Democracy in America may very well be replaced by something much, much worse.

Flying the flag up-side down is a distress signal used by the American military and others when there is overwhelming danger.  Polite demonstrations will not save it. Condescending news broad casts will not save it. Speeches by one or two clear-sighted men  or women in the US Congress will not cut it. ALMOST EVERY OTHER ADVANCED COUNTRY HAS EXPERIENCED A COLLAPSE OF DEMOCRACY IN  ITS HISTORY.

THIS PICTURE FROM THE WASHINGTON POST SAYS IT ALL. IF AMERICANS DO NOT WAKE UP TO THE FACT THAT THEIR PRECIOUS DEMOCRACY COULD ACTUALLY CRASH AND BURN, THEY ARE IN FOR AT LEAST A GENERATION OF AGONY.




For generations Americans have been under the illusion that they live in the land most free, most immune from invasion, never in danger from internal collapse, at least after that nasty Civil War was over and the racism and bigotry - both Northern and Southern - got swept under the carpet. They were also under the dangerous illusion that they somehow deserved all their wealth and comforts.

They felt that their Creator - if they acknowledged one - actually gave them the infinite wisdom about when to interfere with the affairs of others and even to attack or invade other countries. Americans felt they had the right to enslave dark-skinned people, to exterminate Native Americans (who were too proud to make decent slaves), to drop nuclear bombs on large cities, to carpet bomb the Vietnamese, to dismantle other nation states.

All that is coming to an end. America is divided. It's ethical compass has been thrown out by their - somewhat - duly elected President. He just announced or tweeted that money spent on immigrants would be better spent on a military that now consumes more than that spent by its top leading competitors combined. He insults allies but praises dictators. This will not end well.

There is a chance this could be turned around, but Democrats, Republicans, and others must gain a sense of humility. They must act even if it appears not to be in their self-interest. Humility and resolve do not come cheap, if it comes at all.

Please wake up, America. If you crap in the sandbox, none of the other children will be able to play in it for at least a generation.

You might share this post with any patriotic Americans you know.
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