Fresh Hell Friday Reads: The Cruelty is the PointPosted: August 30, 2019
Good Morning Sky Dancers!
I cried through Rachel Maddow’s show last night which is not a good thing when you need to lecture a class directly after the tears. I’ve been trying to take a step back from watching any TV that doesn’t deal with the kind of future Star Trek promises. Certainly, today convinces me that only cruelty, greed, and destruction will guide us in the future ahead of us given our current path..
I’m not sure why our elected officials seem unable to stop these things. It’s not like we don’t know how to impeach a president. It’s not like the 25th amendment is a new idea. I’m beginning to think that the key thing about our Constitution is that the framers had the inability to think that one day we’d see a Mad King George occupy the White House in what may or may not have been a legitimate election and that everything and every one around him would be so corrupt and illegal and unconstitutional it would just lock up the system. I’m certain no one imagined that an entire group of elected officials who could do something would just enable it.
We know our history of mass kidnapping and enslavement of an entire race of people. We are aware of our slaughter of indigenous Americans for their lands and the destruction of their race and culture. We know the cruelty of Jim Crow. We see the religious bigotry that frames the lives of women, religious minorities, and of the GLBT community. I’ve always held out hope that even incremental progress meant we were still inching forward with an eye to “a more perfect union”. Today, I just see the deliberate cruelty and oppression of White Nationalism and our hapless response to it.
By now, we should be better than this even though our history tells us that we are capable of some of the most deliberate acts of cruelty on a national scale. You would think we’d embrace the idea of the shining city on the hill and not the Gulag, the willful destruction of the planet, and the concentration camp all for the profit and power of a few. But, here we are. We are stuck in the moment.
I’m going to leave a few of these stories here before I pick up the phone to call my useless US Senators and ask them what exactly the label pro-life means to them. Then, I’m going to go about my life in the shadow of Hurricane Katrina 14 years ago and the looming Dorian today.
The Cruelty is the point.
I can’t even bring myself to quote from these. Be kind to each other and call what ever piece of the worthless group of shits you call your representatives.
What’s on your reading and blogging list today?