I served 4 years (1966-1970) in the Marine Corps. While in the Marines I learned a phrase that has stuck with me. Actually, I think all veterans are familiar with it as the phrase is common in all branches of the military.
The phrase is SNAFU. It is an acronym for Situation Normal All F&%#ed Up.
This is where our nation is headed under the #BLOTUS. We are heading for a huge and historically ugly SNAFU. And I, for one, don’t want this period to be normal for the United States. I don’t want my country to be characterized by the arrogance, greed, and pathological lying of one man.
We cannot allow this administration to be normalized. It isn’t who we are. And I hope it isn’t who we want to become.
As I get older I cannot help but notice how today’s society tolerates a lack of basic civilized behavior. Not only have our morals loosed to the point of becoming completely untied, our acceptance of boorish and rude behavior never ceases to amaze me.
While I am a staunch believer in individual rights and free speech, many of the verbal exchanges I have observed during the Presidential debates make me wince in shame. What happened to basic civility?
I find it frightening that candidates for our nation’s highest office appeal to fear, hatred and racial prejudice while openly attacking each other as liars. These are not the kind of people I want leading the United States, and I hope that playing to the lowest common denominator backfires on them when the votes are counted.
My deepest fear, however, is that our society is not only tolerating such behavior but has already embraced it. If such is the case, we definitely deserve the government and the leadership we will get.
Even though most of us recognize the growth of corporate power, there have been far too few voices raised in warning. Berry is absolutely correct in his assertion that corporate power is a clear and present danger to the democratic process. We ignore it at our own peril.