I Have Decided To Throw In The Towel On America And All Of Humanity For That Matter

Yes, alas, it’s true I’m going completely nihilistic on the future of America and the human race. Not that it matters all that much. Ever since the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962, humanity has been on the verge of nuking itself out of existence. Indeed all that was ever needed to put an end to life on earth was one idiot leader going out of control or just one small technical glitch or nut-ball in a critical part of the nuclear system. Trump as president is the cherry on top of that cluster-fuck cake.

Sure the founding fathers cooked up a great experiment in democracy when they invented America, but they never really had a chance to make their idealism come to fruition. The universal law of probability balance would see to that. You know that unwritten law of that implies that at some point in time all creation and good must be offset by destruction and evil — stars are born and stars die; peace is always offset by war, etc.

For all the idealism of the founding fathers it required a massive bloody civil war just to officially end slavery, and then a huge civil rights campaign to end Jim Crow and the days of routine black lynching. It sometimes might seem that humanity is moving in the right direction, like when Americans (mostly minority Americans) elected a high caliber back man as president, but then the country is savagely hit with a moronic backlash as White America counter attacks with a snake oil salesman and certified sicko, Donald J. Trump, as president.

A government by and for the people, as Lincoln came to say, is a pipe dream. There is no human creation that the rich and powerful can’t buy up and control to the detriment of the masses. Just look at the current Republican tax bill in that regard. Moreover, all the rich and powerful need do to get average Janes and Joes to shot themselves in the foot at the polls is to pander to their ignorant tribal impulse to fear the “other.”

And so this article is my Medium swan song. I shall not and will not accept any invitation to write another original piece, though I may at times continue to comment on the writings of others. I thank my supporters and wish all a continued success in their endeavors.

Jim Ridgway, Jr.

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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