After the calamitous events of 2020 can we piece the country back together even as the state of our union is being torn to shreds? The perpetuation of myths, lies, and fears both old & new is ripping our nation apart even as we still struggle with COVID. We are a nation deeply fragmented in our beliefs and directions
As reckless as ever, Donald Trump continues to disseminate disinformation creating chaos. He is helped by a greedy complicit media that itself has fractured and fragmented into more and more niche offerings so that they are each singing to the choir, and Americans can enjoy just exactly those viewpoints that reinforce their own.
Even after he lost the presidential election, Donald Trump kept his large base angry, agitated, and feeling cheated while he continued his rallies where the coronavirus was spread with the same carelessness as his lies.
Emboldened, white supremacists are tearing at the fabric of democracy as entitled white Americans frightened by the browning of America, cling to misinformation as much as they cling to their Constitutional rights that they panic are coming under attack. Living in their own bubble, angry that their once upon a time American dream is being snatched out from under them, they long for this mythical time that Trump keeps promising to return to back to when America was great.
The truth is we are an imperfect country. Racism and denial run deep in our history and we can’t whitewash it away. The cracks and fissures have always been there. America has never really been a democracy for WE the people, just a privileged majority with the rest living on the margins, but that potential for it to become that perfect union kept us with a sense of hope. Did the last few years simply bring to life that we were never as close to that state of our union as we thought?
The insurrection of Jan 6, was no surprise. Trump had been sowing the seeds of discontent for two months and promoting division for 4 years.
The gross mismanagement of an epidemic by our president, the uncertainty, and the unbearable isolation it created further fragmented us, followed by the dispute and debates over the precaution needed to still guard against COVID. But for Trump, a simple lifesaving thing like wearing a mask would not have become so politicized, with countless feeling their Constitutional rights are being trampled on.
The greatest political division since the civil war, is the culmination of our long troubled history, the outcome of the stories we tell ourselves, the myths we embrace, and lies we perpetuate.
Our democracy and Constitution are hanging by a shred.