We can compare Tea Party and Black Lives Matter as single-issue interest groups. We can also consider what happened to these groups after they decided to align with multi-issue interest groups, or major political parties.
If we want to counter this unhappy impulse to know everything about everyone, we ought to mock authorities’ incompetence, ridicule their foolishness, and make fun of their badly conceived deceits before they feel assertive enough to end free-spirited criticism.
Much more than a marriage between two people, political unions are marriages of convenience. When a union becomes an oppressive burden, participants can dissolve it. If dissolution appears too difficult, consider the costs of keeping it together.
Pity our culture wars should have taken a turn this deadly, this irreversible, and this fundamentally based on feelings of superiority.
People don’t care that much about what you have to say, if you constantly hide things. That’s how dishonesty works.
If the United States government finds the citizens who fund it contemptible, it invites a reciprocal response from the same taxpayers.
I’ll bet the security state maintains its secret, privileged positions in government’s underground plumbing, until the country loses a major war. Then we will see competition for power among institutions and individuals that makes the infighting in Trump’s White House look pacific.
No truth means no reconciliation or healing. Police do not seem interested in reconciliation, or in reform. Nor do they appear to recognize the harm they do to their profession, when they act so egregiously.
If media came to appreciate their deficiency or their failure, how they enabled a once vibrant republic to reach its current low point, they would have to cut their own chains. Most addicts need help to do that.
One helpful reminder is that nothing Trump has threatened to do, however horrible or outlandish, comes close to the damage Bush and Cheney did when they started the Iraq war.
He tweets his own foolishness, then gets mad when people don’t believe him. He throws mini-tantrums in his sleep, and uses terms like FAKE NEWS! with such abandon that few, even his supporters, care what he says anymore.
Call the results apocalypse or whatever you like – dismiss the prophets as crazies – but citizens’ response to their government is based on politicians’ deeds, not some irrational fear that the sky is about to fall. Pervasive alienation arises from real circumstances.