I can’t help thinking, as I watch the drama in Washington unfold, how unfortunate it is that I was right about most of the things I’ve been telling my Republican friends over the years. In particular, I’ve always maintained that none of America’s problems will ever be solved until the overwhelming majority of white Americans first admit in no uncertain terms that they believe America is a white country created for white people. The actions being taken in the US Senate by Republicans are beginning to make that abundantly clear, since there is no other explanation for the blatant disregard and disrespect for any vote not cast by a white person. Obviously, to begin to unite as a country, the close to 70 million white Americans who voted for Trump in the last election, must be provided with the opportunity to see America as something greater than an exclusive enclave for white people. But that conversation cannot begin to take place as long as a large part of their energy is directed at denying what is obvious to everyone on the planet except at least two thirds of those 70 million Trump supporters. The other third of them have no illusions about it. But their motivation is pure hatred and bigotry and it is they who would like to turn America into another Syria and precipitate a civil war blood bath. I sincerely hope I’m wrong, but when you look at what’s happening in Washington in conjunction with everything that’s happening on the planet right now, the extinction of the entire human race is not a remote possibility.
Before I venture to say why I believe the apocalypse is could very well be near (within the next 10 years), consider what has had to happen in order for the current drama in Washington to take place. You have a virus ravaging the country at a time when the information and technology to control the spread is here, and yet can’t be accessed because that very science has been politicized. The Republican politicians and the corporate oligarch puppet masters who control them are able to get away with not using tax payer money to aid tax payers because the near 70 million Trump supporters have been indoctrinated to associate any form of Government support of the needy with using tax payer money to uplift black people at the expense of white people. I guarantee you that there’s a black face attached to that $2000 proposed check in the minds of those 70 million Trump supporters. Mind you, they would gladly accept the money if it came, but their belief that they are at war with progressive white people and all people of color in the country makes them willing to make the sacrifice. It doesn’t matter that on average, black people pay a much larger portion of their income for taxes than white people. They still see all of it as their money.
Ronald Reagan (with honorable mention to Richard Nixon and the senior George Bush) is largely responsible for galvanizing such perceptions about black people. Ideas like black people are inherently lazy, criminal, untrustworthy and over sexed have long been part of the American psyche, particularly in the states of the old confederacy. But it was Ronald Reagan who made white people in the north and south feel good about those prejudices and embrace them. He did this by creating an entire coded system of communication (now called dog whistle) that allowed them to express those ideas without actually saying them. As a result, America has not had an honest dialog around the issue of race since the mid 1970s. Consequently, today, a good portion of white America is destroying itself in the name of this false idea that America belongs to them alone and taking all of the rest of America with it.
Here is why I think we are laying the groundwork for the end of the human race. We currently have an airborne virulent virus that primarily attacks the elderly. The virus has so thoroughly penetrated the United States that it will continue to exist, possibly forever. It, like all viruses, is constantly mutating on a daily basis. For the most part, only democratically elected governments have the ability to act responsibly on behalf of the people when confronted with any serious challenge. The Chernobyl catastrophe in Russia is a perfect example of what autocratic governments do in any form of crisis. They act to save themselves and their cronies before any consideration is given to the welfare of the people they rule over. If the COVID virus ever mutates into a more virulent pathogen that crosses all demographics in its severity and fatalities number in the millions instead of the hundred thousands, think of the chaos and anarchy that would ensue, given the lack of trust in the government. Combine that with another hot summer of droughts and forest fires and continued environment breakdown and military men with itchy fingers on the nuclear triggers of the world and renegade computer hackers looking to further destabilize the world for no good reason, and you have all the ingredients for Armageddon, which by the way many Americans are looking forward to, a la Jones Town Guyana. If those people had their way, they would turn the entire planet into one big Jones Town. These are the kind of things that happen when you invite religious fanatics into politics. We have Ronald Reagan to thank for that as well. He was the first to break that taboo in my lifetime.
The clock is ticking America. We are coming very close to the point of no return. The obstructionist scorched earth politics practiced by the Republicans in the past 10 years would suggest that they would prefer a government ruled by sadistic, incompetent, white supremacists thugs. Fascism requires a level of hatred of others by those who practice it in order to sustain its self. You can’t dress up that hate with claims of concerns about the deficit and abortion. Ultimately, that hatred is self-hatred. I would invite all of the almost 70 million Trump supporters to consider why all hatred is ultimately self-hatred. Hatred is sin and, “the wages of sin is death”. It that regard, I would say to my white brothers and sisters in Georgia, if you don’t send both Democratic candidates to the Senate on January 5th, America and possibly the entire human race, will have two feet in the grave.