George Bush and Company have plunged the world into chaos. (part one)
From a pre-Bush world that had seen the steady fall of warfare and a slow but steady rise in the governments of the world finding ways to talk problems through, Bushco has reintroduced conflict….and the chaos and unintended consequences that accompanies it….back into fashion.
Now with Bushco nearing the end of The Republican Reign of Terror…what kind of World will emerge from the rubble?
As Georgie rides off (unimpeached) into the sunset, the next President will be sworn in….to a bloody fucking mess of a government that has been nearly destroyed by Republicanism. As many, many folks have pointed out, Republicans profess to hate big government, and have thus sought to destroy it.
Republicans are good at destroying things….it is the only thing they DO know how to do.
They have used up and broken the military and the National Guard….while creating new enemies where ever you look. They have destroyed the previous channels of diplomacy through their arrogance, our State Department is now known for having its own mercenary Army rather than for its efforts at finding peaceful solutions. Our economy is right now teetering on the edge of some new form of recession/depression, our dollar falling in value and people being put out in the street through foreclosure and debt….apparently the upside to this is that American goods will sell for cheaper overseas….except America no longer produces much in the way of goods.
We have in short, no economic power, no military power and no diplomatic power.
George Bush has reduced our nation from the worlds sole superpower that was respected and admired around the world for its freedom and leadership into an ugly and crippled behemoth, known now as the hypocritical bully of the world….more a laughingstock than a respected world leader.
The world has slid into chaos….and the world blames George Bush….and thus America.
And this is the world that the next President inherits, in an America that has:
A broken and bankrupt militatry that is still fighting two wars.
A recession or depression with China and the Saudis holding huge chunks of debt (leverage) on America….while the dollar tanks.
A broken diplomatic corps.
A national government crippled by incompetence, corruption and Fundie moles.
No domestic manufacturing capability…especially none that is not based on oil.
And perhaps the most important for the long term….a scientific and research community that has been decimated and dispirited by Bushco’s anti-science/science as a political tool mentality.
Just as the effects of Climate Change really start to hit.
As I said yesterday…a humbled and comparatively powerless America
To an extent not previously known….an America that is completely dependent on the rest of the world.
An America whose arrogance will no longer be tolerated….or enforceable.
While it may seem that this is a bad thing…especially to jingoistic nationalists, it is actually one of the few good things that will come out of this nightmare.
For we are at…not coming to, but at…a time when the entire world needs to join together. A time in fact where it will be forced to come together…or perish.
Mother Nature bats last.
Mother Nature doesn’t recognize boundaries or nation states.
As the effects of catastrophic climate change manifest more and more forcefully in increasingly unquestionable forms, the only hope for the people of the world is to find new ways to work together.
The antithesis of all that the Republicans stand for.
As we face the REAL challenges of the twenty first century, which have very little to do with Islamo-Fascism, these worst aspects of America, as represented so ably by the philosophies of the Republican Party, will have to be repudiated. The world will demand it. And it will be in a position to do so for one main reason.
As peak oil hits and Climate Crisis hits, the solutions to the challenges of adapting to SURVIVING in this new world will NOT be coming from America. We will have to buy them from people and nations that have not destroyed their scientific communities. In short, America will be at the mercy of a world that it has just finished royally screwing over.
America will be forced to change from an empire into just another citizen of the world.
We here all want to see massive change…take heart, it IS coming. There is virtually no question of that.
The questions we face are:
What form will it take?
Will it be a planned change or a series of devastating reactive changes?
What will be the principles of the new America?
This is why it is vitally important for the Progressive (or just plain sane, if you don’t like the term progressive, lol) to have clear and cogent policies and principles to offer in place of the current reality.
As someone said on Dkos the other day, the New Deal wasn’t thought up on the fly. The ideas and principles of the New Deal had been around and were ready to be implemented when thing got so bad that change was FORCED on America.
We are coming up to another one of those times. America needs to reinvent itself for the new post oil, post imperial world. It will be forced to. It will need new ideas and policies to do this.
We have them…..sorta.
So while at the moment we seem to be headed into a long dark scary tunnel…and many of us are in despair….there IS a light.
That light is the complete failure and collapse of the old way of doing things, a way that so VERY demonstrably now just plain doesn’t work….leading to the implementation of the kind of ideas and policies we hold dear illuminating and enlightening the world.
If we survive this nasty era of the Death of Republicanism…we win!
It sucks that we always seem to have to go through a nasty and horrible period of darkness…where we are now….before we can change. But this is the nature of the world, this is downside of human nature.
It is up to us, the Progressive minded folks of the world to supply the upside, to create the new world out of the ashes of the old.