan started the destruction, sure, but it was still possible to save it – had Americans understood sooner what was happening.

These days, we’re witnessing an American “President” more faithful to Russia than the United States lying about trying to extort a political favor from a foreign national in order to win the next “election” with his accomplices in the Senate (Moscow Mitch, for example) working tirelessly to defend the ImPOTUS’s illegal activity and protect him from consequences.  Moscow Mitch (among others) has already declared his intention to nullify the impeachment process for his preferred partisan outcome.  To me, that makes it pretty clear that the passing of the Constitutional United States occurred sometime before – because the Constitution is currently being totally ignored…

This country went through a lot during it’s short Constitutional period.  At one time, I would have pegged slavery as the single most devastating thing ever to happen to the nation.  Certainly slavery was the single most devastating thing ever to happen to the slaves and racism has been an ongoing cancer in this country since long before day one.  This country has suffered natural disasters, man-made disasters, and war after war after war after war.  But we survived it all, clinging to our aspirations.

Even the Civil War failed to destroy the foundations laid by the founding fathers…

History now pegs the fall of the Roman Republic to when Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon river with his army.  That isn’t precisely true, though.  That was the moment that led, inexorably, to the Empire.  But it’s not as if Caesar crossed and the next day Rome removed all of the “Republic” signs and replaced them with “Empire.”  It took time for the precipitating event to lead to the final outcome.  Still, historians generally agree that Rome shifted from “Republic” to “Empire” in January, 49 BCE.

In like fashion, I think an excellent date for the “crossing the Rubicon” moment for our once-beloved Constitutional Republic will prove to be October 7, 1996.  Why that date?  That’s the day Fox “News” launched.

A democracy – or in our case a Constitutional Republic – requires solid information in order to function properly.  Fox “News” entire reason for being is to spread false information.  It succeeded brilliantly.  Apparently, up to 40% of this country is simply unable to distinguish actual information from the devious misinformation repeated by Fox over and over, day after day.  According to the book of Mark (3:25) Jesus said “if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”

The little bit of Roman history, above, was brought to you so you can understand that I don’t mean to suggest that the day Fox launched saw the end of the republic.  It has taken time.  It’s a transitional thing.  Hell, Fox operated at a LOSS for YEARS after it was launched.  They stuck with it, though.  They hung in until they built up a large enough audience to sustain the channel and then to undermine the country with the most effective disinformation campaign the world has ever seen.

When you think about it, our great experiment was kind of paltry.  207 years, total.  The “greatest nation on the planet” part lasted a mere 63 years.  It didn’t have to be that way.  This country was teetering on the brink of failure in the 1920’s.  FDR introduced the New Deal and not only saved the country but created the greatest middle class the world had ever seen.  We KNOW the programs FDR envisioned work because they’re working brilliantly in Scandinavia – where the masses are happier, more productive, better educated, and live a much higher standard of living than anywhere else in the world.  All we had to do was protect the New Deal.

It seems odd to me that the founders didn’t ever seem to conceive that the country might be brought down from the inside but that’s exactly what happened.  Charles Koch made a determination that he loved his money more than his country and he launched his attack.  The Australian Rupert Murdoch was only too happy to join in and bring down the county and Fox “News” was born.  Literally, two super-rich assholes (and a few of their friends) did the deed.

Oh, it’s important to note who was President when Fox first aired: William Jefferson Clinton III.  The reason it’s important is because the Clinton administration had to issue waivers to allow Fox to exist in the first place.  Apparently, the coup was bi-partisan…

Don’t get me wrong.  I know the United States of America will continue to appear on maps for the foreseeable future.  It just won’t be the SAME United States of America the founders envisioned…

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