The Insanity of Our Betrayal

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For four long years we sat, watched and listened in utter disbelief and even astonishment as our government fell deeper into the mud pit of corruption, distortion, exploitation and even degeneracy. We were witnesses to the real-time betrayal of our character and our strength as a nation and as an exhausted and wearied people, who had for the lasts couple of years, been demeaned, debased and humiliated here at home and on the world stage.

THE INSANITY OF OUR BETRAYAL

By Al Garcia

For four long years we sat, watched and listened in utter disbelief and even astonishment as our government fell deeper into the mud pit of corruption, distortion, exploitation and even degeneracy.  We were witnesses to the real-time betrayal of our character and our strength as a nation and as an exhausted and wearied people, who had for the lasts couple of years, been demeaned, debased and humiliated here at home and on the world stage.

Barnum and Bailey (the circus) could not have given the world a greater spectacle than the American tragedy that our ex-President and his cohorts were inflicting on our rapidly deteriorating nation.  To watch a nation commit suicide-by-incompetence and stupidity is a sad and poignant thing to watch from afar, but far more heartbreaking and tragic for those of us living the moment.

The insanity of our betrayal confounded my mind.  It was the idea of being deceived and deluded into feeling safe, secure and protected that astounded me.  The fact that the very individuals entrusted with protecting and upholding the ideas and ideals of our democracy, and who now disclaim the very oaths that they promised to uphold, sent chills through every part of my being.  How dare our American compatriots bow down in compliance and submission to the very tyranny that so many of us fought against in wars that still scar our nation and our hearts. 

To have sat and watched and listened to politicians and narrators attempt to normalize and accept deceit, lies and coercion as the American way, only adds insult to injury.  Those individuals were not only betraying themselves for the sake of a vote, or piece of silver, but they were betraying the very essence of the office and purpose – to uphold and bolster the very foundation of our democracy and our greatness – not to betray it.  Yet, the last few years has exposed too well and too clearly the decaying morals, ethics and scruples of those tasked with ensuring our very existence and well-being. 

There is an insanity to the daily disclosures that are revealed each day.  We have become accustomed to the betrayal and the deceit.  We have learned to listen and to accept the silence of our elected officials.  We have become the image and the figure of those we once berated in other countries who learned too well how to accept deceit, lies, corruption and coercion in their daily lives.  We called them weak, spineless and even pathetic for not rising up and standing up against the evil that enslaved them.  Now, we have become them – weak, voiceless and accepting of the fact that our leaders cannot protect the very ideals that a democracy demands. 

The insanity of our betrayal did not begin with one election or one telephone call to Ukraine.  It began when the voices in Congress went silent.


Submitted: May 26, 2021

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