Vladimir Putin has recently stated that liberal democracy and multiculturalism is obsolete. Trump, the GOP, much of corporate America and the military industrial complexes around the world have bought into this notion as well. Moreover, working class Whites, who, while actually themselves being victims of this wealth rules all click, somehow identify with such an ilk if only because the plutocracy is overwhelmingly White, and thus average working class Whites are lead, wrongly so, to believe that they will somehow be raised up by these race bating plutocrats.

In the blink of an eye Donald J. Trump, backed by most of the GOP and the White tribalism of America, has aligned our nation with the world’s ruthless strongmen with fat bank accounts in Switzerland. This has left our former allies in NATO and friends like Japan and South Korea in the East hung out to dry.

Some 240 years ago our nation’s founding fathers had an idealistic vision of democracy that they hoped the nation and the world would eventually grow into. (Most Southern State never did fully catch on to such a notion.) Democracy, however, is a fragile and unnatural concept. Mankind is, at its core, an egocentric being not unlike the rest of nature’s creatures. Our hardwiring is to survive at all costs and seek advantage at every opportunity while promoting tribal interests. Thus competition, greed, power and war are the chief products of our natural hardwiring. I mean, why else would you think that Game of Thrones was so wildly popular? It is of course that our egocentric self gets a chance to watch from a safe distance our egocentric self in full destructive bloom.

In any event, it would seem that the rule of law and idealistic liberal democracy for all peoples is al last being crushed under the weight of concentrated wealth and its very corrupt greed. Though to be perfectly honest the idea that the United States, or any other country for that matter, ever came anywhere close to a fully fair democracy was always more fantasy than fact. But at least for a few decades we gave it a might try.

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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