Greetings and Happy New Year of 2022. Glad to see 2021 move on. It was a No. 5 year and 5 is all about change, both destructive and constructive. It became more nutty as the year went on. Sometimes it felt as if we all were in armed camps. It gave us an excuse to be rude, loud, stupid and scary. We bring these qualities into 2022. We are in a No. 6 year and that is a different energy than the 5 but it’s a tough starting and much is at stake.
I think the nation as a whole will have to ask itself if it is worth saving. If the answer is yes, then we need to not be so complacent and allow the lies, bad behavior and the extreme politicizing of science, local government and religion to be used as a weapons. Since the January 6th mob run on the capitol, when crazed individuals tried to disrupt the certification of the duly elected president, Joe Biden, about 7 in 10 Republicans continue to deny Biden’s legitimacy as President. 47% of Republicans describe the attack on Congress as an act of patriotism and 56% were “defending freedom”. 40% of Republicans say that violence against the government is sometimes justified. 23% of Democrats and 41% of Independents say the same. Since 1995, the support of the use of violence has risen to 34% from only 10%.
A survey on January 4th, found 83% of Americans are worried about the future of America’s democracy. 71% say it is weaker than it was 4 years ago. Overall, two-thirds of Americans regard US democracy as threatened and only 1/3rd believe it is secure.
On top of this we have attacks on the electoral system, particularly with those officials charged with overseeing and certifying vote count. Some even assert their legislatures alleged constitutional authority to set aside the popular vote and select their own slates of electors. It goes on and on. We have weak reform of the the Electoral Count Act of 1887. We have antiquated electoral laws and ramshackle voting procedures which can increase the chances of more violence in the next presidential election.
Some may feel as the German Jews might have felt in the 1920’s and early 30’s. Some people knew this time was different and prepared to leave Germany. Most didn’t believe the worst case could seriously happen. Most couldn’t conceive it. They had been through bad things before and always managed to get through them. Surely, our good neighbors and friends won’t believe unscrupulous demagogues! Wasn’t everyone a “good” German?
We all know the answer. We can’t conceive that this could happen here.
For those of you are familiar with “The Prince” by Machiavelli, go back and read how manipulation controls the masses. I also recommend the book “The Ruthless Leader–Three Classics of Strategy and Power” by Alistair McAlpine. Definitely, read the second part on “The Servant“. Your hair might stand on end as you read the techniques of gaining power, the ability to tell a complete falsehood and make the people believe it to be true and much more. Fascinating and effective. It even brings in the 3rd part on the Art of War. “What could a fifth-century B.C. Chinese general’s treatise on military strategy and a fifteenth-century Florentine satirist/philosopher’s essay on how to be an effective potentate have in common with advice from a former Treasurer and Deputy Chairman of Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Party? More to the point, what could these texts contain that would be of value to a businessperson trying to get ahead in today’s volatile, globalized business world? Quite a bit, as it turns out. The Prince, The Servant, and The Art of War are unrivaled sources for anyone who seeks to understand the elaborate, often brutal, rituals of strategic conduct in any day and age. Each was written by an undeniably perceptive observer of humanity, and each offers unvarnished truths about human nature, especially as it expresses itself in an organization-whether it be political, military, or corporate. In each classic, the author builds on his experiences to develop timeless principles for exploiting human foibles in order to promote one’s own self-interest, while at the same time doing what is best for the organizational bottom line.”
Once you read “The Servant” or the 2nd part of this book, you will understand the fatal mistake Trump made and why he lost the election.
So my friends, if you think America, with its’ incredible birth chart and land as well as location can’t do itself in, you would be wrong. It has not matured enough yet to put the union back in unity. If the union can’t be saved, then all those yelling about individual rights and parents insisting on telling schools what they can and cannot teach, will be yesterday’s news. We can have a bunch of individual states passing vigilante laws such as in Texas. Question to ask yourselves is how would all these individuals states operate on the international stage? If Russia or China wanted to invade, which states would send in their militias? How about trade laws? How about social safety nets for the elderly, sick and infirmed state residents?
Do we want to preserve democracy and the union or do we want to wait until they burn the books? Pay attention to the numbers and the science. What changes must we make to bring a nation of assimilation and constructive changes into being? A country is known by how it treats those who are old and disabled. Those, who no longer can go to work but at one time took care of us and worked very hard for our future, are abandoned in “warehouses”. We will all go in the same direction one day.
In the words of Martin Niemoller, 1946 German Pastor
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
We must all put down our complacency and become active in overturning poorly written laws, unqualified candidates, corruption in our leaders and become wise citizens and enlightened beings. Welcome 2022.