The Hezitorial Reality Check
“Bipartisanship” has proven itself a cloak camouflaging the tone, demeanor, and interests of the so-called disparate ideological dogma espoused among and between the adherents to either the Democratic or Republican perspectives. Bipartisanship seemed to extol the words of promise and resolution in so-called discussion to achieve a sense of fairness and equality only to be recognized to placate those desirous of opportunity afforded some but not others. For too long, the political process silenced those “foreign” to those juxtaposed by the so-called mainstream. Those demanded to stand down and wait their turn acquiesced to the demands of the political divide, often unaware that the directives were one and the same in silencing the “right” and the “left” no matter the party affiliation. Equality was simply a word, whose meaning had little grasp or influence over believed and inferred intent.
The past is under assault. The capacity to maintain control and hold over those dismissed, marginalized, ostracized, demonized, and diminished by words, conduct, and outcome is the Arab Spring that is nothing but a close cousin to the travails of America. While the Arab Spring fomented to the boiling point on the basis of income inequality, the so-called civilized world did not recognize the income inequality that was ever more rampant in America and Europe was also reshaping the demographic trends from the European descendants of yore, who awaited their turn over generations, as they cast their language, culture, ethnicity, and even religion adrift to become accepted in the land of opportunity. In time they would learn they were collectively duped by a process that quieted these “foreigners” because they were initially to be used as cheap labor, then told they were accepted only to learn later they were not. All the while they were not permitted the education required to advance their individual and collective lot in life. Identity politics had reached its pinnacle. Today, while people aspire to the collaboration that was backbone definition of bipartisanship, historical reflection reveals it was nothing but a delusion of the mind.
Angered by present realization, identity politricks demand vacuous terms, meaningless concepts to which price tags are not attached, all to continue to achieve the quiescence of a disgruntled generation of Americans long not heard and the growing populace of immigrants who strive to reach the “promised” land. The transition from being marginalized to attaining the attributes of upward mobility is likely to take at minimum 2 to 3 generations at best. Whereas the Civil War began in 1861. A little more that 6 generations later, exactly 158 years to the present, opportunity has been eclipsed in America by vacuous and meaningless terms that have borne little fruit. And so the marginalized and ostracized are the very demographic who have begun to cast the shackles to which they have long been chained. As they cast their imprisonment, the present “elite” feel the pangs of becoming dislocated and dispossessed from the riches they had begot by being part of past, though now waning pecking order.
The homogeneity of France, Italy, India, China, and Japan, among others, has been their respective historically strength. America’s disparity uniquely defined its strength by promoting values and language to bind all its people under the Star Spangled Banner of the Red, White, and Blue. Despite espousing the panacea of collective “values”, time has proven that the so-called “values” are intrinsic to the select few and not all, as is so often professed.
The foul rhetoric and legislative intransigence of politicians on the national, as well as the hyperlocal landscape, is the narcissism intentioned only to hold onto respective office for the power and money it commands.
As reality sets in, we collectively learn the the past is nothing but a veneer that is wearing thin, and is certain to peel off in time.
Animus has been part of America’s past. The hyphenated names that became de riguer, e.g. something-American, are losing their integrity once thought to metastasize but has instead been proven benign. It seems after all that the bipartisanship of the admired past did nothing more than duck or defer issues as fraught as housing and voting rights. Issues that have still to be tackled 75 years hence. The reality is that America’s majority of unanimous decisions were often indicative of the national lack of civility.
The takeaway is simpler than many imagine. Some beliefs are irreconcilable. And politicians have learned that their only purpose is to contain them, lest they foment civil disorder. They each have learned they can do little else. Whether president, governor, or mayor, politicians cannot often finesse issues into constructive legislation to those minions so required to split the difference. It is thereby that while bipartisanship is rousing to hear, it does not make it any less a fool’s errand.