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Stupidity and Blindness Have Destroyed Whatever Democracy the US Ever Had

Republicans and Democrats are the problem

Sadly, the dynamics are quite different. While abuse of women by men in power is ubiquitous, it is experienced in a very personal way, which means that while the victims may bury it or try to ignore it, once some of them start to say “Enough!” and go public with their anger, the awakening can snowball. But with climate change and military spending, there is not that clear sense of personal grievance. Parents in a Philadelphia family who are forced to send their children to an underfunded, overcrowded, run-down school that leaks when it rains, has too few desks for its bulging classrooms full of kids, and not enough books to go around may be angry, but they are unlikely to see their children’s plight as the fault of a military budget that they rarely if ever even hear about, much less see with their own eyes. Likewise, most people who don’t read scientific articles about what’s happening with the earth’s climate probably think it’s nice that winter is coming later in the season lately, and that the flowers and leaves are coming out earlier where they live than in years past. They don’t see the looming existential disaster for mankind.

Both our political parties, and the bulk of our mass media, play right into this problem. Republicans outright shut down discussion of and information about climate change, as Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott has done by banning the use of the terms global warming and climate change by the state’s environmental and land-use planning agencies, and as the Trump administration has attempted to do by dismantling and undermining the Department of Interior and Environmental Protection Agency, as well as ending satellite and other federal research programs aimed at monitoring the pace of climate change. Meanwhile, Democrats refuse to discuss cuts in military spending, with even Sen. Sanders backing the F-35, that costliest boondoggle in the history of war, because the Pentagon promises to base some in his state of Vermont. Yet with a budget of $1.5 trillion and rising, that plane, which at a current $100 million a pop has no real-world combat application (even if it could do what it was supposed to do which it cannot), if cancelled would alone eliminate the deficit caused by the Republican’s planned tax bill. Nonetheless, the talk is not about cutting military spending to combat the deepening of the national deficit caused by the tax cuts; it’s about cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, food stamps and other social program spending.

Stupidity and willful blindness. These are the twin blights afflicting our democracy, and I don’t see that changing. At least not until military spending bankrupts the economy entirely or leads to a catastrophic new world war, or until the rising seas have submerged most of the nation’s coastal cities, as well as the Florida peninsula, Cape Cod, much of the Gulf Coast, and the Los Angeles basin, and climate change-induced draught has turned much of the western and central US into parched desert and dustbowl.

Maybe Americans will wake up then, but of course by then making America “great again” will involve some pretty heavy lifting.



story | by Dr. Radut