The time eventually arrives when luxury meets it’s alter ego, decadence. Meanness, laziness and indifference thrive. Madness the ultimate destination, if not for the fact that societies that attain great wealth and power self destruct first. The Roman Empire collapsed like a rotten tooth, poisoned from within by wealth and the power struggles and corruption that spring from it. The invading hoards met little resistance because Rome was already on it’s knees, the great caesars of the past replaced by a long series of incompetent puppet emperors as the struggle for internal power became the focus of attention.
As the world evolves economically so the choice of leader reflects this primary concern and so wisdom is sacrificed on the alter of consummation and greed. Countries led by cretins and psychopaths abound. Africa in particular has a history of despotic leaders concerned only with the lust for power and the acquisition of staggering wealth. The United States of America, actually the richest and most powerful society on earth, leads the way in the “free” world today. It has been a rapid, stomach churning devolution. Abraham Lincoln to George Bush in a mere eight generations. Abe couldn’t be president now. He had principals and convictions that were born of humanity. He couldn’t be bought or manipulated. A tribal elder as well as president. They do still make them like that but now they don’t go into politics, for the simple reason that, to be a politician requires a mastery of what George Orwell called doublespeak, an ability to believe in two contradictory “truths” at the same time. Not quite Orwellian because the modern politician only pretends to believe in the many things he will have to say in order to hold onto his position in the political hierarchy. Politics everywhere is full of it. A good man wouldn’t dream of compromising his integrity in order to tow the party line or gain an advantage over someone else in the bad tempered rat race to the White House.
The elected leader always reflects the state of the nation. If a nincompoop is elected, George Bush for example, it is because nincompoops elected him. No clear thinking, intelligent and open minded person would ever consider voting for a nincompoop. Unless of course, there were only nincompoops to vote for. This is the case in modern day America. Radicals and reformers are hounded out of the running by the propaganda machine of either main party. Stalin liquidated anybody with a free thinking, free speaking attitude but the White House couldn’t get away with that and so it lampoons and slanders anyone who might try to interfere with the age old system of banker pupputeers. Sometimes, as in the case of Ron Paul, a highly intelligent and morally sound human being, back in 2008, the Republican party’s own self defence mechanism did the hatchet job itself. Bernie Sanders, another independent thinker with a history of activism in the political arena and a man with a humanitarian agenda is still in the race as I write but I would fear for his life if ever the impossible happened and he found himself in the hot seat. It would be utterly impossible for an honest and reasonable man or woman to make it to the White House now. There is no place for those qualities in a world where financial gain is the primary goal, where the economy comes first, last and always and where personal development is abandoned to the all consuming lust for power. Georges Bush, father and son, Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton couldn’t have got within light years of the presidency back in Abe’s day and tragic as it may sound, Abe, even if he wanted to, (and he wouldn’t), couldn’t do the same today. A mad world? Yes, indeed! And yes Obama is also a cretin. Perhaps more so given his apparent intelligence. He is cool, suave and handsome and able to learn by heart the words of the cretins whispering in his ear. But his record speaks for itself. Post Bush we thought he was the Messiah. God help us! There goes our last chance. It’s downhill now. All the way, via Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton, to social collapse or World War Three. Yippee! Bring it on!
You don’t need a sound education, intelligence or hard earned life experience to become president of the United States of America. Just shit loads of money or friends in high places with shit loads of money and if possible a smattering of charisma to give the image makers a chance to pull the wool over the electorate’s television eyes. A successful presidential candidate buys his way to the top. Success equates to the number of flags and banners you can distribute, how many hours of prime time television exposure you can wangle and how many pockets you can line. Just like in soccer and horse racing, where the most expensive teams and horses dominate, success is paid for in advance. An upset is however always on the cards in sport. Look at Leicester City football team! But an upset of that calibre cannot happen in politics. At least not before the shit has started hitting the fan and the seething masses are flocking to the churches again. When legions of ordinary people are using rhetoric saturated slogans like. “We need someone who can kick start the economy” or “You’re either with us or against us”, and are whooping and cheering and God help us, fundraising for their chosen hero or heroin, you know the goose is very nearly cooked. Thank the Lord I am vegetarian. That goose has been cooking for a very long time.
Talking of heroin. Anybody got any?
“The decline of Rome was the natural and inevitable effect of immoderate greatness. Prosperity ripened the principle of decay; the causes of destruction multiplied with the extent of conquest; and as soon as time or accident had removed the artificial supports, the stupendous fabric yielded to the pressure of its own weight”. Edward Gibbon.