American politics has finally and definitively
bifurcated into two main camps. On the
one hand normal people who work with things (in agriculture, manufacturing,
mining, construction, etc.) are basically still grounded in reality and realize
that reality trumps concepts. These
people participate in the reality which they realize they didn’t create.
The intellectual elites, however dwell in the
imaginative world of their thoughts, which they prefer over reality. They make
sweeping social changes while failing to even read or understand the laws they
enact; so it is no surprise that they don’t see or react to the unintended
consequences of their actions. They hold themselves aloof of those tethered to
and ‘dirtied’ by reality, instead believing themselves to be god-like and
unaccountable for their actions, as they have the best of intentions.
These elites believe that reality is not a
given. They have completely come to
believe that the scientific project can be applied to ourselves, our society,
our culture and our politics. This means
that people and their institutions are objects to manipulate and to “perfect”
according to whatever standard they come up with.
Once people apply natural science to subjects
outside its realm, such as politics or law, reality no longer applies because
our ideas of what is possible rule, and they try to force reality into their
preconceived ideas of what it should be rather than what really exists.
In other words, our elites have been taught
that every aspect of reality is capable of being conceptualized and then
subject to improvement as they see fit.
They are truly un-tethered from reality.
Listening to the political rhetoric, it is
clear that some of our politicians believe in the ideal conception of the
‘unreal’. They proclaim a radar-like
focus on the impossible task of self-salvation - a goal of perfecting humanity
through their own messianic efforts.
This places our political world on the same
level as Pokémon or Star Wars.
Normal people still think that reality truly is
real and that we must form our concepts to conform to that objective truth.
The Wizards of Washington do not think that
reality is actual and hence needs to be contended with. In their minds, they are free to be their own
god, ‘creating’ ourselves and our society, any darn way they please.
And, they ‘know’ that they have the ‘right’
knowledge, which the rest of us don’t possess, required to take us into the
Promised Land, the utopia imagined in their minds.
They think that their fantastical political
speculations are as real as real can be. They assume that life is something other than it is, something to be
manipulated, engineered to their liking.
By manipulating our political and social
institutions they intend to perfect us to their idealized state of human
They can’t stand the fact that we find
ourselves to not be perfect but, not to worry they will fix that!
They reject the reality that we are mortal and,
in fact, they are working feverishly on that project too!
It is anathema to these people that there might
be areas of life they can’t understand and control. There are no mysteries allowed in their grand
work of perfecting the universe.
Gods in their own minds, these individuals are
basically harmless in their own lives. But when we collectively buy into their fantastic schemes and turn the
levers of power over to them, we end up with cultural catastrophes such as we
are now experiencing.
For example, the reality of marriage
isn’t. Instead, it is whatever we
declare it to be.
Or, the reality of murder, isn’t. Instead, it is, when we say it is and it
isn’t, when we say it isn’t (babies & the unfit elderly).
And, the reality that it is better to leave
health care decisions up to individuals and families in a large and diverse
country rather than try to plan a master policy designed by well, you-know-who.
Lastly, the entire Supreme Court battle
centering on whether the Constitution is stable, literal and real or, is it to
be viewed as being plastic and moldable to their project of perfection. In which case it can’t mean what it says or,
it would be an insurmountable obstacle.
In pursuing perfection too much, in believing
in ourselves as being the creators too much, in trusting in our own knowledge
too much we are placing ourselves on extremely unstable ground.
Unless we find a cure for our utopian seeking
political sickness we will find ourselves constructing a world that is just the
opposite of what we intended.
For, in trying to force the pegs of reality
into holes which they don’t fit, reality will ultimately prevail.
In trying to perfect humanity, we will instead
self-destruct on the shoals of actuality as created by a Being beyond our
If we don’t have the collective sensibility and
humility to admit the veridical, the suicide of our country at some point