Our idealistic founding fathers commenced their noble experiment of liberty for all deep in the pit of vicious slavery. Try as we might, Americana has never quite escaped the abhorrence of our initial stance of social injustice.

While approximately 60% of Americans wish to continue pushing upward toward a better more inclusive nation that celebrates our better angels, there remains roughly 40% of our citizen numbers that prefer wallowing in the hate and ignorant dark place from which a part of our United States emerged.

Currently two forces, exclusive capitalist greed and tribal purity, have combined to want to drive these United States backward in time to where a crude Darwinian existence ruled the land, a habitation where the master and the overseer meted out justice and poor exploited Whites could yet feel a bit high up the social pecking order to peoples of color. It is an ugly place, indeed, but, alas, I fear nature is an ally of this hellhole.

As the vast majority of us watch on in horror, we see our national government overwhelmed by nature’s dark side as Moscow Mitch in the Senate joins forces with a corrupted Supreme Court and a malevolent Executive to brutally subvert the will of the majority. In essence we see the soul of the Klan working on behalf of an emerged oligarchy not unlike that of the Putin gang that abuses Russia. No wonder King Trump sees the world’s fraudulent dictatorships as his glorious models.

America is breaking bad. Can its noble ideals yet be saved?

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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