Sunday, May 14, 2017

Neal Gabler: Are We Monsters?

"If we are now a failed country, as I believe we are, it is not because we have a failed presidency, although we do. It is because we are a failed people." - Neal Gabler.


It should be known the Republican Party, their leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan, have a vendetta against poor people, and anyone who are otherwise weak, vulnerable or do not have the wherewithal to help themselves. They lack the empathy and compassion necessary to appropriately address and enact legislation that benefits all Americans without marginalizing any of us. They want to take away from the majority and give it to a minority of wealthy people. And, to make things worse, there are an undesirable number of Americans who also lack the same empathy and compassion, who support their efforts, and the United States has a President Donald Trump who exemplifies their meanness, cruelty, and callousness.

Republicans believe in a“Just-World Hypothesis,” which is a false notion that people somehow through a lack of not trying and working hard enough to achieve the American Dream deserve what they get. They blame the victim without any attempt to understand the underlining causes and reasons why some Americans are struggling and suffering.

President Donald Trump, the Republican Party, and those who support them are putting the lives of the majority of Americans at risk.

That is the story put forth by Neal Gabler in “Are We Monsters?”

Here are excerpts:

“Have we lost our compassion? Have we become so selfish that we have no capacity for empathy, or have we become so besotted with materialism and the lust for success that we can no longer see beyond them? Is the needle on our moral compass spinning so wildly that we have lost our bearings? To paraphrase the question attorney Joseph Welch asked Sen. Joseph McCarthy, a patron saint of the right, has America no sense of decency?

"If we are now a failed country, as I believe we are, it is not because we have a failed presidency, although we do. It is because we are a failed people. A callousness, a self-righteousness, an obdurateness and, yes, a monstrousness has emerged from some subterranean depth where it had been forcibly submerged. We may say this is not who we are. That is denial.

“Are we monsters? I know it is a distinctly odd question to ask, the sort of question people ask in self-reflection only after losing a war of aggression, as the Germans and Japanese did in the wake of World War II, or in the aftermath of some mass derangement, as Rwandans did after their intramural slaughter.

“But perhaps it ought to be asked as well when a democratically elected legislature votes to throw tens of millions of poor people off the health care rolls for no ostensible reason other than to hand one party a victory for which it was desperate, and to hand the rich another windfall, as happened last Thursday when the House voted to disembowel Obamacare.

“Sometimes, a nation has to look in the mirror. Sometimes it has to come to a reckoning." — Neal Gabler.

Photo: Breve Storia del Cinema/ flickr CC 4.0

Are We Monsters?

By Neal Gabler 












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