We had lofty pretensions when we created the United States. Despite that, we had lunch with the devil and included slavery to soothe the south and more than a little to also soothe the north. The importation and sale of human beings was a big money-maker. “All men are created equal” was the most ironic comment ever written into a declaration and constitution.
Almost 250 years later, remarkably little has changed to make this country a better, more egalitarian nation. Putting aside, for the moment, outright racism and bigotry of which there is a breathtaking amount, the gap in professional positions has narrowed every so slightly, but never gone away. Nor will it. Every time a bill comes up that could guarantee equal pay for equal work, it goes down in flames.
Republicans — as a party — are fully committed to non-equality.
To get full and “fair” compensation and advancement in the workplace, the GOP position is simple: be a white Christian heterosexual man.
After the Civil war, a huge number of white people lost whatever concept they might have held in favor of equality. Not just toward dark skinned people. They just plain lost it.
They resented and objected to anything that could narrow the inequality gap between white Christian men and the rest of society — including women. Until the late 1940s, it wasn’t even illegal, so they raised their children to be the same narrow-minded bigots they were.
It’s 2022. Women — not a minority as women outnumber men — are nonetheless significantly below men professionally and are still fighting the apparently endless battle to control their own bodies.
Appalling though this is, a lot of people are are proud of this. Those who promulgate this “position” don’t “get” why others think they are stupid. They think it’s snobbery. It’s not. We know those people are not stupid in the sense of having low intelligence. They are intentionally stupid, by personal choice. Which is worse.
They are proud of their lack of culture and education. They think racism, bigotry, narrow-mindedness, and a failure to understand science, history, or facts is just fine.
Racism, bigotry, narrow-mindedness, and a failure to understand science, history, or facts are not fine. These have been the signature of the underclass in every civilization in human history.
I wish I could see a brighter day down the road, but I don’t. Mostly, I see hotter days, filthy oceans, and an ever increasing level of poverty, deprivation, and ignorance.
I’ll get off my soapbox now. Because nothing I say is going to make a shred of difference. You can’t confront those people with facts, rational explanations, history, or even basic kindness and compassion. None of these things matter to them. They are rigid, grim, and surprisingly cruel.
Those who are not intentionally stupid are deplorably corrupt. It’s mind-boggling that we have come to tolerate and accept this level of corruption. If it weren’t currently unpopular, I’m sure these same people would be cheering the Russians on because the Russians have oil. We’ve effectively suppressed research that proves we can run our cars and generators on almost anything — including garbage and water. We don’t need oil, gas, or uranium. Most people don’t realize there are so many options. We do not have to pollute the earth and oceans.
Electric cars are not an answer. More like a band-aid over a running sore. The mining of nickel to create those batteries is environmentally destructive. Moreover, we have no solution for disposing of the batteries and we depend on electricity to get those cars to run. The electricity is generated using the same oil, gas, and nuclear stuff. It’s the same loop. A pretty frame without a picture in it.
We need to use something else to run vehicles, generate electricity, heat or cool our homes. Did you know any internal combustion engine can, with minimal changes, run on alcohol? And you can create alcohol from almost anything, including garbage and mulch? This isn’t news. The research has been around for at least 70 years. If you think you are making the world greener with your electric car? Think again. You are not making the world greener. The car may make you feel better and it will save you money at the pump, but it’s not a solution.
I’m painfully sure we’ll keep on being stupid. We are programmed to that kind of idiocy by oil and gas conglomerates owned by mental giants like Vladimir Putin.
As Forrest Gump said: Stupid is as stupid does.