We live in strange times.
Maybe human times have always been strange, but I don't know of any like this. This is the most prosperous era in American history and yet, there is a pall hanging over us. A cloud of dark light seeping into the National consciousness. The realization that maybe there is something deeply wrong with our country.
The prosperity increases for the top 2 percent. That's nice, but things are going the other way for everybody else. History tells us that this has never been sustainable in any nation. At some point, those at the top of the food chain get destroyed by all of the others...if the rot from within doesn't get them first.
Here are some snips from a historical article I ran across.
In his last days, Adolph Hitler exhibited what has now become know as the "Bunker Mentality." Things were going very wrong under his leadership, but he could nver face up to it until it was too late.
"The first time I told him he was wrong, he started yelling at me,' the aide recalled about a session during the first term. 'Then I showed him where he was wrong, and he said, "All right. I understand. Good job." He patted me on the shoulder. I went and had dry heaves in the bathroom.' . . .
"Late last week, (He) was, by some accounts, down and angry. But another...aide described the atmosphere inside ... as 'strangely surreal and almost detached.' At one meeting described by this insider, officials were oddly self-congratulatory, perhaps in an effort to buck each other up. Life inside a bunker can be strange, especially in defeat."
Now hear this! The quotes were not from an historical novel about the third Reich...They are from artcles in Newsweek, Time Magazine, and are quoted in an article in the Washington Post.
This is about George W. Bush and the failure of his leadership...Notably, it is in the Conservative Washington Post:
Keith Olbermann reminds us that George Bush has picked the "Duct Tape Man" to head FEMA...Really! He picked the guy that came up with the Duct tape idea for Homeland Security! Feeling better now?