A Perilous Democracy
By Luis F. Brizuela Cruz
Nearly thirteen years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on American soil and nearly two years after the celebratory reenactment against the US Embassy in Benghazi, the unavoidable quantum leap analysis of the entire scheme of things leads us to the reality of a democracy in absolute peril.
Beyond the human toll incurred in both incidents, the international and domestic highly politicized approach by the various governments involved and the partisan coverage (or lack thereof) by the media, lurks the most dooming outlook for the last bastion of hope for humanity.
It has been estimated that a successful democracy will rarely last longer than two centuries. During this formidable cycle of human tendencies and exploits, mass behavior undergoes an evolutionary process, reaches a peak and then proceeds to a decadent free-fall of involution. Succession of government tends to respond to the decaying elements in society by adjusting to the degenerating levels of indulgence and ignorance, transforming the societal landscape. We, the people, grow complacent and leaders condescend, all in favor of a mutually incapacitating posture that ultimately translates into unsalvageable depths of apathy -as government and mass simply resort to squandering the material and moral wealth of the land. Our American democracy appears to have reached the expiration point of its grandness.
The signs are many and countless hours can be dedicated to the study and conjecture of the process that got us to the present scenario. Blames and guilt can be tossed back and forth unceasingly, but it is the ultimate realization that we, as a nation, may have crossed the irreversible threshold of mediocrity what should seriously concern those who still can discern, at least a bit, through the fog.
In a democratic political format where the leaders are chosen by a majority consisting of slightly more than half of the populace -along with an electoral vote that has instinctively molded, overtime, as per the whim of such indulgent, capricious and shortsighted electorate- the fluctuation of the societal pendulum may have conformed, perennially, to the dooming left side of the proverbial clock.
Pitiful is a society, where politicians, the media and the vast majority of its citizens prioritize the racist remarks of a wealthy misfit over the disclosure of a valuable document, which clearly incriminates the present administration of the country of a very serious election, foreign policy and criminally negligent cover-up. American democracy is about to complete its first life cycle. Hope is faint at best that a few generations from now another spark of humility and patriotism will give birth to the America of the future.
May 1, 2014 All Rights Reserved