Some of us need to get ourselves to Constitutional church and get churched up, and less staying at home cherry picking what we wish were true.
There is a real and cognitive disconnect going on in American life.
What I'm calling a clash of expectations.
Many of us are just now realizing for the very first time that many of our fellow citizens do not think like us.
Not only do they not think like us, they do not believe the same things to be true, they do not accept the ideas of our Constitution, they live with us but they are not a part of our American society.
Fundamentally it comes down to who do you believe more?
How do you rank authority in your life?
Who is at the top, your parents?
Your religious leader?
Your book of faith?
Governing documents like the American Constitution?
Or do you just cherry pick what you believe and ignore everything else as long as it supports your world view?
We all are brought up on stories.
Some stories are good, and many others are not so good.
We are told stories to mold and shape us into a useful member of that group we find ourselves in.
We listen to these authorities who in turn give us a set of expectations on how the world will work.
If you were raised in a farming community, then everyone tells each other how great the farming life is.
If you were raised in a Neolithic village in the heart of the Amazon, you are told how great it is living in the forest.
If you were raised in a crowded city, you are raised to believe that only people in cities are civilized.
Each group is fundamentally indoctrinated to believe that their group is the best.
Each of us grows up with a set of expectations on how the world is, how the world is believed to work.
I'm here to say we are all wrong.
How are we all wrong?
Any group, no matter how good they appear from the inside, will always fall flat on their faces when it comes to reality.
If your group does not fundamentally accept truth over fiction, then it will explode in your face when confronted by reality.
Expectations are a kind of a whisper in the dark that feeds our personal prejudice.
Our personal story we believe in how the world works.
Expectations keep us segregated.
Expectations keep us isolated.
Expectations keep us in fear.
Expectations are used by the criminal mind to exploit us.
Many of us are gobsmacked that so many people can support this President.
How can so many overlook blatant corruption and crimes being committed against our Constitution and against humanity itself and let it all go, they seem to ignore it as well as some cheer it on?
Because this President and his supporters profit off the fear, they are feeding.
They feed an expectation of those that believe in prejudice.
They feed those that believe one race is superior to another.
They feed those that believe that women should be used and must obey.
They feed those that believe there is only one true faith, only one right way to live.
What we are seeing is the fundamentalist American society stand up and cheer for this President.
And, this President knows he feeds this American fundamentalism of red, raw expectations.
It has been said by many before us that the only way to combat an idea is with a better idea.
This is a philosophical type of canard that doesn't hold up in the face of reality.
Over time better ideas can win out, but for those that are living through a time of societal trial like we are, it is only so much lip service while millions suffer.
There is a fundamental problem with human society, and our time and place are no different than the past.
Whenever these great turns of history have come about, do we do the right thing or do we wait?
The answer has always come back we wait till the house burns down before we call the fire department.
We are all witness to a U.S. Senate that sits on its hands because it benefits from a set of expectations that they are feeding.
We see heads of federal departments, secretaries of Housing, Education, Energy, Environment, State, Security, who feed our societies prejudice.
A president who openly proclaims how many of hundreds of millions of dollars he makes from Saudi's while he's in office and why shouldn't he like them because of his enormous profit and sees no problem.
On the other side of the coin of our American life, there are those of us who have a very different set of expectations.
We expect our representatives to have honor, compassion, and duty to justice, and to believe and protect equality and freedom for all.
We expect our leaders to respect the rule of law.
We expect our borders to be secure.
We also expect that America accepts all who seek freedom from fear, want, sickness, and are treated with compassion and are made whole and safe.
We expect that our leaders will tell us the truth above all other considerations politically.
We expect the equal distribution of justice.
We expect the government will respect our personal decisions our right to lawful privacy.
We expect equality.
We expect personal freedom.
There is this clash of expectations.
Some would instead let the nation burn and start over with a clean white slate than to share this America.
Whose expectations will win out?
I hear the answer is blowing in the wind…
I hear the answer is blowing in the wind…