From Washington to… Bush, the Third?
By Luis F. Brizuela Cruz
As our nation celebrates what would have been the 283rd birthday of the man chosen as its first president, it seems fitting to ponder on what lies ahead for the most remarkable societal accomplishment in the history of mankind.
Historians and cosmological analysts have estimated that democracies -and even the better constitutionally shielded republics- reach their peak on or about their 200th year of inception. It is at this junction that most corrections in the name of justice and equality for all members of such given societies are usually reached. Enough successions of government, over the span of a couple of centuries, would showcase the fairness and benevolence of the protagonist nation and would also expose its vulnerability, as all noble attempts to reach perfection would be met with the inevitable revelation of human imperfection. In spite of their grandness, the United States of America are no exception to this fascinating process of evolution and subsequent involution.
The forever meticulous effort of our Founding Fathers -perpetuated in the words of an almost infallible Constitution respected and abided by many generations of natural and naturalized Americans- was honored with, at times clumsy, but always dignified perseverance up to the years following the crucial decade when human, civil and individual rights reached the climax of their genuine aspirations. The nineteen seventies would give us a new American landscape, impregnated with condescension and contemplation of the social upheavals of the sixties and an underlined obsession with refusing responsibility for any regression to the “inequalities” of nearly two centuries of American nation building. The accomplishments would then start to turn into blatant adulterations of the social triumphs for which many lives were sacrificed. A libertine form of life would be adopted by a new legion of imitators and impostors of former authentic causes and the last bastion of hope for humanity would begin its inevitable free fall -with each decade since then adding another layer of confusion and distortion of the fundamental principles and values. The young democratic republic had reached its apex of capitalistic and intellectual evolution and was commencing to involute, predictively.
Rare moments of truthful commitments on the part of national and local politicians would barely constitute a minor favorable impact on the new and much more complex engineering of the American society, as the indulgent, entitled and dependent masses would serve as constant reminders to our leaders that left behind for good was the spirit of collective sacrifice and decorum. New generations of leaders, on the left and the right, would simply not attempt anymore to go against the current of an augmenting libertine demography. Hence, new self-destructive doctrines would dictate the norms of our morally fragile society. The adulterated versions of past causes and endeavors would set the tone for our new way of life and the office of the presidency would often become a reflection of the overall decadence of the nation.
The capricious, rightwing tenure of the intellectually challenged George W. Bush seemed strong enough justification for an slight socialist majority of American voters to embrace the populist, deceptively articulate and acoustic agenda of the least probable candidate for the top office of the nation and leader of the alleged free world, Barack Obama. His reelection would simply demonstrate the obfuscation of a large segment of an ideological privileged society in absolute state of decay, distant and still unaffected by the truly calamitous realities of a perilous world. With nearly two years to go in the painful and destructive Obama experience, it seems eerily obvious that the 45th president of the United States will bear a name familiar to the American voters. It also seems ironic that a nation which was led by George Washington against the monarchical British rule would be choosing the next Commander in Chief from two famed American family names: Clinton and Bush.
Many voters are already having a difficult time coming to terms with their compounded error of twice electing the worst American president ever; for which they may find exculpation and vindication by throwing their support in 2016 behind the one who could become the first woman president and whom many on the left seriously lament having bypassed in 2008 in favor of Obama. On the other side of the aisle, conservatives are having a tough time of their own; deciding whether to chance it with a hardcore republican, along Tea Party lines and risk everything against an undeniable socialist majority, or settle for the most liberal of all the Bushes who, among many popular attributes, speaks fluent Spanish, and who may guarantee them a seemingly miniscule reversal of fortune.
The bigger challenge appears to be for the left, as they must hope that constituently disengaged and emotionally unhinged Hillary Clinton preserves her fleeing mental sanity, at least until after the elections. Both names, due to their fame and notoriety, otherwise seem to cancel each other out in popularity and/or repulse. Bush the Third, by default and a narrow margin in 2016.
February 18, 2015
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