"Sooner or later the American people are going awaken to a reality imposed upon them by a world that is far different from the fantasy and myth they choose to nurture. One might have thought 9/11 would have been sufficient to awaken the mentally impaired public and if not that, then the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina should have made it abundantly clear that Bush and Republicans are nothing more than a bunch of incompetent fools dressed up in fancy suits and held together by a mythology completely disassociated from reality."
Republican Myths, the American People, and Their Ass and a Hole In the Ground
A. Alexander, August 22nd, 2006
After awhile a person almost wants to give up, throw in the towel, wave the white flag, pack up and move to a country where the government and people are rooted in reality. At some point a person has to come to, and accept the conclusion that the American people deserve all the shame and pain Bush and Republicans have inflicted upon the nation. Too, the American people will be fully deserving of the pain that is yet to come. In the final analysis the citizens of the United States have gotten and will continue getting exactly what they've asked for: limited rights, a corrupt government, international isolation, fiscal crises looming, lower standard of living, increasing and expanding poverty, questionable if not fraudulent elections, and an ever more dangerous world for their children to live in.
Sooner or later the evidence overwhelms rationalizations, excuses, and expectations. There is no other conclusion to be found other than that the American people like being lied to and manipulated by dimwitted power-mad morons. A prime example is the way in which American voters cling to the myth that Republicans are "strong on national security". A quick glance around the globe finds there is absolutely no evidence to support the notion that Bush and Republicans are even mildly competent in the area of national security. There isn't a single American or national security expert who can point to one Bush and Republican success relating to national security. Not one!
Iraq is a mess and getting messier by the minute. The Taliban have reemerged in Afghanistan and may be more formidable than ever before. Somalia has fallen to radical Islamists. Iran is stronger than ever and its influence has increased throughout the Middle East. North Korea has quadrupled its nuclear arms. China's global influence has overshadowed the United States in many regions including South America. The so-called global war on terrorism has resulted in increased acts of terror every year since 2001, and has led young Western Muslims to align with the Jihadist movement. The kicker is that Bush was at the helm on 9/11 and the American people have bought into the great Republican lie that it was somehow all Clinton's fault. Rational people could twist their mind into a pretzel trying to understand the logic that allows a bunch of dim bulbs to arrive at that conclusion.
Nobody questions how all these Republican myths become facts. Republicans repeat a lie so often that people eventually begin to believe it. Still, sooner or later one expects reality to intercede and slap people in the face so hard that the lie can no longer be justified. But in America, it never seems to happen. People just keep right on buying into the myths almost, if for no other reason, to spite the evidence and reality. It is a condition bordering on a form of collective insanity.
The Israeli-Hizbullah conflict is a perfect example of how Republicans create a myth and despite all known evidence to the contrary, the people buy into it hook-line-and-sinker. From the day the conflict ended Bush declared Hizbullah the loser and Israel the winner. Meanwhile, in Israel the people, military, and government have recognized it as being more a loss than anything resembling a victory. Bush and Republicans ignore that reality and continue peddling the absurd notion that Hizbullah is near collapse. According to Bush, time will show Hizbullah had lost.
The American people, of course, buy into this fanciful analysis without question. Back in Lebanon; however, the supposedly nearly collapsed Hizbullah is busy doling out up to $12,000 to every person who has lost their home and apartment. The group is also clearing streets, crushing, and hauling away rubble and preparing to rebuild what Israel's bombs had destroyed. Then, there is the recent instance where Israel violated the ceasefire, tried to slip commandos into Lebanon and literally got run out of country by Bush's nearly defeated Hizbullah. If that is Hizbullah on the verge of complete ruin, it would be scary to know what a thriving and resurgent Hizbullah might look like.
In the end it doesn't matter. All that matters is what Bush and Republicans say. The American people will ignore all the evidence that thoroughly disproves the Republican myth.
Of course, Bush and Republicans aren't going to admit Hizbullah fought Israel to a push, because that would be an admission that both their foreign policy and national security strategies had failed, again. So, Bush and Republicans do what they do best: ignore reality and make up their own story about what happened until it becomes a myth believed by all the sheep in America.
Sooner or later the American people are going awaken to a reality imposed upon them by a world that is far different from the fantasy and myth they choose to nurture. One might have thought 9/11 would have been sufficient to awaken the mentally impaired public and if not that, then the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina should have made it abundantly clear that Bush and Republicans are nothing more than a bunch of incompetent fools dressed up in fancy suits and held together by a mythology completely disassociated from reality.
After awhile, a person almost wants to give up, throw in the towel, wave the white flag, pack up and move to a country where the government and people are rooted in reality. Then again, some people cling to the myth, regardless of what all reality-based evidence suggests, that the American people really aren't that stupid and will someday figure out how to tell the difference between their ass and a hole in the ground.
"Who wants to feel rejected or abused by the culture in which they were raised? . . . The worst thing is that it's not only the government or its leaders who pose the threat but also the majority of your fellow countrymen who either support the growing repression or acquiesce in it."
Anyone who's tried to counsel a friend who's in an abusive relationship will recognize the pattern. The abusee stubbornly holds on to the hope that the abuser can be reformed. She may welcome the sympathy of friends who try to comfort her, but if they firmly suggest that she get out of house and hire a lawyer to begin divorce proceedings, she rebukes them angrily.
That's what I encounter over and over again as an American expat who urges people who are righly afraid of their government to make some preparations to leave the country. They're more than ready to tell you about the fear they feel because their privacy has been breached, their vote left uncounted, their children sent to war, and their liberty and even lives threatened because of their religion, ethnicity, gender orientation or political beliefs. But watch out if you ever suggest that it would be prudent for someone in their position to consider "getting out of the house" before this obviously dangerous abuser makes good on his threats.
Their emotional reaction is especially telling because moving out of the country was no big deal until a few years ago. For years, people have been retiring to Mexico and Central America to enjoy the warm winters and lower cost of living. Why is it okay to leave the United States to seek a better climate or a cheaper condo but anathema to depart for a place where your phones aren't tapped or detention camps aren't being readied for troublemakers like you?
The best I can come up with is that the answer lies in the emotional connection nearly everyone has to their "homeland." People may dislike or even hate their country's leaders, but they still think of that particular piece of real estate as their "fatherland" or "motherland." And it isn't so much that they love their country as that they need for their country to love them. Who wants to feel rejected or abused by the culture in which they were raised? It's a very hard thing to accept that the place where you live is going to give you nothing but pain because you're black or gay or Muslim. It's terrifying when you're offered the impossible choice between being an outcast -- or even outlaw -- and changing the very way you think and feel about society or religion or war. The worst thing is that it's not only the government or its leaders who pose the threat but also the majority of your fellow countrymen who either support the growing repression or acquiesce in it.
Divorce is one of the most devastating of life's experiences. Some people will endure alcoholism, infidelity, beatings and even death threats to avoid severing a relationship that they hoped would last a lifetime.
Coming to the realization that you no longer fit in where you were born is traumatic as well. People try to hold on to the smallest positive sign -- an "antiwar" candidate's primary victory in a liberal state; rumors that a grand jury will indict a key figure, bad poll numbers for Bush -- as an excuse to do nothing in the way of preparation for the possibility that things won't turn around.
Consider that the situation may have reached the point where there are irreconcilable differences between you and the United States of America in its 21st century. Like the bruised spouse of a wife-beater, it may be time for you to at least get your own bank account, talk to friends about moving in with them, and meet with a lawyer about filing for a restraining order.
Unless you're sure that things will be better from now on.
Ezekiel left the United States in 2005 and runs a website for those contemplating emigration called Shelter from the Storm.