Since the early days of the Bush Administration and in particular after the attacks of 9-11 I and others I communicate privately with about spiritual matters have noticed a number of gestalt shifts or reality realignments. The America of today bears almost no resemblance to the one I grew up in. For all it’s faults, and there were plenty, the America of my youth still stood for things, good things and the attitude of the average American, if not our government, was one of basic fairness and individual rights. Oh we had to fight for those individual rights but always with a sense that eventually we would prevail precisely because of the basic instincts of the average American towards fair play and equal opportunity.
The downfall of Richard Nixon energized us with a sense that even those at the top were accountable for misdeeds which was uniquely American. The change started with Reagan. It’s a historical fact that the Iran-countra scandal cost Carter the election. That the neo-neo-cons, mostly holdovers from the Nixon administration, brokered a complex deal that kept the Iran hostages from being released until after the election. Reagan, the godfather of modern conservatism, then proceeded to explode the national debt to a level that almost was three times anything done in the past…..and was never called out on it. Bush the elder then came up with trickle down economics or the rich pissing on the heads of the poor and telling them it was raining. This has been the hallmark of “conservative” economics ever since in a twisted version of the a reverse of the “American dream” which was rapidly becoming the American nightmare if you were lower middle class or Goddess help you, poor. The military industrial complex that Ike warned about when he left office was now basically in full control. Every political shift from this point on was hard to the right moving the the centre with it. Workers were no longer participants in the economy as much as replaceable worker drones, unions busted, actual collective bargaining returned to being “communist” in the public mind.
I’ve long said that Clinton was the last actual republican president. In terms of what the republicans were back in the sixties this is a completely accurate statement. He actually balanced the national budget, something long thought to be impossible by most economists. No matter what you might think about him based on the unending attacks on him from the right during his entire presidency, he was a true fiscal conservative. The right, however, demanded revenge for Nixon and they are still in this mode. Damn the country, screw the military, the hell with the poor, they demanded never ending revenge for Nixon’s resignation against any Democrat in office. And they did this waving the flag and branding anyone that opposed them as traitors to the country. Fox news came into existence during the Clinton administration. Every last shred of anything America actually stood for ended with the battle for Florida during the Bush – Gore election. Fox news declared Bush the winner long before the actual news organizations would make a call and those actual news organizations, unaware that Fox did not play by the rules of journalism, followed and set the stage for the Bush v Gore decision by the Supremes. At that exact moment America ceased to have a legitimate Constitutional government of law. Make no mistake, history will eventally record that was an overthrow of the American form of government that ended the American experiment. Everything that has followed has been the systematic destruction of all that made America American.