December 17, 2015 1 Comment
There was a lot of war mongering going on at the last GOP debate. It’s almost as if they wanted to build a Death Star in the sky and eliminate, via laser and with pin-point accuracy, any and all bad guys. And if that didn’t work they were OK with just leveling cities as if it were another day at the office. Remember when Darth Vader destroyed Alderan just because he could? Imagine if Ted Cruz, Donald Trump or Chris Christie stood behind that console with all that power. That would be kind of scary, but in all actuality, we are pretty close to that scenario. How we got this far and to this point, where one of these yahoo’s can have so much power at their disposal is an acknowledgement of our biggest fears and what we as a nation are willing to allow to silence those fears.
But what are those fears and why to they exist? From a national security standpoint, The Islamic State is loosing ground, and as a result they are hitting closer to home, such as in San Bernadino or France. The fear is that the bad guys can strike anytime and anywhere using our technologies, citizens and legal loopholes against us. Now, from the GOP’s perspective and because we are in a soundbite election season, It’s not exciting by any means to talk about the root cause of why an American citizen, or somebody trying to establish roots in the US or another western country would consider joining the Islamic State, or turn against their neighbors for other misguided ideological purposes. It’s easier to blame the president and use tough and childish rhetoric in an attempt to win support from very scared citizens and direct hatred towards an invisible enemy. Facing the root cause and fighting the war there is not as sexy as “utterly destroying” and “carpet bombing” cities.
In truth, exploring the root cause might highlight the very deep flaws of our version of capitalism and “the dream” not being at all what it is sold to be. And I’m not convinced any of the candidates at the debate can actually deliberate upon that. So, rather than discuss the real issues at hand, such as income inequality and trying to improve what is for many a very poor quality of life–all which stems from the philosophical and actual inadequacies of our archaic economic structure, it’s more convenient and much easier for the GOP to blame “them” and incite hatred. It’s an easy redirect tactic. And its working. So the rhetoric gets tougher, more bombastic, and those leading the charge sound more like dark Sith overlords rather than GOP presidential candidates.