The American Nightmare

The American ideal of exceptionalism lies in tatters for the world to see. 

This land of the free and the brave we sing about? There is no freedom here, not when fear and resentment, paramilitary weapons plus the lies and endless rhetoric from the mouthy king of division has Americans at each other’s throats.

It was a hate-filled spectacle as thousands of white males swarmed their US Capitol, out of a perverted sense of duty, to pummel and kill their brothers so to hang on to the bleached version of America they believe is solely theirs. 

America is in denial. It has utterly failed to reckon with its irredeemable racism. More than four hundred years of cruelty and murder of African Americans on our shores has yet to abate, despite repeated scenes of the unwarranted deaths of our neighbors in the streets at the hands of those sworn to protect all of us. The self-proclaimed “law and order” president could hardly be bothered to comment on the death of George Floyd, a seminal event in 2020 that demanded the attention of most everyone else in the world.

A much-ballyhooed wall project to keep brown-skinned ghosts from invading the US seems more a monument to racism and fear of the stranger than a deterrent.

In the ultimate irony, conservative, evangelical Christians have lifted up our 45th president, bestowing their title of “greatest ever” upon him. The savior, the influential Jesus Christ, said the first and greatest commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” The second, he said, is like it: “love your neighbor as yourself.” A lot has been lost in the translation by our pious neighbors and friends.

On November 3, the incumbent president was taken to the woodshed by the American people. The wide margin of victory was earned in cities with heavy black voter participation: Detroit, Philadelphia and Atlanta. Key swing states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia went blue in a big way to put the new team over the top. 

What a defeat for the thin-skinned, fearful white majority who ushered in a nationalist president who also lost the popular vote in 2016. Oh, how they supported the Muslim ban, marched and chanted anti-semitic taunts in Charlottesville. To disqualify black voters in those states was the apparent motive of those who continue to shout about “irregularities” and voter fraud, none of which has surfaced in any significant amount. 

The emasculated white American male had a friend in the president who promised to fight for those forgotten ones. He played a mean zero-sum game, which is a lousy deal for our republic. Every hard-won advance by our black, brown or Asian brothers and sisters was framed as a loss for light-skinned under-achievers. A rising economic tide will only raise those vessels which aren’t sabotaged by bigots and racists.

Desperately fighting to stave off a humiliating loss at the hands of enlightened voters of all colors, the president exhorted supporters to “fight much harder. … because you’ll never take back our country with weakness.” Translation: the other party will try to pry open the door to full participation by Africans, Mexicans, Asians and others…and in the zero-sum affair that must not prevail. The implication was to do whatever it takes. Video shows enraged Americans beating a public-serving police officer with flags and whatever else they could muster. Blue lives matter no more than black ones when you’re egged on into a violent frenzy.

For more than 200 years we’ve yearned to live free and seek the mythical American Dream, where everyone <wink> is given the opportunity to achieve their goals and dreams. How many more decades will it take for America to finally realize its creed that all men are created equal?

1 thought on “The American Nightmare

  1. I love how you think and how you write Pat. Your eyes and ears are open, and you pass that along. Republican thinking isn’t closer to God. Lying isn’t accepted behavior by any Christian I’ve ever known. As republicans decided not to govern the last 4 years, how can they expect good people to back their policy. They want no part of helping the American people and will not be given credit to the new jobs, or the fact that people will get to stay in their homes and go back to work and school. They will find deaf ears for their whining lies in the next year. The infrastructure bill coming will seal their fate

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