I am so tired of the United States of America.
Maybe you too are tired of America. You may be an American who, like many of us outside of the United States, has worn out for and with America.
If it’s any consolation, exhaustion is one of the telltale symptoms of America’s Fatigue Syndrome, a condition that I suspect much of the sentient world suffers from, consciously or unconsciously. The other signs include almost chronic agitation, bewilderment, and feelings of déjà vu.
Unfortunately, as far as I know, there is no cure.
America’s Fatigue Syndrome is not the product of a neurotic imagination. The discomfort, the tiredness and the recurring déjà vu that it causes are real.
I feel it all the time. I feel it in my bones and in my mind. is a weight An albatross. A constant. A drain. Pushing down, down. You feel it?
Some countries can do that to you. The United States is one of them. The United States is exceptional in this regard, one might say.
Lately, more than ever, I have wanted America to go away and, for once, be still or silent, just for a moment. I need, perhaps like you, to go out for a breath of air and enjoy a little respite from the omnipresent presence and nightmare of the United States.
What an invigoration and what a pleasure it would be not to have to consider or write, however briefly, about the United States.
It is, of course, impossible. We can’t turn off America or change the dial. America’s sad, infuriating, and debilitating cacophony is inescapable. America is everywhere, all day long.
The United States invades us all.
Still, at least it seems to me that America’s grip on our psyche and attention is even sharper these days. America dominates in the familiar ways: money, power, and the 24-hour news cycle.
And the news is bad, bad, bad. One seizure after another. Repeated over and over again in a loop, until a new seizure comes. Each one resonates like an earthquake, damaging people and places in visible and invisible ways.
It’s been that way for a while. As of September 11, in particular. Year after year. President after president. One war, then another. Death. Lost hope and homes. secret dungeons. Torture and other violations, large and small. Explosions of hatred, violence and ignorance. Twenty-six children massacred at school. His murders “a hoax”. A 100 percent proof fascist riding an escalator to the presidency. More explosions of hatred, violence and ignorance. A white police officer kneeling on the neck of a black man for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Disinfectants and other fantastic potions to tame a pest. An insurrection in defense of a lie.
It never ends
The latest seizure occurred earlier this week. Five men and a woman in black robes appear to have decided to do what they once promised, under oath, not to do: overturn a 49-year-old Supreme Court ruling that guaranteed a woman’s provenance over her body.
Deleted precedent. Rights erased. Progress deleted. Replaced by religious extremism disguised as jurisprudence and a kind of authoritarianism that unsurprisingly sees men dictate to women who has authority over their destiny.
By striking out Roe v Wade, Justice Samuel Alito and his stale right-wing allies have revealed the other “big lie” about America: that it is a nation governed by the rule of law and not parochial passions.
Alito and evangelical company have also made this clear: the Supreme Court, like the other institutions that represent the “pillars” of democracy, is a sober-sounding farce, populated, for the most part, by reactionary fanatics who try the law and the constitution with contempt and who call a well-groomed demagogue their patron saint.
More madness in a country addicted to madness.
The country – if America can be called that – is untethered from reason. Instead, he is in a perpetual state of madness. Not everything, mind. Enlightened Americans have become exiles within America, watching the rest of America go haywire.
America is fraying from the center out, not at the edges, also known as the “margin.” When, as Yeats wrote: “Things fall apart; the center cannot stand.”
Cuckoo “fringe” is now mainstream.
This, combined with the relentless fury that is such a defining aspect of much of America, makes it a toxic and corrosive brew, eroding America’s already mythical foundation.
A black hole is devouring America. It’s getting bigger and darker. Every day, more Americans, mostly but not only Republicans, are being sucked into a disfiguring vortex of fury that inevitably translates into madness.
Lunatics and their brand of made-in-America madness are on regular display. You know the names of lunatics. The charlatans invite them on TV and radio to share their thoughts on synapse drain to generate more craziness because craziness plays and pays well in America.
Despite their impressive credentials and academic pretense, Alito, Roberts, Kavanaugh, Gorsuch, Thomas, and Coney Barrett probably watch, listen, and nod approvingly, confirming, once again, that smart fanatics are the most dangerous of all. .
Foolishly, he hoped that given his persuasive loss in early November 2020, the lure of the lunatic-in-chief would fade like the embers of a dying fire.
I was wrong.
The calm he longed for never came.
Today, looming beyond the not-too-distant horizon, the lunatic-in-chief awaits, hangs up coveted endorsements, and plots at Mar-a-Lago, ready to claim the title of commander-in-chief.
He still makes fun of us. The prospect of four more years of upheaval is as harrowing as it gets.
At this point in a column, a writer is bound to offer a solution, a recipe, or a remedy. I am at a loss.
I don’t know if there is a solution, a recipe or a remedy for the madness that runs its malevolent path through America.
It may be too late.
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