This below was written by me to our impostor Ken McMordie in February 2017. The last passage is my prediction then – for Donald Trump. It illustrates what is possible to foresee when one looks at and considers the real state of affairs in the world as opposed to the personally preferred and delusion driven outcomes.
As you can see from the above – Trump did get impeached, and we do have a situation now whereby, in the case of the potential election loss, Mr. Trump is considering not conceding defeat, while his supporters are beginning to talk about the local militia grabbing control of the post election situation.
Well done, the best democracy in the world.
The sad truth is… the United States WAS and CAN STILL REMAIN the best democracy in the world, as flawed and as limited as it is. The alternatives are pretty dire: look at the number of states on planet Earth where people are free to go out into the streets and say ‘Fuck you’ to their governments without being immediately charged with a serious criminal offense. Or simply thrown behind bars with no due legal course. Or executed in severe cases. We have some in Europe and some solo political entities dotted around the globe. You can count the countries that are at least in some way committed to developing in the democratic direction – on two hands.
THAT IS ALL. In the rest – it is either never established itself, or is now moving towards the far right across the globe, which is a scary thing to observe.
Why the hell would I talk about politics in the ‘enlightenment’ blog? Well, what happens ‘up there’ – will define how you live day to day. It is entirely possible to isolate self on the mountain side somewhere in the world, but then it is entirely possible for the powers that be – to extract you off that mountain and carry you off into the ether.
You may never come back.
I was born in one such country without rights. And I am now in one such country without rights. There is enough experience of swallowing the shit on either side to confidently declare: I do not want the backwater politicking, the corrupt, uneducated elites that emerge from the squalor and destruction of post communist states, with not a single shred of respect for due course. I do not want any religiosity to dictate the rules of my existence. I do not want to be run over and then deliberately killed by a car because the driver is afraid that I would survive and they would have to pay the invalid for life. I do not want to be quietly whispering at the kitchen table the facts that should be shouted from the rooftops and open for discussion.
Neither Americans nor Europeans fully appreciate the fragile state of own democracies and what they are up against. They are up against the ignorant stupidity and economic greed of massive proportions, and this is not the Western influence now. Just remember… if people lay flowers on the grave of Pol Pot who destroyed two thirds of population here in Cambodia… one day it may be possible to honour Hitler too. All it takes is one nutcase and a few generals.
Western states have gone over the hurdle of abject universal poverty and serious survival struggles, when one had no idea what to eat in the coming days. ‘Can I have some more, Sir?’ is not a fairy tale; we WERE that, and it has not been that long ago. As a result, Western population received enough humanity in its more recent upbringing to at least feel some compassion when another human being is genuinely in trouble. As thin as this veneer of civility is – I have come the full circle from the initial rejection of the so called ‘consumer society’ to the full appreciation. No, not of consuming: we are slowly waking up to the fact that consumption is simply not what makes us happy as human beings.
I have come to treasure the fact that here in the West we can think for ourselves.
Yes, it is flawed, imperfect, it is often defined by the unthinking individuals who were greedy enough and unscrupulous enough to get to power or start writing books on history, politics, spirituality – without truly understanding those; it needs to be shaken off and a new head needs to be placed on one’s shoulders in order to begin to see all as is. But we CAN think, and we CAN get out of the conditioning, and we SHOULD continue to use our minds in the only way they were meant to be used – to provide for an interesting, engaging and suffering-free life.
In many places on this planet it is simply not an option, and you will be PUNISHED for any attempts at independent thinking or even for expressing doubt. Trust me, I have seen it.
The election is (as always) governed by emotion. Unfailingly, people choose on one principle only: personal affinity with the candidate OR personal dislike of the candidate. They can tell you about the policies, healthcare plans, covid-19 bombs and how they support the political manifestos of either candidate, but the reality of any election is – your emotional gut chooses, and not your mind.
However. The gut is blind, and the establishment of the jungle law is only a gunshot away.
P.S. ‘Jed McKenna’ does vote btw.