Finding Hope in an Insane World

Gimme dat mustad!

Gimme dat mustad!

“Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives…. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends … and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.” – John Lennon, Interview BBC-TV (June 22, 1968)

The funny thing is that his (Lennon’s) words would have sailed right over my head as cliché had I heard them…or remembered hearing them in 1968. But you seriously have to wonder what awaits us all at the other end of the trend line when a sick and twisted pervert is a viable candidate to rule the most powerful and influential city on earth!

Immoral politicians are nothing new, that’s for certain. But the level of acceptance of their immorality is as alarming as it is new. A society that lowers the bar on the moral standards of its public servants isn’t a tolerant one…it’s an insanely suicidal one! I’m not sure which is the greater threat, the sexual pervert or the Constitutional one? I do know that the latter is parading across the country telling us things are getting better when we know the opposite OOPS! to be true. So it’s not just our acceptance of immorality in our politicians but our acceptance of their other destructive failures as well. If any of these creeps actually upheld their sacred oaths and legislated jobs and prosperity instead of division and dependency, I would be far less concerned about who they were after hours! But this is where I find hope to be extremely elusive…

I found more solidarity with a Canadian I met on the shuttle bus on our way into see the Eagles in Bethel last evening, than I did from my own neighbor on matters of the political transgressions of the State. To my neighbor, the 4th Amendment nightmare springing up in the Utah desert is “nothing he thinks about.” My Canadian friend, on the other hand, can only look south and shake his head in disbelief.

Of course they played Take it Easy last night…easy for them to say…and sing…but what about the rest of us? Ignorance is bliss, but it can also get you killed. What about the art of holding opposites? What if I can hold a sober vigilance equally with the pure joy of hearing Joe Walsh make his guitar sing? I am convinced that living one without the other IS insanity…especially when you consider the other end of the trend line…and hope has become more precious than gold. We certainly should know by now that it cannot be found on the lips of a Ruling Class politician.

Is holding any of them accountable too much to hope for?


Chip Murray: Wide Awake

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