Obviously we are living in unreal or surreal times. It wasn't too long ago that we, as individuals and as a nation, felt certain about our past, confident about our present, and optimistic about our future. But of late, and specifically over the last year, there have come into our lives certain shifts of mood, and certain disenchantment with our mode-de-vie (way of life). No doubt, there are dialectical forces behind our political existence.
Decades of wars, economic crises, and political (philosophical) changes have left us unsettled and unsatisfied. Then came 2016. We said: Enough already! We need total and systemic alterations to not only the conduct but to the direction of Government!
We saw Bernie Sanders on the left denouncing the wealthy and the powerful for corrupting everything inside the Government. However, he didn't get much traction from the democrats.
On the right rose an odd nationalist, quasi-populist Donald Trump with an effective "promise" to drain Washington's swamp. Strangely, his success was buoyed even further by the opportunistic republicans, and he became President. And right away, he did not lose any time opening Pandora's box and society's poisons have been unleashed upon us. What are they?
They are ... doubt, distrust, fear, and anger! How did Mr. Trump accomplish this feat? In many ways ...
~ Misrepresentation of facts.
~ Denunciation of facts as false ( "Fake" news, "Fake" media, etc.).
~ Mastery of the confidence game (trickery, deflections, and empty promises).
~ Veiled threats.
~ Megalomania that appeals to certain segments of society.
~ Fox-News, and the predictable right-wing wacko media.
~ Spineless politicians on both sides of the aisle.
What do we need badly to get us out of this political morass and moral decline? ...
~ Truth speakers.
~ Courageous protests.
~ Political and civic participation at all levels of government ... volunteering, voting, etc.
~ Not losing our faith or our hope in our country. We've been tested before ... we've come thru before ... we shall overcome again!
~ Let's stay focused!