A revolution was started a little over 2000 years ago. Didn't get very far because the political and religious authorities consolidated their power. Ritual elements of the revolutionary creed were adopted by the authorities, of course, to the extent that it kept the masses in line, and twisted to fit their objectives.
It's time we re-started that revolution, but I'm wondering where I'm going to find the revolutionaries.
I haven't posted anything in this blog for several months. Tried to market the blog in social media and ran into unreasonable, bigoted, horrible people. True ignorance. No willingness to consider that their opinion should be based on something other than a party line. Single-issue lemmings relying on a group of politicians to fulfill their hopes and dreams. I knew that the principles of the Extreme Center would threaten those in power, but didn't think their minions were so far gone.
Religious authorities cling to extremes. God can't marry two people in love with the same private parts that God gave them. But the alternate extreme is no better, supporting the ultimate oxymoron, "secular marriage." Really? Who says the government has any authority over who gets married? God is not a secular concept.
"We" elected the first Socialist president and wonder why the economy sucks. This is what a culture of dependence and greed looks like, kids. Grow up.
What the hell is going on here?
The majority of us ought to be outraged. But we're too busy on Pinterest, or watching sports or reality shows, or porn, or drafting our fantasy league teams to realize that we're on a horrible path. Surveys show that a majority agree we're "on the wrong track," but of course the only "other track" is just as wrong. So no matter which of the extreme parties takes control over Congress or the White House . . . it's still just switching to the other track.
There is a third track, folks. America can be saved, but we need to get started saving it or in 30 years or so it'll be too late. Rather than riots in the streets and water cannons - or worse - to quell political dissent (would we be "terrorists" at that point?), we have the tools to do this now. If we keep doing what we're doing, electing extremists, and not doing what we should be doing, putting our energy into building the third track, in 30 years America will no longer be the de Toqueville "experiment." It will have clearly failed.