THERE MAY BE NO “HERE” HERE

19 01 2010

There may only be a fading myth born of a 500-year spree. The West found a whole new continent to exploit in 1492—a once-in-a-millennium event. The glorious promise of wealth inherent in that event has drawn people who transcendentally love money here from all over the world continuously from then ’til now.

Like a vast Darwinian juggernaut, this uniquely American situation has selected for that type of person to become our citizenry over all those many generations. It’s a wonder we have anything here at all but  businesspersons and bankers! The long, long influx of the acquisitive has expressed itself most endearingly as “the American dream.” Time is running out on that dream, what with all our national wealth going into mad wars, and China rising fast and all.

So what’s left is a nation of some very bewildered people. They were sure they were all going to get rich. Now lots of the ones near the bottom of the middle class are coming to realized they’re headed down, not up.*

At times when a society’s foundational myths are crumbling they are clutched at all the more passionately. Or, as one smart commentator said in response to today’s New York Times column by David Brooks:

Brian
Milwaukee, WI
January 19th, 2010
10:14 am

The reason for disillusionment [with President Obama and the Democrats] is because most Americans are still clinging to the delusion of their own specialness. A fake narrative endlessly peddled by the conservative dream makers to keep the pocket picking endless.

“Oh yes, stout American, you are a giant of your time. A hero. Admired. Individual. Listen to our rousing conservative homage to your ego.”

But of course it’s fiction. Fiction lapped up like sweet water in a desert, but still fiction.

Americans, haven’t reacted [to the recent and perhaps continuing Depression and the Obama’s resulting election] with a “deep, vestigial sense of proportion”. They’ve reacted with a tantrum, ticked off because the fiction is exposed and they can’t accept it. They can’t accept that the riches they were promised by the free market and housing boom was in fact a shell game. They’ve been Bushwacked.

The problem with Obama is that he’s actually trying to tie solutions to his rhetoric and, politically, Americans aren’t used to that. Don’t want it. We are not prepared and are still addicted to our delusion. Right now we resemble teenagers on a school day morning who don’t want to get up and face the test they haven’t studied for. ‘I’m sick’.

Wake up America and face the music.”

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*For evidence of how and why they are headed down, see my earlier post,  “So THAT’S Why You Both Have to Work” at

https://nightman1.wordpress.com/2009/07/31/so-thats-why-you-both-have-to-work/

Globalization and the resulting export of once-well-paid working class job is likely to make all this worse in future.

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20 01 2010
Efrem B Owens

David Brooks hit the nail right square on the head. Even though the majority voted for President Obama and his agenda – which was all about major change to the way things had been done – they are now fearful of him and his agenda because the reality of it happening is starting to show itself. Their fear is based on their ignorance. They have allowed the corporate owned media to scare them into believing President Obama and his agenda are bad. It’s such a shame.

20 01 2010
nightman1

A terrific shame!

I am beginning to understand something fundamental about the USA. The key was when I read someone’s comment last night that he found it amazing that the American people would let Bush lie and trash the Constitution and pander to rich people for 4 years and then re-elect him, but they seem to be turning against Obama, who’s trying to help them, after only a year.

Setting aside the fact that we’re now in a near depression and then we were not, that discrepancy may suggest a fundamental truth.

What is it? Watch this space!

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