Okay, now, this is well beyond anything resembling reason: Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live As Exiles In Our Own Country is the title of an article in Time magazine, or at least on their web site. How the heck does your neighbor’s marriage make you an exile? The author doesn’t say. What he does say, buried in a long diatribe that proves his own ignorance of the United States and his own holy text:
We are going to have to learn how to live as exiles in our own country. We are going to have to learn how to live with at least a mild form of persecution.
I take that as a good sign, actually. The more liberty spreads, the more the neoliberal-neconservative-evangelical troika rails against it. That’s just fine with me — the more they expose their true agenda, the less support they receive from the public. The American public is majority Christian, so they’re not rejecting Christianity as the author of that whackadoodle article claims. What they are rejecting is the oppressive and anti-democratic radical ideology that is espoused by the neoliberal-neoconservative-evangelical troika, which will inevitably lead to its collapse. There will still be neoliberals, neoconservatives, and evangelicals, but they won’t be in league any more because there will be no power to be gained by it.
No, I’m not conflating the Supreme Court with the public. The public is swinging leftward again, and it is during those leftward swings of the pendulum that civil rights are expressed, expanded, and codified while distribution of wealth and income becomes less unequal. During the rightward swings, civil rights are suppressed and income disparity increases. During the 1940’s, for example, we were in a leftward cycle and Encyclopedia Brittanica Films created this gem of a classroom film which, though simplistic of necessity given its target audience, is based upon lots of good social science:
Our recent past, according to that film, has been one exhibiting many characteristics of despotism. With each passing day there are fewer who’d argue the counterpoint, and that’s just the way things have always worked in our constitutional democratic republic. The pendulum swings inexorably from one side to the other and back again in a cycle with a period of about four generations, right around 90 years depending upon the relative sizes of the generations. We have been living in the world the Baby Boomers created, and just now my generation, the tail of the boom known by some as Generation Jones, is coming into power and beginning to reverse the grotesque excesses for which the Boomers have always been known. Later, those born in the early days of the 21st century will take power and undo as much of the work we’re doing now as they can. Or we might thwart them by making so much progress that legislation and constitutional amendment prevent them from imposing a more despotic rule. That is my hope, though I expect to be quite dead before they take power, and don’t really want to live to see the second coming of Reagan anyway.
Maybe we’re about to have the second coming of FDR. I’d like that. I remember those pre-Reagan days when even Nixon was more socialist than any modern Democrat save Bernie who’s never been a party line Democrat anyway. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long, long time and hope hope hope and hope some more that it’s not a false start.
Hillary, dammit, just get your power crazed ass out of the way and let the rest of the country get on with their lives already, huh? You’ve had a good run but your time is through. Away with you now. The world has moved on.