If you have ever watched “The Running Man” movie you probably found the society that made up the cheering crowds ominously familiar. They are us. With few exceptions we people in the affluent Western Democracies have nearly everything including home and food and toys.
We have a land that still has much to give us even though we have continued to rape it throughout the many years we have lived upon it. True, there are those that work hard to replenish what we have stolen but most do not.
Nearly oblivious of the horrors that many other societies endure, we assuage our conscious concerning other by throwing money at them. We call upon our various
Religious organizations to fill in for us while we fight our bulging waistlines.
The mindless cheering crowds in the film remind us of the many Americans who could not bother to vote in the last election and those who voted for a person who has and is bringing never ending war to the world.
They are willing to sacrifice a child or two as long as they have someone in the White House that will appoint Supreme Court justices who will deny women the right of reproductive freedom and further marginalize gays to deprive them of equal rights.
They are conditioned to cheer the Bush administration and ignore his lies, his mismanagement and his desecration of the Constitution. There is just something about a macho state hero that really turns them on.
It’s a weakness really that so many Americans and others have such an all consuming desire to be seen as bettering/overcoming other nations. “We are the greatest, we are the winners, you are the shmooks. Ya-Hoo!”
If that sounds like a high school sports match, you got it. Maturation of brain cells and maturity of thought has not yet arrived for those who continue to support the worst of our country.
As long as macho is appealing, they will never open their minds to anything more. Virtue might have its own reward but feeling superior to others allows them to have their cake and gag on it too.
How carefully they balance their professed religiosity against allowing their government to torture other human beings under the guise that it is “best for the country” and “necessary to fight terrorists.”
It is no wonder that the TV show, “24”, is so popular. Torture there is always the right thing to do and it always saves the country from disaster. As long as the good guys win, God and religion are conveniently forgotten.
Commenting on "Manliness”, the title of a new book by Harvey C. Mansfield, a conservative professor of government at Harvard University, Ruth Marcus wrote in part:
I have a new theory about what's behind everything that's wrong with the Bush administration: manliness. …
…He, Mansfield writes that he wants to "convince skeptical readers -- above all, educated women" -- that "irrational manliness deserves to be endorsed by reason." Sorry, professor: You lose. What this country could use is a little less manliness -- and a little more of what you would describe as womanly qualities: restraint, introspection, a desire for consensus, maybe even a touch of self-doubt. -- Man Overboard by Ruth Marcus Tuesday, March 21, 2006; A17 Washington Post
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