Thursday, August 9, 2018

180809 The coming great reconstruction era 

Whenever trouble fills the air, like the ochre haze that hangs overhead in the burning seasons, I think of the coming great American reconstruction. I recall the words of John Lennon:

When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be . . . let it be.

No matter how hopeless it seems, as there’s no putting out the fires, no restoring the killed trees nor the killed children all over the world, if America has a place in saving Earth’s human life sustainability, then Americans must restore things at home.
It will be hard. It will take years, perhaps decades. Fifty years is a fair estimate, and I will be dead before measurable progress is made. Those who measure the progress are, at this time, little children. They will write about the great American reconstruction and compare it to the first Reconstruction era, which lasted less than a generation, but which was never completed.
This is Wikipedia’s short description of the Reconstruction era:
The Reconstruction era was the period from 1863 to 1877 in American history. The term has two applications: the first applies to the complete history of the entire country from 1865 to 1877 following the American Civil War; the second, to the attempted transformation of the 11 ex-Confederate states from 1863 to 1877, as directed by Congress. Reconstruction ended the remnants of Confederate nationalism and ended slavery, making the newly free slaves citizens with civil rights apparently guaranteed by three new Constitutional amendments. Three visions of Civil War memory appeared during Reconstruction: the reconciliationist vision, which was rooted in coping with the death and devastation the war had brought; the white supremacist vision, which included terror and violence; and the emancipationist vision, which sought full freedom, citizenship, and Constitutional equality for African Americans.
Evidently the Republican congress was unable to achieve what they set out to as the democratic system is flawed. The constitution is open to discussion, and the church entered through loopholes the founding fathers never dreamed the church would exploit.
Thus we have today a nation divided, as it was in the 1860’’s, with a demagogue who calls himself a Republican but who, like any opportunist with mental problems and of low intelligence, exploits the two-party system to his advantage. The congress and the courts are weak and easily influenced by money. The voters are apathetic as they see the problems as being so huge as to be insoluble.
Scientists have warned for half a century that the skies would be almost permanently ochre-colored, and millions of acres of flora would be turned into dust and carbon dioxide like a slow detonation of a bomb. Not in a flash like a nuclear warhead, but like a natural act of God. Only it is not God who is doing it, but Americans and the American way of life.
When I see the devastation, both Natural and man-made, and I take measure of my tiny efforts toward education, I take hope in the coming of the great American Reconstruction coming. I say it begins today – August 9, 2018 – and it should embolden voters for politicians of all stripes who understand the science and the data that point to imminent destruction of Earth’s human life sustainability.
Some people, who I think have latent suicidal tendencies, say it is better that human life be extinguished, as humans have already destroyed many other life forms and show no sign of letting up. Already those who have a strong life urge – not suicidal – especially parents of young children, are looking for solutions.
The solutions may not come from within America, however, they may come from outside our borders. Canada and Mexico, for example, stand to decide for Americans what they must do. China, too and even North Korea, or nations in the Middle East, are critical of American behavior.
Above them all is science and Nature. One which has the means to make logical forecasts based on probability and the other who can assemble the greatest forces of the Universe.

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