Protesting Freedom: an American Paradox

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20022252A_dpdprotestkk1AProtesting Freedom: an American Paradox
(Photo: Dallas News)
By Luis F. Brizuela Cruz
It is absolutely disheartening that a half century of gradual interracial progress and enormous societal evolution has practically evaporated under the watch of the man who simply could have been the most iconic president in the history of our nation.
It is utterly frustrating to watch how the patriotic, dignified protests of the Civil Rights Movement of the sixties have been so completely adulterated by groups and individuals, whose sole purpose is to destroy material and moral infrastructure, propagate hate and violence and set a nation back to a time a vast majority -until recently- believed was behind us all.
It is totally paradoxical that such grim scenario can be unfolding in the authenticated land of opportunity and freedom.
As the United States continues to be the world’s destination for hope and aspiration -amid the global turbulence exacerbated by terrorism and economic woes- internally we wrestle with possibly the most complex societal dilemma in the entire history of the country. The once clear lines of demarcation between just and unjust, between oppressors and oppressed have been blurred by the new standards (and decisively double standards) of our modern life. The ever increasing posture of gratitude for the periodical personal and collective accomplishments has turned into a deformed disposition craving instant gratification and an insatiable pursuit of vain and egotistical indulgence.
Our “better” leaders on both sides of the aisle have fundamentally opted out of their duties to guide and serve a nation befuddled by the instigations of the “worse” and malicious leaders, who appeared to have embraced equivocated ideologies and destructive agendas. Twisted concepts and ideas, such as socialism and communism  are being revisited after it seemed that they had already been fully exposed and buried by the many failed attempts of the twentieth century and the obvious derailment of their “light” and sneaky versions during the early part of the new millennium worldwide.
Yet, a war-weary, guilt-ridden and otherwise distracted and uninformed democratic majority converted its frustrations into the vote that would twice elect a half white and half black, inexperienced one-term, constantly abstaining senator to the highest office in the nation, making him the de facto leader of the free world. The arrival on the scene of Barack Obama would prove to be the greatest demonstration of the willingness of the American people to showcase the virtue of equality and social redemption for the sins and misdeeds of their ancestors.
But President Obama was not here to preside over or to exalt the virtues of the nation. His mission from the onset was to divide and condemn the history of the United States as abusive, oppressive and exploitative, both at home and abroad. His two-prong offense consisted, immediately, of incurring in apologies around the world and the chastisement of white against black in every situation that would unfold, in spite of the greater or lesser magnitude of the same. He would, thereof, set in motion the worst process of social involution ever ignited by an American leader in history. What made this calamitous and regrettable event more inconsolably pathetic is the fact that it started to occur precisely during the most racially harmonious time for the nation. Here he was, the man emblematic of racial unification with the potential to bring us all closer together, yet he chose –or always had a premeditated vision- to divide us, possibly in irreversible fashion.
If Obama has been indeed emblematic of anything at all or if his personally hard-fought legacy would ever have a title or a label that would ultimately be: Obama, the contradiction of our times. If the falsehood, unwarranted upheavals and unjustified cynicism which fill our modern society were to become transcendentally crucial in the ample context of human history, ours would be shamefully recognized as: THE TIME WHEN A NATION PROTESTED FREEDOM: AN AMERICAN PARADOX.
As a country in mourning and despair turns its stupefied eyes to the possibility of genuine hope and change, both presumptive presidential candidates are complete and resounding consequences of the decadence of our modern times. At the closing of this freelance editorial edition, it remains conceivable, although improbable, that neither party would even nominate its popularly chosen candidate for the presidential elections in November.
The chaos on the streets of America, the ongoing carnage, the racial divide and the mediocrity of government and populace today would pale in comparison to the critical mass that will be reached in the case of one or two open, brokered or contested conventions.
May God and Common Sense save the United States of America; hence the rest of the planet.
July 12, 2016
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