This Nation is once again enduring another phase of self-flagellation. A type driven by a wretched insurgence intoxicated by an overwhelming waive of self-loathing fueled by truly warped perspectives. With this latest effort, the adolescent motives of those soaked with shameful rhetoric, full of circuitous and baseless arguments, have now moved on to an entirely new malignancy, a new reality by enforced cleansing.
Tearing down monuments associated with past indiscretions will never neutralize past errors in judgement any more than would the re-writing of history change the reality of those who lived thru it. If you are going to actually be faithful to the higher ideals that this Country was built upon then you must also memorialize the realties made a part of the struggle to achieve them. Any desire to find, express, or court a preferential result thru conflict is not a demonstration of argumentative strength but, in fact, an evidentiary weakness exhibited by the inability to be faithful to the applications of equitable judgment including the dispensing of various fallacies twisting the cognitive skills required to work past or thru them.
The Nazi propagandist, Dr. Joseph Goebbels’s, espoused a curious notion he learned from an American PR Pioneer (Edwin Bernays) which he stated as “If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself.” True, following their defeats, monuments to Hitler, Mussolini and Tojo were torn down and appropriately so however, the U.S. was never, and we hope should never become, a Nazi Germany, a Fascist Italy or a Totalitarian Japan.
This Country, from its formation, elected a different path and it is enshrined within its own Declaration of Independence and as such, being faithful to said Declaration, requires us to relentlessly move past our indiscretions and toward the perfecting of our Ideals and not their destruction. These Ideals must be the testing facilities of our thoughts and actions and never the victim.
The punishment, if you so require, is endured by the vanquished and even with that there is often no gain worthy a claim of victory. Where no Higher Ideal is affirmed or perfected then the entire event is merely a dance of Predators. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 and yet various forms of slavery and other injustices still occur; neither Hitler, Mussolini or Tojo survived WWII and yet Fascism still exists; we have boundless resources and still we bind ourselves to scarcity-thoughts, calculated deprivation and cheap science.
It’s all a well-orchestrated trap and so long as the illusion remains attached to a fraud, so long as the fraud remains unchallenged by the opposition of our reverence for the promise imbedded within the higher Ideals we hold true then we remain suspended within the oppressive forces of an alternate reality. The perpetual frequencies of Identity Politics which continue their scarring effect is just one of the many traps that have captured our conscience.
The only way to prevent this type of warped reasoning from becoming permanently metastasized, the Media must stop legitimizing these neo-fascist referendums thru their sensationalized coverage. The Political Opportunist must suspend or be sanctioned for their lust for front-page hyperbole while the Public pursues a course of discussion based on their sincere desires to be bound to honorable and principle-based discourse.
One can never truly know what the heart or mind conceals when we are unwilling to consider that far too often emotions are being manipulated by ignorance. When the well becomes dry it matters not your position in the line; the impact will be shared by all.
Curtis C. Greco, Founder