In real life, Lemmings do not run into the sea. But people do. Since the first violent blow of human history we have sought leaders to give us banners and trumpets, point to the cliffs and cry “FORWARD HO!”
It’s invariable fact that all nations die; and with very few exceptions, the modus operandi is suicide.
Now, until fairly recently, American Presidents warned us more about this death by our own hands than about any external threat. From Kennedy and Eisenhower, to Jefferson, Adams and Washington, our leaders dismissed external threats compared to the perils of central banking, unlimited political powers, ungoverned militarism and even …democracy.
Now our government is much more powerful and secretive than when it tested syphilus on black men, or fed plutonium to school kids. Yet no president ever mentions constitutional restraint any more.
I’m afraid this is what they call foreshadowing. And it’s not our first warning.
The world hasn’t seen a year’s peace since the War to End All Wars. Crime has exploded since the War on Crime. God knows the war on Drugs has been a bust. We’re working longer hours, taking less vacation, the land of the free has the world’s highest percentage of citizens in prison…
And we have voted for all of it.
What’s worse is that it looks like we intend to keep charging toward that cliff. If such betting were legal in Indiana, I’d bet that in the upcoming election, voters will once again choose the bipartisan violence, corruption and oppressive failure that have been proliferating like bacteria for the past 90 years.
One way or another, this foolishness will end; either by a collective act of will, or by slack-jawed ignorance and societal collapse.
Choices are taken away from us every day. We don’t have so many left. The choices we make on Election Day have been mindlessly partisan, thoughtlessly shallow and unresearched for too long. It’s time to vote as though it’s a matter of life and death; because, of course, it is just that.