The American Ideological Paradox

American Paradox II

The United States was founded on the principle of Republicanism, the ideology that the people hold popular sovereignty instead of being subjected to a monarchy. This would evolve into our current democracy  or the Great American Experiment – a system of government by the whole population typically through elected representatives.  Freedom, Liberty, Justice, Fair Representation and the right of Self-Determination were notions espoused by the Founding Fathers or patriots.  Ironically in throwing off the shackles of the British crown in the name of democracy, the patriots essentially took on the role of outlaw. As subjects of the crown they rebelled against what they believed to be unjust rule by an absentee monarch.  Perhaps that is their true legacy to the nation, throwing off the hands of tyranny and injustice even if it requires working outside of the established legal order. Now it seems that the principles that so many fought so long and so hard for are in jeopardy of being lost due to fear and our own lack of vigilance.

At any rate, it appears that the Founding Fathers possessed virtues that are in extremelyAmerican Paradox III short supply in our modern world – vision, humility and most importantly wisdom. The philosophy of “E Pluribus Unum” (Out of Many One) expressed as the motto on the Great Seal is in my opinion, one of the most important ideological bridges between esoteric thought and reality. From the micro to the macro, it is a running central theme that permeates through nearly every aspect of what we know and understand.  From what comprises us as human beings – the physical, mental, spiritual or soul contained within the one body to individuals making up a single community to the individual states comprising one nation or nations working as part of a world community – the aspects of this idea of E Pluribus Unum is concretely entrenched in all things.  It is evident in nature as we can visibly observe and in the cosmos as many different forces work cohesively together as one nurturing and ever expanding universe.  Unfortunately for the United States we seem to be moving away from this philosophy and adhering more or less to a rule by the elite while giving the illusion of maintaining the democracy that so many have fought and died for over the centuries.

America seems to be devolving from a great democracy into an oligarchy system of governance by the few and the privileged.  Individual voices seem to carry little weight or have no meaning.  This sense of frustration for a lack of voice in government on the part of  the common man and woman is no more evident than within the current campaign for the presidency and embodied in the support for candidate Donald Trump.  The support that he enjoys is rooted within the anger of those “silenced voices” of the nation and his candidacy is both legitimised and propelled by fear, apathy, ignorance, self-centeredness and arrogance of a population that seems to be searching for anyone to save them from a world that is vastly becoming more confusing, frightening, sinister and beyond their control.  To that end, many would ironically surrender their liberty and their freedom upon which the nation was founded in exchange for a gilded cage managed by rulers of their own choosing.   If the United States is to survive, evolve and retain the vision of its Founding Fathers, then a new approach will be required to confront the contemporary challenges that we face. A vision that embodies the spirit of the nation’s constitution, supported by the will of the people and guided by a leader of conviction, wisdom, intelligence and balance dedicated to uniting the country in freedom, justice and liberty – the principles upon which it was established.

 

Wisdom I

Adiuva me verterem figuram mundi  Thoth II

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Affluenza My A**!

Affluenza IV (2)I do apologise for the title ass I really dislike utilising inappropriate language but the case of Ethan Couch has really pea’d me off!  I am sure most of you are aware of the Texas teenager who in June of 2013 at the age of 16 stole beer from a store then casually went on a drinking joyride and ploughed the truck he was driving into four pedestrians killing them all and leaving his passenger paralysed and brain-dead.  After the incident his blood alcohol level was assessed at approximately triple the legal limit for an adult.

Affluenza V (2)He subsequently pleaded guilty to four counts of man-slaughter and given an unimaginable sentence of a mere 10 years PROBATION based on his status as a minor and the so-called “Affluenza” defence.  This defence assumes the inability of one to understand the consequences of his or her actions because of financial privilege and environmental upbringing. In other words, someone that was raised wealthy and not instructed on the basics of social responsibility towards others in society is not accountable for their actions.  Now the fact that he escaped justice with the pithy sentence he was given wasn’t the wake-up call he needed to make necessary changes in his life as he reportedly continued to drink even after rehab. If that wasn’t enough, he  escaped his sentencing with his mother by fleeing to Mexico after a reported farewell celebration with friends. As most of you may be aware of by now, they were recently apprehended in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

My personal rant with all of this is neither due to the fact that some ridiculous plea was used by the defence to get him out of serving a just sentence for his crime nor the fact that he idiotically attempted to escape the asinine sentence that he was gifted with. No, my fury lies with the judicial system that ignorantly allowed this miscarriage of justice in the first place.  It should be absolutely clear to everyone by now that there are two systems of justice in the United States. One for the affluent, privileged, and ethnically acceptable citizenry and another for everyone else. In a country rooted in the light of justice and equity,  we are clearly descending into chaos and darkness and rapidly taking the rest of the world along with us.

Acceptance of the Affluenza defence is inherently dangerous to our perception of equity and justice.  If someone of wealth and influence can escape justice and not be held accountable for his/her actions simply based on being raised in a privileged environment, then why not accept a contrary defence for every poor, middleclass  and underprivileged individual who has committed a similar crime as well?  I mean if you were raised in poverty and educated by parents that did not or could not convey right from wrong to you, shouldn’t you also be allowed to be absolved of any criminal or negligible actions on your part and excused for any anti-AFFLUENZAPREV_display (1)social behaviour that you may exhibit?  Isn’t that the true message of the Ethan Couch decision? Wouldn’t this reinforce the notion that responsibilities for one’s own actions with respect to constitutional  law is mute especially under exceptional discerning circumstances of wealth, race or familiarity?  Does this not negate both the spirit and letter of the law as outlined in the US constitution?

It is quite evident by now that the United States is a nation in decline and has been on life support now for some time.  This can be contributed to  inept leadership; enormous personal and national debt; massive government and social corruption; a blurred social consciousness; continued disparity between the classes; the declining education of the masses and deteriorating family social structure; as well as an apathetic population mired in arrogance. Does any of the aforementioned sound familiar? Well it should as several of these have been the precursor to the fall of the Roman Empire. The Ethan Couch case is just the latest in a series of judgments, policies and events to underscore America’s continued decline on the world’s stage.

With the dawning of a new year and no end in site to the internal and external challenges faced by the nation, a new dark age seems to be rapidly descending on the country as well as the world as a whole.  The United States can no longer be considered a country of truth, justice, liberty, affluence and a balance of power but instead, a major contributor to the decline of western civilization as well as that of the rest of the world. Unless there is a rapid reversal of current trends, we are destined to continue to bankrupt our culture and subsequently relive one of the darkest periods in the history of humankind.   It falls to those of good conscience and influence in the various aspects of our government and society to hold back the darkness and ensure that this nation maintains its place as a beacon of truth, justice, liberty and light for all and not for the privileged few.

Affluenza II

 

Adiuva me verterem figuram mundi  Thoth II