I believe we are in a Zen moment in American history, A satori moment, a wake-up moment: this is a spiritual crisis (is not everything) for the GOP mind is asleep, trapped in a mythos, delusional, and actually collective insanity. The center that holds this big tent up is the Office of the Presidency, and they cannot separate the man Trump from the Office. The history of Movement Conservatism since the 50s has been to create the GOP as the Party of America and God and true value. This has violated the Constitution by merging church and state. But the marriage has been secret from the “father Constitution” because it was not in formal religious institutions. The theocracy of a true marriage was held out as promises to the religious right, like “putting God back in schools.”
The promised land was a manipulation of the religious aspirations of the fundamentalists. And so we have reached the breaking point where insanity is juxtaposed to sanity and the American people, who are basically sane as all humans are, can see through the Fallacy of the GOP.
Like all religious tents, the more you attack it with reason, the stronger its faith in the tent gets. “I believe because it’s absurd.”
So this impeachment is an impeachment of the Conservative American View that has been cultured as a reaction to the chaos of the liberal rebellion in the 60s. The Conservative Movement militarized by Gingrich under Clinton absorbed the Evangelical movement to give the movement passion and moral legitimacy. A mix of wealth and religious zeal, the army marched like Red Coats muring to the drum beat of talking points.
It’s primary virtue and strength was the regimentation of thought under a World Idea that was a tent with two contradictory poles. If one comes down the whole world comes down.
The two poles of the Conservative Tent are God and Nation, both under one rule, but the rule is contradictory. You cannot have a democracy and a state religion at the same time, for that is a theocracy. So how does it hold together.?
The MC (Movement Conservatism) got is clue from Evangelicals. The Kingdom is Promised. You cannot live in the kIngdom as you right now, there is more work to be done before you are ready. So the kingdom of bringing God back into society, into the modern secular world from which God has been exiled, was a promise to be fulfilled only if the faithful were elected.
And then came Trump. The Moral Principle that held up the big tent, that unified the contradictory powers of state and religion was given to a man with no principles, no morality. As long as the IDEA of a promised Kingdom of God on earth through political action was a promise, the Conservative Movement had standing. Politics was a battle of Good versus Evil.
Trump, however, diverted this Power of Principle into his own coffers. Now the GOP are caught in a dilemma: their power depends upon faith and loyalty, but their leader of obviously corrupt. We witness day by day the destruction of their space ship, the USS Conservative. Piece by piece, day by day, we watch in glee and horror as the great space ship cracks, groans, and fragments.
We don’t know what America will be like when it’s gone because we have lived under its shadow (or light) for the last 50 years since Nixon. Once it’s gone, anything is possible. A brave new world. Our tomorrows will not be shaped by our yesterdays.
What is real? What is unreal? What is Truth? That is what we are witnessing in a national Morality Play we call Impeachment. Two views of reality are juxtaposed on the split-screen. The play appeals to our basic sanity. Can we see Truth, can we see the real when both are juxtaposed to each other. There can be only One Truth, only One Real. That is the truth. If there were two real, two truths we would be schizophrenic. The impeachment of Trump is our opportunity to transcend our polarization that has grown to full-blown schizophrenia.
What we are trying to do, what the Democrats are trying to do is find a common ground of basic facts that the nation can agree upon, and then have different opinions about what to do, but there must be a basic agreement on basic facts of reality. Without that ground, there is no rational discourse, and no rational path forward.
The question before America is not whether Trump is a crook or not; the question is what’s real and what’s not real. And this confusion between the real and unreal has been building for the last 50 years, and it has created a gridlock of Truth. When we are stuck in the polarity of Truth, we oscillate back and forth cannot evolve to greater wholes or bigger truths that include the polarity. We stop being creative.
Our modern gridlock of Red/Blue has been foster by media’s principle of equal time, so it will split the news screen with two contradictory views of reality as if there were equal. For instance, putting evolution next to Creative Design as if both views are on the same objective empirical playing field. This is like putting fiction and non-fiction next to each other and saying they are equal. But forms have a truth, but they create schizophrenia when presented as have the same empirical reference.
So today, like the famous monkey trials, two views of reality are on trial. Basically, the question is whether history is created by the Heroic Individual or by conditions? The President on the Right creates history, so he cannot be limited. On the Left, the president is limited by history, the law, and the constitution.