In Whom do We Trust?
The routine answer to that used to be: In God We Trust.
For my friend Mary Beth, one of the Faithful Five, that answer is still God, and to her friends, mostly Seniors as well, it still is also.
But in the year 2017, that expression no longer has the same meaning to every group in America. How can it have ubiquitous meaning anymore? Our national Lexicon has shattered into pieces — for 3 of the 4 words in that very important phrase anyway.
I’ll begin with the word TRUST – because it’s where we have changed as a country, more than ever, in my opinion.
The very concept of Trust itself, which was once thought of as a positive, is no longer considered by wide portions of the public — as a virtue.
When you get to this list below, you’ll see, a lot of the issues on that list revolve around the concept of Trust, not the fixing of an actual wrong, but a lack of Trust the government is using resources in a way that is consistent with their core value system.
They believe some Americans, don’t share those values and don’t trust our system to reward and/or treat them fairly and therefore want it changed.
This old definition of Trust has splintered then, breaking the public roughly into 2 different camps, the make-up of which is shaped by economic, generational and political leanings. The newer group – the cynics, liberals, atheists, Marxists, and secularists; who think of the notion of Trust as a suckers bet, detest the very idea of Trust because that modern value system does not have a center, no concrete edge, no dividing line between right and wrong. This loss of a center has forced a moral relativity crisis, right down even into the law, and this in turn has eroded the underpinnings of Trust.
Trust, as viewed by one side of this divide, is just propaganda, a tool the rich and powerful in society ONLY employ to defuse and suppress economic and cultural dissent, and delay overdue or earned gratification.
The old camp of course, believes in Trust itself, because this groups Judea-Christian ethics spring from a common belief that there is a right and wrong, a universal judge of those things, consequences when those rules are broken, and finally and most importantly, a meta-physical reward that occurs after this life, that accumulates like a karma trail behind you as you go, and that ethical behavior, in addition to being rewarded in that afterlife, is also a necessary ingredient for success here in this life.
Who used to think like this? The “We” in that sentence.
At one time, the American people knew “who” the “we” in that sentence referred too, Americans used to have some idea about who they were as a group and what value system — they had in common.
Even as immigrants poured into the United States during successive waves of migration from countries around the world, but mostly from Europe, these immigrants brought with them, in the majority, a Judea-Christian value system, and they were entering an environment where they may not have spoken English, but that shared that entire set of value systems. These superficially bore the appearance of divisiveness from Protestantism, but they all revolved around a core, a belief in a God that was just, merciful, and forgiving. And this — was a descendant of the 10 commandment value system also widely believed by these immigrants and the populations already here.
This idea of what America is, what it stands for, and even what has happened to us in the past – things that used to unite us, are now fodder for division by a myriad of competing interests, some of who are now firmly pitted against each other for decades now.
And the heart of all this is the word God.
Most Americans believe in God and believe in a value system that includes respect for what they believe to be the almighty value system. But there is an ever-growing minority that is not happy with that situation. Whether they believe differently, not at all, or just don’t think any belief system should be even recognized by the government, they have adopted hostility toward a whole range of symbols that ostensibly represent this ideology centering as usual on the American flag.
Trump is in the middle of this right now.
When people hear the President speak today, they hear different things. The Independents hear a deal maker, not a moral leader, and they’re happy with that, they don’t want one.
The Republicans hear a morally flawed man, BUT one who was not as badly flawed as the competition, hence their luke-warm support, but votes for POTUS nevertheless.
The Trump faithful hear their God Emperor, a truth teller, a real man among a sea of metrosexual cucks — and are screaming with delight at his brash attack on the Swamp.
Democrats would hear Satan himself, if they believed in that kind of thing, but they don’t, so he is just a *ussy grabbing, low life liar, who conned, cheated, and abused his Russian connections to steal the White House.
Notice I didn’t mention the Seniors.
This is purposeful because today I got an interesting message from one of the Faithful Five — about an interesting message she received from a neighbor. When I first read this, I got thinking about the profound difference in the way the author of this email sees the world and the way the new group I just described does, hence todays missive.
Anyway, with way too much delay, here is the email:
Some things American seniors want.
If you listen to Trump, he is hitting many of the hot buttons of the electorate.
But you have to listen to him and not be distracted by his showmanship and obnoxious behavior.
Trump is at least talking about issues that most Americans are concerned about. My mantra about Trump is this: Truthfully, We are usually in agreement with most of what he says but wish someone else was saying it.
We are offended by his brash manner.
A lot of seniors want:
- Hillary: held accountable for her previous wrongs!
- Put “GOD” back in America!
- Borders: Closed or tightly guarded!
- Congress: On the same retirement & healthcare plans as everybody else.
- Congress: Obey its own laws NOW!
- Language: English only!
- Culture: Constitution and the Bill of Rights!
- Drug Free: Mandatory Drug Screening before & during Welfare!
- Freebies: NONE to Non-Citizens!
- Budget: Balance the damn thing!
- Foreign Countries: Stop giving them our money! Charge them for our help! We need it here.
- Fix the TAX CODE!
And most of all.
“RESPECT OUR MILITARY AND OUR FLAG!”
Notice the all caps. Trump has touched a nerve.