Dancing With Destiny

If ever there were doubts that we live in a society racing toward oblivion, Donald Trump and his minions have erased any such foolish thoughts.  America―once a paragon within the world order for moral high ground―is now a cesspool of filth, hatred and treachery. Every informed citizen standing on our planet has this understanding. Indeed, there was a time when the tools of depravity appeared only in Freudian thoughts or crude backroom whispers, but now they are given imprimatur as official policy by our “exquisite” leader. Donald Trump explicitly campaigned on this particular brand of demagoguery, and a large portion of the population bought into it.

In his seminal masterpiece on political philosophy A Theory of Justice (1971), philosopher John Rawls, while attempting to solve the problem of distributive justice, suggested the collapse over which Donald Trump is currently presiding by stating at page 436:

“…the representative member of a well-ordered society will find that he wants others to have the basic virtues, and in particular a sense of justice. His rational plan of life is consistent with the constraints of right, and he will surely want others to acknowledge the same restrictions.  In order to make this conclusion absolutely firm, we should also like to be sure that it is rational for those belonging to a well-ordered society who have already acquired a sense of justice to maintain and even strengthen this moral sentiment.”

In the arena of rational plans of life and moral sentiment, rather than philosophers, citizens have traditionally sought out religious leaders. But we have seen enough of America’s supposed “moral conscience” as represented by Catholic priests and Protestant Evangelists. For decades, priests looked upon choirboys and other young people in their congregations as a personal petting zoo for prurient desires. Evangelists―nearly all of them―continue in every bizarre way to support a thrice married moral degenerate who has no boundaries.  These are not men of the cloth, so to speak; they openly reject accepted theories of morality.  Fact is, all of these sanctimonious bastards of religiosity are cut from the same cloth as Jimmy Swaggart, the fire and brimstone Pentecostal evangelist who was discovered in a motel room taking penance from a prostitute―with his pants around his ankles.

President Lyndon Johnson signed the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 on October 3, 1965 at Liberty Island, New York.  The new law repealed the Johnson-Reed Immigration Act of 1924, which had imposed a racist quota system favoring Northern European whites. Johnson referred to the repealed law as “a cruel and enduring wrong, a harsh injustice and un-American in the highest sense,” and thus believed that hatred in immigration policy was forever banned. Johnson, unfortunately, could not have been more wrong. The current occupant of the White House prefers returning to a merit-based policy that opens the door to immigration for white people from Norway while denying admission to black people from “shitholes” like Haiti and Africa.

The so-called “House Freedom Caucus” is a fascist organization which in the past had been masquerading as members of the Republican Party. Now, however, they make no attempt to conceal their preference for a totalitarian state by viciously and unwarrantedly attacking the FBI and the rule of law with assistance from propaganda media outlet Fox News.

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) knew quite well the treacherous agenda supported by the House Freedom Caucus. With leaders like Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Devin Nunes (R-Ca), the group opposed nearly every initiative proposed by traditional Republicans. Boehner also understood that U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tx) was collaborating with, and lending moral assistance to these counterfeit Republicans. Boehner finally wore down under the fascist assault and retired. During a speech he later referred to Cruz as “Lucifer in the flesh,” and a “miserable son of a bitch.”

However, Cruz is not the only U.S. senator who has bought into the plan to destroy our constitutional republic. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis) appeared on Fox News and held up a paper; one that he claimed was from an informant and revealed evidence of a “secret society” within the Department of Justice and the FBI that sought to undermine and remove the president.  Johnson’s clumsy efforts to backtrack out of his thinly veiled conspiracy theory only proved to demonstrate what a fool the people of Wisconsin sent to Washington. Indeed, it was common knowledge within the Beltway that Devin Nunes was already convening meetings of a “secret society” of House Republicans aimed at discrediting the Justice Department.

There are nine states that have constitutions which authorize removal of federal officers. The U.S. Supreme Court has decided no case involving this subject matter, but most attorney generals of these states have issued opinions that deny such a right. However, in 1979 the Wisconsin Attorney General issued an opinion stating, “A state administration could not reject a petition for recall of a member of the U.S. Congress.” Thus, it would behoove the good people of Wisconsin to initiate a recall petition against the author of this Alex Jones-type conspiracy, Senator Ron Johnson (currently starting the second year of a six year term), and let the Supreme Court settle the issue.

Americans have been desensitized to the norms of decency and can ignore what is happening around them if they like, but that will not stop the relentless march into the realm of dead societies.

Truman Goodspeed, January 2018