Today’s nuttiness

Some guy speaks of today’s Darth Vader:

Even though your generation is the most diverse in history with a greater acceptance and celebration of our differences than ever before, those are the kinds of conditions that are ripe for exploitation by politicians who have no compunction and no shame about tapping into America’s dark history of racial and ethnic and religious division. Appealing to tribe, appealing to fear, pitting one group against another, telling people that order and security will be restored if it weren’t for those who don’t look like us or don’t sound like us or don’t pray like we do, that’s an old playbook.

It’s as old as time. And in a healthy democracy, it doesn’t work. Our antibodies kick in, and people of goodwill from across the political spectrum call out the bigots and the fear mongers and work to compromise and get things done and promote the better angels of our nature. But when there’s a vacuum in our democracy, when we don’t vote, when we take our basic rights and freedoms for granted, when we turn away and stop paying attention and stop engaging and stop believing and look for the newest diversion, the electronic versions of bread and circuses, then other voices fill the void.

A politics of fear and resentment and retrenchment takes hold and demagogues promise simple fixes to complex problems. No promise to fight for the little guy, even as they cater to the wealthiest and most powerful. No promise to clean up corruption and then plunder away. They start undermining norms that ensure accountability and try to change the rules to entrench their power further. They appeal to racial nationalism that’s barely veiled, if veiled at all. Sound familiar?

Guy lives in a different universe than the one we do. Oh, BTW, never make an OK sign with your fingers or you too will become Lord or Lady Vader.

These conspiracy nuts have something terribly wrong with them.

One Response to “Today’s nuttiness”

  1. Bosun Says:

    This fellow, I’ve seen and heard him before, in the sixties, sitting in the Student Union, cup of coffee in one hand, cigarette in the other, beguiling undergrads with NONSENSE. That anyone could take him seriously just confirms the diminished cognitive faculties of the present day USA.

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