The problem with American politics is that too many members of the electorate believe they live in an actual society. A population of 315 million diverse individuals, a significant number of whom cannot trace their lineage to any of the nation’s founding fathers much less the country these founding fathers descended from, doth not a society make. Politicians have been getting away with this scam artist narrative for centuries.
It’s time to replace the narrative with something more realistic. What then is America? A confederation of individuals with nary a history in common held together by laws that favor the expansion of corporatism, the hoarding of capital, and high returns for those who hold the most capital.
Prissy-miss progressives insist on guilt-trippin’ individuals into mass redistribution of wealth based on the current false premise that we are one people. Yahoo bubba conservatives promote an economic philosophy that goes directly against their individual and societal interests, wondering why their lot has not improved even after eight years of George Bush and five years of GOP control of the House of Representatives and a cantankerous GOP minority in the Senate.
The moral arguments of one nation, one society continually hustled by zoot-suit wearing black political strategists and clerics, arguments eloquently made by Dr. Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders sixty years ago, ring hallow today as these impostors are seen merely as Jesse Jackson knock-offs and wannabes and quite frankly no one is listening to Jesse anymore.
The arguments made by the Rush Limbaugh/Sean Hannity/Bill O’Reilly types are so tinged with bigotry and upper-class snobbery that they only hold sway with the fringe twenty percent of Americans who believe Ronald Reagan was Moses and Elvis Presley the reincarnation of Jesus Christ.
So how should men and women who prefer the level-headed, reasonable path navigate America’s resistance to firming down an identity beyond worship of celebrities, football players, and talk show host fucktards? By acting as truly free individuals; by being what I refer as a “by-law.” A by-law rejects narratives forced upon him or her by Madison Avenue, K-Street, Pennsylvania Avenue and Constitution Avenue. They make and play by their own rules and strategically connect with the individuals that can help get them from point A to point B on the survive and thrive path.
The media won’t like by-laws. By-laws would require that the media move away from its messaging model, a model designed to manipulate reader behavior, and move toward a boring, bland, NPR/PBS News Hour format where readers and TV watchers actually get data that can help them make an individual, informed decision.
Politicians hate by-laws for the similar reasons. Individuals who make and play by their own rules pursue disruptive business models i.e Facebook, Amazon, etc., and are hard to control much less understand.
Today’s technology assists the by-laws in furtherance of social and business disruption, making outside thought viral, catching the old school off-guard. More and more people can stay connected without having to follow the rules and false narratives of the old guard, including the sales pitch that we are all one nation. We may be connected by technology but socially we are increasingly disconnected.
If there ever was an American society it’s now dead. America is no longer connected by values. It’s connected by football teams and reality TV. We shouldn’t fear this, however. Instead we should take advantage of its porous nature and take advantage of the newer and truer freedoms it affords us….