Whether Americans like it or not, the “outside” world judges them on the actions of their “elected leaders”. And so it should be. Any American citizen that persists in laying claim to democratic statehood for their country must also logically accept responsibility for the actions of their government representatives, who they themselves have elected (at least as part of the theory of democracy).
Even in the case that the President achieved office by fraudulent means, the responsibility for this and for allowing it to continue, must also lie with the American people.
Regardless of the argument that it is the years of social and political mind programming and the concomitant eroding of rights which are to blame for the present dire, disenfranchised, intellectually anaesthetised state in which many Americans find themselves, in the end, with whom does the responsibility to do something about it lie, if not with the American people?
Each of us finds ourselves in the position we are in, not as a result of some cruel twist of fate or the “hand of god” but rather as a result of who we are and what we see.
There seems to exist a strong desire (natural or otherwise) within human beings in general to avoid taking responsibility for their actions and their resulting life situation. It could be said that if people were to apply the same, (often considerable) skill for finding something else to point the finger at for their own troubled life situation, to accepting responsibility for and resolving their issues, the world and the people that inhabit it would likely be much happier.
Today, with the wealth of facts and evidence available, many Americans must surely be feeling extreme discomfort as they are forced to resort to increasingly illogical and irrational explanations to allow them to hold on to the idea that they are living in a democracy or that their “elected leaders” are working in their best interests.
At some point it becomes too much, and as the mind weighs up the enormous size of that square peg and the pinprick size of the round hole the realisation dawns that it can simply no longer be done.
What then? Begin the difficult task of looking objectively at what IS and accepting responsibility for where we find ourselves?
Well, apparently not. Such is the need and strength of desire to maintain the illusory, rosy view of reality (personal and global), that when almost all evidence to support such a view dries up, most Americans it seems will choose out and out denial rather than undertaking the necessary and logical deconstruction of their cherished illusions.
Denial is generally accepted as “not good” for others, yet few are willing or able to admit the level to which they indulge in it themselves. It is likely however that, due to the almost superhuman efforts that must be made to maintain the level of denial being practiced by many citizens of the US today, it cannot last very long.
The problem is that to maintain a view of the world that finds no reflection whatsoever in objective reality takes A LOT of energy, a person must forcibly create it and at the same time convince others of its reality, energy that most people simply do not have...