A New Amer­ica

Kent County News - - OPINION -

To the edi­tor: I once fell in love with a beau­ti­ful, in­tel­li­gent, ex­otic crea­ture named Amer­ica. Years passed, she changed and we no longer shared val­ues in com­mon.

She be­came an­gry, de­based, small­minded, and hyp­o­crit­i­cal. I no longer rec­og­nize her and I’m si­mul­ta­ne­ously dis­ap­pointed, em­bar­rassed and ashamed.

Trump’s petu­lant Man-Baby Pres­i­dency will ei­ther be a wake up call or the fi­nal straw for a bro­ken na­tion. He has nor­mal­ized ab­nor­mal be­hav­ior — the can­di­dates that fol­low will likely be even more bizarre, ex­treme and un­whole­some. The dam­age in­flicted will take decades to re­pair and much is ir­re­versible. The cul­ture wars are over — id­ioc­racy has won!

Sadly, any­one who be­lieves the Democrats will save them from an un­hinged Trump or the ex­cesses of the Repub­li­can faith­ful may re­ceive a rude awak­en­ing. Democ­racy is dead — the peo­ple’s only power now comes as con­sumers, not vot­ers. There is but one po­lit­i­cal party with two branches — both of which are cre­ations of the es­tab­lish­ment ‘elite’.

Ev­ery five years, we, the in­mates of this un­sus­tain­able sys­tem are per- mit­ted the hu­mil­i­at­ing de­cep­tion of choos­ing the next pres­i­dent who has been short-listed for us by the banks, big cor­po­ra­tions and wealthy cam­paign donors.

We then watch as the pre-se­lected can­di­dates play “Good Cop Bad Cop Karaoke” on TV, where you de­cide which one is the least dam­ag­ing to your well­be­ing. Ei­ther way, the 1 per­centers en­sure their place­man/ woman wins and the rest of us loose.

Look in the mir­ror, the real en­emy is us and the to­tally dys­func­tional po­lit­i­cal sys­tem that en­abled the crip­pling of a once great na­tion by elect­ing a cor­rupt, ig­no­rant, ly­ing, creep into the White House.

Trump is not the prob­lem but merely a symp­tom who con­ve­niently fills a can­cer­ous void in Amer­i­can cul­ture.

Cli­mate change, over-pop­u­la­tion and in­equal­ity are tak­ing over as the prin­ci­pal driv­ers of our so­ci­ety. If Trump was truly a leader he should have said he wanted to make the planet great again. The choice now is to ei­ther ditch un­sus­tain­able cap­i­tal­ism and save the Earth, or res­cue cap­i­tal­ism and dump the planet.

If ever there was one coun­try where Utopia could have been real- ized it had to be in Amer­ica. Wake up peo­ple, you can do bet­ter than this! Ted New­comen


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