All I maintain is that on this earth there are pestilences and there are victims, and it’s up to us, so far as possible, not to join forces with the pestilences.
— Albert Camus, The Plague
The American Republic has fallen sick to its soul. Long-time endurers of Uvular’s Weekend Politics Thread headers have read riffs on this cri de couer many times. Since, as much as they relieve existential pain, words on an obscure comment board cure nothing, Politicados will surely encounter versions of this plaint again and again up until the cancer gets cuts from the core of the U.S. federal government.
Regrettably, that civic life-saving surgery shall not occur this weekend. The Republican-led Congress lays supine even in the face of Trump demanding dictatorial servility and ending the special relationship with Canada to make strange bedfellow space for the Kim theocracy of North Korea. Gorsuch-guaranteed one-vote majorities ensured Supreme Court imprimaturs for massive disenfranchisement and religious-based discrimination. Half of the news media slavishly praises Trump no matter what foolish, dangerous, criminal, or mendacious thing he does. The other half of the news media asks only if the first half has a legitimate point.
And now, a young boy in Idaho has contracted bubonic plague.* The kid will recover because an international group of scientists developed antibiotics 70-some years ago.** Cooperation achieves great things. A lesson never learned by Trump and his economic policy enablers.
But game this out. Serious arguments exist that the Black Death forced Medieval Europe into the Renaissance and subsequent Scientific Revolution. Fewer peasants drove a need for machines. The demand for more and better machines sparked greater understanding of engineering and chemical principles. Which culminated in Newton and Liebniz concomitantly inventing “The Calculus”*** and setting humanity on the path to living the utopian life of the recliner-bound passengers of the Earth ship in Wall-E.
All the idiots who argued for putting Trump in the Oval Office because doing so would force a reboot of no-caps democratic republicanism remain idiots. No one needs to rebuild what nothing and no one destroyed. For all its lingering problems, the United States had lurched forward on all kinds of fronts until the Trumpists yanked everything back to the ‘50s — choose a century. Still, a Blue Wave crashing at the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers come November 2018 could wash away much of the rapidly accrued rot at the root of the nation.
The U.S. must right its ship of state^ for its own sake and to show potentially great countries like most of the ones in most of the rest of the world struggling under in-truth weak strongmen that a government of, for, and by the people can climb back on that long arc bending toward justice.
n.b., Mudhoney set the template for Nirvana. Your ignorant WPT host knows no more than this. Any Mark Arm biographers out there in Politicadoland?
*Talk about the flea-cing of America!
**For the purposes of this hopeful note, pay no attention to the accelerating spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Thank you.
***Thus, eventually, crushing Uvular’s fleeting dreams of becoming a physicist. Your humble WPT host settled for studying the history, sociology, and philosophy of science and technology. He can tell you why Millikan performed his famous oil drop experiment, but not how.
^No, you belabor metaphors. Uvular spins word art. Thank you.