America is dead

A few short (or long, depending on the perspective of the moment) weeks ago, I would likely have disagreed with Brosphus’ premise that “America is Dead”. Today, however, reading his post stirred my conscience, brought a lump to my throat, and … yeah, my friends, the ‘America’ I thought I knew is indeed dead. Perhaps a new, even better one can be wrought from the ashes, but that remains to be seen. Please take a few moments to read and ponder Bro’s words. Thank you, Brosephus … my friend, my Bro.

The Mind of Brosephus

I’ve been hesitant to write this post because of the knee jerk reaction it’s bound to cause. However, as I keep observing incident after incident that further confirms my view, I guess I have no choice but to finally say it here. America is dead. It’s gone, sitting at the top of the dustbin of history, and it will never come back to life again.

Now, when I say America, I am talking about the country, not the idea of America. The idea of America is very much alive, and we see that spirit shining elsewhere around the world where people are free to pursue their happiness and life itself without overbearing government. Our country, on the other hand, is finished.

Sure, we still have a government, an economy, and other things in place as we’ve always had. When you look closely at them, how functional are they? If you’re…

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  1. Thank you for sharing!!.. I don’t believe that America is dead, just going through a process of change… with climate, virus and folks gathering knowledge with technology, the old normal is history and a new normal is taking shape.. every generation goes through the process as man gains knowledge.. 🙂

    There are many today that are resisting change, mainly for personal reasons, and they are the ones getting the headlines and they are the ones shouting the loudest because they are the minority… there are many quietly making the changes to make this world a better place, some YOU have posted on your blog, and one doesn’t hear much about them.. … 🙂

    America is not dead, it is changing “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past and present are certain to miss the future.”( John F. Kennedy)…. 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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    • I think that what makes me lose hope for this country is that people … some half of the people, at least … no longer seem to care about any but themselves and those close to them. They want to stifle education, shove their own religion down the throats of the rest of us, and their end goal seems to be to create a white, Christian, straight, male-dominated society. Yes, there are still good people, some of whom I have written about, but … it seems there are more selfish, greedy, arrogant ones who don’t care about others, don’t care about the environment, don’t care about refugees or immigrants. It’s discouraging and takes a toll on those of us who care … perhaps too much sometimes.

      Thank you, Dutch, for the special words of the Irish Saying … they did make me smile!


  2. I get how you feel, as you are well aware, because I so often feel the same. But since I try to look at the long long view, not my lifetime or even the generation after me, I believe it’s more like the ups and downs of the stock market.. we are in a very low spot right now, but the general flow is upwards, but it can take generations to occur. So we can’t expect to see it anytime soon.
    There is that hope however.
    But climate change and food and water shortages will be fighting against the whole picture even in the long term, so I look at it as a 50/50 chance of a turnaround. We won’t live to see it, so enjoy life now.

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    • I have a feeling that what is occurring today will take more than a generation, perhaps a century or more, to right itself. But yes, you’re right … eventually the pendulum swings back. Thing is, as you mention, with climate change and the horrific affects we’re already seeing — severe storms, wildfires, drought, food & water shortages — we don’t have a century to waste playing petty political games. You’re right … you and I won’t live to see the devastation that I’m almost certain is coming, but … our families will, and that makes me keep fighting. Sigh.

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  3. America is dead only if everyone who cares about the idea of America agrees “America Is Dead” and does no damn thing about it. We are at the most crucial point in our democracy, and there are plenty of people doing their best to save it. But all the polls show Republicans can win. That may well be the end of our democracy. Why aren’t all the “America Is Dead” people as fired up as the book burners and QAnons?

    We just saw a remarkable woman confirmed to be the first Black woman on the Supreme Court. Do you know about Marc Elias, who fights in court every day and has a terrific track record of wins? He knows the SC he’ll face, but he doesn’t stop. Jamie Raskin, D-MD, was in the Capitol Jan 6, days after his beloved son’s funeral, and is determined to bring trump et al to justice. Sheldon Whitehouse D-RI, has been fighting against dark money and failing to address climate change for years. A Black woman drives alone through Texas in a van registering voters. People are on the ground working their tails off to defy the odds, increase the Democratic majorities, and give Biden the chance to do the transformational things he can accomplish with two more Senators.

    People whined about Hillary and we got trump. There’s no perfection. If we all do something, we CAN defy the odds. Register voters. Write post cards. Donate to candidates. Run for office. Tell your elected officials how you feel on issues important to you.

    Crying out that America is dead is handing victory to those who want to kill it.

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    • You make a good point, my friend. And, as I told Roger, I will keep fighting, for I cannot do otherwise … I’m just not made to curl up and start watching sitcoms and knitting socks while the world around me implodes. But … the reality is that I don’t have the same hope that I had even a few weeks ago. Why? Probably for the very thing you mentioned … that those on the side of truth and justice are NOT fired up like the fools who are burning books, making laws to create ignorance in our young people, and promoting great big lies and conspiracy theories.

      However, your last two paragraphs … maybe help renew my resolve. I hope so, anyway. Unfortunately, my heart problems keep me from being out in public using a megaphone, but I shall do what I can. Meanwhile, though, Bro has a point … the “America” we knew 30-40 years ago is dead. We can only hope, I think, to build something better from what remains.

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      • Jill, ask Ketanji Brown Jackson’s parents how they feel about the America of 40 years ago compared with today’s America. Progress is not linear. I see us in the throes of the last gasps of white supremacy. If we can get past it, we will be the first multi-racial, multi-ethnic surviving democracy ever.

        I haven’t heard any Ukrainians complain “Ukraine is dead.” I think that’s why I responded so viscerally to this post. The idea of America is worth fighting for.

        I recommend Robert Hubbell’s “Today’s Edition” newsletter on Substack for a clear eyed view of events and citizen action.

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        • Good points, Annie. First, though, no progress is not linear, but we have reversed course on such issues as racism over the past decade or two, and I find that worrisome. Yes, I’m thrilled that Judge Jackson was confirmed, but note that she received only 3 Republican votes, whereas 20 or more years ago, most all Justices were confirmed by a much larger, more bipartisan majority. The Great Divide is hard at work here.

          The people of Ukraine are fighting hard … fighting for their right to an autonomous nation, for their right to surivive! The American people? We bite our nails, wring our hands, but are we fighting? Some of us fight with our words, but I don’t think most of us know how to fight the corruption and evil that is penetrating our government and even our courts.

          BTW … Got your email … thank you very much, my friend … this is what separates us from the haters … we can have a civil conversation and still be friends! I will definitely check out Hubbell’s newsletter! Thanks!


  4. The mistake made by ‘conquerors’ is to assume because they are holding some level of authority they have the hearts and minds and bodies of everyone.
    The mistake made by those ‘conquered’ is to assume that those who hold this temporary authority are in complete control.
    Neither are correct. This particular America may be coming to an end, as did various identities of other nations. America may yet flourish, it will just be a different shape and likely to be a bit smaller with a few lacklustre backwards neighbours locked into a past that never really was…and they will also owned by other nations.

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    • Lately, I find myself thinking of the U.S. as a ‘failed experiment’. But … that’s not really right, either, for at one time this nation was pretty good. The Civil Rights Era was probably our shining moment in the annals of history. Once upon a time … there was a nation of people who cared about others, who wanted to be better, to raise their children to be better than they themselves were. Once upon a time, there were movements for equality, there were governors who wanted to find ways to enhance people’s participation in government, to make government more accountable to the people. That was then, and this is now. We have allowed $$$$$ to be the measuring stick, the standard by which we judge people. That, skin colour, and religion matter more than humanity today in the U.S. I’ll keep on fighting, for to do otherwise is not in my nature, but … I sense the battle has been lost. There will be other battles, long after I am gone, but … today the battle is for survival of a nation. Can we win it? Sigh. I don’t think so.

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      • ‘Twas ever thus in history. A nation goes up, A nation goes down. Hopefully it goes up again.
        BUT that is the spirit Jill. Civil Rights; LGBT marriages -your shinning hours indeed. Keep those memories alive.
        A battle lost is not a war lost
        Cough -Bull Run-Cough

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        • You always manage to make me smile when I least expect it, Roger! Yes, a nation goes up, a nation goes down, but the time betwixt the two if decades, sometimes even centuries. I have no doubt that at the time of my death this nation will have ceased to exist as we know it. Someday, somebody will get a handle on what’s really important once again, probably after a major catastrophe that kills off half the nation, and it will get back on the right path, but I’ll be a wolf up in Canada or perhaps over in The Netherlands! 🐺 Howling at the moon, feasting on berries and vegetation (I’m gonna be a non-carnivorous wolf) and living my life in peace, unaffected by the whims of humans! 🐺

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