Over this weekend I will be in transit between Costa Rica and Tucson. I will be writing articles, but until I am back in front of my desk at home I may or may not be able to publish. Therefore I think it advisable just to let everybody know that I may have to be offline until I can get my computer in Tucson, where it is happy with Cox Cable internet.
I have been doing some serious re-assessment of my routine in Tucson as a result of this trip. Prior to spending a month getting to know the rest of the world again, my routine in Tucson was generally three hours of liberal talk radio, followed by five hours of MSNBC, with The Daily Show bringing it all to a conclusion. That is more hours than I used to put in at a full-time job. By now I am in serious doubt if I want to continue this.
I have come to the realization, or at least the belief, that the major problem facing America today is not the economy, or the global recession, or even the decline of the Middle Class. Americans can let these things happen, or they can do something. I can't do something for them; that is, I cannot vote in their place or raise their consciousness any more than they are ready to have it raised.
I remember when the Civil Rights Movement of the Sixties came as a true shock to me. I was living on Guam, in college, and in the laid-back community of the Pacific Islands I simply did not know that there were unhappy African Americans. I thought that their life had once been like Uncle Remus, followed by a brief Civil War, after which they were no longer slaves and took their place in society.
America weathered the Civil Rights struggle, and I believe that the present difficulties that Wall Street has saddled us with through their short-sighted greed can be weathered as well. Money is a renewable resource; we can be mighty short of funds, but people who work will begin to replenish our treasury sooner or later, and the economy will recover.
The problem that we must face and resolve is the Culture Wars. The fact is that there was never any question about whether President Bill Clinton was the drug lord of Arkansas--Jerry Falwell and the Republican shills made that up. They made up the lies about the Clintons that included accusations of murder, no less, that have since been completely debunked.
Nor was there any question about President Barack Obama's birthplace, his religion or his patriotism. Republicans made that up, too, in their heedless rush to irrelevance, and now they have demonized the President to a degree that they cannot back away from. The Teabaggers who dominate the Republican Party are determined to run en masse over a cliff like lemmings, mindless and obsessed with hate. The un-Christians who got in bed with the conservative Republicans before they lost their minds are now stuck with them. The fact that the Religious Right is anchored in the Bible Belt has had its influence; the racial hatred of the South is now the dominating force leading Republicans, who have painted themselves into a corner, to retreat further and further from reality. There is no longer a shred of an excuse for it.
It is the everlasting shame of the Church that the places where hate has free rein on this planet are also dominated in large part by people who call themselves Christians. These areas such as much of Africa and the infamous Bible Belt are now collectively referred to as the Global South. That's a reference to us Americans, ladies and gentlemen.
The Culture Wars have cost the Republican Party its identity, and the fools who are running it are now running around trying to explain away the last thirty years and more--explain away the McCarthy era, explain away Barry Goldwater, explain away years of intolerance and greed. It can't be done. The only thing left facing the Republican Party and their un-Christian shills is fracture into a party of lunatics and what is left of those who call themselves conservative.
So, as I asked in a previous article, where does this leave me? Perhaps I might not go back to nine hours a day of granular coverage in which the television hosts all interview each other. I just might not. I might start finding ou what else is on television on weeknights.