by Walter Brasch
American Reporter Senior Correspondent
June 29, 2010
THE CIVILIAN AND THE GENERAL: BEHIND THE McCHRYSTAL INTERVIEW FALLOUT
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- The banks wrecked our economy, and they are still raking in record profits while escaping all accountability for their misdeeds.
The Taliban still control Afghanistan, and after nearly nine years of our soldiers waging a increasingly futile war, little has changed in the "graveyard of empires."
And oil keeps gushing from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico, mocking all attempts to plug a shattered well that shouldn't have been drilled in the first place.
If that wasn't ernough, a Pew Charitable Trust poll released June 22 said 40 percent of Americans believe Jesus Christ will return within the next 40 years. But that's not the Second Coming we should be worried about.
Welcome to Can't-Do Nation. Welcome to a country devoid of leadership, incapable of a dealing with its problems in a rational and sensible manner, complacently preparing for Armageddon.
Our presidents have been talking about the need for energy conservation, alternative energy sources and weaning our nation off imported oil since Richard Nixon was in the White House. Nearly four decades later, we import more oil than ever.
In the midst of the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, we see no willingness by Congress to deal with chronic joblessness, for fear of raising taxes or increasing the national debt.
Ours is a nation that is hollowed out, with a crumbling infrastructure, failing schools, a debased civic culture and a deeply corrupt militarized, privatized government concerned more with the welfare of giant corporations and the military industrial complex that the welfare of its citizens.
Sure, there are still those who thump their chests and speak of American exceptionalism and the inherent goodness of our nation. But those are claims that ring false in the face of so many military, environmental, economic and political crises that are not being dealt with - crises that threaten to engulf our nation.
And there are those claim that the American people are too impatient and that change takes time. But that thinking is mocked by a political culture steeped in cynicism and attuned only to the next election.
Taken together, this is not a narrative for a nation that needs to summon everything it has to deal with problems of unprecedented magnitude. This is a narrative for a nation that is about to crack up.
Maybe this is what William Butler Yeats, the Nobel-winning Irish poet, meant when he wrote these words in his poem, "The Second Coming":
Yeats wrote those words in 1919, after the terrible destruction of Europe during the World War I. He died in 1939, on the eve of World War II and the creation of new weapons capable of exterminating all life on Earth.
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,